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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 (July 20, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Saguaro Road Records
  • ASIN: B003IFMXAE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,676 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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One Sunday morning in the early '70's, a youngster in Cleveland caught an earful of Van Morrison's 'Astral Weeks' and his life was never the same. That kid was Marc Cohn and soon after that morning he bought everything Morrison had released to date, along with works by Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne.

Cohn's rootsier, acoustic neofolk style harkens back to the more
sophisticated rock and pop inflections of singer-songwriters of two decades past - his supple, velvety baritone and elegant piano-based arrangements frame shrewdly crafted songs ripe with pop touches.

Marc Cohn's new record on Saguaro Road will focus on the year 1970,
an important year for music fans in general and particularly for Marc,
because many significant albums and singles were released then that had an impact on his decision to become an artist.

The album features Marc's personal interpretations of classic songs
written by and/or made famous in 1970 by Paul McCartney, John
Lennon, Cat Stevens, Van Morrison, John Fogerty and CCR, Smokey
Robinson, Joe Cocker, Simon & Garfunkel, Eric Clapton and several
more.
Songs include 'Wild World,' 'The Tears of A Clown,' 'The Letter,' 'Maybe I'm Amazed' and 'Make it With You' and features guest duet with India.Arie.

The album is produced by Grammy-winning producer John
Leventhal (Shawn Colvin, Record of the Year), who also just produced
the new album by Rosanne Cash, 'The List.'

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool and Creative Covers July 23, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I have to disagree with some of the reviewers. I think Marc Cohn was trying to take songs from his childhood, and make them his own. He's not trying to top Cat Steven, Paul McCartney et al. Marc has a remarkably warm and soulful voice, and it comes through on this album.

If Mr. Cohn was trying to just "cash in", he would not have selected such an eclectic collection of songs and then recorded them with such different arrangements. Instead he puts his stamp on these songs.

If you are looking for straight covers, than I think you missed the point. But if you are looking for cool and emotional versions of some brilliant 1970's songs, this is for you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happily suprised! July 31, 2010
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I have been a fan of Mr Cohn for a while. I lived in Memphis in the earl 70s and his first hit took me back. This new collection was great cover of other works. I enjoyed Mr. Cohn's interprutation of these tunes, in may ways more then I enjoyed the originals. It's hard for an artist to do this kind of thing and not sound like a poor second. In this case this album makes these tunes new again. But like candy, I sure could use some more.....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this record. August 8, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Wow.

This record is awesome. I got it my local Starbucks this morning and have been playing it all day long. I had no idea who Marc Cohn was when I bought the CD. It just looked like a CD I had to buy. Then I Wiki'd him and read that he did "Walking in Memphis", and thought "I like that song", but it never stuck with me who the artist was even after hearing it on the radio a million times.

I think this CD is fantastic. The liner notes say it all. I am Marc's age and am also a musician and this is the project that I would love to do if I had the time and money.

I was the same age as Marc when I heard these songs. God bless him for being to able to document his artistic tipping point and having the resources to do this. This is very good. I especially like his arrangement of "New Speedway Boogie."

Thanks Marc.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves a Grammy November 16, 2010
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I've never heard much of Marc Cohn except for the song Walking in Memphis. But I never felt the urge to buy his stuff until I heard this. Maybe it's because I'm the same age and these songs all mean something to me personally but I'm a professional musician, writer and I know how difficult it is to re-interperet a classic song.
This collection is meant to be "night time" music in his own words. He's not trying to be better than the original, he's paying tribute and bringing his own style and voice to them. I think it's amazing and I'd be surprised if it's not nominated for a Grammy. So there ya go. Just my own opinion. Of course, that's what these reviews are all about. I love the Cd.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to get stuck on... August 19, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Just had to chime in here -- from the first snippet I heard, I knew I'd have to buy this CD (and I rarely buy CD's these days). I am admittedly a Marc Cohn fan, and also a fan of John Leventhal; I love that man's musical sensibilities and am rarely disappointed. I actually looked forward to seeing John as much as his wife the times I've made it to a Rosanne Cash show!

Yes, these songs sound decidedly different from the originals; that's part of the beauty of covers, hearing another artist's interpretation of a song that they love. Cohn's voice is soulful and reverent, just now am hearing "Long as I Can See the Light" for the first time as I write and it is so heartbreaking it stopped me in my tracks. Now I'm looping back around to "Wild World" for a second full listen -- this is the one I was most uncertain about in my preview listening -- and the whole groove of it is making something new and fresh, while utterly, completely familiar.

