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Maria Muldaur may be best known for her 1974 mega-hit “Midnight at the Oasis” and the follow-up, the iconic anthem “I’m A Woman.” But, her pop success aside, her 47 year career is best described as a long and rambling odyssey through various forms of American roots music.
In her teen years she was part of the folk revival of the early sixties, and she grew up ... Read more in Amazon's Maria Muldaur Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 14, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: 1973
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002KBZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,733 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Any Old Time
2. Midnight At The Oasis
3. My Tennessee Mountain Home
4. I Never Did Sing You A Love Song
5. The Work Song
6. Don't You Make Me High (Don't You Feel My Leg)
7. Walkin' One & Only
8. Long Hard Climb
9. Three Dollar Bill
10. Vaudeville Man
11. Mad Mad Me

Editorial Reviews

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Don't let the name fool you: this rare Italian songbird was born Maria D'Amato. Muldaur is to white female pop singers what Anita O'Day is to white female jazz singers--way hipper than the herd. She recorded in the '60s with the Even Dozen and Jim Kweskin jug bands and her then-husband, Geoff Muldaur, before going out on her own with this 1973 recording. Sidemen include people like Jim Dickinson, Spooner Oldham, Jim Keltner, Mac Rebennack, Ray Brown, and Dave Holland. Among the tunes are Jimmie Rodgers's "Any Old Time," Dolly Parton's "My Tennessee Mountain Home," and the album's hit, "Midnight at the Oasis." American music rarely gets better than this. --Stanley Booth

Customer Reviews

This is one of my FAVORITE albums of all time.
Victoria L. Galinsky
You can hear that she loves to sing and it is contageous.
P. Smidt
Glad I was able to add it to my cd collection.

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80 of 80 people found the following review helpful By John S. Ryan on March 1, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the very finest albums from the era that followed the great folk scare of the sixties. Maria Muldaur (nee D'Amato) had left the Kweskin Jug Band and was offered a shot at a solo album; this stunning collection was her debut. The album's biggest hit -- "Midnight at the Oasis," by Maria's pal David Nichtern -- wasn't originally on the list; it was added when the album turned out to need one more song. Good thing: Amos Garrett's guitar solo alone is worth the price of the entire CD.

And actually, so is every performance on every song; there's not a weak song, a weak arrangement, or a weak performance anywhere on it, and there aren't too many albums from _any_ era that you can say that about. Even "Long Hard Climb," which it seems every early-1970s singer tried to do at one time or another, comes off well here; Maria is probably the only artist whose recording of this tune stands up well over time. And that's the (comparatively) low point of the album.

The high point, in my own opinion anyway, is Wendy Waldman's "Mad Mad Me," which closes the album with what may be the most hauntingly gorgeous two minutes and fifty-three seconds ever recorded. But other tunes come mighty close: for example Mac Rebennack's sly "Three Dollar Bill" and Dolly Parton's sweet "My Tennessee Mountain Home." And listing the highlights of the individual instrumental performances would take up more room than I'm allotted here; Maria has always surrounded herself with the very best of musicians, and these are the best of the best.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on March 15, 2003
Format: 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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By slomamma on July 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
If I could get my money back for every lousy album I bought in the seventies, I'd be rich. But somehow I missed this one. My mistake.
The only song I'd ever heard Maria Muldaur sing was Midnight At The Oasis, which is, let's face it, a silly song, but a catchy one - and Muldaur's voice on it is unique and wonderful. But the song was so quirky that I wrote Muldaur off as one more lucky one hit wonder.
Wrong! This is an absolutely wonderful album from beginning to end. Her versions of Dolly Parton's "My Tennessee Mountain Home" and Kate McGarrigle's "Work Song" come across in an honest, downhome voice that reminds me of Iris Dement. On both "Don't You Make Me High (Don't You Feel My Leg)" and "Three Dollar Bill," Muldaur is sly, sexy and bluesy, and Dr. John's New Orleans style piano and the horn arrangements play off her voice pefectly. Great songs, great voice, great arrangements - what more could you ask for?
Those are my favorite songs on the album, but the rest are almost as good. If you have fond memories of "Midnight At The Oasis," buy this album immediately. This is one of those rare, rare albums where the rest of the songs are even better than the big hit.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tom Tuerff on April 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
In 1974, I was 16 years old and I got a temporary job working in the auto section of a newly-opened K-Mart near my house. My job was to lug cases of motor oil in from the garage to the sales area, as the special offer (in the middle of the oil shortage) was cans of oil for a measly ten cents each.
While I was lugging crates, I got to hear this album possibly 100 times over two weeks, because the auto stereo section, which was right next to the oil display, had exactly one eight-track tape for demos. And this album, "Maria Muldaur," was it.
(To make matters worse, one of my "co-workers" was a lecherous middle-aged cretin who found the rather suggestive song "Don't You Feel My Leg" to be unbelievably hilarious. He would go out of his way to call female employees over to the eight-track machines and play this song for them just to see their reaction. Fortunately they all thought this guy was a jerk.)
I can honestly say that even though I think at one time I had this entire album memorized from repeated plays at the 8-track machine, and while I'm sure I never wanted to hear the darn thing again for years after that little episode, I can also honestly say that I never really got tired of hearing these songs.
Muldaur's is an amazing voice, a kind of "link" between the worlds of folk, blues and jazz. Her unique phrasing and sense of what "needs to be" at any point of a song is what makes her interpretations of these tunes special.
Personal favorites on this album: "Mad, Mad Me," Wendy Waldman's bizarre, almost threatening love song; "Three Dollar Bill," "Don't You Feel My Leg" and "Midnight at the Oasis.
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