Julia Ecklar | Divine Intervention

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Divine Intervention

by Julia Ecklar

Heartrending and soaring songs of science-fiction, fantasy and literature by New York Times bestselling author Julia Ecklar.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Overture
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2. Ladyhawke!
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3. Crimson & Crystal
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4. Burnish Me Bright
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5. Apocalypse
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6. Survivor's Song
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7. Terminus Est
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8. Fallen Angel
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9. Temper of Revenge
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10. Crane Dance
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11. One Man Magical Show
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12. Silver
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13. The Hand of God
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14. Lullaby for a Weary World
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15. Temper of Revenge (instrumental)
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16. Lullaby for a Weary World (edited instrumental)
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17. Roxanne
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The year was 1986. The singer was only twenty-two, but since childhood she had been captivated by the worlds of wonder and imagination that she discovered in fantasy and science fiction.

Later, she would become a John W. Campbell award-winning writer of science fiction stories and novels, but for now she poured all her imagination and creativity into crafting songs that combined haunting beauty with a sweeping narrative style.

The result was Divine Intervention, an album that shattered the boundaries of science fiction and music with delicate orchestral and pulse-pounding rock settings of Julia Ecklar's song-stories.

This long-awaited CD edition of Divine Intervention combines the original album tracks — polished and re-mastered under the supervision of producer Michael Moricz — plus fourteen minutes of new and previously unavailable tracks.

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"The music still runs through my head at odd moments, and some of it I can sing."
- Larry Niven

"How come such a gifted writer also gets to have such a beautiful voice? Wonderful songs and great backup in a brilliantly produced album. Thanks to Julia and her friends, SF takes the lead in yet another art form."
- David Brin

"...exudes an earnest and unquestionably appealing enthusiasm."
- Jeff Berkwitz (SCI FI Magazine)


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SpaniardX

Divine Indeed!!
It was indeed Divine Intervention that has allowed a larger audiance to now hear Ms. Ecklar!!

This is Julia, who has a heavenly voice anyway, raised to Nirvana levels. "Silver" has always been my favorite and this has polished it to a blinding sheen along with the other songs such as "Terminius Est" and "Ladyhawke" -- the heart weeps with joy.

As little Oliver Twist says "Please, sir, I want some more!"

Betty Spaulding

The best filk ever recorded
I have always loved this album. I wore out two tapes from the 1996 set. My favorites are--like everyone else's!--Lullaby for a Weary World, the Hand of God, Tempeer of Revenge, and Ladyhawke, but the rest are wonderful too. If I had to choose a lesser favorite or two, I'd say I could probably do without Crimson and Crystal and Fallen Angel, but that's splitting hairs.

Now, if we could just get her to do a third album . . . her writing is good, but her singing is Divine Intervention.

What *I* want to know is: WHY DON'T THEY EVER PLAY FILK ON THE RADIO?

Mary Anne McDonald

Divine Intervention
I've loved this album since I first heard it years ago. And now I own it! Cool! I play it at work and time flies by--good thing.

Phil Stracchino, Gilford NH

Eargasm
I've had a copy of Divine Intervention for years ... a tape copied off another tape, because it was out of print by the time I was introduced to it. And for at least fifteen years, I've wished I could buy my own copy on CD.

Well, now I can, and I have. And it's worth the wait. I can hear details on the CD I had no idea were even there. It's richer, deeper, clearer, brighter. Julia's stunning voice is, if possible, even more magnificent.

Divine Intervention should have been released this way twenty years ago when it first came out. The only problem is that now, I have to wait for the sequel....

Wolf

A timeless masterpiece of the filk era
Divine Intervention spans the musical universe of Folk Science Fiction/Fantasy "Filk". From the beautifully orcestrated renditions of "Ladyhawke" and "Hand of God", Julia's voice soars spell-like into the ether. Julia's voice weaves tales again in "Temper of Revenge", "Survivor's Song" and "Burnish Me Bright", conveying a rich and masterful performance from the year 1986 that still echoes true today. Her finest piece perhaps is indeed the heart wrenching "Roxanne". Divine Intervention has long been the standard against which other artists have been measured against. I look forward to the next album from Julia!

Theresa Sorrell

Julia Ecklar heard as she should be.
I have a copy of the original cassette. The cd's clarity just blows it out of the water. Overture/Ladyhawke is only enhanced by the cd medium. The overture is bright and soaring as LadyHawke flows from the Overture as naturally as the wind is part of the sky. The chorus of Hand of God backs up the power of Julia's incredible voice. You feel you are in the chorus and backing her up with every verse. I'm a member of the original Star Trek series and Fallen Angel makes me also question Kirk's sacrifice of the Enterprise. "My God, what have I done?" is indeed an apt lead in for the song. And near the end of the cd, Lullaby for a Weary World. A song that wraps you in a blanket and trys to let you know that there is still hope in the world. I still get weepy with this one especially with all the bad news on tv. Julia is one of the few muscians whose works I will purchase with no hesitation sight unseen or heard and never be disappointed. A good intro cd for any begining filker.

Mary Ellen Wessels

Music that makes your spirit soar!
I owned this when it first came out on cassette but (like all my cassettes) I seldom listen to it anymore. So I was really pleased to get a CD copy and pop it in the player. I remembered liking it but had forgotten just how MUCH I like it. The production by Michael Moricz is stunning, the opening chords of “Overture” draw you in immediately and take you flying on a journey through a wonderful world of passionate, well crafted songs, delivered skillfully by Ecklar’s powerful and expressive voice.

There are really only 2 songs on this album that I tend to skip. However, songs like the evocative and beautiful "Crane Dance" or the rousing "Temper of Revenge" more than make up for any weaknesses in this otherwise wonderful album.

Highly recommended to any fans of SF and Fantasy literature (whether or not they already know of "filk")

Clark S. Lindsey

Simply Divine Music!
I once heard Duke Ellington say something to the effect that he did not make jazz, he just made music. Similarly, Julia Ecklar is categorized as a "filker" but the world outside the sci-fi conventions should know that she simply makes wonderful music. With her magnificent and deeply expressive voice she brings alive the vivid imagery in her songs. This album showcases that voice and her song writing skills. Combined with talented producer Michael Moricz, who also contributed a couple of beautiful instrumental works, and with some fine backup musicians, Julia Ecklar created not just a great filk album but an album of spectacular music. It's wonderful to find this album finally reissued as a CD and packaged with excellent artwork and a thick booklet containing extensive commentary and lyrics.