Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
An Old Slice of Life, Started My love of Blues
John Cupp | Chiloquin, OR United States | 08/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As some of you know from my other reviews I am a tool columnist and writer but I am a song writer also, plus I play Blues Guitar. Early in my teens I was listening to some pirate radio in the SF Bay area and heard this album the first time it played on air. I haunted every record shop for miles around and finally ordered it from a more that hip shop in Palo Alto CA. Those vocals of Tracy and that imaginative Marvel song that should be in every new Comic book remake movie were haunting. I lost the album to a thief in the late 1980's and I only had a very old tape I made of it that had been played too many times.
What a Joy to have the Album again, I had tears of joy listening to Tracy belt out Mother Earth. Since that Album I have seen Tracy perform live many times and I bought her newer albums like I was addicted to her voice. More than any other blues performer, Tracy made me practice my blues guitar solos and sing. Now that album that started my love of blues is back in my arms. Sure I heard a lot of the Delta blues greats but Tracy made me fall in love with her voice and persona.. If I were given a choice of meeting Eric Clapton, B.B. King or Tracy Nelson I would choose Tracey Nelson hands down. Tracy has some very good other albums but this Album changed my life forever so as far as I am concerned it is my number one album.
If you are looking for perfection then this Album may disappoint you but if you are looking for a model record that changed the way white America looked at the Blues art form then this stands as a testament to that change. I finally have my album back that I missed and mourned for, for years. After all these years I can play Blues and sing some of the classic blues songs but not without Tracy there by my side pushing me on. Thank you for releasing this on CD, I am a teenager again and more in love with the blues than ever.
Finally on CD!
M. Conklin | near Austin, TX | 11/10/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Always one of my favorite LPs from the period, and now I can replace my "homemade" CD of it (from vinyl)!
Everything the other reviewer said I agree with, except for the small correction that "Toad" Andrews played guitar rather than bass. Also worth mentioning is the appearance of legendary guitarist Mike Bloomfield, appearing, due to contractual obligations, as "Makal Blumenfeld" or some such spelling.
Great singing by Tracy Nelson, some great songs by "Where Is He Now?" RP St. John (I like "Marvel Group," about the Stan Lee-era Marvel comics characters), and excellent playing by all."
Craig Weatherby | Waltham, MA USA | 08/09/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"While the best tracks do appear on the "Best of Tracy Nelson and MotherEarth" CD, it is great, as another reviewer said, to have the whole enchilada. Great songs, arrangements, playing, singing....a joy to have it back."