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Heart of Mine: Maria Muldaur Sings Love Songs of Bob Dylan

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Album Review

Maria Muldaur has been taken by Bob Dylan's music from the very start. They were on the coffeehouse circuit in New York in the early '60s, and she's had occasion to sing his praises from the stage and in Martin Scorsese's film No Direction Home. And while other artists from Joan Baez to Judy Collins have cut entire albums of Dylan's tunes, none of them feels quite like this one. Muldaur, a fine blues and jazz singer, has taken the songs form Dylan's romantic canon and has fashioned them in her own image without losing their original bite, wonder, and humor. Accompanied by her road band and a slew of guests that include Amos Garrett, Danny Caron, and Suzy Thompson, she has created a dreamy, languid, memorable song cycle. On first listen, it was a bit off-putting with all the license she took with the material, but on second and repeated listens, it settled in like an old friend on the couch telling stories. Beginning with a slippery, country-tinged bluesy "Buckets of Rain," and moving into a jazz groove on "Lay Lady Lay," (a weak tune by Dylan even if it was a hit) in which she changes the lyrics along gender lines and transforms the tune, perhaps offering a definitive version. The blues return on "To Be Alone with You," and she delivers a wrenching version of "Heart of Mine." The other stellar cuts here are the poignant "Wedding Song," the jaunty Caribbean-flavored "On a Night Like This," the sultry "Make You Feel My Love," and a funky jazz version of "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go," which sounds like it could have been produced by Allen Toussaint as does "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight." Recommended.

Customer Reviews

A must have for the Dylan enthusiast . . . . or the romantically inclined!

She makes the songs sound so fresh and new it's hard to believe you've heard these songs before. My favorites: To Be Alone With You, Heart of Mine, Make You Feel My Love, Moonlight and You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go.

"Won't You Meet Me?"

.."Out In The Moonlight All Alone!"..Ahh, so good to hear Maria Muldaur's voice once again! She has carefully chosen from the Dylan canon; 12 "Heartfelt Hits!" My Heart goes with: You Ain't Goin' Nowhere, Moonlight, On A Night Like This & Golden Loom! {Bob Dylan's "Love Songs" are sometimes allegories to Heavenly & Earthly Love; and the Politics of Relationships!} Maria Muldaur infuses these songs with her own unique Jazzy & Bluesy style; much praise to the Band here; as well! Maria sings & swings these tunes from Twangy Country to New Orleans Funky and back again! ("Don't Be A Fool; Don't Be Blind; Heart Of Mine!") Maria Muldaur joins Joan Baez & Judy Collins in paying homage to one of our greatest living songwriters; Mr. Bob Dylan! "BobCats Unite!"...by Grimmbo.

Maria Muldaur does it again

I believe this is one one of Maria's finest albums. Her voice is strong , soulful, and has that Dylan thang going on. As Maria Muldaur goes on in life she exudes a strength that comes through loud and clear in her music. Thank you Maria Muldaur for an awesome musical experience.

Biography

Born: September 12, 1943 in Greenwich Village, New York, NY

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Best known for her seductive '70s pop staple "Midnight at the Oasis," Maria Muldaur has since become an acclaimed interpreter of just about every stripe of American roots music: blues, early jazz, gospel, folk, country, R&B, and so on. While these influences were certainly present on her more pop-oriented '70s recordings (as befitting her Greenwich Village folkie past), Muldaur came into her own as a true roots music stylist during the '90s, when she developed a particular fascination with the...
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