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Raindance

Essra Mohawk Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 5, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Schoolkids Records
  • ASIN: B0000012R8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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1. Raindance
2. Stronger Than Wind
3. Love Can't Live With Lies
4. One More Word
5. It's History
6. Little Wars
7. Whatever It Takes
8. Summer Of Love
9. The Work Is Never Done
10. Somebody Just Like You
11. End Of A Long Bad Dream
12. Wrap It All Around

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RAINDANCE IS A WONDERFUL ALBUM August 10, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Essra's voice keeps getting better, really. Different, yes, but better in terms of control, expressiveness of emotion, heartbreak, and ultimately joy. And then there are the songs. Essra had been writing furiously for years since her last commercially-released album, "E-Turn" (which I quite like by the way - Sure, it may be "new wave," or whatever you wish to classify it as, but again, Essra has always been able to write a great batch of songs, regardless of style.), and many of them turned up on "Raindance." In fact, one of these songs, entitled "Stronger Than the Wind," was recorded by Tina Turner, and Tina's got great taste. Listen intently to the song "It's History" and tell me honestly that it did not stir your emotions and your heart.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Voice, Vision & Rock N Roll July 21, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Essra Mohawk is probably one of the most obscure artists who should have made it big. Her first album in 1968 on Frank Zappa's Bizarre label "This is Sandy Hurvitz" is a collector's item than can bring as much as $70. With her milestone "Primordial Lovers" on Reprise, the self-titled Asylum album, and several independent releases, she has created a body of work that is original and energetic. Her voice is one of the most distinctive with a rasp like a female Rod Stewart or Kim Carnes. When she sings with emotion, you know she's been there. This CD is a welcome addition to her work. "Love Can't Live With Lies" is probably one of the finest tunes crafted in recent years, one of those mid-tempo classics that if Celine Dion recorded, it'd hit the charts. "Raindance" has a powerful intelligence and not only keeps your foot tapping but can take you away. "Summer of Love" is another of my favorites. Essra is one of th! ose artists I search out. Whenever I find a new recording, it's a great day! Buy it! -- Lee Armstrong
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's just okay. July 23, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Essra Mohawk is a very talented songwriter and singer, no question about that. A few of the records she made during the late sixties to mid seventies may even be regarded as obscure and forgotten classics; they are that good. At the same time, she's also one of those numerous artists who once came close to making it, but didn't, and as a result she's become a somewhat jagged and bitter pill. She'd rather blame the record companies, blame her musical peers who did make it, blame her three ex-husbands - basically blame everyone else except herself (Does heroin addiction ring a bell?) - as the forces that prevented her from becoming a star. Of course, now she's trying to get HER story out to the masses, through a tell-all book (which probably less people will buy than her records, which all sold terribly), through insane pleas to anyone who'll listen, through bitter songs about money getting in the way of love, and through bizarre chants. Too bad most of the people she's blaming for her failures (Zappa, Nyro, et al) are not alive to defend themselves.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Essra reveals yet another side of her.... August 13, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Raindance is a remarkable album. While maybe a bit more... subdued, for lack of a better word, than her previous works, it is nonetheless a work of art. Summer of Love is my favorite track.
As a relatively new fan, I had the chance to listen to all her music for the first time relatively close together. As I listened to a new album, my first thought was how versatile she is. I had recognized her talents right off the bat.
Her talent _is tremendous. She has been compared to so many artists- Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro... the list goes on and on, but this only proves one thing- Essra is Essra. One can't be a Joni Mitchell _and_ a Laura Nyro, _and_ a ...... And if she is and I am wrong, holy cow, what a combination! Reviewers are compelled to compare. It makes good copy. Essra is so diverse that she can't be pigeonholed; hence the numerous comparisons, in my opinion. In fact, Joni Mitchell once said that her song "Woodstock" was written with Essra's style in mind.
I was so impressed by Essra, I asked her for permission to create a web site for her, which she graciously agreed to. Please visit it.
Lastly, why did I give Raindance 4 stars? I'm comparing Essra to Essra. Her best is yet to come.
Pete Bremy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essra is the BOMB August 12, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
In 1995, after a decade of not commercially releasing any albums (though she did continue to write and record), Essra Mohawk reappeared on the independent Midwestern label, Schoolkids. Too bad this album didn't come out on a major label, with major level marketing, because this disc is tremendous in every sense of the word. First, Mohawk's writing chops have never been better, unlike many singer/songwriters who started during the sixties whose modern works stir quizzical gasps along the lines of, "What on Earth is he/she doing STILL making records on a bigtime label, and why on Earth are people buying them?" Not so with Essra. These are all fantastic songs with universal appeal, and speak for all of us, young and green or old and grey. Then, there's that eighth wonder of the world voice. It's so easy to fall in love with that voice. As an earlier reviewer suggested, please do yourself a favour and purchase RAINDANCE before they are gone for good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stirs your soul and conscience
I do not own this cd, but heard the song It's History on launchast, and it is a very poignant and stirring song about the ravaging consequences of mankind's greed (anybody read... Read more
Published on June 17, 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars A good album, but where is are her CLASSICS?
Don't get me wrong. This is a nice album to have on disc, but it's very commercial and Essra's voice ain't as good as it once was. Read more
Published on July 11, 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Essra has been around a long time and never got the credit due her. I hope Raindance and her new CD, Essie Mae Hawk meets the Killer Groove Band, gets her the attention that she... Read more
Published on September 2, 1999 by James R. Roberts Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant...moving
My admiration goes to Essra Mohawk for doing something different each time she makes a record (which isn't often enough). Read more
Published on August 19, 1999 by Charles_Donovan@ipc.co.uk
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the most important CD of the 90's
One thing, I remember Essra when I was a teen in Visiting NYC/Greenwich Village. The Secret Diva had remained Secret too long. Read more
Published on August 16, 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars You've got to buy this one!
Raindance is the best music that you can find anywhere right now. Her lyrics and melodies are the ultimate rush. I hope everyone out there hears how wonderful Essra Mohawk is. Read more
Published on August 13, 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Hey "music fan" -- why don't you identify yourself?
No, it's not fair to compare Essra to Laura Nyro as late as '95, when Raindance was released, because: 1) they never really sounded the same, and 2) they really didn't sound the... Read more
Published on August 13, 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars <<<good but not great>>>
I just bought this CD after reading some gushing internet posts about it by longtime Essra fans. Having sort of lost track of her since her early days, I was totally surprised that... Read more
Published on July 30, 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall...her best album since "Primordial Lovers"
It's a little more commercial-sounding, but the combination of first-rate songwriting, tight band, and Essra's fabulous vocals make "Raindance" a nice addition to any... Read more
Published on June 29, 1999
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