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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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: 10/3/2000
  • Label: Hightone Records
  • UPC: 012928812528
  • Catalog Number: 8125
  • Sales rank: 187,441

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Kitchen Door Blues - Wally Ingram (2:45)
  2. 2 Drop Down Mama - John Herron (3:37)
  3. 3 At the Christmas Ball - Clare Muldaur (3:18)
  4. 4 Wait Till I Put Down My Robe - Kate McGarrigle (3:11)
  5. 5 Some of These Days (I'll Be Gone) - Bill Rich (4:07)
  6. 6 Mary of the Wild Moors - Margaret Wooten (3:42)
  7. 7 Trouble Will Soon Be Over - Bill Lynch (4:56)
  8. 8 Light Rain - Bill Rich (6:12)
  9. 9 Prairie Lullaby - Larry Ragent (4:50)
  10. 10 K.C. Moan - Kate McGarrigle (4:40)
  11. 11 Beautiful Isle of Somewhere - Larry Ragent (3:00)
  12. 12 Got to Find Blind Lemon, Pt. 2 (4:04)
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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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