Laura Love Discography



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You Ain't Got No Easter Clothes

It is the year 2004 and the world is definitely not a safer place. When I was writing songs for Welcome to Pagan Place I wondered if the Bush admin- istration was going to be as bad as I feared , and guess what--iris worse ! So bad in fact, that I immersed myself in my work and tried to grit my teeth and somehow get through the remaining years of his disastrous rule. I occupied my time with writing a memoir titled You Ain't Got No Easter Clothes, which details what it was like growing up poor and black in the 1960's in Nebraska during the height of the civil rights movement. As I wrote these childhood memories, I found myself composing songs to accompa- ny them. To my delight, Hyperion Books took an interest in my story and decided to publish it, and KOCH Records took an interest in my songs and decided to release them simultaneously. In both the record and the book I describe what it was like for me and my sister, Lisa, to live with our paranoid/schizophrenic mother, who went in and out o£ mental institutions as we bounced from one foster home to another. I wrote about watching my mother hang herself in front of me when I was 6 years old, only to have her recover somewhat and resume leadership of our household. I also wrote about the various social service agencies and programs which were largely responsible for my survival in those terrifying and uncertain times.

Those agencies and programs, as well as the people who worked for them , made a huge difference in my life and I watch in dismay as the Bush team strips funding and eliminates many of them in order to further its own frightening agenda. Writing a memoir was a huge departure from anything I'd ever done before and I hope the book and this companion CD serve to explain how I arrived at the liberal left-wing politics I hold today and shed some light on a kind of existence known only to those who have not lived a life of privilege and entitlement.

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  1. Good Enough .mp3
  2. Homage to Omaha
  3. Ain't No Power.mp3
  4. Freak Flag
  5. Oh Safonda
  6. You Ain't Got No Easter Clothes
  7. .It's Always Fall
  8. In Lincoln
  9. Behind the Door .mp3
  10. We Are Not
  11. Hard Times
  12. Satisfied
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Welcome To Pagan Place

Just Give Her Some Truth! Singer-Songwriter Laura Love Offers Open Letter On Iraq Crisis

Singer-songwriter, Laura Love, who UTNE Reader recently named to their 2003 list of Artists Who Will Shake The World, offers an open letter on the Iraq crisis on the deadly sounds of silence:

I wrote "I Want You Gone" because I have never been so angry as I am now. I have never been so afraid for my future as I am now. I have never been so moved to act as I am now.

I feel compelled to speak out against a president and an administration that would insist upon leading an unwilling nation and world into a war whose consequences will surely be death and global calamity.

If this president could demonstrate the same passion for protecting the environment, advancing the plight of the poor and furthering education as he has for making the rich richer and flexing his military muscle, I might be able to get over the fact that he stole the election and crammed the Patriot Act down our throats.

The world will not be freer and safer as a consequence of this war. The world will be a freer and safer when all of its citizens have equal access to the basic necessities of life.

I don't expect that this song will bring about world peace or anything but writing it made me feel a whole lot better and that there is something I can do, that we can do as an artistic community to call into question the fountains of untruth flowing in Washington.

We in the musical community have a proud history of questioning authority. It is essential to our role that we now raise our hands in greater number and lift up the vox populi of our America for the world and our leaders to see and hear.

Music isn't just about being nice and making it rhyme. It's about making sounds that disrupt the silent passivity of a country being lead deadly astray.

Laura's protest song "I Want You Gone" is featured on her April 22nd KOCH Records release, Welcome To Pagan Place.

We at Harmony Ridge Music support Laura 100% on her stand against our present "Regime". We are proud of her for expressing what she believes in and speaking out despite the current atmosphere of fear, lies and deception now overwhelming our country. Not all Americans are ignorant and turn a blind eye to crimes against race, religion, invironment and humanity.
God damn you masters of war!!!!

Some Lyrics from now and the past that express our feeling exactly:

We want you gone
...Laura Love (from We Want you Gone 2003)...need any more be said????

