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Tracy Chapman [075596077422]


  • 1. Talkin' Bout a Revolution
    2. Fast Car
    3. Across the Lines
    4. Behind the Wall
    5. Baby Can I Hold You
    6. Mountains O' Things
    7. She's Got Her Ticket
    8. Why?
    9. For My Lover
    10. If Not Now
    11. For You
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 7559607742

  • Credits
    ProducerDavid Kershenbaum
    EngineerKevin Smith

    Personnel: Tracy Chapman (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, percussion); Jack Holder (guitar, dobro, electric sitar, hammered dulcimer, Hammond organ); Ed Black (guitar); David LaFlamme (electric violin); Steve Kaplan, Bob Marlette (keyboards); Larry Klein (bass); Denny Fongheiser (drums, percussion); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion).
    Recorded at Powertrax, Hollywood, California.
    Tracy Chapman exploded out of the Boston folk scene in the late eighties, carrying the acoustic guitar-playing singer/songwriter mantle to a more political and socially conscious level than had recently been achieved. Her deep alto and throttled vocal delivery, combined with attentively scrutinized social scenarios presented in a simple, accessible manner, rocketed Tracy to the top of the charts and into the Grammy record books. Instrumentally crisp and minimal, TRACY CHAPMAN is a compelling statement from the no-holds-barred black singer/songwriter, stealing the focus away from the popular folk mafia.
    Chapman expresses a heretofore unmined black, feminist, disenfranchised point of view--from the helpless-but-hopeful underclass of the smash hit "Fast Car," to the defiant politicos of "Talkin' `Bout A Revolution." In regards to other issues, Tracy responds to Suzanne Vega's "Luka" with her own a capella song about domestic violence, "Behind The Wall"; and the percussive "Mountains O' Things" is about material wealth. But TRACY CHAPMAN is not all social politics; there are several rapturously tender love songs included as well.
    There are many strong influences to be heard in Tracy's voice, particularly Joan Armatrading (on "Baby Can I Hold You") and Odetta. Infused with those powerful roots, Chapman dramatically changed the commercial stakes of folk music by blending a catchy, acoustic backdrop to her social rhetoric, and delivering her manifestos in a unique, commanding voice that seemed like a beacon in a sea of mediocrity.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (10/31/02, p.136) - Ranked # 28 in Rolling Stone's "Women in Rock: The 50 Essential Albums" - "...[This album] brought some charge back to activist folk rock..."
    Rolling Stone (11/89) - 4 Stars - Excellent - Ranked # 10 in Rolling Stone's "100 Best Albums Of The 80s" survey.
    CMJ (1/5/04, p.22) - Ranked #7 in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1988"
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