Album Details

May 04, 2004
Shout! Factory
Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Psychedelic, Folk-Rock

Album Review

It would be easy for different sets of fans to remember Maria Muldaur from different places and times. For folk fans, she started out as Maria D'Amato, a singer who belted out "I'm a Woman" and other saucy favorites for the Jim Kweskin Jug Band in the mid-'60s. For pop fans, Muldaur was the singer of the risqué "Midnight at the Oasis," a big hit in 1973. But the two singers can be put together by two words: saucy and risqué. This isn't to suggest that Muldaur couldn't sing pretty love songs like "Louisiana Love Call" or folksy country songs like "My Tennessee Mountain Home" -- only that she made her rep singing about giving "you the shivering fits" in "I'm a Woman" and slipping off to a sand dune in "Oasis." Taking a cursory glance at the 19 selections on 30 Years of Maria Muldaur does little to disavow that rep. There are lively versions of "It Ain't the Meat (It's the Motion)," "Don't You Make Me High (Don't You Feel My Leg)," and "Me and My Chauffeur Blues." It would be a shame, though, if listeners allowed all of this sex appeal to obscure what a fine singer Muldaur is, or to shadow how well she handles the blues and old jazz. There's a lovely version of "Rockin' Chair," on which she's backed by saxophonist Benny Carter, and a nice, bluesy take on "It Feels Like Rain." While 30 Years leans toward Muldaur's work from the early '70s onward, all of her fans will enjoy a retrospective of a long, productive career.
Ronnie D. Lankford Jr., Rovi

Track Listing

  1. I'm a Woman
  2. Midnight at the Oasis
  3. My Tennessee Mountain Home
  4. The Work Song
  5. Rockin' Chair
  6. It Ain't the Meat (It's the Motion)
  7. Don't You Make Me High (Don't You Feel My Leg)
  8. Three Dollar Bill
  9. Cajun Moon
  10. Louisiana Love Call
  11. Best of Me
  12. It Feels Like Rain
  13. Me and My Chauffeur Blues
  14. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You
  15. Get Up, Get Ready
  16. Somebody Was Watching Over Me
  17. Well, Well, Well
  18. Soul of a Man
  19. It's a Blessing