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by Geoff Muldaur
     
 

Geoff Muldaur's 1998 "comeback" album, Secret Handshake, was an undiluted delight, raising great hopes for this. And he certainly has the names to help him, talent like David Lindley, Wally Ingram, Dave Alvin, fiddler Richard Greene, Kate and AnnaSee more details below

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Geoff Muldaur's 1998 "comeback" album, Secret Handshake, was an undiluted delight, raising great hopes for this. And he certainly has the names to help him, talent like David Lindley, Wally Ingram, Dave Alvin, fiddler Richard Greene, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, and even trombonist Roswell Rudd. The songs themselves are a mix of classics like Sleepy John Estes' "Drop Down Mama," Charley Patton's "Some of These Days (I'll Be Gone)," and the standard "Prairie Lullaby," among others, along with some Muldaur originals, including his continuation of "Got to Find Blind Lemon." In other words, all the elements that made his last disc so magical are in place. So why doesn't this work in quite the same way? It's a good question, and certainly not easily answered. Maybe it's the fact that Secret Handshake was so good, the expectations for this record were impossibly high -- and make no mistake, this is an excellent disc -- too high to achieve. Or maybe the extra magic that was there before just didn't arrive here. "Wait 'Til I Put on My Robe" is a prime example. Based around Van Dyke Parks' pump organ, with guitar from Alvin and harmonies from the McGarrigles, it's an offbeat arrangement, and lovely. But it never quite gels, as if it's trying too hard. Perhaps the best cut is a laid- back version of Eric Von Schmidt's "Light Rain"; in comparison, the country & western "Prairie Lullaby" with French horn, clarinet, and bassoon seems wilfully eccentric, as does the inclusion of "Beautiful Isle of Nowhere." It's good, but falls short of greatness. Still, good by Muldaur is superb by most people.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/03/2000
Label:
Hightone Records
UPC:
0012928812528
catalogNumber:
8125
Rank:
137449

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Geoff Muldaur   Primary Artist,Banjo,Clarinet,Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
David Lindley   Guitar
Van Dyke Parks   Accordion,Pump Organ
John Sebastian   Harmonica
Roswell Rudd   Trombone
Bob Neuwirth   Vocal Harmony
Richard Greene   Fiddle,Violin
Stephen Bruton   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Tim Emmons   Double Bass
Don Heffington   Drums
John Herron   Organ,Electric Piano
Sean Hopper   Double Bass
Wally Ingram   Drums
Greg Leisz   Electric Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Anna McGarrigle   Vocal Harmony
Fritz Richmond   Jug,Vocal Harmony
Jimbo Ross   Viola
Bob Siggins   Banjo,Vocal Harmony
Billy Watts   Solo Instrumental,Electric Guitar
Margaret Wooten   Fiddle,Violin
Bill Rich   Electric Bass
Kate McGarrigle   Vocal Harmony
Bill Lynch   Vocal Harmony
Larry Ragent   French Horn
Clare Muldaur   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Sleepy John Estes   Composer
Blind Willie Johnson   Composer
Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Geoff Muldaur   Producer,Adaptation
David Ahlert   Engineer
Chris Andersen   Engineer
Peter Guralnick   Liner Notes
Bernie Larsen   Engineer
Fred Longshaw   Composer
Daryn Roven   Engineer
Ramón Bretón   Mastering
Lou Beach   Art Direction
Sean Carberry   Engineer
Traditional   Composer

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