Hurried Life by Ruthann Friedman on Tompkins Square

Ruthann Friedman - Hurried Life: Lost Recordings, 1965-1971


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In 1967, the folk-pop group The Association had a massive hit with a song called 'Windy' penned by an unknown young writer named Ruthann Friedman. Two years later, she released her own album Constant Companion on Warner/Reprise Records that sounded nothing like 'Windy' - it had more in common with her labelmate Joni Mitchell or cult-hero's like Linda Perhacs and Nick Drake. 
Decades later, Ruthann would be declared an “astral folk goddess” and championed by the likes of Devendra Banhart. Around that time, reissue producer Pat Thomas compiled a collection of previously unreleased demos, home recordings, and lost songs circa 1965-1970 from Ruthann's personal archive including the original version of 'Windy.'  Titled Hurried Life, Ruthann recently declared, “That’s the one that I really like - that was the first time going back into the archives to find songs that might be reissued. I think those were representative of me.” 
This album, first released on CD in 2006 (and long out of print), and now available on LP for the first ever time, showcases Friedman's wondrously complex lyricism and musicality in all its unfussed acoustic simplicity, and is record to be adored. 


  1. Hurried Life 
  2. That's All Right 
  3. To Treat A Friend 
  4. Sky Is Moving South 
  5. Looking Glass 
  6. Silver Bird 
  7. Betweeen The Lines 
  8. I’m Askin’ 
  9. Windy 
  10. Typical Sunday 
  11. Southern Comfortable 
  12. Alone At Last 
  13. Boy Took A Ticket 
  14. Method Madness 
  15. Little Girl Lost & Found 


  • US import 
  • Released for Record Store Day 2021 in the US, now available in the UK 
  • Features original artwork by Nat Russell 




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