Listening Booth: 1970

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Listening Booth: 1970
Studio album by Marc Cohn
Released July 20, 2010
Recorded New York City
Genre Adult contemporary
Length 43:09
Label Saguaro Road
Producer John Leventhal
Marc Cohn chronology
Join the Parade
(2007)
Listening Booth: 1970
(2010)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[2]

Listening Booth: 1970 is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Marc Cohn, released in 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."[3] 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."[3]

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.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Wild World"   Cat Stevens 4:15
2. "Look at Me"   John Lennon 3:06
3. "Maybe I'm Amazed"   Paul McCartney 3:18
4. "Make It with You" (with India.Arie) David Gates 3:51
5. "The Letter"   Wayne Carson Thompson 2:43
6. "The Only Living Boy in New York"   Paul Simon 4:27
7. "After Midnight"   JJ Cale 2:50
8. "The Tears of a Clown" (with Kristina Train) Stevie Wonder, Hank Cosby, Smokey Robinson 3:48
9. "No Matter What" (with Aimee Mann) Pete Ham 3:42
10. "New Speedway Boogie" (with Jim Lauderdale) Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter 4:41
11. "Into the Mystic"   Van Morrison 3:14
12. "Long As I Can See the Light"   John Fogerty 3:19
Barnes & Noble exclusive edition bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Close to You"   Burt Bacharach, Hal David 4:12

Personnel[edit]

  • Marc Cohn - vocals
  • John Leventhal - guitar, bass, keyboards, organ
  • Dan Rieser - drums
  • Shawn Pelton - drums
  • Rick DePofi - horns, percussion
  • Tim Luntzel - upright bass
  • Rich Hinman - pedal steel
  • India.Arie - vocal ("Make It With You")
  • Kristina Train - harmony vocal ("The Tears of a Clown")
  • Aimee Mann - harmony vocal ("No Matter What")
  • Jim Lauderdale - harmony vocal ("New Speedway Boogie")
  • Kenny Williams - harmony vocal ("The Letter"), background vocal ("Maybe I'm Amazed")
  • Curtis King - background vocal ("Maybe I'm Amazed")
  • D-Train Williams - background vocal ("Maybe I'm Amazed")

References[edit]