Karen Black’s Forgotten Music Compiled for New Album ‘Dreaming of You’


A collection of never-before-released songs recorded by the late ‘Five Easy Pieces’ songstress has officially been announced, eight years after her passing in 2013.

Cult actress Karen Black has realised her dream of releasing an album from beyond the grave.

A collection of never-released recordings the “Easy Rider” and “Five Easy Pieces” star left behind following her death in 2013 feature on the new album “Dreaming of You (1971-1976)“.

“She loved singing and would express herself singing,” her widower, Stephen Eckelberry, tells Rolling Stone. “If we got into a fight or something, she would start singing I Don’t Think You Love Me Anymore, but in a humorous way.”

Black impressed with her singing voice and, when she was alive, she and co-star Kris Kristofferson sang a duet in 1972’s “Cisco Pike” while her own tunes featured on the soundtracks of “The Pyx” and “Nashville“.

She also performed one of her songs on Dolly Parton‘s namesake variety series and on “Saturday Night Live“.

The lead single in “Dreaming of You” is called “I Wish I Knew the Man I Thought You Were”. It’s described as 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 stirs a sense of distant memory and lingering hurt with her lyrics.

The song was recorded with Cass McCombs in 2012. The duo first joined forces on “Dreams-Come-True-Girl” from his fourth studio album “Catacombs” which was released in 2009.

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