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Burn to Shine
     

Burn to Shine

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by Ben Harper
 

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Burn to Shine presents proof positive that you can always distill the essence of rock & roll down to a solitary man alone with his guitar and conscience. It sounds inventive yet firmly rooted in the blues-rock singer/songwriter/guitarist tradition of Taj Mahal and of Neil Young and

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Burn to Shine presents proof positive that you can always distill the essence of rock & roll down to a solitary man alone with his guitar and conscience. It sounds inventive yet firmly rooted in the blues-rock singer/songwriter/guitarist tradition of Taj Mahal and of Neil Young and Cat Stevens at their most confessional. Harper's guitar with falsetto vocal in "The Woman in You" even suggests a Curtis Mayfield tune in the hands of Prince. "Steal My Kisses" is one of those uncluttered, radio-friendly rock shuffles that simply makes you bob your head and feel better. Even Harper's detours -- like the wobbling New Orleans shuffle with the Real Time Jazz Band, "Suzie Blue," and charred Black Sabbath metal in "Less" -- prove worth exploring. Other cameos include guitarists David Lindley and former Bob Marley sideman Tyrone Downey. Burn to Shine is a minor masterpiece that may prove to be not so minor.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/21/1999
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
0724384815127
catalogNumber:
48151

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ben Harper   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
David Lindley   Banjo,Fiddle,Mandolin
Richard Barnes   Washboard
Bruce Bishop   Guitar
Jon Clarke   English Horn,Oboe
Joel Derouin   Violin
Tyrone Downe   Keyboards
Tyrone Downie   Keyboards
David Leach   Percussion
James Leigh   Trombone
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Eric Sarafin   Piano,Harmonium,Recorder
David Firman   Bass
Juan Nelson   Bass
Michael Fay   Banjo
Dean Butterworth   Drums,Snare Drums
Eve Butler   Violin
Jim Bogen   Clarinet
Nick Rich   Human Beatbox
Matthew Funes   Viola

Technical Credits

Ben Harper   Composer
J.P. Plunier   Producer,Art Direction
Suzie Katayama   String Arrangements
Eric Sarafin   Engineer
Mike King   Illustrations
Dan Steinberg   Engineer
Real Time Jazz Band   Contributor

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Burn to Shine 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ben Harper's fourth album, Burn to Shine, is another masterpiece of musical variety. Harper delves into rock, blues, jazz, pop, and soul. Harper's unique and soulful voice adds to his solid lyrics (brilliant at times) and incendiary guitar style. From acoustic to slide to straight rock, Harper shows that he is one of the premier guitar player/song writers out there. Inventive tracks like Suzy Blue and Steal My Kisses let Harper's fans know that he will never stop experimenting with new styles. Hard-hitting songs like Bleed and Forgiven are accompanied by slower ballads like Beloved One and In the Lord¿s Arms to provide a wide variety of listening enjoyment. Harper is one of the most talented artists around today and listeners will really get a sense for that from Burn to Shine. If you like to hear a wide variety of music styles on one CD, you will like Burn to Shine. Though not his best effort, Burn to Shine is another step in the right direction for Ben Harper.
Guest More than 1 year ago
if you listen to ben harper and appreciate - your a king for life !!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic album by Harper. As a huge fan of Ben, I really enjoy anything he puts out. Burn to Shine is an album that any first time listeners will really enjoy. His guitar playing is top shelf (as always) and his voice adds deep emotion to every song. He really is one of the most talented artists around today.