Band splits, abortive sessions, abandoned songs and a label under siege all contributed to the triumph that was Mother Earth's third album, You Have Been Watching.
Never the most cohesive of units, the 1994 classic People Tree had been hailed but its two-year recording process had seen the band lose two members and almost sink the record label, as it was recorded in expensive studios throughout the UK.
Its follow-up was meant to be recorded quickly as an antidote but the first sessions - without a producer - delivered nothing, after which band frontman Matt Deighton went off and recorded his solo album with his new wife. It could have been the end of Mother Earth.
Instead, refreshed from the break, they reconvened at Acid Jazz studios and finished the album in a couple of weeks. Mixing Stax soul, dub and space rock, it was released in the late summer to great success.
Tracks such as (Never Gonna Get) To War!, Compare Yourself and Get Along quickly became live favourites, whilst Poster and Hold on to Your Head shows some of Deighton's most sensitive writing.
1. (Never Gonna Get) To War!
2. Get Along
3. Wham Bam Thank You
6. Non Corporealness
7. Very Together
8. Compare Yourself
9. Hold on to Your Head
11. The Desired Effect
12. The Life Eternity