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Tracy Chapman [CASSETTE] [Import]

Tracy Chapman Audio Cassette
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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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Product details

  • Audio Cassette (17 Oct 1990)
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Music
  • ASIN: B000002H5J
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 331,071 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic. 3 July 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It's not often that you hear an artist quite as unique as Tracy Chapman. The soothing voice mixed with the very topical issues works perfectly. This is typified in "Behind the Wall" - a soothing acapella song about domesic abuse. "Baby can I hold you" was so cruelly ripped off by Boyzone, that it emerges as one of the best tracks on this LP. "Across the Lines" is a poignant testament to race violence, and "Why?" is simply beautiful. It's an album worth having - if only for the uplifting "Talkin' bout a revolution".
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Fantastic 25 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is among the best i have ever heard. From the easy listening introduction of ' Talkin bout a revolution ' to the peaceful and soothing 'if not now ' and 'for you', it really takes your breath away. A realy soothing and easy listening album. Tracy Chapman is one of my favourite female artists of all time with a strong character to her voice. Recommended to anyone, well worth the money.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 13 Feb 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Put simply, Tracy Chapman is the most unsung hero of soul music in history. Forget the likes of Dido, Chapman did emotive music best. Much of the album is melancholy and at times shocking (the highly effective "Behind The Wall" for example). "Fast Car" has an instantly memorable acoustic lilt and for a time in the late 80s Chapman was hot property. Sadly she faded into relative obscurity. This debut album from 1988 was well ahead of its time; if anyone remembers the mid to late 80s there was an incredible amount of dross being churned out. This is excellent, and one of those albums that anyone could listen to and love.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful debut 26 Jan 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
this album is rare for that period of the eighties, in that it does not sound dated. chapman stays away from synths and opts for a more back to basics approach, with acoustic guitars shimmering behind her soulful voice. However very little warmth eminates from beneath her narratives, and the subject matter is bleak but relevant. "Fast Car"'s sweet melody belies its struggle for a better life, and "talkin bout a revolution" is as real a call to arms as anything written in the sixties. Most of the songs on this album are instantly familiar, as she blends cultures and styles seamlessly. Fifteen years later, this has remained her greatest truimph, not to say her later work was substandard (which it wasn't), but it would be hard for the artist to rise above this peak. Ultimately Chapman makes melody sound so easy and gives us something to identify with whatever our mood and even the "Boyzone" cover could not make "Baby can I hold you" sound like a feable hit.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An album to be remembered 28 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is excellent. Not just because Tracey Chapman has one of the most unique voices of her generation or because her songs are wonderfully created but because unlike the mainstream music of this generation they all tell stories about things that really matter. The music is lilting and it's impossible to refrain from singing along but more than that they stay in your mind and challenge with their themes, more powerful than the Westlife's of today.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars & a half... 16 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I owe owning this album to Spice Girl Melanie B, who, on a local radio show, played Fast Car, saying it was her favourite song. On hearing it, I bought the album. *TALKIN' BOUT A REVOLUTION opens the album in fine style; organs, guitars, impeccable vocals all make the track, but it's timeless lyrics propel this track into the league of 'standout track.' *FAST CAR is another standout - its simple instrumentation over which Tracy laments her tragic life makes this a classic. *ACROSS THE LINES deals with racism intelligently and fairly. One of the most evocative tracks on the album. *BEHIND THE WALL - a chilling, atmospheric acapella discussing domestic violence. *BABY CAN I HOLD YOU, which Boyzone covered in 1997, is another melodic lament of love, like Fast Car. *MOUNTAINS O' THINGS is one of the more different tracks on the CD - afro-caribbean instrumentation backs this story of materialism. *SHE'S GOT HER TICKET is the only song that blens both reggae and country influences. Funnily, its hook is the least appealing part of the song. *WHY? is possibly the weakest track on Tracy Chapman's debut, melodically at least, as it does deal with some important social issues. *FOR MY LOVER is another standout. A killer chorus, verse, melody and story make this track. *IF NOT NOW... sees Tracy change her mood from the previous two tracks, another love lament, which, again, has a stronger verse than chorus. *FOR YOU is a perfect album closer backed solely by an acoustic guitar. This album is full of quality music and deserves to be as highly regarded as many other albums of the time, but unfortunately, is criminally under-rated
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is obviously an older cd that most people have probably heard most of the songs from. There are some wonderful songs on this cd that did quite well for Tracy Chapman - Fast Car and Baby Can I Hold You are my two favorite songs here. These songs can be a bit depressing as the lyrics are true life and often have consistent themes of love lost or poor circumstances so it is probably not the one to listen to if you are in a bit of a funk. However, if you just want some great songs and lyrics this is worth a second listen. Every now and then, this cd makes it back to my stereo and there it sits for a few days before it goes back in its case. Tracy has such a distinct voice and this cd reminds you why you liked her the first time.
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