Living with the Animals

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All Music Guide
Though Mother Earth is often remembered as a vehicle for Tracy Nelson, Living With the Animals is a true group effort, combining memorable vocal performances with tight R&B-derived playing with excellent guitar work from Michael Bloomfield. Side one is a showcase for Nelson's blues belting and piano, particularly on "Down So Low" and "Mother Earth." Not to be overlooked is the blues shuffle "I Did My Part" and R.P. St. John's sardonic "Living With the Animals" and "Marvel Set," which features him on lead vocals. Side two doesn't hold up quite as well, though there are stellar moments here as well, including "Cry On" and "Goodnight Nelda Grebe," with fine horn section work and excellent Nelson vocals. Written and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Though Mother Earth is often remembered as a vehicle for Tracy Nelson, Living With the Animals is a true group effort, combining memorable vocal performances with tight R&B-derived playing with excellent guitar work from Michael Bloomfield. Side one is a showcase for Nelson's blues belting and piano, particularly on "Down So Low" and "Mother Earth." Not to be overlooked is the blues shuffle "I Did My Part" and R.P. St. John's sardonic "Living With the Animals" and "Marvel Set," which features him on lead vocals. Side two doesn't hold up quite as well, though there are stellar moments here as well, including "Cry On" and "Goodnight Nelda Grebe," with fine horn section work and excellent Nelson vocals. Written and fronted by St. John, "The Kingdom of Heaven Is Within You" is a brilliant closer; it's nocturnal, moody, and spacy and showcases beautiful muted trumpets and reeds with a gorgeous flute solo by Link Davis Jr. The album was reissued on CD by Wounded Bird in 2004. ~ J.P. Ollio & Thom Jurek
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/2004
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140119420
  • Catalog Number: 1194

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mother Earth Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Michael Bloomfield Guitar, Guitar
Luis Gasca Trumpet
Tracy Nelson Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Barry Goldberg Organ
Link Davis Saxophone
John Andrews Guitar
Bob Arthur Bass, Vocals
Sylvia Caldwell Vocals, Track Performer
Martin Fierro Synthesizer, Flute, Alto Horn, Tenor Horn, Saxophone, Vocals
Losella Funque Vocals, Track Performer
Danny Goldberg Organ
Frank Morin Tenor Horn, Saxophone
Mark Naftalin Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Spencer Perskin Violin
George Rains Drums, Saxophone
José Rodríguez Drums
Bob Salisbury Baritone Horn, Saxophone, Vocals
Shalimar Samuelson Vocals, Track Performer
Ron Taormina Baritone Horn, Saxophone
Link Davis Jr. Alto Horn
Earthettes Background Vocals
Jose Emilio Rodriquez III Drums
Powell St. John Harmonica, Vocals
Technical Credits
Barry Goldberg Producer
Mother Earth Producer
Martin Fierro Arranger
Dan Healy Producer
Mark Naftalin Producer
J. Leslie McFarland Composer
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