Mother Earth are these purveyors of Hammond organ grinding, mixed with Curtis Mayfield sounding vocals and a rhythm section to die for, which blended to perfection on their classic album The Folks Tree not too long ago reissued by Acid Jazz records. Matt Mead critiques the 25th anniversary vinyl reissue plus he has news of a Mother Earth reformation, of sorts.

Seemingly taking a leaf or two out of The Modest Faces, Tom Hardin and Nick Drakes rock/acoustic book Folks Tree finds Matt Deighton (vocals/lead guitar), Bryn Barklam (Hammond organ), Chris White (drums) and Neil Corcoran (bass guitar) going all out to make a record of substance, a single that would final the years and decades to come, which is precisely why we are seeing a nicely overdue re-release.

At a time when Blur had been singing about Girls and Boys and Oasis had been singing about Living Forever The Folks Tree showcased Mother Earth at the peak of their powers. The band had been releasing a batch of groove primarily based tunes beneath the nicely-recognized Acid Jazz label for a quantity of years ahead of they planted a seed or two to record a single of the underrated albums of 1994.

The front cover is adequate to evoke memories of fantastic record sleeves such as Amongst The Buttons, There Are But 4 Modest Faces and Pet Sounds. The photographs had been truly taken by famed photographer Jill Furmanovsky who had previously taken nicely recognized images of Oasis and The Rolling Stones, lending a portion legendary status to the album.

The music contained inside the album has a mixture all out sing along favourites (Discover It In The Finish, Mr Freedom, the latter featuring backing vocals from Paul Weller), folk acoustic ballads (Apple Green, Illusions), plus we are treated to cuts of soul and rock ballads equivalent in tone to the likes of Site visitors in the late 1960’s. Additional guests on the album involve Dee C Lee (The Style Council) and Simon Bartholomew (Brand New Heavies). With the added delight of the album becoming mastered from hi-res transfers of the 1st generation master tapes, the sound is as you can consider, the quite finest that has been re-released so far.

Housed in a restricted edition green vinyl with a pristine crisp hunting sleeve style, staying accurate to the original style but wiping away some of the cobwebs soon after 25 years of standing idle, this release will get these Acid Jazz cats of the 90’s to pull out their nicely-worn John Smedley polo shirts and Clarks deserts boots for the newer cats about town to dig these classic songs for a new generation of purring pop purveyors.

Lastly, news. Just after speaking to Matt relating to his solo profession he briefly informed me that Mother Earth have reformed, with gigs lined up and new music afoot. The line is distinct to the original line up, due to logistical purpose, but rest assured, the new line up is one thing unique, of which, extra will be announced in the coming weeks and months ahead. Remain tuned pop pickers!

The album can be bought straight from the Acid Jazz web site.

All words by Matt Mead. Additional articles by Matt can be identified by means of the Louder Than War author archive pages.

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