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Maria Muldaur - Southern Winds - 1978 - Warner Brothers Records

By the beginning of the '80s, vocalist Maria Muldaur would have gotten to the end of her rope with her big-time Warner Bros. contract, finding nothing there but the hollowed-out remains of music once every single interesting aspect has been excised. This album was cut when this process had just gotten underway, and on this album one still finds the dominate energy to be a kind of communal give and take between the songstress and her fellow musicians that harks back to her days in the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. Guitarists Les Dudek and Amos Garrett are from a bit heavier and unfortunately slicker mold, but they are on their best behavior here, making positive contributions to a band sound that for the most part gels. Keyboardist Mike Finnigan is one of several extremely talented players who are on hand, along with a crack horn section that includes the feisty Ernie Watts. In terms of a songs it is an odd batch, rather consistent in a bland way, lacking a signature hit or even one of the kind of goofy novelty numbers that really liven up her albums. The emphasis here was on romance — men with cigars can be seen poking their noses into the studio — and the choice of songs that was made is not one that can be said to have a high degree of edge. In fact, the message seems to be more along the lines of mellowing out. The final third of the album is pretty heavy on the Leon Russell material, none of which is that distinguished but was sure trendy at the time. Still, if one is assembling Muldaur albums from this period, this one will begin to rise to the top simply because some of the ones that followed were so much worse. © Eugene Chadbourne © 2010 Rovi Corporation. All Rights Reserved http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:dxfexqr5ldje~T1

"Southern Winds" is regarded by many music "critics" as one of her weakest albums. However, the great lady never made a bad album. There is an ntelligent choice of songs on this album by composers like Leon Russell, Rory Block, J.J. Cale, Deadric Malone and others. Maria's backing musicians are seasoned blues and country players, and as usual her unique, spectacular, high-pitched, jazzy voice characterizes the whole album. There is no need to go into detail about Maria's career. If you are interested in more about this living legend, search this blog for more albums and info. If anybody has any info on her "Transblucency" album, please contact blog

TRACKS / COMPOSERS

1 Make Love to the Music - Leon Russell 4:07
2 Say You Will - Gary Ogan/Leon Russell 3:20
3 I'll Keep My Light in My Window - Leonard Caston/Terri McFadden 4:34
4 I Got a Man - Rory Block 3:24
5 Cajun Moon - J.J. Cale 2:50
6 I Can't Say No - John Bettis/Daniel Moore 3:29
7 Here Is Where Your Love Belongs - Bill Chaplin 4:17
8 That's the Way Love Is - Deadric Malone 4:01
9 Joyful Noise - Leon Russell 3:03
10 My Sister and Brothers - Johnson, Charles 4:13

MUSICIANS

Maria Muldaur - Vocals
Les Dudek - Guitar, Slide Guitar
Thom Rotella, John Leslie Hug - Guitar
Scott Edwards - Bass
Amos Garrett - Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
Christopher Bond - Guitar, Synthesizer
Philip Aaberg - Piano, Keyboards, Piano (Electric)
Greg Prestopino, Mike Finnigan - Keyboards, Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
Ed Greene - Synthesizer, Drums, Syndrum
Gary Coleman - Percussion
Ernie Watts, Don Menza, Jim Horn, Chuck Findley, Bobby Bryant/Robert Bryant - Horn
Lew McCreary - Trombone, Horn
David Burgin - Harmonica
Jim Anderson, Rosemary Butler, Pepper Watkins, Wendy Waldman - Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)

14 comments:

guinea pig said...

Thanks for the nice music!

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi, guinea pig. I love Maria's albums. Thanks for all your comments. Keep'em coming!

tucker said...

Thanks for the lovely Maria, I appreciate her voice very much! :)

A.O.O.F.C said...

You're v.welcome,tucker. I've always loved the lady's music. TTU soon

Matt_The_Cat said...

Thank you much for this great lady's music.I thought Midnight At The Oasis' became insufferable when it was released-but have since liked it given time away from the airwaves-I'm that old!
Your blog is fantastic!

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi,Matt_The_Cat.You're never too old to enjoy good music. MATO is only one of Maria's great songs. Good to hear from you. Thanks for comment, & please keep in touch

jchoma said...

Thank you very much for this one! I've been looking for it for a while.

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi,jchoma. No probs. Thanks. I'm still looking for a good copy of Maria Muldaur's "Transblucency" album. If anybody can help....!!

onewaygoodnight said...

I found your site by searching for this particular album by Maria, and was pleasantly surprised by what a fantastic blog you have. I'm definitely bookmarking it, and will probably hunt around for some other stuff—I already saw some Steely Dan and Robert Palmer, two of my favorites.

Just wanted to thank you for the download, though. I've always liked Maria's first album, and an artists OOP work always intrigues me. So far, "Southern Winds" is fantastic, thanks!

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi,onewaygoodnight. Thanks a million for kind words. I've always loved Maria's music. Steely Dan is my favourite artist. Robert Palmer...A giant of rock. I'm forever trying to find a good copy of Maria Muldaur's "Transblucency" album....If you've any info, please contact me. Cheers, & come back soon!

bullfrog said...

Glad to hear Maria again, thanks mate

A.O.O.F.C said...

Cheers,bullfrog.I love that jazzabelle's music. TTU soon...P

nick crescendo said...

Hi Mr AOOFC Paul,

Would it be possible to re-up Maria's Southern Winds LP from your brilliant website!

Many thanks,
Nick

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi Nick! Try

https://mega.co.nz/#!4YgGnDwI!Xvy25R8WOrPd45XsXBwg-RVUuUwIcQvo13YEtzaAS0Y

Tracks are @ 192 Kbps
P/W is aoofc

TY...Paul