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One Sunday morning in the early '70's, a youngster in Cleveland caught an earful of Van Morrison's 'Astral Weeks' and his life was never the same. That kid was Marc Cohn and soon after that morning he bought everything Morrison had released to date, along with works by Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne.

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
more.
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.'
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 20, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Saguaro Road Records
  • ASIN: B003IFMXAE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,495 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I have to disagree with some of the reviewers. I think Marc Cohn was trying to take songs from his childhood, and make them his own. He's not trying to top Cat Steven, Paul McCartney et al. Marc has a remarkably warm and soulful voice, and it comes through on this album.

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.
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Wow.

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."

Thanks Marc.
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I have been a fan of Mr Cohn for a while. I lived in Memphis in the earl 70s and his first hit took me back. This new collection was great cover of other works. I enjoyed Mr. Cohn's interprutation of these tunes, in may ways more then I enjoyed the originals. It's hard for an artist to do this kind of thing and not sound like a poor second. In this case this album makes these tunes new again. But like candy, I sure could use some more.....
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By John Harwell on October 25, 2011
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The first thing that hit me about this CD is "why is he recording oldies rather than writing his own?" In my opinion, Marc Cohn is one of the best songwriters around. He is also a great musician and vocalist.
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.
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I am a Marc Cohn fan who was still skeptical heading in to my first listen. Here he is singing some of my favorite songs by some of my favorite artist and I couldn't conceive him doing a Simon and Garfunkel song like 'Only Living Boy In New York'. As it turns out it is the best song on the CD and just as enjoyable as the S & G original. Would recommend to anyone wanting to add a great pop rock album to their music library.
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Usually not a fan of cover albums but I love Marc Cohn and I love the seventies for music...This was a particularly strong year from music and he does a good job capturing some of that magic.....See hime live if you get the chance...Great on concert
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I just saw Marc Cohn in concert in March 2015 and he performed a song or two from this album. I decided to give it a try. I really enjoy it. He adds a nice spin to a number of songs that I enjoyed 40+ years ago.
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Bought this after hearing him sing some of the songs. (He played with Mary Chapin Carpenter at Chautauqua Auditorium, Boulder, CO July, 2013)

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.
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