Karen Dalton - It's So Hard to Tell Who's Going to Love You the Best (1969)
Karen Dalton was a folk and blues singer who is often associated with the Greenwich Village 60's music scene, but I think she is so much more than that. Her genuine emotion in her singing is almost too intense to be popular. Karen Dalton was not someone trying to explode on this scene; in fact she was, in a way, tricked into recording this album.
Apparently Fred Neil, Nick Venet, and a few other musicians of the area invited her to the studio to record backup vocals on a song. From there they asked her to record guitar for it. And then, while they were at it, why not record another song? Next thing you know this album is finished in an afternoon. It's the most perfectly minimal, deeply subtle, and exquisitely sorrowful album to ever be made with such grace and ease.
TRACK LIST Little Bit of Rain (Fred Neil) Sweet Substitute (Jelly Roll Morton) Ribbon Bow (Trad.) I Love You More Than Words Can Say (Eddie Floyd, Booker T. Jones) In the Evening (It's So Hard to Tell Who's Going to Love You the Best) (Trad.) Blues on the Ceiling (Neil) It Hurts Me Too (Mel London) How Did the Feeling Feel to You (Tim Hardin) Right, Wrong or Ready (Major Wiley) Down on the Street (Don't You Follow Me Down) (Leadbelly)