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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality music defies classification, 15 Mar 2003
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Peter Durward Harris "Pete the music fan" (Leicester England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Maria Muldaur [Australian Import] (Audio CD)
This album has elements of country, folk, bluegrass, blues, pop, rock, even vaudeville, but it is ludicrous to attempt to classify this album as a whole. Somehow, all the disparate elements blend well to make for a cohesive album.
The album begins with a stunning cover of a Jimmie Rodgers (the singing brakeman) classic, Any old time. This is followed by the wonderfully evocative Midnight at the oasis, the song for which Maria is still best remembered for.
The third track is Maria's inspired bluegrass cover of My Tennessee mountain home. As Dolly is my favorite singer, it is hard me to say that Maria's version is superior, but it is. I've heard plenty of covers of Dolly's songs, but this is the best I've come across. Recently, it became the title track of a UK bluegrass compilation and blended in perfectly.
Among the other gems are a cover of Kate McGarrigle's The work song and the amusing Don't you make me high - but every track here is superb. At least, that's what I think, but my musical tastes are as eclectic as Maria's. If you only like one genre of music, you may find something here to enjoy, but you will probably not enjoy it all. For those with eclectic tastes, this is a masterpiece.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential 70s interpretation of American Roots., 23 Jun 2013
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Peter Reeve (Thousand Oaks, CA USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Maria Muldaur [Australian Import] (Audio CD)
This was Maria's debut solo album, released 10 years after the release of the eponymous The Even Dozen Jug Band, of which band she was a member. She has gone on to make more than 30 more solo albums, though oddly enough not - so far as I can see - a "Greatest Hits" or similar compilation. If you are new to her, this album is still the best place to start.

Her only big hit single was Midnight at the Oasis, the second track on this album (the B side was Any Old Time, the album's first track). It was written by David Nichtern, who plays acoustic guitar on this and some other tracks. The song became notorious in the 70s as the alleged cause of a great many pregnancies and losses of virginity. Take that as a warning or a recommendation, as you choose.

The rather bawdy, or saucy, flavour continues throughout Muldaur's career and is at its strongest on this album in the Blue Lu Barker song Don't You Feel My Leg. Inevitably, this flirty sauciness has earned Maria the condemnation of feminists, which seems to have bothered her not at all. At the time of writing this review, she is still performing at the age of 69, and is currently touring with the Bluesiana Boys in what she describes as "an evening of New Orleans flavored `Swamp Funk', Vintage Blues, & good ol' American Roots Music!"

Various shades and interpretations of American Roots is what this album is all about. There are excellent musicians backing her. Greg Prestopino's piano on Mad Mad Me, Richard Greene's violin on Walkin' One and Only, and Amos Garrett's electric guitar on Midnight at the Oasis deserve special mention, but it's all good. Ry Cooder (no less!) plays acoustic guitar on the opening track.

Her voice can be a little shrill in the upper register, but never lacks heart and soul, and has a lovely, lilting, lyrical quality.

Essential 70s interpretation of some "good ol' American Roots Music".
[PeterReeve]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Maria Muldaur, 15 Oct 2013
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This one is the best of the 3 CD's I have bought with M.M.
The melodies allow for her crisp voice to come out in full broadness.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Was bought as a gift and was exactly as promised, 21 Aug 2013
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Had all the songs my friend had talked about. I really don't know Maureen Muldair but the person I bought it for was very pleased.
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4.0 out of 5 stars MARIA MULDAUR, 21 Dec 2012
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Mr. R. A. Russ (DOVER,KENT) - See all my reviews
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I had the vinyl album when it came out,and hadn't heard it for years, ms Muldaur shows her versatility,perhaps trying a little too hard,but very enjoyable nevertheless
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5.0 out of 5 stars midnight at the oasis, 18 Dec 2009
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Dr. P. J. Lamont "Tulip" (Auchenshinnoch, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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I've always loved this album ever since a friend brought it back from America in the early seventies. Only just discovered it again on Amazon!

Now if only I could find that Jake and the Family Jewels album?
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