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Join the Parade

Marc CohnAudio CD
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Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Marc Cohn has been obsessed with pop music for as long as he can remember: “I was hooked from day one. My older brother had a band that rehearsed in our basement, so I heard Bacharach, The Beatles, Ray Charles, and Motown coming up through the floorboards from the time I was six years old. By the time I was eleven though, the Beatles were breaking ... Read more in Amazon's Marc Cohn Store

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  • Audio CD (October 9, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B000V9KE38
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,014 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In the years that preceded the release of his new Decca album Join the Parade, Marc Cohn passed through several life-changing events. These events are what enabled him to reconnect with his songwriting muse, and they are in large part, what make Join the Parade an artistic, insightful and soulful statement.

Despite his time away from the recording studio, the acclaimed singer/songwriter, winner of the 1991 Grammy Award for Best New Artist, has continued to perform live and his audiences have remained steadfast. He en¬dured the pain of divorce, but in 2002 he married news anchor Elizabeth Vargas. He struggled with writer's block and sought to break through it with a month-long tour in the summer of 2005. The gigs went great until the night of August 7, 2005. That's when Marc Cohn was shot in the head during a random attempted carjacking after a concert in Denver.

Even though the bullet was lodged near his left temple, Marc never lost consciousness and walked out of the hospital the next day. Three weeks later, while recovering at home in New York from post-traumatic stress disorder, Cohn watched the city of New Orleans destroyed by flooding in the aftermath of Hurri¬cane Katrina.

"I got home a couple of days after being shot," said Cohn. "And then Hurricane Katrina hit a few weeks later. I'm in the middle of my own crisis, and now I'm watching all these haunting images on television of thousands of people suffering through a far more horrific event. And then something I never could have predicted happened. It was like my song writing receiver got flipped into the on position. Everywhere I turned, in conversations I overheard, even in get well emails I was receiving, song ideas started coming. For several weeks, I'd be working on 2-3 songs simultaneously. And these songs weren't polite about their sudden presence either; they insisted on being written."

Out of all this, and all that came before, comes Join the Parade, a recording that is being called Marc's most accomplished and compelling album to date. Cohn has translated some of his most complex and private emotions into lyrical song-poetry and then set those words to music of remarkable depth, toughness, and complexity. In doing so, Marc has created a work that is certain to touch a universal chord of memory and feeling. The music leads us on: Indeed, its deep grooves, layered textures, and soulful singing make this journey a sensual pleasure. Marc and album co-producer Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams) have enlisted an exceptional supporting cast that includes members of Cohn's road band (guitarist Shane Fontayne, drummer Jay Bellerose), top session players (drummers Jim Keltner and Charley Drayton, guitarist Danny Kortchmar), and such bold-face "name" guests as Tom Petty keyboard ace Benmont Tench and vocalists Shelby Lynne, N'Dea Davenport, and the Holmes

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Join The Parade It has been nearly a decade since American singer/songwriter Marc Cohn last released a studio album. It has been fifteen years (1992) since he won the Grammyr Award for Best New Artist. Best known for his colossal hit Walking In Memphis, Cohn returns with a new, passionate and poignant recording JOIN THE PARADE, to be released on October 9th. JOIN THE PARADE is the product of a personal journey. A recording of 10 songs that share a common theme woven from both Cohn's empathic observations after Hurricane Katrina and from a 2005 incident during which the singer found himself the victim of a carjacking in Denver, which left him with a gunshot wound to the head.

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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, this is worth the ten-year wait October 13, 2007
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I've loved Marc Cohn's music since his Grammy winning self-titled CD came out 16 years ago. I've awaited each release and grabbed any various artist and B-side collection that I can get my hands on. In my opinion, "Join the Parade" is the best of his work so far.

There's any number of reasons why "Parade's" the best. Marc's paid a lot of dues along the way--he's faced the pain of divorce and joy of finding a new love, he's been shot and had to deal with the shock and fear of that attack, Hurricane Katrina tore away at the heart of the birthplace of much American music. His music's always come straight from the heart, but you can definitely hear the aches and points of grace even more strongly in these songs.

Second--there's not just his regular sidemen, but a parade of stars on this CD. Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan's producer) co-produced with him. Amy Helm, Shelby Lynne, and the Holmes Brothers sing back-up--and that's just a glancing of the liner notes. The sessions happened all the way across the US from LA to New York over a year's time.

