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Marc Cohn

Marc CohnAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)

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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 (February 12, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002IQI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,600 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Certified platinum by the RIAA (4/96).

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With rootsier, acoustic neofolk ascendant, Marc Cohn's 1991 debut 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, none more intricate or deftly executed than the set's epochal "Walking In Memphis," an epiphany rooted in rich musical history, studded with allusions to Elvis and Al Green, Beale Street and Graceland, and buoyed by a rippling piano motif and surging gospel choruses. Giving the set depth, as well as commercial legs, are of "Silver Thunderbird," infectious and intimate in its evocation of his father, husky meditations "Ghost Train" and "Dig Down Deep," a sexy update of Willie Dixon's "29 Ways" (the probable seed for Paul Simon's antithetical "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover"); and the fervent lover's anthem, "True Companion." --Sam Sutherland


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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This 1991 debut, by an artist whose seeming anachrony hadn't hurt his chances of getting a record deal in the 90's, shows that good taste really had not disappeared entirely. This 11-song extravaganza will not blow out your speakers; rather, it is meant to be enjoyed for its subtlety and grace
Cohn's voice is suave and gruff all in the same motion, and his piano rings forth strongly. The big hit (and hands down, the greatest track) is "Walking in Memphis", a slow and evocative piece that makes adult contemporary more muscular. But it doesn't end there. "Silver Thunderbird" is a track reminiscent of early Springsteen in the exuberance of an era long past. Cohn sings with passion on a lot of these songs undoubtedly culled from his life's experiences.
"Strangers in a Car" relies only on Cohn's solid piano and story-telling ability to bring a chill to the spine. "Ghost Train" is a Gospel-like tune with great backup singing and organ music.
The upbeat numbers don't detract from the mood, either. "Miles Away" and "Saving the Best For Last" offer less atmospherics and more commentary, with the latter giving one a heads up about the different characters you'd meet in New York City, if you found time to talk to a few; the former dealing with the funks we all get into sometimes. There's even a cover song, Willie Dixon's "29 Ways", with Cohn's pipe organ and unique back-up overdubs.
"Perfect Love" (with typical understated back-up singing by James Taylor) and "True Companion" are just flat-out wonderful love songs. The latter is especially touching, well-sung with a flourishing outro of an Irish bouzouki softly chanting out the finale.
Absolutely masterful production tops off this great first effort by a musician who still hasn't equalled this original effort. But it is one to savor, nonetheless.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A touch of heart March 17, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Marc Cohn's soulful, rich voice is the perfect match for some of the most touching lyrics I have ever heard. Much of his lyrics are pure poetry, and yet never seem forced to fit the melody. "Walking in Memphis", is upbeat and uplifting and the piano is inspired. "Silver Thunderbird" is a page out of my own history - it was a Ford Falcon, but every other detail brought me back to being five years old again. I gave my father the single as a Christmas present and this gruff, former construction worker from the Bronx told me he cried like a baby the first time he played it. As did I, the first time I heard it, commuting over the Tappan Zee bridge. Cohn carves his lyrics out of true human universal experience in a way that few have. The song "True Companion" is another that strikes a true chord - not another sappy love song about "I'll love you forever", but rather a true expression of the kind of love that lasts a lifetime. If I married my husband again, it would be the perfect wedding song. This album would be a wonderful addition to any collection, and a thoughtful gift!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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I'm sure glad CDs don't wear out. Out of 300 or so CDs in my collection, this one gets the most play time. Marc offers a rich voice, great rhythms, and telling lyrics. You've probably heard Walking in Memphis, an upbeat song with an addictive melody. Marc's got more to offer than just catchy melodies. He's also a story-teller. I can't help but sing along with great songs like Silver Thunderbird, which reflects on his childhood and his relationship with his father. Looking for a love song? Marc offers True Companion, a very romantic song, which quickly grew into "our song" for my wife and I. If you're looking for an album with soul, music that feels good, and a good sing-along CD, then you should definitely add this CD to your collection.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Miracle worth waiting for July 24, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Marc Cohn is a man out of time, but let us be thankful for that fact. He is a combination of all the best elements of Harry Chapin, Billy Joel and James Taylor, but doesn't come off as being purely derivative of these artists.
Barring the unusual cover of "29 Ways" there is not a single song on this album that is not a masterpiece. My personal favourite though is "Walk On Water", a truly glorious piece of music and heartfelt lyrics that is at least the equal of that other song about walking on this CD.
Cohn deservingly won the "Best New Artist" Grammy for this album, but surprisingly, apart from the top 20 "Walking In Memphis" never gained significant commercial success. "Silver Thunderbird" and "True Companion" made the lower end of the charts, and the album barely cracked the top 40. Subsequent releases have fared far less well than even this modest success, although they too are excellent albums.
Nevertheless if you miss the singer-songwriter years of the early 70s and like "Walking In Memphis" this album will not disappoint, and indeed will never stray too far from your CD player.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This isn't a single... December 7, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I know....you play the first track and people go, "Who is this singing, I always wanted to know?" This is Cohn's best album of the three. He combines smooth vocals and special appearances by James Taylor, with enough soul to let you know that you're not listening to James Taylor. Don't just put "Memphis" on repeat. In fact, I found the the other songs were my favorites. Especially "Silver Thunderbird" and "True Companion." Everyone is going to think of playing it at their wedding for the first dance. So buy the album and enjoy the whole thing. Trust me, you will.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a classic!
Published 22 days ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great Music, love the tone of his voice
Published 1 month ago by Richard Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars marc cohn admirer
stunning talent. why is he not more well known??
Published 2 months ago by Bill Moore
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
not too bad of a cd,,, a few good songs
Published 2 months ago by Timothy M. Wirth
5.0 out of 5 stars Start here for fantastic, soulful music
I love this album. Born in Cleveland, Cohn's sound is all-American, thematically American, like Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Neil Young. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Scott A
5.0 out of 5 stars Marc Cohn is for all times and all ages
I had this CD a long time ago and is has been misplaced. I am so happy to have downloaded it now and enjoy it in my car. Love this compilation. Especially Silver Thunderbird. Read more
Published 5 months ago by janedare
5.0 out of 5 stars Marc Cohn
Yes it did. Forgot how much I love his music. Have other cds but how can you miss Walkin in Memphis!!! Great!
Published 5 months ago by Carroll H.Wellford
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen while driving your silver Thunderbird
If you love songs with great lyrics this album is for you. I can't believe that Cohn has only had one national hit record, but I do believe that this is my kind of music. Read more
Published 5 months ago by James H. Wassmuth
5.0 out of 5 stars Marc Cohn writes lyrics straight from the heart
I owned a Cohn cassette tape and played it until it was totally stretched out! I'll probably play the CD until it's worn through. I love his smooth beautiful sound.
Published 6 months ago by Alber Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong
This collection of Mark Cohn's song is one of the best. I always enjoy Marks Cohns' music, songs and voice.
Published 6 months ago by Maureen R.
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