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  • Audio CD (July 10, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Texas Music Group
  • ASIN: B00005KJ2S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,151 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Start Of Somethin' Good
2. Thank You For The Love
3. Work On It
4. Something In The Water
5. The Right Kind Of Man
6. Call Of My Heart
7. Darlin'
8. Measure For Measure
9. I Want To Do Everything For You
10. Who Needs Tears
11. Like You Used To
12. Keep This Love Alive
13. We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye

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Few singers respect and reward a song as well as Austin's eclectic leading lady, Toni Price. Her calm, confident, and inherently sensual voice never overpowers her material, but instead seems to seduce the best out of the songs. Midnight Pumpkin, stylistically diverse yet musically unified by Price's personalized approach, is her most fully realized recording. Every song is different, and every song, whether an uptempo tune like the tough-woman anthem "Who Needs Tears" or the gentle, midnight ballad "Something in the Water," is a success. The songs, ranging from a couple of esoteric jazz tunes from the early 1930s to the percussive, Latin-flavored "Work on It" to J.J. Cale's "Like You Used To," benefit greatly from superlative musicianship featuring intricate guitar interplay.

Guitar legend James Burton, heard behind everyone from Elvis Presley to Gram Parsons, is a very special guest on several songs, but with Austin aces like Derek O'Brien, who coproduced with Price, the late Champ Hood, and David Grissom involved, there's no shortage of guitar expertise, and it's all put to excellent use. Former Storyville frontman Malford Milligan, a perennial poll winner as Austin's best male vocalist, joins Price for a fine and funky rendition of Joe Tex's "I Want to Do Everything for You" to further diversify the music presented. The sax-powered soul of "Keep This Love Alive," on which John Mills blows up a storm, and the addictive joys of "Measure for Measure," a radio-friendly gem that slots perfectly between the best efforts of Lucinda Williams and Sheryl Crow, are also highlights. Price's Nashville roots show on songs like "Call of My Heart," which conjures a gospel and bluegrass mood, with Burton on dobro, Erik Hokkanen on mandolin, and backup vocals by the Lustre Family. This concert show-stopper, equally effective on disc, segues smoothly into "Darlin'," a simple, acoustic, old-style country tune that brings the Lustre Family's high and lonesome vocal harmony into the spotlight. --Michael Point

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Her voice is so strong and beautiful.
Jackie Brown
Of course, if you purchase her other CD, Sol Power, you will get a somewhat accurate picture of Toni live.
Nancy Locklin
Gives me the chills, and makes me homesick for the Continental Club.
Lee Watkins

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Fred Rudofsky on July 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The pride of Austin, TX returns with her followup to 1999's marvelous LOWDOWN AND UP. Once again, Toni proves herself to be worthy of being mentioned in the same breath as Billie Holliday, Maria McKee, Irma Thomas and Emmylou Harris-- she seeks out the unique songs of others (esp. Gwil Owen) and makes them her own. In other words, her amazing voice is matched by her instincts for seeking out material. Surrounded by a stellar group of musicians from her own road band and by special invitation (James Burton! David Grissom! Tommy Shannon! Lisa Pankratz! Stanley Smith! Olivier Giraud! Ian McLagen!), Toni delivers an engaging song cycle that mixes bittersweet irony ("Thank You for the Love"), funky realism (the percussive, Latin-beat "Work on It"), and tough as nails candor ("Who Needs Tears"). Some of the best moments are the bluesiest and quietest, such as "Right Kind of Man", "Like You Used to", and "We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye", where you'd swear Toni and company are sitting in your living room and playing some tunes just for you. Two other songs of mention are "Call of My Heart" (which was the show-stopper on Toni's recent appearance on Austin City Limits) and a lively duet with Malford Milligan (formerly of Storyville) on Joe Tex's "I Want to Do Everything for You". If you are are a long-time fan, you'll love this album, and if you're new to Toni, let's just say you will become smitten and soon devoted to this dynamic singer from the Lone Star State.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Patrice Webb on July 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Throughout her career, Toni Price has always defied the boundaries most artists place on their lives on a daily basis. Be it blues, folk, country, or jazz, Price embraces it all with a reckless abandon making each song she sings seem like hers and hers alone. On her fifth - and best - album the former roots rocker/blues siren has managed to take her genre defying musical style farther than ever, exploring a variety of musical styles from almost every era of popular music.
On this musical timeline of songs culled from the early jazz of the 30s, the Memphis soul of the 60s, the funkiness of R&B, the down home sound of bluegrass, and finally the blues, Price takes us on a musical journey of woman needs man and how the need to scratch that proverbial itch and get the business of love done is as old as humanity itself. What ties this all together, is the fact that sex/love/man/woman is what so much of the best of American music has been all about all along. With this disk, Price reminds us of what this music could still be about if it hadn't gotten lost along the way.
Although not known as a songwriter, and in possession of a voice that is more sturdy than brilliant, it is her interpretive abilities, phrasing, and natural fluency with whatever style of music she chooses to sing that sets her apart and showcases her ability to not just inhabit every song she sings but to transport it to its proper time and place as well. Few singers could move so effortlessly from the starlit jazz of "The Right Kind of Man" to the bluegrass of "Call of My Heart" then switch seamlessly to the 60s soul of "Work on It" and make it sound so soulfully alive.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Locklin on May 29, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I live in Austin, TX and saw Toni Price perform live at the Continental Club for her weekly Hippy Hour performance yesterday, and, boy, was I blown away. Even though I've lived in this city for 12 years, I'd never seen her live until yesterday. I'm kicking myself for all of her shows that I've missed! Toni seems very down to earth and very sensual in her performances. And, she drank just about as much whisky on stage as I did beer in the audience. She seemed to be having a blast onstage. She has a way of making her fans feel welcome and at ease. And, then there's her voice. She has a beautiful, natural voice. It's hard to describe her music, which seems to me to be a blend of rockabilly and old time country with a heavy dose of the BLUES. It's pure ear candy that keeps you coming back for more. She's a wonderful example of Austin music. No one should visit Austin without seeing her live. I only have 3 of her CDs (so far): Sol Power, Swim Away, and Midnight Pumpkin. To the Toni Price newbie, I would recommend getting your hands on either Swim Away or Midnight Pumpkin. My introduction to Toni Price was Swim Away because it was on sale at Waterloo Records (a fine establishment). I became addicted to listening to Toni Price after buying Swim Away. Of course, if you purchase her other CD, Sol Power, you will get a somewhat accurate picture of Toni live. In case anyone's wondering what my musical tastes are to see if they jive with yours, I listen mostly to the Cowboy Junkies, Cassandra Wilson, Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin (another great Austin singer), Tom Waits, Uncle Tupelo, Nick Drake, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Billy Holiday, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Van Morrison, Peter Gabriel, Fleetwood Mac, Jeff Buckley, Bob Schneider, you get the picture. Go out and buy all of her albums!!!!!!
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