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Rita MacNeil - Born A Woman FLAC album

Performer: Rita MacNeil
Genre: Folk and World music
Title: Born A Woman
Country: Canada
Released: 1975
Style: Folk, Country, Celtic
FLAC version ZIP size: 1587 mb
MP3 version ZIP size: 1602 mb
WMA version ZIP size: 1986 mb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 160

Canadian country and folk singer from the community of Big Pond on Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island. She died on April 16, 2013, from post-surgical complications.

In 1975 MacNeil released her first album, Born A Woman, a tribute to those fighting for women's rights across the county. By 1979, her career had taken off. She performed for International Women's Day in Sydney, Cape Breton; realizing she could do her music in Cape Breton, she moved back to Nova Scotia. During the move she realized that her interests extended beyond the women's movement to include places she loved

MacNeil, who was born in Big Pond, . recorded 24 albums during her career, the last released four months ago. Some of her most popular songs include, Working Man, Flying on Your Own, Reason to Believe, I’ll Accept The Rose Tonight and Home I’ll Be. Article continues below. PHOTOS : The life of Rita MacNeil. MacNeil’s popular Tea Room in Big Pond was featuring a summer concert and dinner series featuring the singer, with some of the events already sold out. That was Rita. She issued a popular Christmas album later that year and began recording hit records at a torrid pace, with a new release coming near-annually for the next decade.

Rita MacNeil, (born May 28, 1944 - April 16, 2013) is a Canadian country and folk singer from the community of Big Pond on Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island. Her biggest hit, "Flying On Your Own", was a crossover Top 40 hit in 1987 and was covered by Anne Murray the following year, although she has had hits on the country charts throughout her career. In the United Kingdom, MacNeil's song "Working Man" was a hit in 1990. In 1990, she was the bestselling country artist in Canada, outselling even Garth Brooks and Clint Black. A native of Big Pond, Cape Breton County, MacNeil first performed on stage in 1971, and recorded her first album, Born a Woman, in 1975. She performed at folk festivals throughout the 1970s and 1980s, culminating in her major label debut and pop breakthrough in 1987. MacNeil hosted a CBC Television variety show, Rita and Friends, from 1994 to 1997.

When Rita MacNeil died in April, there was an outpouring of grief for and stories about the soft spoken and shy singer whose songs told stories of Cape Breton and working people. On this show, we look back to the days when she was an up-and-coming artist making her mark in the women's liberation movement of the early 1970s. MacNeil's first album Born a Woman was earning her thousands of fans. She was playing at folk festivals and concerts across the country. In that breakthrough year she was interviewed on Don Harron's Morningside. Later that year, MacNeil, lonely for Cape Breton, decided to move back to her hometown of Big Pond. She discussed that decision with Hana Gartner. In the 1970s, MacNeil was proud to sing for the "women's liberation" movement. But by 1986 she was distancing herself a little from that label. She discussed that with Erika Ritter on Dayshift.


A1 Born A Woman 2:37
A2 Warm And Cold 2:06
A3 War Of Conditioning 2:30
A4 John And Mary 1:51
A5 Angry People In The Streets 2:01
A6 Rene 2:53
B1 Angus Anthony's Store 3:24
B2 Sometimes I Feel Like Giving Up 2:15
B3 Need For Restoration 2:18
B4 Brown Grass 2:03
B5 Back On The Road Again 1:55
B6 Who Will I Go To See 2:08

Companies, etc.

  • Manufactured By – Boot Records Limited
  • Distributed By – Boot Records Limited
  • Recorded At – Manta Sound


  • Arranged By, Music Director – Jim Pirie
  • Engineer – Dave Green*
  • Producer – Judith Lawrence
  • Written-By – Rita MacNeil

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
BOS-7154 Rita MacNeil Born A Woman ‎(LP, Album) Boot Records BOS-7154 Canada 1975
5BOS-7154 Rita MacNeil Born A Woman ‎(Cass, Album, Dol) Boot Records 5BOS-7154 Canada Unknown