Meet Me at Midnite

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Wisely, Shout! Factory has picked up Maria Muldaur's two early-'90s recordings -- this one and Louisiana Love Call -- from the defunct Black Top label for reissue. While both these recordings are excellent, it's Meet Me at Midnite that offers a portrait of the artist as a hardcore R&B singer of the highest order. Produced by John Porter, Muldaur surrounds herself with crack studio players including Rick Vito, Johnny Lee Schell, Hutch Hutchinson, Bill Payne, and a slew of others. Where Louisiana Love Call focused on the music of New Orleans, Meet Me at Midnite digs deep into various dimensions of the Memphis sound -- soul, R&B, and blues -- and concentrates on the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Wisely, Shout! Factory has picked up Maria Muldaur's two early-'90s recordings -- this one and Louisiana Love Call -- from the defunct Black Top label for reissue. While both these recordings are excellent, it's Meet Me at Midnite that offers a portrait of the artist as a hardcore R&B singer of the highest order. Produced by John Porter, Muldaur surrounds herself with crack studio players including Rick Vito, Johnny Lee Schell, Hutch Hutchinson, Bill Payne, and a slew of others. Where Louisiana Love Call focused on the music of New Orleans, Meet Me at Midnite digs deep into various dimensions of the Memphis sound -- soul, R&B, and blues -- and concentrates on the myriad stages and phases of love. While it's true that the set opens with "Trouble With My Lover" by the Crescent City's Allen Toussaint, its vibe is pure Memphis: funky, dirty grooves, packed in a tight cut-time beat and Muldaur shouting the blues with a big, clear ringing voice that wrenches emotion from every syllable. Likewise, the title cut by Vito and John Herron crawls down into the blues alley with killer slide guitar riffs winding their way around Muldaur's seductive vocals. "Sweet Simple Love" is pure soul power. Muldaur's croon is affective, surrounded by a backing chorus that includes Tracy Nelson, stating her pure spiritually amorous intentions in front of a popping horn section and B-3 choogle. The gritty yet laid-back shimmy and funk of "Recovered Soul" bears the marks of all of Muldaur's strengths: steady yet emotive delivery, in-the-pocket rhythmic phrasing, and communicative in both range and articulation. In all, Meet Me at Midnite is one of those overlooked gems that got a second life. It's one of her strongest recordings; don't miss it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/3/2005
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663434422
  • Catalog Number: 34344
  • Sales rank: 83,913

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Maria Muldaur Primary Artist, Tambourine, Vocals
Jim Kweskin Indexed Contributor
Tracy Nelson Background Vocals
Rick Vito Guitar, Slide Guitar, Soloist
Don Bryant Background Vocals
Tony Braunagel Percussion, Drums
Dee Dee Dickerson Background Vocals
Tommy Eyre Organ
Mike Finnegan Background Vocals
Donny Gerrard Background Vocals
Marty Grebb Organ, Piano, Accordion, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Tenor (Vocal), Soloist
James "Hutch" Hutchinson Bass
Darrell Leonard Trumpet
Shaun Murphy Background Vocals
Bill Payne Organ, Piano
Ann Peebles Background Vocals
John Porter Dobro, Guitar
Becky Russell Background Vocals
Johnny Lee Schell Guitar, Soloist
Joe Sublett Tenor Saxophone
John Woodhead Guitar, Soloist
Larry Fulcher Bass
Vaneta Thompson Background Vocals
Rugenia Faith Taylor Background Vocals
Dianne Carter Background Vocals
Charles Lovett Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Rory Block Composer
Tracy Nelson Composer
Maria Muldaur Composer, Liner Notes
Rick Vito Composer
Earl Cate Composer
Ernie Cate Composer
Jon Cleary Composer
Marty Grebb Composer
Hammond Scott Executive Producer
Norman Harris Composer
John Herron Composer
Teresa James Composer
Joe McGrath Engineer
Steve Moos Composer
John Porter Producer, Audio Production
Leroy Preston Composer
Allen Toussaint Composer
Rich Veltrop Engineer
Andrew Warwick Engineer
Terry Wilson Songwriter, Composer
Jerry Finn Engineer
Nauman S. Scott Executive Producer
Matt Pakucko Engineer
Bucky Lindsey Composer
Traditional Composer
John Roberts Artwork
Jeff Palo Producer
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