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"CAPTAIN BILLY’S MAGIC 8 BALL" - A New Series Created By William Mesnik, The Mind Behind “Mesmerized”- EPISODE # 27 - " BETTER THAN JANIS" - FEATURING THE ALBUM "LIVING WITH THE ANIMALS" IN HIGH DEFINITION By MOTHER EARTH WITH NARRATIVE

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“CAPTAIN BILLY’S MAGIC 8 BALL” -EPISODE 27

THE CAPTAIN DIGS INTO THE ARCHIVE OF HIS 8 TRACK COLLECTION

“BETTER THAN JANIS

EPISODE #15 MOTHER EARTH LIVING WITH THE ANIMALS by Mother Earth (Mercury, 1968)

I’m going to be blasphemous and state herein my preference for Tracy Nelson over Janis Joplin, when it comes to white female blues-rock singers of the late 60s. Both played in San Francisco during the same period, and I’m sure that Tracy had a hard time competing with the popularity juggernaut that was Janis, but when it comes to pure sound and soul, give me Tracy’s chesty cello tones over Janis Joplin’s screeches any day of the week. Janis’s flame burned white hot, then was extinguished; Tracy is still out there, making beautiful sounds.

You can see her on the Mother Earth Poor Man’s Paradise album cover, barefoot and unpretentious, deep, liquid, brown eyes staring straight into the camera, as if to say “This is me, unadorned; take me as I am,” and, boy, I aspired to that hippie dream, ready to grab my pair of Birkenstocks and follow this homespun siren, straight out of the Whole Earth Catalogue.

Mother Earth was a perfect name for the band that Tracy Nelson fronted, deriving from Memphis Slim’s 1951 recording:

“I don’t care how much money you got, I don’t care what you’re worth, when it all             comes down you gotta go back to Mother Earth.”

On that cut, Chicago guitar wizard Mike Bloomfield sits in, bestowing upon the outfit blessings from another white blues prodigy. By the time Mother Earth’s debut album was released in ’68, Tracy had already been introduced to aficionados, 3 years earlier, via the Prestige Label, when she was a teenage protege to Charlie Musselwhite. The defining song on Mother Earth Living With The Animals, Down So Low, is a signature number Tracy still performs today, and it still generates chill bumps.

TRACKS- Marvel Group Mother Earth I Did My Part Living With the Animals Down So Low

Cry On It Won’t Be Long My Love Will Never Die Goodnight Nelda Grebe, the Telephone Company Has Cut Us Off The Kingdom of Heaven (Is Within You)


By Rich Buckland 09/19/2021 04:58 PM

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