Sunday, March 20

Make a Joyful Noise - Mother Earth (1969)


"Make a Joyful Noise is the follow-up to 1968's Living With the Animals. This time out, Mother Earth neatly divided their joint appreciations for rural and urban American music: à la the thematic 'City Side' and 'Country Side.' The City Side is an R&B workout, powered by a robust horn section and the vocals of Rev. Ron Stallings on burning soul cuts such as 'Stop That Train,' Tracy Nelson's killer performance on Naomi Neville's cooker 'What Are You Trying to Do,' and sultry read of Little Willie John's babymaker 'Need Your Love So Bad.' The Country Side is more subdued, adorned by steel guitars and Powell St. John's quavering vocals on 'I'll Be Moving On' and the strange 'The Fly.' Nelson's version of Doug Sahm's 'I Wanna Be Your Mama Again' is her blues-country gospel version of Hank Williams' honky tonk nugget 'You Win Again' (with a fine fiddle solo by Johnny Gimble). Some of the guest stars on this set include Boz Scaggs, Hargus Robins, Ben Keith, D.J. Fontana, and Pete Drake. Make a Joyful Noise remains an overlooked classic from the Warner Brothers catalog that finally saw CD issue in 2004 by Wounded Bird."
allmusic
Discogs
20 Albums Rolling Stone Loved in the Sixties That You've Never Heard
The Rising Storm
YouTube: Stop the Train, What Are You Trying to Do, I Need Your Love So Bad, Soul of the Man, Blues for the Road, You Win Again, Come on and See, Then I'll Be Moving On, The Fly, I Wanna Be Your Mama Again, Wait, Wait, Wait

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