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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.
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  • Audio CD (July 22, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B001ANE3CW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,318 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Make a Better World
2. Inner City Blues (Makes Me Wanna Holler)
3. Yes We Can Can
4. John Brown
5. This Old World
6. War
7. We Shall Be Free
8. License To Kill
9. Masters of War
10. Why Can't We Live Together
11. Pray For the USA
12. Down By the Riverside
13. Everyone In the World

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2008 release. Maria Muldaur's roots are in the Folk revival of the early '60s, a time when figures like Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan were making bold statements about the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other burning issues of the day. More than four decades later, in the face of political and social issues in which the stakes are equally high, Muldaur assembles a group of legendary female performers to lend their voices in a critical examination of where we are as a nation and where we're going. The guest list includes Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez, Phoebe Snow, Odetta and Jane Fonda.

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"...it's one fine album. Strongly musical, free of preachment and tunnel vision, it will withstand critical abuse. Part of the credit for its success is due to Muldaur's own strong musical sensibilities... The duet ["Yes We Can"] already has been co-opted by Barack Obama's supporters. It wouldn't be surprising if it emerged as an inaugural anthem if the Democratic candidate wins." -- Tuscaloosa News

"Muldaur has enjoyed a fair share of hits and significant releases, but Yes We Can! stands as her finest on many levels." -- Nashville City Paper

"The music is quite good..." -- Chicago Sun Times

"Yes We Can benefits from a mastery of selection. Muldaur wisely chooses songs that resonate with the public while making them new and exciting, a prime example being the slowed-down, bluesy version of Edwin Starr's `War.' Maria's voice is mature and incredibly flexible, able to fit the mood, tone and genre of each song, from the funky `Yes We Can' to the folky `Down By the Riverside.' This effort is sure to inspire more than just record sales." -- Elmore, July 2008

Customer Reviews

She draws from vast source of great songwriters.
Barry J. Toffoli
I have to admit, after reading the description of the album, I thought it was going to be kind of dopey at worst and kind of corny at best.
h,s
The musical choices fluctuate between songs that call for peace and understanding and strong anti war/violence songs.
Thomas H. Moody

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mark D. Prouse on August 6, 2008
Format: Audio CD
"Right On!" is all I can say about the new Maria Muldaur. Her most powerful work yet. Upon second listen, I think it's the best thing she's done since her youthful heyday, when she was often heard singing about sex and/or romance. The three Dylan songs are the strongest, here: "John Brown," "License To Kill," and especially "Masters of War." On the first listen, I gave up on the latter after a few bars, as it's never been among my favorite Dylan tunes; bit of a slog, I always thought, whether by Judy Collins or by Dylan himself. Big mistake on my part. The second go-round I paid more attention and found that this version is the first one of the song that I've really appreciated. The atmospheric arrangement, with its rumbling drums, is hair-raising, Maria's singing is appropriately impassioned (but not melodramatic), and the lyrics come through in a more personal way than they ever have for me. The six-minute length goes by in a flash; that's how engaging it is. There are some other highlights, including Garth Brooks' "We Shall Be Free," with vocal trade-off's between Maria, Joan Baez, Odetta and Holly Near, and a bluesy "Why Can't We Live Together," accented by fine electric guitar work by Shane Theriot, and an interesting reimagining of "War," one of those tunes one would not think could be effectively covered by anyone, the familiar Edwin Starr version being so definitive. Muldaur slows it down, giving the lyrics a chance to be absorbed in a new way. There are other familiar voices on this CD: Phoebe Snow can be heard wailing away on "Pray For The USA," and Bonnie Raitt joins in on the title song. Muldaur's excellent band, The Free Radicals, provides solid, energetic backing throughout.Read more ›
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Thomas H. Moody on August 26, 2008
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Since Maria Muldaur's self-titled debut album first appeared in 1973 she has shown a certain amount of "nerve" in her repertoire selections. On paper many of her album/CD-programmed choices could look like a recipe for disaster. Take for example her excellent 1974 album "Waitress In A Donut Shop" where she wove songs from writers as diverse as Fats Waller, Anna McGarrigle, Allen Toussaint, Lieber & Stoller, Wendy Waldman, and Doc Watson into a cohesive work that flowed from one genre to another without missing beat. That chance-taking trait has followed her throughout her career and each and every time she makes it work and comes out a winner.

Muldaur has musically never been very political - until now. Sure there was some songs here and there where she sang about promoting peace and harmony (Smokey Robinson's "Sweet Harmony") or where she perhaps got a little political (Rev. W.H. Brewster's "As An Eagle Stirreth Her Nest") but she's basically been a singer of love songs (good love and not-so good love.)

With "Yes We Can" we find Muldaur singing upfront and forceful in the area of world affairs, politics and the state of the human race Once again she mixes up the pot with a varied program that looks a bit "iffy" on paper. But by this time we should all know enough to wait and listen to her performance. And surely enough one doesn't have to wait long into the recording to realize that "Yes We Can" is an excellent piece of work.

The musical choices fluctuate between songs that call for peace and understanding and strong anti war/violence songs. On the "up" side is first and foremost the opening track, Earl King's "Make A Better World" which opens with a Stone's like riff and then adds to that a Honky Tonk/New Orleans sound.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Finn on November 14, 2008
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I have loved Maria's music for decades, I guess that lets you know how old I am. I have a broad range of favorite artists from Assembly of Dust to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Maria's albums I reach for most of the time. This one did not let me down. When Maria sings the incredible soul touching ballads on this album you can feel it from your heart to your pinky toes! Her voice has been fine tuned with time and experiences and you can hear it in every selection. You want to sway,boogie,shout or cry when listening to this creative venue of perfection. Please, please Maria, don't ever stop.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. De Frel on August 27, 2008
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I bought this new album of Maria short after the release and i must say "it is one of the best"! I have all the albums that Maria recorded. It's a wide range of music. From folk to big band, from blues to jazz. This time i think that it is more soul. Her voice is getting deeper by passing the years and the voice goes so well with the songs on this album. I love it!

Kees de Frel
The Netherlands
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lee Armstrong HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 13, 2008
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Maria Muldaur's heartfelt set "Yes We Can" is a powerful statement for peace. The title track became familiar to me on The Pointer Sisters. The Allen Toussaint-penned track embodies a positive message with Bonnie Raitt joining on vocals, "We gotta take care of all the children, the little children of the world 'cause they're all our strongest hope for the future, the little bitty boys & girls." Extremely powerful -- albeit not altogether pleasant -- is the strong Bob Dylan anti-war song "John Brown" with the tale of a flag-waving patriotic mother who can't face the shattered body of her returning son. On Garth Brooks' "We Shall Be Free" Maria is joined by Odetta who recently passed and Joan Baez whose recent CD Day After Tomorrow is excellent. The track bubbles with joyful energy. "Why Can't We Live Together" was my personal #1 favorite song of 2003 as it was recorded by Steve Winwood on his About Time CD. Muldaur's version has the bubbling bass line and the jarring organ riff with her voice passionately urgent, "No more war, just some peace in this world." Phoebe Snow who just put out a great new CD Live joins Maria for "Pray for the USA," "Hatred & violence are going up, death & destruction just piling up; War is killing even innocent little children; For those who can clearly see, you know this should never be." Jane Fonda lends her voice to Maria's rollicking version of the traditional "Down By the Riverside.Read more ›
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