We kill for oil, then we throw a party when we win
Some guy refuses to fight, and we call that the sin
but he's standing up for what he believes in
and that seems pretty damned American to me
and it feels like I am living in the wasteland of the free

Living in the wasteland of the free
where the poor have now become the enemy
Let's blame our troubles on the weak ones
Sounds like some kind of Hitler remedy
Living in the wasteland of the free
....Iris Dement (from Wasteland Of The Free 1996)

look at where the profits are
that's how you'll find the source
of the big lie that you and i
both know so well
in the time it takes this cultural
death wish to run its course
they're gonna make a pretty penny
and then they're all going to hell
he said the chickens all come home to roost
yeah malcom forecasted this flood
are we really gonna sleep through another century
while the rich profit off our blood?
true, it may take some doing
to see this undoing through
but in my humble opinion
here's what i suggest we do:

open fire on hollywood
open fire on MTV
open fire on NBC
and CBS and ABC
open fire on the NRA
and all the lies they told us
along the way
open fire on each weapons manufacturer
while he's giving head
to some republician senator
...Ani Difranco (from To The Teeth)

How much do I know
To talk out of turn
You might say that I'm young
You might say I'm unlearned
But there's one thing I know
Though I'm younger than you
Even Jesus would never
Forgive what you do
....Bob Dylan (from Masters Of War 1963)
And I hope that you die, and your death will come soon
I'll follow your casket, in the pale afternoon
And I'll watch as your lowered, into your deathbed
And I'll stand on your grave till I'm sure that your dead

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  1. Santa Rosa
  2. Cain't Nobody
  3. Trickle Down
  4. Welcome To Pagan Place
  5. I Want You Gone
  6. Starkweather
  7. Can I Get A Wet Nurse
  8. Little Black Beetle
  9. Happy Little Song
  10. Fly Like An Eagle/Come Together
  11. Talk About Sufferin'
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Fourteen Days

You can't resist Laura Love's invigorating, pan-stylistic melange. Dousing her infectious compositions in shades of folk, funk, R&B and world musis, singer / bassist Love creates music that's as much fun for the mind as it is for the feet. This was more than evident during Love's moving appearance on the popular national television show Sessions at West 54th.

Her ZoŽ debut Fourteen Days delivers more of the wistful, earthy fusion that has made Love a festival favorite. Featuring a batch of stunning Love originals, plus an inviting cover of Laura Nyro's classic "Stoned Soul Picnic," Fourteen Days is an intoxicating voyage into the mind of an adventurous, boundless artist.

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  1. More Of You
  2. Fourteen Days
  3. Sativa
  4. In Seattle
  5. Sometimes Davey Wins
  6. I Am Going To Miss You
  7. Stoned Soul Picnic
  8. Way Off The Hook
  9. Hey Bigelow
  10. Suddenly
  11. Shenandoah
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Shum Ticky

On her second major label release, Laura Love has tightened her sound, thanks in part to her strongest band to date, featuring long time guitarist Rod Cook, violinist Barbara Lamb, and percussionist Chris Leighton. Although Love's music has sometimes been dubbed Afro-Celtic, the pieces here are hard to pigeonhole that readily. For example, "Mahbootay," a tribute to Love's sitting bones, begins with some dazzling gypsy fiddling, moves on to some African-inspired chanting interrupted by a killer surf guitar solo. You get the idea. Love's ongoing fascination with vocal sounds is demonstrated by her wonderful updating of the jump rope rhyme, "The Clapping Song," with some impassioned yodeling and a neat rap interlude by Sir Mix-A-Lot, and the bluesy shuffle,"Give Me Five," which updates another street rhyme for its chorus.

