NEWS: Mother Earth People Tree 30th anniversary release

NEWS: Mother Earth People Tree 30th anniversary release

Acid Jazz announce details of a 30th anniversary 2LP remastered edition of Mother Earth’s outstanding album The People Tree, featuring three previously unreleased tracks & a further six making their vinyl debut 

Limited to 1000 copies worldwide  

Release date: 12 July

Today Acid Jazz announce the release of a double vinyl, limited edition version of Mother Earth’s The People Tree premiering a previously unreleased version of the album’s ‘Apple Green’:

Originally released in 1994, Mother Earth’s The People Tree is a crucial album in the acid jazz canon, one that encapsulates a love of soul, funk and folk-tinged ‘70s rock.

To mark its 30th Anniversary, it is set for a special edition 2LP reissue that includes the original album, three previously unreleased tracks, and a further six that have never before been on vinyl. It has been remastered from the original analogue recordings.

One of the best-loved albums in Acid Jazz history, it was the product of over a year of sessions, led by label-founder Eddie Piller, and features guest appearances from Paul Weller, Dee C Lee, and Brand New Heavies’ Simon Bartholomew.

Bonus tracks include the previously unreleased alternative ‘Apple Green’ with a distinctive female backing vocal, an alternative version of ‘Illusions’, and the title track.

First-time vinyl cuts include the alternate master of ‘Jesse’, ‘A Trip Down Brian Lane’ and the heavy funk of ‘Slide Sweet Baby’.

The album is presented in a beautiful ‘wide-spine’ layout, with two printed inner sleeves, adorned with in-depth notes form Eddie Piller and unseen photos from the original cover shoot by legendary music photographer Gerald Mankiewicz.

Mother Earth People Tree (30th Anniversary Edition) tracklisting:


Side A

1/Institution Man

2/ Jesse

3/ Stardust Bubblegum

4/ Mr Freedom

5/ Dragster

6/ Find It

Side B

1/ The People Tree

2/ Apple Green

3/ Time Of The Future

4/ Saturation 70

5/ Illusions

6/ A Trip Down Brian Lane


Side C

1/ Jesse (Alternate master mix) *

2/ Institution Man (Single edit) *

3/ Warlocks Of The Mind Pt1 *

4/ Time Of The Future (Alternative EP mix)

5/ Find It (In The End) – Radio Edit

6/ Almost Grown (Featuring Paul Weller)


Side D

1/ Apple Green (with Harmony Vocal) ^

2/ Illusions (no horn mix) ^

3/ Take A Trip Down Brian Lane (7-inch Edit)*

4/ Slide Sweet Baby *

5/ People Tree (No mellotron mix) ^

6/ Jesse (Alt Brendan Lynch Radio Mix) *

*First vinyl release

^ Previously unreleased

There will also be a digital version containing seven additional tracks:

  1. Jesse (Acoustic)
  2. Soul Sacrifice
  3. Have A Time
  4. Warlocks Of Bakersfield, Ca
  5. Roadster
  6. Help Me Up
  7. Headf**k

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