Tracy Chapman

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Arriving with little fanfare in the spring of 1988, Tracy Chapman's eponymous debut album became one of the key records of the Bush era, providing a touchstone for the entire PC movement while reviving the singer/songwriter tradition. And Tracy Chapman is firmly within the classic singer/songwriter tradition, sounding for all the world as if it was recorded in the early '70s -- that is, if all you paid attention to were the sonics, since Chapman's songs are clearly a result of the Reagan revolution. Even the love songs and laments are underscored by a realized vision of trickle-down modern life -- listen to the lyrical details of "Fast Car" for proof. Chapman's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Arriving with little fanfare in the spring of 1988, Tracy Chapman's eponymous debut album became one of the key records of the Bush era, providing a touchstone for the entire PC movement while reviving the singer/songwriter tradition. And Tracy Chapman is firmly within the classic singer/songwriter tradition, sounding for all the world as if it was recorded in the early '70s -- that is, if all you paid attention to were the sonics, since Chapman's songs are clearly a result of the Reagan revolution. Even the love songs and laments are underscored by a realized vision of trickle-down modern life -- listen to the lyrical details of "Fast Car" for proof. Chapman's impassioned liberal activism and emotional resonance enlivens her music, breathing life into her songs even when the production is a little bit too clean. Still, the juxtaposition of contemporary themes and classic production precisely is what makes the album distinctive -- it brings the traditions into the present. At the time, it revitalized traditional folk ideals of social activism and the like, kick starting the PC revolution in the process, but if those were its only merits, Tracy Chapman would sound dated. The record continues to sound fresh because Chapman's writing is so keenly observed and her strong, gutsy singing makes each song sound intimate and immediate.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596077422
  • Catalog Number: 60774
  • Sales rank: 2,246

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Talkin' Bout a Revolution (2:38)
  2. 2 Fast Car (4:58)
  3. 3 Across the Lines (3:22)
  4. 4 Behind the Wall (1:46)
  5. 5 Baby Can I Hold You (3:16)
  6. 6 Mountains O' Things (4:37)
  7. 7 She's Got Her Ticket (3:54)
  8. 8 Why? (2:01)
  9. 9 For My Lover (3:15)
  10. 10 If Not Now... (2:55)
  11. 11 For You (3:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tracy Chapman Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
David LaFlamme Electric Violin
Ed Black Steel Guitar
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Denny Fongheiser Percussion, Drums
Jack Holder Organ, Dulcimer, Dobro, Piano, Electric Guitar, Hammond Organ, Sitar
Larry Klein Bass
Bob Marlette Keyboards
Steve Kaplan Harmonica, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Tracy Chapman Composer, Contributor
David LaFlamme Contributor
Ed Black Contributor
Paulinho Da Costa Contributor
Denny Fongheiser Contributor
Jack Holder Contributor
David Kershenbaum Producer
Larry Klein Contributor
Bob Marlette Contributor
Don Rubin Executive Producer
Kevin Smith Engineer
Steve Kaplan Contributor
Carol Bobolts Art Direction
Brian Koppelman Executive Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A stunningly brilliant album

    Tracy Chapman's debut album is a gentle rage of beauty that is a nearly perfect summation of the entire history of R&B, Soul, Folk and Rock. I've had this album since its release and every listen brings me back to a sense of awe. This is certainly an album worthy of being named among the best ever. And I do love it when they have the courtesy of putting the Lyrics in the booklet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic

    This woman sings the first 25 years of my life. I also grew up too close to downtown in a major city. She nails it, nothing but the facts put to music. No statements, no agenda--just how it was and how it felt. Tracy Chapman is her own woman and a true musician. I love this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    TRACY CHAPMAN WHO?

    A WONDERFUL ALBUM FOR ONE OF THE MOST TALENTED SONG WRITERS IN THE MUSIC INDUSTERY!ITS JUST A SHAME THAT SHE HAS NOT GOT THE RECOGNITION THAT SHE RIGHTY DESERVES!INSTEAD TALENTLESS BOY BAND SUCH AS BOYZONE GET THE CREDIT FOR SUCH A SUBLIME RECORD LIKE 'BABY CAN I HOLD YOU' A TRUE ALBUM FROM A TRUE TALENTED ARTIST!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    too good

    this album is best album ever i have heard in my life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Chapman's Debut

    This is the very first album I bought, I was 10 yrs. old and I had never heard anything like it before. This album not only influenced my worldview, it heightened my consciousness, helped me to define myself, and helped me to see MY place in the world. Now, almost twelve yrs. later, the songs still stir up the same emotions as they did when I first listened to them. And her songs today are as relevant as they were ten yrs. ago, unfortunately, but hopefully they will help to impact others as they did me. I owe Ms. Chapman a great debt of gratitude.

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