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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 20, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Saguaro Road Records
  • ASIN: B003IFMXAE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,107 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By brooklynbrood on 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 By Scott Strayer on August 8, 2010
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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20 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Rushmore VINE VOICE on July 21, 2010
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 19, 2010
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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 By David Hill on July 30, 2010
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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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