Marie Cain – Living Alone (Columbia PC 34275), 1976 MP3/Flac


I wonder if this excellent album was only issued in a promo-run, since I’ve never seen a non-promo copy. Regardless, Marie Cain’s “Living Alone� is so lovely and indulgent a listen in places (and never slips below �good’) one’s left hungry for more albums by her. And, unfortunately, that’s a hunger that remains un-sated.

Marie Cain was/is a Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter about whom I have little biographical information. I know that one of her songs appeared on a Helen Reddy album and I believe she has had some involvement in cabaret/musical theatre. “Living Alone� combines her own songs with a handful of covers. She also has a very distinctive, rich singing voice, as prominently displayed here.

Her songwriting flair is exhibited in gems like What Am I Doing Here, a theatrical pop song about a regrettable one night stand, and – perhaps the finest of Cain’s original material – Modern Day Magic. Throughout the album, songs include string, horn and woodwind arrangements.

In addition to vocals and songwriting, Cain plays keyboards on a few tracks and co-produces with Kyle Lehning.

I highly recommend “Living Alone� and only wish there were more of Marie’s recordings to enjoy. “Living Alone� is here at 320 kbps.