Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Maria Muldauer - her eponymous debut record from 1973

The inside cover of the jacket is that of Maria Muldaur, with her eponymous 1973 debut solo release.  It has on it her best-known single, "Midnight at the Oasis", which charted at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and "Three Dollar Bill", which charted at #7 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts.  The album, which peaked at #3 on The Billboard 200, was certified gold by the RIAA on May 13, 1974.  Writing in October 1973, Rolling Stones' reviewer Jon Landau described the album as "one of the half-dozen best" of the year, "the kind of glorious breakthrough that reminds me why I fell in love with rock & roll."  The album is heavily influenced by country and blues."   Looking back, many would agree this is not a great record.  My gosh, the thing is a veritable who's who of legendary artists playing on it.   Ry Cooder, Jim Gordon - not drumming, but on organ!, Andrew Gold, Dr. John, Spooner Oldham, Klaus Voorman, Dave Holland, Freebo (Ned - more Freebo!), Jim Keltner (guys that's why Gordon was not drumming), and the great Ed Shaughnessy.

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