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Cohn's rootsier, acoustic neofolk style harkens back to the more
sophisticated rock and pop inflections of singer-songwriters of two decades past - his supple, velvety baritone and elegant piano-based arrangements frame shrewdly crafted songs ripe with pop touches.
Marc Cohn's new record on Saguaro Road will focus on the year 1970,
an important year for music fans in general and particularly for Marc,
because many significant albums and singles were released then that had an impact on his decision to become an artist.
The album features Marc's personal interpretations of classic songs
written by and/or made famous in 1970 by Paul McCartney, John
Lennon, Cat Stevens, Van Morrison, John Fogerty and CCR, Smokey
Robinson, Joe Cocker, Simon & Garfunkel, Eric Clapton and several
Songs include 'Wild World,' 'The Tears of A Clown,' 'The Letter,' 'Maybe I'm Amazed' and 'Make it With You' and features guest duet with India.Arie.
The album is produced by Grammy-winning producer John
Leventhal (Shawn Colvin, Record of the Year), who also just produced
the new album by Rosanne Cash, 'The List.'
Top Customer Reviews
If Mr. Cohn was trying to just "cash in", he would not have selected such an eclectic collection of songs and then recorded them with such different arrangements. Instead he puts his stamp on these songs.
If you are looking for straight covers, than I think you missed the point. But if you are looking for cool and emotional versions of some brilliant 1970's songs, this is for you.
This record is awesome. I got it my local Starbucks this morning and have been playing it all day long. I had no idea who Marc Cohn was when I bought the CD. It just looked like a CD I had to buy. Then I Wiki'd him and read that he did "Walking in Memphis", and thought "I like that song", but it never stuck with me who the artist was even after hearing it on the radio a million times.
I think this CD is fantastic. The liner notes say it all. I am Marc's age and am also a musician and this is the project that I would love to do if I had the time and money.
I was the same age as Marc when I heard these songs. God bless him for being to able to document his artistic tipping point and having the resources to do this. This is very good. I especially like his arrangement of "New Speedway Boogie."
Maybe he wanted to make music and didn't have enough written. Maybe he wanted to take an album off. Who knows? James Taylor, among others, has done the same.
He did choose good songs to cover. I won't touch on all of the songs, just the most interesting ones. Frankly, I like the way in which he did all of the songs, but "Make It with You" is outstanding. For the first time since I was 16 and trying to entice a young lady, I really like the song. It's a wonderful blues rendition with help from India Arie.
"Into The Mystic" is very well done. I doubt anyone will ever beat the master, Van Morrison, but it is well done. I think this was an interesting choice because I have always thought of Marc and Van as similar talents.
Marc's "Maybe I'm Amazed" may actually be better than Sir Paul's version. At least, I like it.
The version of "After Midnight" on this CD is more reminiscent of J.J. Cale than Eric Clapton. That to me is a good thing.
The other songs are done well, too. These are different versions, not copies of the originals. They are fun.
I do recommend the CD, although I am eagerly awaiting a new Marc Cohn CD of original material. This just whets my appetite.
I'm glad he did these songs. Starting with Wild World, Into the Mystic, and others. They're all good. All memories from the past and all right now. Wow.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not Everyones 'cup of tea' but, I have to say that this is an excellent somewhat introspective type of Album. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Brendan P. Delany
I've listened to this a couple of times and all it does for me is make me break out all the originals to listen to.Published 13 months ago by T. Kinney
An album of cover songs. But most definitely done with the Marc Cohn touch. If you've any connection to the music of the '70s (and even if you don't), this is a great album to add... Read morePublished 16 months ago by James D. Kirk
Purchased as a gift for family member that likes Cohn music. Special voice and great sound. Life would not be the same without hissing "Walking in Memphis"! Read morePublished on April 14, 2014 by Kindle Customer