Judee Sill :: The Kiss (1973 / BBC – Old Grey Whistle Test)

Judee Sill may have exited this plane far too young in 1979, but not before leaving her indelible signature in the annals of pop music. And to that, “The Kiss” was her apex. Via Sill’s brilliant second album, 1973’s Heart Food, XTC’s Andy Partridge once described her work as “tiny symphonies” — which feels right for an artist whose craft both defied and transcended any strict genre categorization.

Here, recorded for the BBC, Sill performs “The Kiss” with lone piano accompaniment. Sill’s catalog reissues are available, here.

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