Who Knows Where the Time Goes (Judy Collins album)

Who Knows Where the Time Goes is a 1968 album by Judy Collins. It peaked at No. 29 on the Billboard Pop Albums charts.[4]

Who Knows Where the Time Goes
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1968
RecordedElektra Sound Recorders, Los Angeles, 1968
GenreFolk rock
ProducerDavid Anderle
Judy Collins chronology
Who Knows Where the Time Goes
Whales & Nightingales
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone(positive)[2]
The Rolling Stone Record Guide5/5 stars[3]

Produced by David Anderle, the album featured numerous well-known musicians, including Stephen Stills. It has a rock-country-arthouse feel, typically eclectic for Collins. The songs include her own composition "My Father", Ian Tyson's "Someday Soon" (which would go on to become one of Collins' signature songs), two Leonard Cohen compositions – "Story of Isaac" and "Bird on the Wire" – the traditional murder ballad "Pretty Polly", and the title song, "Who Knows Where the Time Goes?", composed by Sandy Denny.

Two versions of the song "Who Knows Where the Time Goes?" were released. Version 1 with only vocal, two guitars, and bass appeared on the B-side of "Both Sides Now", on the soundtrack to the 1968 film The Subject Was Roses, and on the compilation album Colors of the Day. Version 2 is a composite: the first verse is the same take as version 1, but with everything remixed to the left channel, then crossfading to a different recording with a larger arrangement, modulated to different key. Version 2 appears on the album Who Knows Where the Time Goes?.[5]

Collins' cover of Joni Mitchell's "Chelsea Morning" was recorded during the Who Knows Where the Time Goes sessions, but not included on the album; however, a single release of the song, with "Pretty Polly" as the B-Side, charted during early 1969.[6]

"Hello, Hooray", written by Canadian singer-songwriter Rolf Kempf, was later covered as the opening track on Alice Cooper's 1973 album Billion Dollar Babies.

Who Knows Where the Time Goes? was Collins' first studio album to be recorded in Los Angeles. It was certified Gold by the RIAA in 1969, for sales of over 500,000 copies in the US.[7]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Hello, Hooray" (Rolf Kempf) – 4:07
  2. "Story of Isaac" (Leonard Cohen) – 3:30
  3. "My Father" (Judy Collins) – 4:55
  4. "Someday Soon" (Ian Tyson) – 3:43
  5. "Who Knows Where the Time Goes" (Sandy Denny) – 4:20
  6. "I Pity the Poor Immigrant" (Bob Dylan) – 4:04
  7. "First Boy I Loved" (Robin Williamson) – 7:29
  8. "Bird on the Wire" (Leonard Cohen) – 4:37
  9. "Pretty Polly" (Traditional) – 5:47



  • Jac Holzman - production supervisor
  • John Haeny - engineer
  • William S. Harvey - cover design, art direction
  • Len Steckler - photographer


  1. ^ "Who Knows Where the Time Goes? review" AllMusic
  2. ^ Jay, Stanley M. (15 February 1969). "Records". Rolling Stone. San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc.
  3. ^ Marsh, Dave; Swenson, John (Editors). The Rolling Stone Record Guide, 1st edition, Random House/Rolling Stone Press, 1979, p. 81.
  4. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/judy-collins-mn0000294923/awards
  5. ^ "Great Lost Elektra Singles Volume 1", liner notes
  6. ^ Judy Collins - Chart history
  7. ^ "American album certifications – Judy Collins". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.