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The song is a saucy, teasing offer of a desert love affair, in a fantasy setting that owes more to Rudolph Valentino sheik movies than to real Middle Eastern deserts. "Midnight at the Oasis" from 1973

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Maria Muldaur 'Midnight At The Oasis'
The song is a saucy, teasing offer of a desert love affair, in a fantasy setting that owes more to Rudolph Valentino sheik movies than to real Middle Eastern deserts. "Midnight at the Oasis" from 1973

'Midnight at the Oasis' was recorded by the singer Maria Muldaur for her self-titled album and is her best-known recording; it peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #21 in the UK Singles Chart in the spring of 1974.

Billboard ranked it as the No. 13 song for 1974. It was also nominated for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year at the 17th Annual Grammy Awards, held in 1975.

AllMusic reviewer Matthew Greenwald describes the song as "so sensual and evocative that it was probably one of the most replayed records of the era and may be responsible for the most pregnancies from a record during the mid-'70s".

Some of the lyrics are doubtlessly suggestive (such as: "let's slip off to a sand dune ... and kick up a little dust"; "you won't need no camel ... when I take you for a ride"; "cactus is our friend ... he'll point out the way"), but the tone is playful throughout.

Comments:

dmstk8d

You guys can all eat your hearts out ...

Way back in the when I was stationed in San Diego ... just back from a tour of Nam.  My step-sisters invited me to a party and said "dress nice".  I wasn't going to go, but they said "Come on.  You'll have fun!" 

Well, alright, I went.  They were both nursing students at the time, but I had no idea they hung out with this crowd:  Muldaur, Gabriel, Collins, Crosby, just to name a few.

Well I showed up and we all drove to this really nice house and went in.  Jeez ... I was such a kid back then.  I'm drinking light because I recognized a few of those faces and I am absolutely star-struck.

And then, there she is ... it's HER HOUSE. Maria Muldaur comes out with this 3-person band and does this song !!! 

I remember thinking "okay, I can die peaceful, right now." 

You turn right, you turn left .. you go through life and things like the Nam happen to you, and things like being so close to Maria Muldaur while she sings this song happen to you.

I could have reached out and touched her (thank God I didn't,  but I did say hi later).

Karen Anthony

I miss hippie chicks and bell bottoms.

Ateeyah Lerreux

I love the 70's women looked so beautiful no nasty icky tattoos. Nice clear skin.

acesmitty

This song takes me back to being a kid. 

Nobody can appreciate the 1970's unless they lived through them. Great times back then.

zararity

This song is series of absolutely beautiful chords changes that never fail to entice me. It's sublime.

Edward Kollin

Demi.Miley, Beyonce, etc this is how sexy is done.

Belin Gonza

The 70s was a great time for me . Girls were great back then laid back . Didn't need much money to have a good time. Those growing up now will never know what they missed 70s 80s 90s.

JasonEasthamCC

Out of nowhere, this song stuck in my head upon waking on Saturday, January 4, 2020.

Must be from when I was 5 years old in 1974, with my cherished AM transistor radio, wrist strap hanging off the handlebars of my red Huffy, with the banana seat, listening to 68RKO Boston, back when they spun top40... ❤

Ralph Parker

It's 1:20 in the morning and I'm here watching this for the 5th time in a row, and on top of that I think I'm in love with Maria. Why can't girls rock bell bottoms nowadays like they used to?

jeff smith

Mmmmm  kick up a lil dust!      Love this tune!

David Hire

Hearing this song again makes me wish I could go back to 1973 again.  What an awesome song.

Nancy James

Love this song

Art ist

Love This Beautiful Lady With The Great Hair. This Song Brings Back Such Great Memories. Thanks Maria

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