Fight For Your Mind CD (1995)

Artist: Ben Harper

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Label Emd/virgin
SKU 60075118
UPC 724384062026
UPC 14 00724384062026
Format CD
Release Date 8/1/1995
Author Ben Harper
Associated Artist/Work Freund, Tom
Associated Artist/Work Harper, Ellen
Associated Artist/Work Relentless 7
Associated Artist/Work Relentless7
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Technical Info
Engineer Bradley Cook
Producer Bob "Stiv" Coke; JP Plunier; Ben Harper
CatalogID CDVUS 93
Lable Name Virgin
Released 07/01/1995
Original Release 1995
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 67m : 57s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00724384062026
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Ben Harper (vocals, acoustic & Weissenborn guitars); Danielle Charles (violin); Brett Banduci (viola); Timothy Loo (cello); Ervin Pope (Hammond B-3 organ); Juan Nelson, Carey Christensen (bass); Oliver Charles (drums); Bob "Stiv" Coke (tamboura, sarod, tabla); Leon Lewis Mobley (percussion).
Personnel: Ben Harper (vocals, acoustic guitar); Bob "Stiv" Coke (sarod, tamboura, tabla, tambourine); Danielle Charles (violin); Brett Banducci (viola); Timothy Loo (cello); Ervin Pope (organ); Oliver Charles (drums); Leon Mobley (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Eric Sarafin; The Dub Brothers; Femi Jiya.
Recording information: Esplosive Studio 12; Grandmaster Recording; Mad Dog Studios, Venice, CA.
Photographers: Bob "Stiv" Coke; Jeff Gottlieb.
Unknown Contributor Role: Ben Harper.
Artist Overview
Singer/songwriter Ben Harper, who hails from Pomona, CA, debuted in 1994 with WELCOME TO THE CRUEL WORLD. Harper's idiosyncratic mix of blues, folk, rock, funk, and reggae made an instant splash. His distinctive use of the dobro-like Weissenborn guitar became a key element of his sound. A few years later, Harper adopted a more turbo-charged heavy rock sound influenced in equal parts by Led Zeppelin and Seattle grunge, but his strongly lyrical songwriting and his band's famed live prowess continued to grow.
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (8/11/95, p.53) - "...Harper is rootsy and raw on his upbeat material. And when he slows down for a ballad, he displays a gift for subtle rhythms and intimate, whispered vocalizing that speaks volumes."
- Rating: B
Q (8/95, p.123) - 3 Stars - Good - "...colours all his...themes--love, politics and religion--with unsettling guitar tones which range from suave discords to sheer noise. Harper's vocals being an impatient murmur, it's often as if Nina Simone's band had been joined by Neil Young on ARC-WELD. He's deep, powerful and original..."
Vibe (12/95-1/96, p.142) - "...treks down the highway of social injustice, aiming to cast out the world's problems while ushering in sensitivity and understanding....merge[s] the rage of the '60s with the frustrations of the '90s. A hybrid blessed by tradition, Harper's sound has nothing to do with retroactivity..."
Option (1-2/96, p.97) - "...Harper is a genuinely gifted young singer/songwriter/guitarist with serious ambitions in folk, blues, gospel and rock'n'roll..."
Disc 1
1 Oppression
2 Ground On Down
3 Another Lonely Day
4 Please Me Like You Want To
5 Gold To Me
6 Burn One Down
7 Excuse Me Mr.
8 People Lead
9 Fight For Your Mind
10 Give A Man A Home
11 By My Side
12 Power Of The Gospel
13 God Fearing Man
14 One Road To Freedom
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