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Tracy Chapman Audio CD
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Tracy Chapman helped restore singer/songwriters to the spotlight in the '80s. The multi-platinum success of Chapman's eponymous 1988 debut was unexpected, and it had lasting impact. Although Chapman was working from the same confessional singer/songwriter foundation that had been popularized in the '70s, her songs were fresh and powerful, driven by simple melodies and affecting ... Read more in Amazon's Tracy Chapman Store

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  • Audio CD (24 Sep 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00005NSPV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,884 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fast Car
2. Subcity
3. Baby Can I Hold You
4. The Promise
5. I'm Ready
6. Crossroads
7. Bang Bang Bang
8. Telling Stories
9. Smoke And Ashes
10. Speak The Word
11. Wedding Song
12. Open Arms
13. Give Me One Reason
14. Talkin' Bout A Revolution
15. She's Got Her Ticket
16. All That You Have Is Your Soul

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TRACY CHAPMAN Collection (2201 German pressed 16-track CD compilation includes Fast Car Baby Can I Hold You Talkin Bout A Revolution and more)

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Some albums just can't be bettered. Tracy Chapman's 1988 self-titled debut is one of them. Led by poignant singles "Fast Car", "Baby Can I Hold You Tonight" and "Talkin' Bout a Revolution", its fragile acoustic laments tugged at the heart-strings and established Chapman as a songwriter with a uniquely human touch--selling 10 million copies and picking up three Grammies in the process. As this collection illustrates, such genius sets a difficult precedent. Despite including some truly beautiful songs from her four subsequent albums, the impact of those emotive early singles still dwarfs everything here. "I'm Ready" and "Smoke and Ashes" line up as the best of the rest, but with "Speak The Word", "Wedding Song" and "Open Arms" brimming with tender melodies and sentiments that touch in a way that most songwriters can only dream of, it's a close run thing. "Fast Car" & Co. may be untouchable, but with the quiver in her voice adding a depth of emotion to her words of love, need and hope, these 16 tracks make n salient point: with Tracy Chapman, there is no such thing as an average song. --Dan Gennoe

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and Touching Music 27 July 2002
Format:Audio CD
I was already familiar with some of Tracy Chapman's songs before buying this 'best of' album, and in all honesty I was expecting not to like many of the songs, but the songs I had already heard such as 'Fast car,' 'Baby Can I Hold You,' and 'Talkin' bout a Revolution' was merit enough for me to spend a lot of money for just three songs. It was only until I heard the rest of the collection that I realised what a gem I had been missing in Tracy Chapman.
The singer song writer plays with complete honesty, her voice is powerful, and commanding with enough control to sound compassionate. She sings mostly about injustice within society and politics and has attended festival in aid of benefits for the poor as well as performing at concerts for Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King celebrations.
The album expresses not just the range of her beliefs but also the variety of her musical influences. 'She's Got Her Ticket' has a raggae edge whereas 'Give Me One Reason' expresses a more American blues approach, with 'Telling Stories' having a slightly more rockier sound, but all with an individuality and infectious rhythm that makes her music unique. 'Bang Bang Bang' is one of my favourite songs that deals with the gun trade in America that is harming the youth and general communities throughout America. 'Baby Can I hold You' is one of the most beautiful love songs ever written, and if your too familiar with the manufactured boyband version then your only hearing half the song as it pales embarrasingly when compared to the beautifully sung original by Chapman. 'All That You Have Is Your Soul' and 'The Promise' have a soothing quality that simply cradles the listener as Chapman's voice sings over a gently strummed guitar.
Those not yet familiar with Chapman are missing out on a truly wonderful voice and master lyricist. If your unsure about Chapman and her albums then this album of sixteen songs will be able to settle those muddles minds to a pleasant rest.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By Martin
Format:Audio CD
Many artists have attempted to sum up the sadness and frustrations of those in impovershed communities. In doing so, many of these have aimed to offer genuine hope and encouragement at the same time. Issues such as poverty, gun crime, and oppression of working classes and ethnic minorities are not unusual song subjects. And yet, from punk to gangsta rap, I would defy you to find an artist who can sum them all up so eloquently and compassionately as Tracy Chapman.
The collection (chosen by Tracy herself) opens with Fast Car, the song which made her a star almost overnight. With its beautiful and subtle melody, the song draws the attention immediately, but the lyrics are the real star, delivering a bittersweet message about socail problems and the difficulty of breaking free. Baby Can I Hold You and Talkin 'Bout A Revolution are both among her most famous tracks, and both actually date from her teenage years. One is a beautiful and world-wise look at futile attempts to rebuild a relationship, the other a paean to anyone looking to turn the tables ont hose who oppress and disregard them. These would be amazing compositions from anyone of any age, let alone a teenager.
That she didn't remain a true mainstrem artist in the following years strikes me as unfortuante. While she has touched many people and continues to do so today, and surely made a reasonable living, the reality is that people have missed out not only on beautiful songs, but also on what could be the template for a better world (the liner notes allude to this - I thought it was exaggerated pretentious rubbish, until I listened to the CD).
If I may pick out a few further highlights, Bang Bang Bang is an obvious choice.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Intoduction To A Fantastic Artist 22 Jan 2005
By Ben
Format:Audio CD
The only gripe I have about this album is that some people may just buy this 'collection' album and expect that this is as good as it gets. The truth is every Tracy Chapman album is sensational and this though a good start has missed several Tracy gems which appear on the other albums...

Back to this collection, it's in my opinion the best 'greatest hits' album available - you cannot deny the talent Tracy has, she's a great song writter, has a fantastic and unique voice.

The songs choosen for this album are faultless, You have the well known tracks 'Fast Car', 'Baby Can I Hold You' and 'Talkin' Bout A Revolution' - but every track here is sublime, my personal favs are including the one's mentioned are 'Smoke And Ashes', 'Crossroads', 'Telling Stories', 'Give Me One Reason', actually I love them all. Each song is as breath taking, thought provoking beautiful and just as sublime as the next.

overall mark: 99.9%
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius 8 Jun 2004
Format:Audio CD
I had occasionally heard the odd song by Tracy Chapman but never really paid much attention before, and hadnt heard anything by her for several years. Seeing this collection I was tempted to buy it based on it being a bit different to the usual stuff I listened to and I fancied a change. Playing it, I was stunned. Brilliant song followed brilliant song, Tracy's voice is just amazing, she can impart so much feeling into her music. It is now one of my favourite all time CDs. It is certainly one of the most played and I never tire of it. Every track on it is a gem. I now own every album Tracy has made, as she is pure genius. If you havent really listened to Tracy before this is a must, all her greatest songs in one fantastic collection, but be warned, you will be hooked and you will want more! Buy it!
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