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  • Audio CD (May 13, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: May 13, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fontana Island
  • ASIN: B000001ETD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,339 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Laura Love ~ Octoroon

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Love cuts an interesting figure, what with her Ani DiFranco-looks and a remarkable voice that's someplace between Tracy Chapman and Odetta--with a dash of scatting yodelese for extra spice. Start immediately with "I Am Wondering," a deceptively simple tour de force that interpolates a Rodgers & Hammerstein standard into her own bemused musings. Love's originals ("Can't Understand," "June 4th Foundation") are fresh and bracingly intelligent: she somehow injects new life into "Amazing Grace" by giving it a zydeco feel, and the spartan take on Nirvana's "Come As You Are" is flat-out wonderful. Trad rarely sounds this contemporary. --Jeff Bateman

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It's just really neat, foot-tapping music.
ellen.timoney@portergaud.edu
I bought this album many years ago...it was my first Laura Love album and still one of my favorite!
Marcia T. Brehmer
Another upbeat, strong woman whose voice can only be admired.
Vicki

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mark eastman on March 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Strange...but true. I was not familiar with Laura Love untiltoday. I purchased a lot of CD's lately and, as fate wouldhave it, after rifling through them all, this was the first one I slipped in my car's cd player. Well, the diversity and energy blew me away. I just finished reading the 11 other customer reviews and I find all to be "on the money" covering different aspects of this album. Rather than be repetitive, I'll just give one more reason to buy this album: my favorite, the fantastic and unique Louisiana swamp infused/tribal beat/country yodel song 'Capricorn & Hominy'. Somehow, that one escaped the attention of all the other reviews. It shouldn't have. END
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul B. Hubbard on January 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
In the same amazing, mesmerizing way that David Lindley & El Rayo-X would cover a song and make it truly their own unique pleasure, Laura Love has a gift for transforming the music. There's simply no bad or even mediocre song on this album - how many artists can say that about theirs?

I stumbled across this album at one of Tower's listening stations, and was instantly charmed and amazed. I have highly diverse tastes - across the board and across the world - and yet I have few albums that are as well-rounded, consistently entertaining and so gifted. You see all the reviews here - every one with 5 stars - do you need to be kicked in the head to get with the program? Buy this album...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Laura Love tackles a suprising range of issues and ideas on this album blending traditional, creole, celtic into something unique and powerful. At moments, the sheer joy comes through in her trademark yodelling. The instrument also turns somber on tracks like June 4th Foundation (dealing with Tianneman Square) and If I Knew. Her covers of Amazing Grace, Blind Bartimus, and Come As You Are breathe new life and energy into these tunes. An album for anyone who loves their music as a source of fun or inspiration or (most importantly) both.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Fusco on December 17, 1999
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Full of true faith in life and love. This is one of the most gospel of gospel recordings I've heard in years. A treat that comes along just at the right time, when you're desparate to hear something fresh. I've seen her perform and it is indeed a true Revival Meeting! An eloquent offer of folk, funk, pop and a lot of other mixes you'd be pleasantly suprised to find. I've purchased this CD many times over just to give to friends so I don't have to part with my own copy! Of course I immediatley went out and grabbed "Shum Ticky" and although I thought it was good, I was thankful "Octoroon" was my first Laura Love experience. It will always be on my "Desert Island" list as evidenced by the tape for my Walkman, the CD at home and a copy downloaded on my PC at work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ellen.timoney@portergaud.edu on May 18, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Folks that listen to a terrific station out near Greenville, SC introduced me to Laura Love, and I'm so grateful I listened! Laura Love's voice resonates with deep, grounded, beautiful clarity which unknowingly draws you into her songs. This album keeps you listening, as the songs range in variety and beat. It's hard to describe the general tone of the album, as her songs vary. I'd say there's a mix of bluegrass, folk, and one song even borders on celtic/folk. It's just really neat, foot-tapping music. I haven't heard any of her other albums, but am getting ready to take the plunge into buying another disc. Enjoy, and feel free to let me know how you feel about her music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim Drake on November 20, 1999
Format: Audio Cassette
I'm not much of a review writer, but this album is the kind of CD that you can listen to three times in row and want for more. It is a staple in my road trip CDs and has become one of my favorite albums to groove to.(I know, your not supposed end a sentence with a preposition.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I first found this album by chance in the International section of a local music store. There perhaps because it was impossible to determine in which section it should be categorized; Folk, Celtic, Pop, Rock, Blues, Yodelling, Gospel, or a wonderful mix of all of the above. This is truly a remarkable album that I could not stop listening to for weeks straight after first purchasing it. A most worthy choice for anybody who enjoys music and finds excitement in something which is altogether unique, rythmic, spiritually and emotionally moving. Please email me if you know of any other albums with similar content that have the power to envigorate the soul.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lora Friedenthal on July 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The sound of this CD is quite different from the 2 mp3s that Amazon.com has available for download, but I find myself loving it anyway. I want to say that there's more of a Louisiana sound, but I'm not sure that's accurate. Some songs sound celtic, some sound like pop, but they're mostly all unique and I find myself trying to sing along even if I don't know the words. Give the mp3s available for download a listen. As much variety as there is between those two songs there is between every song on this CD.
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