Arriving in the age of the singer-songwriter, Melanie Safka made her name singing “Candles In The Rain” in the rain at the legendary Woodstock Festival of August 1969. As a performer, she invited comparisons with Janis Joplin, Barbra Streisand, Joan Baez and Edith Piaf, but sold records by the million to the same audiences as those for Joni Mitchell and Judy Collins (and she can count King Crimson's Robert Fripp as a
Her first album “Born To Be” was released in 1968 (and re-issued in 1970 as “My First Album”) and features a mix of multi-influenced originals alongside covers of Dylan's “Mr Tambourine Man” and A.A Milne's “Christopher Robin (Is Saying His Prayers)”. It received critical acclaim in both the US and the UK, and the single of “Bo Bo's Party” reached # 1 in France!
“Affectionately Melanie” (October 1969) was recorded in London with Donovan's arranger John Cameron and demonstrates Melanie's fast-developing talents as a songwriter: “Beautiful People” was successfully covered by The New Seekers.
Released to coincide with Melanie's 60th birthday on 3rd February 2007, these two albums have been unavailable for many years (and never in one package). They are now issued with all the elements of the original sleeves intact along with a lengthy sleevenote by Record Collector contributor Alan Robinson.