Connie Converse - How Sad, How Lovely - 1954-1956 Singer-Songwriter Folk - Sealed 180 Grm LP

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Connie Converse - How Sad, How Lovely

Label: Squirrel Thing Recordings / Private press
Cat#: ST-002
Format: 180 Grm Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Clear
Country: US
Limited edition version released on clear vinyl.
Released: 2015
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk


1 Talkin' Like You (Two Tall Mountains)
2 Johnny's Brother
3 Roving Woman
4 Down This Road
5 The Clover Saloon
6 John Brady
7 We Lived Alone
8 Playboy Of The Western World
9 Unknown (A Little Louder, Love)

10 One By One
11 Father Neptune
12 Man In The Sky
13 Empty Pocket Waltz
14 Honeybee
15 There Is A Vine
16 How Sad, How Lovely
17 Trouble
18 I Have Considered The Lillies

Elizabeth Eaton "Connie" Converse (born August 3, 1924) was an American musician active in New York City in the 1950s. Her work is among the earliest known recordings of the singer-songwriter genre of music.

Converse left her family home in 1974 in search of a new life and was never heard from again. Her music was largely unknown until it was featured on a 2004 radio show, and released on the album How Sad, How Lovely in March 2009.

Elizabeth “Connie” Converse disappeared in 1975, leaving behind a haunting body of recordings that would remain virtually unheard for the next 35 years. Recorded in 1954 and 1956, and now on vinyl for the first time, Squirrel Thing Recordings present How Sad, How Lovely, a collection of songs that showcases a songwriter truly ahead of her time. Available on clear vinyl while supplies last.

This album is full of beautiful, soulful songs - many of which have that rare ability to make you feel simultaneously melancholy and happy about life's little moments, things and places. Connie Converse's music comes from the heart and the story behind her mysterious disappearance and rejection of society (or did society reject her?) is just as fascinating as the music itself. Her life and work both contain a considerable amount of mystery and beauty that all of us, on some vulnerable level deep down inside, are sure to connect with.

At first listen, Connie’s music seems to keep close company with the female folk artists who were her contemporaries. The knack for plaintive storytelling shares much with Peggy Seeger and Susan Reed. Reed knew Connie’s music well, and performed a set of her songs in 1961 at the Kaufmann Concert Hall in New York. But Connie’s music stands out from that of the American folk revival of the 1950’s. Her fluid and disarmingly intelligent poetry reflects an urban perspective, that of a new New Yorker becoming disenchanted by the bucolic tropes of folk music. She is at once a maverick and a romantic, intellectual and spiritual, a staunch independent and a tender, pining lover.

Connie Converse - Man in the Sky

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Connie Converse - John Brady

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Connie Converse - Playboy of the Western World

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Condition New
Format LP
Label Private Pressing
Color Black