Alicia Bay Laurel - Music From Living On The Earth [LP]

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Alicia Bay Laurel is well known as the writer and illustrator of one of the classic
books of the back-to-the-earth movement, the 1970 hand-written guide to living the
good life, Living On the Earth. She is also an accomplished singer, songwriter,
and guitarist, the latter skill honed by studying with John Fahey. The songs on
Music from Living On the Earth were composed concurrently with the writing of the
book, permeated by the sun and soil of the commune life. Bright and earthy
paeans to the natural world, featuring ABL's pure, strong, and uplifting voice atop
her fluid, confident and deft steel-string acoustic guitar fingerpicking, her style
showing that she learned well from Fahey. She also collaborated with San
Francisco Tape Music Center co-founder Ramon Sender Barayon, who
contributes the 40-voice choral arrangement for the closing track. Although these
songs were written as the sixties became the seventies, Music from Living On the
Earth was actually recorded in 2000, first issued as a self-produced CD, and
reissued on CD by EM Records in 2006 (EM 1047CD). This 2015 15th
anniversary edition is its first appearance on vinyl, and includes liner notes by the
artist as well as English and Japanese lyrics, allowing listeners to again hear ABL's
blues, jazz, and Indian music influences meld with folk roots to glorious effect.
A1. In the Morning
A2. Chard & Chives
A3. Rain
A4. Hang Out and Breathe
A5. Thanksgiving Hymn
A6. Rinpoche
A7. Oh Sweet Self
A8. Waterwheel
A9. Mandala
B1. Nineteen Sixty-six
B2. Vai Raga
B3. Pain and Love
B4. Lullaby
B5. Family to Me
B6. Sky Blues
B7. Invocation
B8. In the Morning (40 Voices)

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