Re-released 1994 album.
Mother Earth’s second studio album ‘The People Tree’ originally released in February 1994 is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary with the release of this 180g green vinyl reissue, mastered from hi-res transfers of the first generation master tapes. This is the first time the album has been available on vinyl for 20 years.
It is a veritable treat for anyone nostalgic for the golden age of acid jazz and the long gone rare groove phenomenon of the early-to-mid- 90s. Unashamedly retro at the time of its release in 1994, Mother Earth revelled in their enthusiasm for all manner of vintage funkiness and strictly analogue vibes. Mother Earth were part of the second generation of Acid Jazz groups and were fronted by Matt Deighton who would later go on to have a critically acclaimed solo career as well as playing with Paul Weller and for a short time becoming a member of Oasis.
‘The People Tree’ was produced over a year by Acid Jazz boss Eddie Piller and it showed a love of both soul and the sort of bucolic rock music made famous by the likes of Traffic in the late 60s. It featured incredible songwriting that manifested itself in band favourites ‘Jesse’ and ‘Apple Green’. Guests on the album include Paul Weller, DC Lee and The Brand New Heavies’ Simon Bartholomew.
The album was a huge success, charting in the UK and going on to sell over 100,000 copies worldwide. It is an album that all involved remain incredibly proud of. While the original album was dedicated to the memory of Steve Marriott, in his sleeve notes to this edition guitarist and vocalist Matt Deighton extends the dedication to the memory Marriott’s songwriting partner Ronnie Laine. It’s a nice touch, complementing the comprehensive repackaging.