|"Midnight at the Oasis"|
|Single by Maria Muldaur|
|from the album Maria Muldaur|
|B-side||"Any Old Time"|
|Producer(s)||Lenny Waronker, Joe Boyd|
|"Midnight at the Oasis" on YouTube|
"Midnight at the Oasis" is a 1973 song written by David Nichtern. It was recorded by American folk and blues 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. In Canada, the song reached #2 in the RPM magazine singles charts and #45 in the year-end chart.
The song is a saucy offer of a desert love affair, in a fantasy setting. 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".
The song includes an instrumental section that features the guitar work of Amos Garrett.
The lyric, "Cactus is our friend", is used several times in the song, but cacti are New World plants (native to North America, South America, and the West Indies) and are not naturally found on the Arabian Peninsula.
In 2008, Muldaur recalled that she wanted to add the song to her album as an "afterthought" at the last minute. She has acknowledged that people do approach her at her concerts or events and claim that this song has inspired sexual encounters, loss of virginity, and pregnancy.
|"Midnight at the Oasis"|
|Single by The Brand New Heavies|
|from the album Brother Sister|
|Label||FFRR, Delicious Vinyl|
|The Brand New Heavies singles chronology|
A version of "Midnight at the Oasis" was recorded by British group Brand New Heavies, attributed to "Brand New Heavies featuring N'Dea Davenport". This version reached number 13 in the UK and number 11 in Scotland in August 1994, and was their biggest hit up until the departure of Davenport, when "Sometimes" made number 11 in 1997. The song was featured on their 1994 album, Brother Sister.
Music writer James Masterton described the group's version as a "faithfully rendered cover" in his weekly UK chart commentary. A reviewer from Music & Media said, "Usually lite funky music is identified with garden parties and romantic restaurants at night by trendy clubbers, but not if marketed under the Acid Jazz banner. This is hip guys!" Alan Jones from Music Week rated it four out of five, writing, "Stripped of the stretched jazzy gliding that typified Maria Muldaur's original, this 1974 hit is speeded up somewhat but adapts perfectly to the Acid Jazz treatment. More radical overhauls are also included for clubs, where the record is already going down a storm."
A music video was made to accompany the song. It was directed by directors Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini, known as just Max & Dania.
|Germany (Official German Charts)||68|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40 Tipparade)||15|
|Netherlands (Dutch Single Tip)||8|
|New Zealand (RIANZ)||48|
|UK Singles (OCC)||13|
|UK Dance (Music Week)||8|
In 2004, Muldaur's original version was featured on the CD What Is Hip: Remix Project 1, a compilation of pop songs remixed for the clubs. The single is billed as the "Cuica Remix", with the track extended from its 3:49 recording to 4:49, incorporating portions of the background vocal, strings, and instrumental break with semi-chilled out Ibiza-themed elements.