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Tracy Nelson

  • Mother Earth Presents Tracy Nelson Country [Mercury, 1970] A
  • Tracy Nelson [Atlantic, 1974] C-

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Mother Earth Presents Tracy Nelson Country [Mercury, 1970]
Country specialists don't approve of this--seem to feel it's cheating to step lively with such undeniable material. But only an inspired cheat would feature songs by Crudup, Willis, Scaggs, and T. Nelson on her country album. And only a paragon would sing them so sweet, direct, and strong. Nor would the mix of musicians--led by original Elvis guitarist Scotty Moore--occur to your everyday Nashvillian. Country, rock, who cares--eleven beautiful songs beautifully rendered. A

Tracy Nelson [Atlantic, 1974]
Even at her peak, Nelson risked sluggishness: you wondered whether that was placidity or metabolic malfunction. Now her voice has thickened, its seriousness become leaden. It takes her a minute longer to finish "Down So Low" than it did six years ago. Literally tedious: "tiresome because of slowness, continuance, or prolixity." C-