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Alicia Bay Laurel - Music From Living on the Earth

Alicia Bay Laurel - Music From Living on the Earth

EM Records

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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 Living On The Earth, a hand-written guide to living the good life, but she is also a very 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 and first issued as a self-produced CD, then later issued in Japan on EM Records and is now out of print. This 15th anniversary first-time vinyl version, with new liner notes by the artist as well as English and Japanese lyrics, allows listeners to again hear ABL's blues, jazz and Indian music influences meld with folk roots to glorious effect. 

New liner notes written by Alicia Bay Laurel, with English/Japanese lyrics.

1. In the Morning 2:52
2. Chard & Chives 2:44
3. Rain 1:52
4. Hang Out and Breathe 2:38
5. Thanksgiving Hymn 3:07
6. Rinpoche 3:57
7. Oh Sweet Self 3:05
8. Waterwheel 2:10
9. Mandala 3:15

1. Nineteen Sixty-six 2:11
2. Vai Raga 3:30
3. Pain and Love 3:14
4. Lullaby 4:01
5. Family To Me 2:16
6. Sky Blues 2:21
7. Invocation 3:11
8. In the Morning (40 Voices) 2:24

Format: 12-inch Vinyl LP
Label: EM records
Catalog: EM1047LP
Released: 2015
Genre: Folk Rock / Alternative