Karen Black – Dreaming of You (1971-1976)



Anthology Recordings is honored to present Dreaming of You (1971-1976), the first ever collection of Karen Black‘s breathtaking original songs out July 16th.

A prominent actor in the American New Wave, visual artist and unyielding creative spirit, Karen Black was also an accomplished musician. Produced by Cass McCombs and meticulously restored from the original tapes, Dreaming of You (1971-1976) gathers the best of Black’s studio and demo recordings. The collection’s fifteen tracks are a holistic depiction of Black’s dreamy, introspective and earnest musical identity.

Recorded with Cass McCombs in 2012 and included on a bonus 45, the lead single “I Wish I Knew the Man I Thought You Were” is a devastating account of the power dynamic between professor and student, based on Black’s experience at Northwestern University in the 60s. “I wish I knew the man that I thought you were / He’d tell me not to trust the man you are,” she sings staidly over featherlight reverberations of acoustic guitar, bass, drums, and pedal steel, stirring a sense of distant memory and lingering hurt.