Nelson, Tracy

Band members               Related acts

- Ron Cornelius - guitar (1974)

- Bobby Emmons - keyboards (1974)

- Mac Gayden - guitar (1974)

- Kenny Malone - drums (1974)

- Tracy Nelson - vocals, keyboards

- Leon Pendarvis - keyboards (1974)
- Reggie Young - guitar (1974)  




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Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Tracy Nelson

Company: Atlantic

Catalog: SD 7310

Year: 1974

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: minor cut out notch along top edge; original Atlantic inner sleeve

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4169

Price: $7.00

Cost: $1.00


Continuing her corporate wanderings, 1974's cleverly-titled "Tracy Nelson" found Nelson signed to Atlantic.  Produced by Bob Johnston, lots of folks seem to think this is one of her better offerings.  To our ears the set has its moments, but is hurt by Johnston's rather lush production values (Nelson sounds a little tentative in places).  The set's also hurt by the inclusion of way too many languid ballads.  Slower numbers such as "Slow Fall" and "Love Has No Pride" may have showcased Nelson's deep and sexy voice, but after a while you couldn't help but wish she'd pick up the pace a bit.  So what's worth hearing?  "Down So Low" has come to serve as Nelson's signature tune.  She also turns in a surprisingly impressive (and uptempo) cover of Bob Dylan's "It Takes a Lot to Laugh (It Takes a Train to Cry)".  Elsewhere, "After the Fire" was a duet with Willie Nelson (Linda Ronstadt provided backing vocals), which subsequently won Nelson a Grammy.         

"Tracy Nelson" track listing:

(side 1)
1.) Slow Fall   (Jack Lee Schnor) - 3:20

2.) Love Has No Pride   (Eric Katz - Elizabeth Titus) - 3:35

3.) Hold an Old Friend's Hand   (Donna Weiss) - 3:20

4.) Rock Me in Your Cradle   (Bob Johnston) - 4:00

5.) It Takes a Lot to Laugh (It Takes a Train to Cry)   (Bob Dylan) - 3:39


(side 2)
1.) After the Fire Is Gone   (L.E. White) - 3:04

2.) Lean On Me   (Bill Withers) - 3:19

3.) I Wish Someone Would Care    (Irma Thomas) - 5:43

4.) Lay Me Down Easy   (Daniel Moore) - 3:13

5.) Down So Low   (Tracy Nelson) - 4:49




Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Time Is On My Side

Company: MCA

Catalog: MCA-2203

Year: 1976

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: cut lower right corner

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4170

Price: $9.00


Geez, another year, another record label for Tracy Nelson.  This time around 1976's Jimmy Bowen produced "Time Is On My Side" found Nelson signed to MCA.  Dedicated to Irma Thomas (good taste on Nelson's part), Nelson's deep and rich voice remained instantly recognizable.  At least to our ears, the difference this time around is that Bowen deserved some credit for trying to lighten up the overall sound.  Slow blues remained the predominant style, but "Anything You Want", "I've Never Loved You More" and "Couldn't Do Nothin' Right" were actually a little bit on the funky side.  Perhaps not her best, or most consistent album, but it still made for a nice change of pace ... 


"Time Is On My Side" track listing:

(side 1)
1.) Anything You Want   (H.R. Smith - James Brown Jr.) - 3:48

2.) Time Is On My Side   (Jerry Ragovay) - 3:41

3.) The Woman In Your Heart   (Craig  Fuller) - 3:44

4.) I Could Have Been Your Best Friend   (Tracy Nelson - Andrew McMahan) - 2:34

5.) Sudden Changes   (Roger Troy) - 3:24


(side 2)
1.) I've Never Loved You More   (Jack Lee) - 3:36

2.) Let the Memory Fade   (Jack Lee) - 2:46

3.) An Arm and a Leg   (John Hiatt) - 3:09

4.) You Just Can't Forget Her (Can You Fool)    (Michael Smotherman) - 2:47

5.) Couldn't Do Nothin' Right    (Gary Nunn - Karen Brooks) - 4:18




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