Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman
Rolling Stone: Ranked # 28 in Rolling Stone's "Women in Rock: The 50 Essential Albums" - "...[This album] brought some charge back to activist folk rock..."
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- Released: October 25, 1990
- Originally Released: 1988
- Label: Elektra / WEA
Rolling Stone - 10/31/02, p.136Ranked # 28 in Rolling Stone's "Women in Rock: The 50 Essential Albums" - "...[This album] brought some charge back to activist folk rock..."
Rolling Stone - 11/894 Stars - Excellent - Ranked # 10 in Rolling Stone's "100 Best Albums Of The 80s" survey.
CMJ - 1/5/04, p.22Ranked #7 in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1988"
- 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
- 9.For My Lover
- 10.If Not Now
- 11.For You
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.
Personnel: Tracy Chapman (vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion); Jack Holder (electric guitar, dobro, dulcimer, sitar, piano, organ); Ed Black (steel guitar); David LaFlamme (electric violin); Steve Kaplan (harmonica, keyboards); Bob Marlette (keyboards); Denny Fongheiser (drums, percussion); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Kevin Smith .
Recording information: Powertrax, Hollywood, CA.
Photographer: Matt Mahurin.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Tracy Chapman; David LaFlamme; Denny Fongheiser; Ed Black; Jack Holder; Larry Klein; Paulinho Da Costa; Bob Marlette; Steve Kaplan.
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.
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