Listening Booth: 1970 is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Marc Cohn, released July 20, 2010.
The album was a collection of Cohn’s favorite songs from 1970, when he was aged 11. He explained: “It was the beginning of me really falling in love with records and albums and becoming obsessed as a fan. I was a little kid dreaming to find a way to make that a career, and that was the music that started me on that path.” He said he was determined to put his own stamp on each song: “For me, it’s like what’s the use of doing something that was initially brilliant and well known if you don’t have anything to bring to it.”
The one song on the album not originally released in 1970 was The Box Tops’ 1967 hit “The Letter”. Cohn said the song was included on the basis of Joe Cocker’s 1970 version.
1. “Wild World” 4:15
2. “Look at Me” 3:06
3. “Maybe I’m Amazed” 3:18
4. “Make It with You” (with India.Arie) 3:51
5. “The Letter” 2:43
6. “The Only Living Boy in New York” 4:27
7. “After Midnight” 2:50
8. “The Tears of a Clown” (with Kristina Train) 3:48
9. “No Matter What” (with Aimee Mann) 3:42
10. “New Speedway Boogie” (with Jim Lauderdale) 4:41
11. “Into the Mystic” 3:14
12. “Long As I Can See the Light” 3:19
Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter MARC COHN and gospel titans BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA have announced the August 9th release of WORK TO DO, via BMG. Produced by John Leventhal, the unique collection combines the songwriting talents of Marc Cohn with the soul stirring harmonies of Blind Boys of Alabama and falls on the heels of more than a year of live collaborative dates. WORK TO DO is comprised of three studio tracks by COHN and THE BLIND BOYS, (two originals and a version of the gospel standard “Walking To Jerusalem”) and seven intimate live performances recorded at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, CT, during a taping of the PBS series The Kate, which premiered on May 24th, 2019. Original plans were to release an EP containing the studio tracks, but the excitement and magic captured during the taping inspired the decision to create this unique hybrid album.
The live performances on WORK TO DO feature the Grammy award-winning BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA adding their trademark harmonies and vocal textures to six songs drawn from the breadth of Cohn’s venerable career including the mega-hit, “Walking in Memphis,” “Ghost Train” and “Silver Thunderbird.” THE BLIND BOYS’ striking rearrangement of the traditional hymn “Amazing Grace” completes the collection. Grammy award-winning artist MARC COHN has solidified his place as a highly acclaimed and compelling singer-songwriter, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. Hailed as “gospel titans” by Rolling Stone, THE BLIND BOYS first rose to fame in the segregated south with their thrilling vocal harmonies and roof-raising live show. They released their debut single, “I Can See Everybody’s Mother But Mine,” on the iconic Veejay label in 1948, launching a 70-year recording career that would see them rack up five Grammy Awards (plus one for Lifetime Achievement), enter the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, collaborate with everyone from Mavis Staples and Stevie Wonder to Prince and Lou Reed, and perform on the world’s most prestigious stages.
MARC COHN and BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA have announced a string of summer tour dates in support of WORK TO DO beginning in June. This rare combination of the incredible soul of MARC COHN mixed with the stirring vocal harmonies of BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA is a moment not to be missed. (Ctsy Amazon.Com)
Walking In Jerusalem 3:00
Talk Back Mic 3:59
Work To Do 3:41
Ghost Train 4:58
Baby King 4:15
Listening To Levon 4:55
Silver Thunderbird 9:44
Amazing Grace 6:26
Walking in Memphis 5:54
One Safe Place 4:36