Mother Earth

Mother EarthFrom: San Francisco, CA, USA

Led by singer Tracy Nelson, Mother Earth were a late-’60s/early-’70s rock band that released several underappreciated albums during their existence. Nelson hailed from Madison, WI, and was discovered by producer Sam Charters while she was attending the University of Wisconsin. Charters offered Nelson a recording contract with the Prestige label, and in 1965 she released her solo debut, Deep Are The Roots. When they album failed to take off, Nelson moved to San Francisco hoping to form a more conventional rock band. Mother Earth was shortly formed and were soon playing at the Fillmore West, opening for the likes of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Burdon. The band made an appearance on the soundtrack of the 1968 film Revolution, and then signed with Mercury Records.

Their first album was the excellent Living With The Animals released in 1968. The mixture of country, pop, psychedelia, and rock make for an amazing record. In 1969, Mother Earth released the albums Tracy Nelson Country and Make A Joyful Noise. After a few more albums, Nelson left for a solo career in 1973. Nelson went onto form a successful solo career, earning a Grammy nomination in 1974 for the song “After The Fire Is Gone” performed with Willie Nelson. For a while during the 1980s, Nelson returned in the 1990s where she  continued to find success.

Artist information sources include: an article by Greg Prato at Allmusic.com

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From the 1968 soundtrack Revolution
Revolution

  • Revolution

From the 1968 album Living With The Animals
Living With The Animals

  • Marvel Group
  • My Love Will Never Die
  • The Kingdom Of Heaven (Is Within You)