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She has one of the signature voices of her generation. That natural gift has always guided Tracy Nelson’s soul; indeed allowed her to both write and seek out the deeper songs regardless of niche or genre. A fierce singer of truth, a fountain of the deepest heartache, she is an ultimate communicator and has regularly destroyed audiences across decades of performing. She is one of the few ... Read more in Amazon's Tracy Nelson Store

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  • Audio CD (June 17, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Memphis Int'l
  • ASIN: B00009QG8I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,780 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Need All The Help I Can Get
2. Walkin' After Midnight
3. God Will
4. Got A New Truck
5. Tennessee Blues
6. Send Me To The 'lectric Chair
7. After The Fire Is Gone
8. Mother Earth
9. Strongest Weakness
10. Down So Low
11. Feel So Good

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This is a superlative album both in feeling and production.
Dragon Speak
"If I had my way, I'd leave here today, I'd leave in a hurry..." the song starts.
James Morris
That said, this is an incredible live album, which was a long time in coming.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Gregor von Kallahann on July 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Devotees of singer Tracy Nelson (and I certainly number myself among them) have been waiting for years for an official 'live' release from this phenomenal artist. Tracy has released 21 albums prior to this release, all of which have their wonderful moments and some are downright clasics(including 2001's independently released EBONY & IRONY, as well as I FEEL SO GOOD, and MOVE ON from the 1990s (both on Rounder Records), and several re-releases from her early days in the 60s and 70s). It's all great stuff, but even folks who love her studio work have been known to come out of one her concerts utterly astonished. It's almost as though even the best studio settings cannot do this astonishingly powerful singer justice.
I've always said that if I were a waiter in a club where Tracy Nelson was performing, I'd probably be fired before the night was through. Because I'd doubtless just stand there stock still, tray in hand and jaw dropped to my chest (if not the floor) in a state of complete awe.
So at last, we have the live album that many of us have been awaiting for the last two decades or longer. It's probably a cliche to say that it was "worth the wait," but in fact, it was.
This release is the work of a mature artist, one still very much in control of her instrument, but also whose artistry and vision has only deepened over the years. She wrote her signature song, the classic "Down So Low" when she was in her early twenties--a remarkable feat for someone so young--but the version included on this recording seems to come from an even deeper place.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By James Morris on June 22, 2003
Format: Audio CD
When the hell is the public ever going to catch on to this woman? Most of the record stores I've visited have only had one or two copies in stock. That is an absolute sin. In her 35 year recording career, this is Tracy Nelson's 21st release - 22nd, if you count the Best of Tracy Nelson / Mother Earth - yet for some reason, she is not a household word. (Well, I could give you lots of reasons, but don't get me started). Established superstars (such as Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor, to name just a few) have praised her for years as "one of the best voices around" and "a singers singer". She has a powerful, expressive voice, demonstrating a talent that is almost superhuman, but inexplicably, she remains a secret. Her music is known only to music insiders, and a few lucky fans, who seem to number only in the thousands, instead of the millions she deserves.

For her first live album, recorded before inmates in the West Tennessee Detention Center, Tracy revisits two of her old standards from her first Mother Earth album - Down So Low (her self-penned theme song) and Mother Earth, a wonderful blues reflection on mortality written by Memphis Slim, from which her old band took their name. Esquire magazine once called Down So Low, "the saddest song ever written". Down So Low has been recorded by Linda Ronstadt, Etta James and Maria Muldaur (among others). It has never received a stronger treatment than it does here. Her legendary vocal prowess has only improved over the years, and her reputation as singing powerhouse is well supported by this release. This version of Down So Low compares quite favorably with the original, which she recorded in 1968, proving that she still has it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By jeffnlb on June 17, 2003
Format: Audio CD
First of all - let's get one thing straight. Tracy Nelson can do no wrong. That said, this is an incredible live album, which was a long time in coming.
I'm sure jokes will be told about singing to a 'captive' audience, but it takes a true talent to be able to get away with singing a song in a jail entitled "Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair".
Other highlights are her own "Down So Low" "Tennessee Blues" and "After the Fire is Gone". Actually, as is true of every Tracy Nelson album, there is not a bad song in the bunch. Listen to "God Will" or "Mother Earth" and try not to be moved.
Bottom line, buy this CD - you won't be sorry. And while you're at it, spread the word. Forget about all the flavors of the month - Tracy Nelson is a force to be reckoned with.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Wolf on February 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
for Tracy Nelson to get better. I remember hearing Down So Low when it first came out and was stunned. Until listening to this live recording, I didnt think it could be improved upon.. but I guess age and experience have given her the ability to make it even more mesmerizing. I bought the CD, got in my truck, drove off, put in the CD, and started to listen. I pulled off the road because I didnt think I should be driving.

As the other reviewers note, this is one thrilling performance. Her voice has gotten richer, and the delivery cant be beat. "God Will" is worth the price of the CD all by itself.

For those who are long time fans, listen to her original version of some of these songs, and the ones on this CD back to back. You will hear a wonderful transformation.
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