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In the Here & Now
Genres: Country, Blues, Folk, Pop, R&B
Tracy Nelson, who's toured with Marcia Bell and Irma Thomas, approaches the blues with authority and barely contains her euphoria on this strong "comeback" album of 1993--her first effort in 13 years. The former Mother Ear... more »
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Tracy Nelson, who's toured with Marcia Bell and Irma Thomas, approaches the blues with authority and barely contains her euphoria on this strong "comeback" album of 1993--her first effort in 13 years. The former Mother Earth singer has a keen ear for flattering material and she makes the most of interpretative opportunities presented in the lyrics of durable old tunes and resplendent new ones. Her big voice sweeps through Elmore James's "It Hurts Me Too" and delivers Willie Dixon's "Whatever I Am" with a sassy bravura that Koko Taylor would appreciate. And she phrases with surety on "Living the Blues," a shuffle co-written with top Nashville scribe Gary Nicholson. Irma Thomas joins Nelson for a memorable rendition of the Percy Mayfield standard, "Please Send Me Someone to Love." Accompanists like ex-Stevie Ray Vaughan keyboardist Reese Wynans and guitarist Mike Henderson make sure they're heard, but never get in Nelson's way. --Frank-John Hadley
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A most welcome comeback (to say the least)
Gregor von Kallahann | 12/29/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's often said of Tracy Nelson that her lack of fame is puzzling , if not downright incomprehensible. No white singer--including the ones she's most often compared to (Raitt, Joplin)--sings the blues with as much authority as Nelson. Personally, I care less about her not achieving superstar status (for, in the last analysis, she doesn't seem to want it) than I do about her just being able to record at all. An almost thirteen year drought, prior to this CD's release in '93, made the 1980s a grim era for fans. When "In the Here and Now" finally came out, it was a cause for celebration in my household. When it began to get good press and Tracy seemed to be on the come-back trail, I felt vindicated at last--finally this great singer was getting the attention she deserved."In the Here and Now" is Tracy Nelson's bluesiest recording since her debut "Deep Are the Roots." Her prior work had demonstrated an eclecticism similar to Bonnie Raitt's and served to turn off purists. But record execs at Rounder convinced Nelson to go for a rootsier sound for this comeback and, although it really doesn't represent the full range of her musical palette, it does work brilliantly on its own terms.From the rousing opener "Every Night of the Week," to the closing killer duet with Irma Thomas "Send Me Someone to Love," this record just cooks. Nelson's penchant for re-recording tracks from previous releases doesn't hurt at all since tracks like "Motherless Child Blues" and "Whatever I Am You Made Me" are given new depth. Oliver Sain's "Walk Away" was a standout track on the last pre-hiatus album ("Come See About Me") and proves to be even more ferocious and shattering thirteen years later. Blues staples like "It Hurts Me Too" and "Go Down, Sunshine" are performed with confidence and conviction. Newer songs like Tracy's own composition "Livin' the Blues" and former collaborator Andy McMahon's title track have the markings of instant classics (or they would be if they were better known). Nelson's comeback and the subsequent efforts ("I Feel So Good" and "Move On") suggested that she had finally found a "home" at Rounder Records. For whatever reason, that was not to be and her newest release, "Ebony & Irony" will be, as far as I understand it, an independently released effort. Going independent may be a tough row to hoe, and fans have been waiting for the latest "comeback" for over a year now--but if anyone can make a go out of going it alone, it's this fiercely independent artist. One thing is certain, the winning streak begun in the 90s with "Here and Now" is sure to continue into the new millenium."
If you love blues, buy this CD!
M. S. Bolam | Clearwater, Florida USA | 06/24/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Please Send Me Someone To Love" IS the blues at it's best. If you love blues, you have to buy this CD. Tracy is also the best singer in the universe, so you can't lose!"
Powerfull vocals on many classic blues standards
email@example.com | Westchester, Illinois | 02/24/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Tracy can truly belt out the blues! Her style is almost operatic in delivery without sacrificing the essence and feel of the blues. Many great cuts on this CD - "When It All Comes Down", "Walk Away" provide the R&B and ballad variations essential to all great blues CD's. The highlight, though, is the duet with Irma Thomas on "Please SendMe Someone To Love." I cannot stop playing this song. Such raw emotion has, in my opinion, seldom been matched on CD. This song alone is worth the price of the CD. A must listen."