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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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Product details

  • Audio CD (11 July 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000000W4U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,422 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Three Of Us
2. Whipping Boy
3. Breakin' Down
4. Don't Take That Attitude To Your Grave
5. Waiting On An Angel
6. Mama's Got A Girlfriend Now
7. Forever
8. Like A King
9. Pleasure And Pain
10. Walk Away
11. How Many Miles Must We March
12. Welcome To The Cruel World
13. I'll Rise

Product Description

CD Virgin, CDVUS 69, 1994, 13 Track

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 May 2002
Format: Audio CD
I went out and bought this record after enduring a friend's earnest recommendations for a week or two. I am not disappointed with it. This album bears all the hallmarks of musical genius, and from the passionate, heart-wrenching acoustics of "Waiting on an angel" to the thought-provoking and incipient lyrics of "How many miles must we march?", no self-respecting fan of real, soulful, genuine music can go without this outstandingly impressive and original masterpiece.
Without doubt one of my favourite albums of all time.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Straightforward TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Aug. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Ben Harper's first album had a real acoustic feel to it; the songs were accompanied by bongo drums at times, and although that might sound a little bit cringe-worthy, the overall effect of the album was a balanced and relaxing listen.
Here on his second album he starts the progression towards rock that he continued in the following albums; Harper's electric guitar-playing is allowed more of the spotlight as they go on, and the rhythmic, almost reggae-like quality is given less emphasis. There are still some great tracks on this album('Waiting on an Angel', 'Forever' and the title track are prime examples), and the quality of song-writing and melody composition is a hall-mark that cannot be hidden by any amount of Lenny Kravitz style posturing. This album still merits four stars because there is still much evidence of the more chilled-out Ben, and after a while even some of the louder tracks grew on me.
So approach Ben with care; he's a wonderful talent - if you prefer your music to come from the 'Punch the Air' rock school, then go to his most recent albums: 'Burn to Shine' and 'Live From Mars'. If you want to hear a slightly more mellowed-out peaceful Ben, then start at the beginning with 'Fight for your Mind', and THEN try this one...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "zeduk" on 1 May 2000
Format: Audio CD
After buying and falling in love with the newer, rockier Burn to Shine, my first impression of "Welcome..." was that it was a bit of a let down. However, the incredibly mellow, acoustic-based songs grow on you very quickly and I now rate this album up there with "Burn to Shine". Unlike many albums, "Welcome..." does not trail off towards the end with weaker songs, and the last - 'I'll rise' is the best on the album. Harper deffinately deserves more recognition.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Particular Press VINE VOICE on 31 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
THis is honestly worth buying just for waiting on an angel, which i think is the only song that has ever made me cry purely on the basis of its beauty. there are other similarly heartfelt gems on here, and these easily out weigh the less convincing rockier tracks (mama's got a girlfirend now is almost cringeworthy) certainly not an album you can be disappointed with.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 April 2003
Format: Audio CD
Two songs on this record are in my alltime top ten,walk away and forever, a few other tracks do well but if you like mr.harper you'll realise that you simply have to own all the albums and skip to your favourite tracks depending on your frame of mind.p.s roses from my friends on live from mars is outstanding.
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Format: Audio CD
WOW buy this now...I've had it for over 12 years...just buying for a someone...what a treat she has in store! :-)))!Welcome To The Cruel World
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