Marie Cain вЂ“ Living Alone (Columbia PC 34275), 1976 MP3/Flac
I wonder if this excellent album was only issued in a promo-run, since IвЂ™ve never seen a non-promo copy. Regardless, Marie CainвЂ™s вЂњLiving AloneвЂ� is so lovely and indulgent a listen in places (and never slips below вЂ?goodвЂ™) oneвЂ™s left hungry for more albums by her. And, unfortunately, thatвЂ™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. вЂњLiving AloneвЂ� 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 вЂ“ perhaps the finest of CainвЂ™s original material вЂ“ 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 вЂњLiving AloneвЂ� and only wish there were more of MarieвЂ™s recordings to enjoy. вЂњLiving AloneвЂ� is here at 320 kbps.