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Friday, September 28, 2012

Stony Plain artist: Maria Muldaur -First Came Memphis Minnie - New Release Review

I have just received a copy of Maria Muldaur's newest release, ... First Came Memphis Minnie (available October 9, 2012). Muldaur has elnisted a virtual who's who of blues royalty including Rory Blck, Ruthie Foster, Bonnie Raitt, Phoebe Snow, Koko Taylor, Del Rey, David Bromberg, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Roy Rogers, Steve James and Steve Freund. First up is Me And My Chauffeur Blues with Muldaur on vocals and Roy Rogers on guitar. This is a really nice cover and one of Minnie's gems. Bonnie Raitt and Freund do a great version of Ain't Nothin' In Ramblin'. On I'm Goin' Back Home, Muldair teams up with Alvin Youngblood Hart for a very classic sounding duet. (Certainly one of my favorites tracks on the release). I'm Sailin' featuring Muldaur on vocals with Del Rey and Steve James on guitars shows Muladur's voice at it's best. Rory Block takes the lead on When You Love Me both on vocals and guitars. Long As I Can See You Smile, again with Muldaur, Del Rey and James is a bit more uptempo and very solid. The deliberate guitar of Del Rey on work on Lookin' The World Over is a very cool accent to Muldaur who really gets Minnie's style. Another of my favorites on the recording is In My Girlish Days performed by Phoebe Snow and David Bromberg. This track is exceptional. Muldaur and AYH are back together again on She Put Me Outdoors. Though not as effective as their earlier track together, it is still quite a nice track with addition of mandolin by Dave Earl. One of my personal favorite tracks by Minnie, Keep Your Big Mouth Shut, is performed here by one of my favorite contemporary female vocalists, Ruthie Foster, accompanied here by Steve Freund. Beautiful. The intro on Tricks Ain't Walkin' has some really nice resonator work as well as mandolin by Earl. Muldaur puts here heart into the track and it really makes the track come to life. Again a sweet guitar intro by James and Del Ray on Crazy Cryin' Blues leads to some moaning by Muldaur on one of Minnie's more soulful tracks.Koko Taylor takes it home with Black Rat Swing. This of course is a great track and features Bob Margolin on slide. Taylor lets it all hang out hear for a great conclusion toa very cohesive tribute recording.


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4 comments:

  1. Bman- How much of this album is new material and how much of it is previously released stuff? I own practically the entire Maria Muldaur catalog and I recognize a number of these songs from albums I already have. She's done Memphis Minnie songs here and there on her records for years. It's possible some are new versions of those songs as well. Let us know, please.

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    1. Hello stilladog.

      This release does include remastered versions of songs that were on Maria's previous albums.

      The tunes from Rory Block, Ruthie Foster and Bonnie Raitt are brand new for this release, whilst Koko Taylor and Phoebe Snow's contributions are from their previous releases, again though, they have been remastered (with some new editing) for this release.

      Please let us know if you have any other questions,

      Peter Chapman for Stony Plain Records

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    2. ... it should also be said that the liner notes and packaging contains an extensive history of Memphis Minnie, and includes as much details as possible. You can view/download the liner notes here:
      http://www.scribd.com/doc/106505831/Maria-Muldaur-and-Friends-First-Came-Memphis-Minnie-Liner-Notes

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    3. Here's a hotlink to the liner notes thanks to Stony Plain Records:

      Liner Notes

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