This is a beautiful, fully thought out release --if you're ready to break out of the ordinary and fall in love all over again (or for the first time) with some classics, you're in for a treat!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Re-interpreting a good year July 30, 2010
Format:Audio CD
These covers are worth a listen. The tracks on this album are reinterpreted and not just re-sung.

One small quibble, several people have said that only Cat Stevens can do 'Wild World'; while this may be true, let's not forget that the song was written by Jimmy Cliff (worth a listen for a completely different take on the song).
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19 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great concept, wish I loved the result July 21, 2010
Format:Audio CD
It turns out this is a really gutsy thing to do, making a record of covers of 40-year old pop songs. Cohn opens with the weakest track by far, Wild World by Cat Stevens. Now, I have a lot of Cat Stevens on my Ipod, and some of his songs are more easily covered, but this particular song needs to be heard in the voice of Cat Stevens.

When Cohn picks songs that are not still all over the oldies stations (Look At Me, No Matter What), it works better for me. When he invites comparison to iconic renditions that are still heard today, he usually suffers. For one thing, he sings them SOOOOO slowly. It reminds me of how my spouse always feels that Happy Birthday is sung at a dirgelike tempo and makes hand motions to speed it up through the entire song. In particular, The Letter had me screaming at the CD. I am sure that Cohn just wants to wring every ounce of emotion from these songs that mean so much to him, but that can be difficult to listen to.

On a handful of other songs, Cohn is just OK. Maybe I'm Amazed - not McCartney, but not bad. The Only Living Boy in New York - on the slow side, but tolerable. Into the Mystic - again, tolerable. After Midnight - channeling Eric Clapton Unplugged, not terrible.

There is one song on this CD that I really, really liked, and that is Make It With You, with India.Arie. I would not have guessed it. Their voices blend together really well, and they somehow manage to make this trite old chestnut sound fresh.

These are my reactions after one time through the CD. Maybe it will grow on me. It's not something I would put away and never take out again. I know these songs mean a lot to Marc Cohn. I know this is not just a throwaway album of covers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars memphis boy
wonderful listening from a true artist..
Published 3 days ago by Bill Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Listen
I am a Marc Cohn fan who was still skeptical heading in to my first listen. Here he is singing some of my favorite songs by some of my favorite artist and I couldn't conceive him... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael E. Stack
5.0 out of 5 stars Cohn's latest CD
Purchased as a gift for family member that likes Cohn music. Special voice and great sound. Life would not be the same without hissing "Walking in Memphis"! Read more
Published 4 months ago by C. D. Cohron
5.0 out of 5 stars I must have been having way more fun than I thought in the 70s to have...
I was flabbergasted when I heard this for the first time a couple of months ago. How did I miss this guy back in the days of James Taylor, Jackson Brown, et al ?
Published 4 months ago by denny in TC
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this CD as I do all Cohn's music
Bought this after hearing him sing some of the songs. (He played with Mary Chapin Carpenter at Chautauqua Auditorium, Boulder, CO July, 2013)

I'm glad he did these... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Leland
5.0 out of 5 stars omg!!!
one of the best cd's i have heard in a long time. every song is great and he does a great job at covering these songs but putting his own thing to them....highly recomened!!!!
Published 13 months ago by E. Lee Oneal
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot of sameness
Had been to a Marc Cohn concert here and several people told me how good this CD was. However, most of the songs sound the same and I've never played it a second time.
Published 14 months ago by Peggy Carr
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should own this Marc Cohn album!
I recently saw Marc Cohn live and he did 2 of the songs off this album.
I just bought this album and I am very impressed with his versions of these songs from 1970. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Miguel
5.0 out of 5 stars What? No vinyl?
Why on earth is this record not available on vinyl??!! It seems like it was made for that format. Mobile Fidelity, how about it?
Published 14 months ago by W. Sammon
5.0 out of 5 stars Marc Cohn ~ Listening Booth: 1970
Marc doesn't have many albums out there and this one is a cover album. He's choosen those songs from that era that has had the most impact on him. Read more
Published 16 months ago by John Daniel Schiefer
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