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Both Sides Of The Gun


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Harper grew up in Claremount, about an hour's drive out of Los Angeles, and a visit to the music store his family owns there helps to put his unique musical gumbo of folk, blues , soul, R&B, funk, gospel, reggae and rock into perspective. Originally run by his grandfather, the Folk Music Centre and Museum, as it is called, is an Aladdin's cave of musical instruments from all over ... Read more in Amazon's Ben Harper Store

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  • Audio CD (20 Mar 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000EMTH8U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,893 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Listen  1. Morning Yearning 4:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Waiting For You 3:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Picture In A Frame 4:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Never Leave Lonely Alone 2:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Sweet Nothing Serenade 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Reason To Mourn 4:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. More Than Sorry 3:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Cryin' Won't Help You Now 2:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Happy Everafter in Your Eyes 2:31£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Listen  2. Both Sides Of The Gun 2:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Engraved Invitation 2:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Black Rain 2:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Gather 'Round The Stone 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Please Don't Talk About Murder While I'm Eating 2:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Get It Like You Like It 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Way You Found Me 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Serve Your Soul 8:22£0.99  Buy MP3 

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EMI 357445; EMI ITALIANA - Italia;

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Double albums used to be the preserve of those for whom two regular length sides of plastic just weren’t enough for your standard keyboard solo. But they’ve all been at it recently--Foo Fighters, Chili Peppers, Bright Eyes, Nick Cave. What are they after--overtime? Californian multi-instrumentalist Ben Harper has perhaps more reasons than most to split his creativity down the middle and partition the results. In a decade of numerous, prolific works he’s earned a reputation for being downright eclectic, shimmering between 60s blues rock and hippie protest songs, 70s funk, college rock, psychedelia and timeless soul.

That’s a lot of different coloured strands to wind into a coherent weave. So here’s the alternative. The first disc contains his mellower, more lingering side, while the second is committed wholeheartedly to full-on jams. And in spite of its 18 tune total it has the feel of a concise, well-constructed collection--succeeding where so many double records fail.

He is, spiritually at least, part of the old guard. For the first half that means floating on the resonance of the live room, candles lit. And with the second it’s that revolution will probably be obtained by nudging amps into the red and roaring passionately until the veins show in your forehead. But his gifted, soulful playing brings two sides together and the likes of mean stringed tearjerker "Reason To Mourn" and angry funk of "Black Rain", recorded in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, mark him out as a thriving individual talent. --James Berry

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By L. Salgueiro on 24 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
ive been following ben harper's work for a while now and must admit that what i most enjoy about it are his mellower accoustic tracks as opposed to the rockier jams...not that they are bad at all! this double cd is without doubt nothing short of amazing! like his previous double album, 'live from mars', cd 1 is more mellow and soulful where as cd 2 is more up-beat starting with one of my favourites from that cd, 'better way'. if you know ben harper's work, and enjoy it, you will not be disappointed, guaranteed! it's an album that really grows on you the more you listen to it. a definite buy for 2006!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 2 April 2006
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This is an amazing new release with, what i think, is a a slightly new style from Ben. It has a more upbeat, funkier array of songs on the heavier (not heavy, but heavier then the other cd, which is mostly acoustic) cd like 'Better Way' and 'Black Rain'. The acoustic cd, I found, Is brilliant as background music and when you want to chill, and it is not too depressing. Even 'Morning Yearning' has a slight happy build to it and emotionly strong music to it with violins and double bass. I love the new instrunments he has added, and in songs such as 'Sereve your Soul' which has a great climax of music at the end to finish off the album. I thank Ben for the amzing music he has given us over the years and how he is still churning out some amazing tunes. If you like Ben Harper then this is definatly a must have album. and in the box set it has some really cool extras.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "will21496" on 23 Mar 2006
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This has to be, in my opinion, the best Ben Album to date, the whole thing is a work of art, even the box is truly beautiful. I put this album on in the shop where i work and so many people asked about it! every song seems to have meaning and feeling behind it, and the music is appears very 'together'. i recomend this album to everyone reguardless of their music taste. All the three CDS in the box have a totally differnet feel and theme, but all are equally as good! An amazing CD Alround
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I know why this has been released as two CDs but to be honest there isn't enough material to justify this ( aside from the fact that its a bit of a pain changing the CDs over constantly in the car - yeh, I know, get a multi player! ) Moreover, there are a few tracks which will probably annoy me after a while but far less than on the, say'Diamonds' CD. Having had the chance to digest all three discs ( box set version ) I am pleased to say that the music is generally up to standard and, aside from the Blinds Boys collab album, this is the best rock Ben has produced for a while. Great to see that there is little commercialism on both CD's. Mournful accoustic numbers ( More than Sorry, is very heartfelt ) and outright rockers ( Please dont talk about Murder....) with a bit of funk thrown in! A potentially brilliant album lurks within the two CDs but it's well worth a purchase, especially the box set with the 'bonus' material which contains a couple of alternative takes which better the ones chosen for the main album. Better still make your own 'Both sides' CD by combining all discs onto one high quality album!
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