Q (12/93, p.140) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...[MARIA MULDAUR] inhabits similar territory to the '70s albums of Ry Cooder--unself- conscientously examining the roots of Americana, rock 'n' roll, blues, country and jazz..."
Personnel includes: Maria Muldaur (vocals); Andrew Gold (guitar); Richard Greene (violin); David Nichtern (acoustic guitar); Bill Keith (banjo); Mac Rebennack (piano); Freebo, Chris Ethridge, Klaus Voorman (bass); Ray Brown, Dave Holland (acoustic bass); Ed Shaughnessy (drums); Jim Gordon (drums, organ, clarinet).
Additional producer: David Nichtern.
Maria Muldaur's self-titled debut record instantly established Muldaur as a major talent and began a career-long melding of American musical styles. Fun, cheerful, and full of the sheer love of playing music, MARIA MULDAUR uses bits of country, pop, blues, rock & roll, jug band, early jazz, and all other manner of roots music to create what could be called one of the first true Americana albums. The record also produced the New York-born vocalist's biggest hit, the sultry Top 10 single, "Midnight at the Oasis," which features the languid, spine-tingling guitar work of the great Amos Garrett. A landmark album in both Muldaur's career and the 1970's music scene, MARIA MULDAUR is that rare combination of brilliant interpreter matched with top-notch tunes and sympathetic sidemen.