So, what can you expect? Pretty much the bluesy soulful groove you've heard before, but if possible some deeper lyrics and amazing musicianship. Each one of the 10 songs is remarkable--and having listened twice already, I can tell you there's no bad songs and it's hard to pick a favorite.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SOULFUL, ROOTSY AND RAW - HIS FINEST YET ? October 22, 2007
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There are only a handful of artists who have, over the years, consistently given me a lot of listening pleasure, and MC is easily one of these. Now, I am not one for over-exaggeration but, these days, he only seems to produce a new studio album to coincide with the next sighting of Halley's Comet. However, this may be no bad thing - I'll settle for quality over quantity any day. Suffice to say that I'm very glad I came across MC when I first heard 'Walking In Memphis' over 15 years ago (yes, it really is that long ago - now, a distant memory of a time when I was solvent, and he had more hair than me); but enough of my nostalgic musings - what about this album ?

After almost a 10 year 'lay-off' since 'Burning the Daze', MC is back with his inimitable brand of rootsy pop-rock (but not so much of the 'pop' on this album).

THE SONGS : All are either written or co-written by MC. Most are slow to mid-tempo - exceptions being 'Live Out the String' and 'My Sanctuary'. As you would expect, the lyrics are 'top notch', covering such diverse themes as : regrets about lost loves and past relationships, the human impact of the Katrina tragedy, and his love for his family. A few of the melodies are not as immediately accessible as some on previous albums, nevertheless they are still pretty good; but it could be said that a couple of songs ('Dance Back From the Grave' and 'If I Were An Angel') are 'lighter on melody and heavier on groove'; whereas others ('The Calling', 'Let Me Be Your Witness' and 'Giving Up the Ghost') have a more 'classic' MC feel to them.
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37 of 48 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Marc Who? November 3, 2007
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From the piano intro of "Walking In Memphis" during the summer of 1991 I became a Marc Cohn fan. Unlike the rest of these biased fans giving "Join The Parade" five star reviews, I felt with each successive release that Cohn lost the magic of his debut. Couple that with long gaps between albums, and this Grammy winner for Best New Artist has become a non-entity. When I talk about Marc Cohn, most people have no idea who I am talking about. I remind them of "Walking In Memphis", but it was so long ago, no one remembers it.

"Join The Parade" does nothing to restore Marc Cohn's reputation. There will be no hit singles. Few people will listen to this cd, and fewer people will even buy it. Does this mean the music is terrible? No. After repeatedly listening to the disc I found things that I liked, and like other reviewers here I agree that there aren't any bad songs on the disc. But, I'm not going to say that "Join The Parade" is Cohn's best album. I'm not going to say it's his most mature work. Every Cohn album is mature, and every Cohn album has good songs. "Join The Parade" is somewhat boring and dull when compared to his 1991 debut. On his debut, I felt what Marc was singing about. On "Join The Parade" I felt very little. Even with him singing about Katrina, love issues, his gunshot wound. I'd still rather listen to his 1991 debut instead. Or even 1993's "The Rainy Season". Both of those albums have more interesting arrangements to go along with his well written lyrics. The arrangements on "Join The Parade" are not as memorable. It's as if someone took Cohn and stripped him of his sense of melody.

Also, I couldn't help but feel Cohn sounded like other artists on "Join The Parade". I haven't felt that on his other three discs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cohn Fan
I like his music. I like this CD. It is not my favorite Cohn, but it is in my favorites shelf.
Published 4 months ago by GaryLL
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic and soulful album
Like most fans of Marc Cohn, I discovered his work through his first album and the song "Walking In Memphis. Read more
Published 9 months ago by P. Opus
5.0 out of 5 stars Depth and Soul
Simply put; this is an astonishingly good album. A great album, full of songs with depth and sadness, hopes and dreams, and a lot of soul. Very, very soulful. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for your Marc Cohn collection.
Marc Cohn never ceases to amaze me. I had to add this CD to my collection just for the stories behind the music. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Robert A Pataky Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
So glad Marc Cohn is back? Love his style and have played the cd often. Even my husband commented on it favorably.
Published 21 months ago by M. Otto
5.0 out of 5 stars Join the Parade
After ten years away we finally get another album from Marc Cohn and I have to say it is up to his usual high standard. Read more
Published on March 4, 2011 by Spider Monkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Another must have Marc C CD
From the first track Listening to Levon until the last song this CD is for any music lover. If you prefer the melodies or appreciate the poetry of lyrics you will not be... Read more
Published on August 5, 2010 by Motherteresa1978
5.0 out of 5 stars Cohn delivers, with subtlety, feeling, and humanity.
While many Cohn listeners have quietly grown accustomed to the lukewarm commercial reception for his prior two albums, his writing and the overall caliber of his work has been... Read more
Published on May 3, 2010 by Npk417
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have
This is a true work of art!! Marc Cohn takes you on a fabulous ride with him and you will enjoy every minute of it. Read more
Published on February 12, 2010 by T. Martel
5.0 out of 5 stars Join This Parade
I use this CD in my alarm clock so the first song (Listening to Levon) sticks in my head ALL day...but its good stuff for sticking! Read more
Published on September 4, 2009 by JO Schmoe
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