On "Longfellow Creek" Love plays with the Indian names of the flora and fauna of her Washington home while decrying the defilement of a once noble stream. The folky "Punctured and Hissing," a curious tale of loss from the perspective of a punctured tire, featuring a fine driving violin solo by Lamb and a dramatic finish. Love updated four of her earlier tunes for this recording, and "Less is More," in particular, benefits from the taut, uptempo arrangement rendered here.
--- Michael Parrish, Dirty Linen
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  1. Woe Is Me
  2. Mahbootay
  3. Aha Me A Riddle
  4. Clapping Song, The - (featuring Sir Mix-A-Lot)
  5. I'm A Givin' Way
  6. Punctured And Hissing
  7. Longfellow Creek
  8. Less Is More
  9. Shum Ticky
  10. Sorry
  11. Serenity
  12. Give Me Five
  13. Bang Bang
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Z Therapy (1990 Octoroon Biography OB-1)
  1. Things I've Heard People Think 4:19
  2. I'm Gonna Lay By My Friend Gi 2:50
  3. Leave My Head Alone (Diddle-ee-Di) 5:03
  4. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot 1:40
  5. Radiation 3:41
  6. Statue 2:59
  7. I Only Know (I'd Rather Be Alone) 3:32
  8. Fences (When I Was Young) 5:33
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Pangaea (1992 Octoroon Biography OB3)
  1. All Our Lives (4:18)
  2. Anyway (4:41)
  3. Whenever Time Will Come (5:22)
  4. Nelson (2:51)
  5. Bang Bang (4:32)
  6. I'm A Givin' Way (4:27)
  7. Hey That's No Way To Say Goodbye (3:21)
  8. If You Leave Me (4:54)
  9. Less Is More (4:35)
  10. This Place I Love (4:24)
  11. In A Heartbeat (3:12)
  12. Take A Ride (4:58)
  13. Voices (3:18)
  14. I Know (4:28)
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Helvetica Bold (1990 Octoroon Biography OB-004)
  1. A Ha Me A Riddle I Day (4:11)
  2. Feels Like Love (4:15)
  3. Inside The Reason (5:49)
  4. Five Hundred Miles (3:20)
  5. Put A Little Love In Your Heart (3:25)
  6. High Divide Oh (3:26)
  7. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (3:28)
  8. Just Like You (3:36)
  9. Nothing But Kindness (3:57)
  10. Wayfaring Stranger (3:43)
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Jo Miller And Laura Love Sing Bluegrass And Old-Time Music (1995 Rockin' Octoroon 100)

  1. Some Old Day (3:14)
  2. Blue And Lonesome (3:31)
  3. What About You (4:47)
  4. In My Dear Old Southern Home (2:06)
  5. My Native Home (3:39)
  6. Bury Me Beneath The Willow (3:11)
  7. Blue Railroad Train Blues (2:27)
  8. My Sweet Love Ain't Around (3:37)
  9. Don't You Call My Name (2:01)
  10. Sittin' Alone In The Moonlight (3:30)
  11. Somebody Loves You Darlin' (2:47)
  12. Dear Companion (3:34)
  13. Everybody Leaves Without Telling Me Goodbye (1:53)
  14. Old Black Mountain Trail (2:34)
  15. There Ain't No Ash Will Burn (4:20)
  16. Golden River (2:44)
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The Laura Love Collection (1995 Putumayo M118-2)

  1. All Our Lives (4:18)
  2. If You Leave Me Now (4:54)
  3. Bang Bang (4:32)
  4. Anyway (4:41)
  5. Less Is More (4:35)
  6. In A Hearbeat (3:12)
  7. Take A Ride (3:07)
  8. I'm A Givin' Way (4:27)
  9. This Place I Love (4:24)
  10. A Ha Me A Riddle I Day (4:11)
  11. Wayfaring Stranger (3:43)
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Octoroon (1997 Mercury 314 534 649-2)

  1. Bad Feeling
  2. Can't Understand
  3. All The Pushing
  4. I Am Wondering
  5. June 4th Foundation
  6. Amazing Grace
  7. Simple
  8. Capricorn & Hominy
  9. Come As You Are
  10. Octoroon
  11. I Can Bring It Over
  12. If I Knew
  13. Blind Bartimus
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