On This Earth

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Now this is a departure. Excluding the cathedral reverb on Walk in Beauty, Primeaux & Mike's releases have featured straightforward recordings of their traditional peyote songs. Considering the hallucinatory origins of the music, it always made for a dreamy experience. Now the electronic foundation that producer Jim Wilson has given On This Earth makes it otherworldly. Wilson might as well have added his name to the cover since his programming and keyboards fill the numerous moments that vocalists Primeaux & Mike are absent, and the album sounds more like his genre-mixing recordings with Robbie Roberston and Tulku than the singers' previous albums. Primeaux &...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Now this is a departure. Excluding the cathedral reverb on Walk in Beauty, Primeaux & Mike's releases have featured straightforward recordings of their traditional peyote songs. Considering the hallucinatory origins of the music, it always made for a dreamy experience. Now the electronic foundation that producer Jim Wilson has given On This Earth makes it otherworldly. Wilson might as well have added his name to the cover since his programming and keyboards fill the numerous moments that vocalists Primeaux & Mike are absent, and the album sounds more like his genre-mixing recordings with Robbie Roberston and Tulku than the singers' previous albums. Primeaux & Mike's harmonies are still rich and reflective, and the backing tracks never get in the way. The title track's English lyrics are a bit too precious for their own good, but it's the only misstep the album takes. Primeaux's own English lyrics to "Mystical Warriors" are, on the other hand, lovely. Gentle breakbeats, flutes, and Michael Brook-like washes of sound fill the album while avoiding the usual ethno-fusion clich├ęs. Considering it's such a deviation, On This Earth shouldn't be the only Primeaux & Mike album in anyone's collection, and Wilson has much to prove before being crowned the new Jon Hassell. Still, the album touches the healing and mental unlocking possibilities of the peyote dreams that inspired it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/2003
  • Label: Paras Recording
  • UPC: 650113113120
  • Catalog Number: 1131

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Morning Water Song - Primeaux & Mike (6:46)
  2. 2 Corn Pollen Road - Primeaux & Mike (6:24)
  3. 3 On This Earth - Primeaux & Mike (4:44)
  4. 4 Dancing Feather - Primeaux & Mike (6:04)
  5. 5 Hear Our Prayers - Primeaux & Mike (6:47)
  6. 6 Mystical Warriors - Primeaux & Mike (6:25)
  7. 7 From High Above - Primeaux & Mike (6:20)
  8. 8 Healing Wind - Primeaux & Mike (2:57)
  9. 9 Peyote Rose - Primeaux & Mike (5:40)
  10. 10 Holy Rain - Primeaux & Mike (4:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Verdell Primeaux Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Joanne Shenandoah Vocals
Mark Clark Percussion
Laura Satterfield Vocals
Jim Wilson Keyboards
Mazatl Galindo Flute, Percussion
Johnny Mike Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Joanne Shenandoah Composer
Tim Stroh Engineer
Jim Wilson Programming
Dan Lomahaftewa Paintings
Verdell Primeaux Composer, Liner Notes
Walker Bernard Programming, Engineer
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