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Tracy Chapman

4.7 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (April 21 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B000002H5I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,780 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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
8. Why?
9. For My Lover
10. If Not Now...
11. For You

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Certified Multi-Platinum (6 times) by the RIAA. (11/01)


One of the most striking debut albums ever released, this disc instantly established Chapman as a musical force, and with good reason. Immediacy, integrity of purpose and unqualified artistry are apparent in nearly every song. And while "Fast Cars" remains Chapman's best-known work, "Talkin' Bout a Revolution" is that rarest breed: a song which is both topical and timeless. Any exploration into Chapman's work should begin with this at times stunning effort; it is a disc of remarkable uniformity and clarity that Chapman has yet to improve on. --Wayne Pernu

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Format: Audio CD
After almost 16 years and over 7 million copies of this album sold, each of these songs still bears an importance to just about anyone who is willing to listen carefully. Tracy Chapman tells stories, sometimes entertaining, always emotional, through her songs. Whether she is singing acapella or with accompaniment, her voice, lyrics, tone, and just about every facet of her tracks are inspiringly unique. Tracy Chapman is without imitation or contenders, for this album is truly without flaws. Besides being a work of art, it is excellent listening as well.
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Format: Audio CD
Winner of 3 Grammys in 1988 for Best New Artist (one of the few winners that were the best of their years), Pop Female performance (Fast Car), and Folk Album. It was also nominated for Album of the Year, and Best Song & Record. I was shocked to find out that she lost Best Song to Bobby McFerrin for "Don't Worry, Be Happy". While I remember McFerrin's song, it has not aged well. But "Fast Car" still sounds relevant, with its telling lyrics about people who reach for a better life. A theme in her album is a cry to the lowly to try to rise above their conditions. While she doesn't give an answer how, she gives words of encouragement to let others know that there is hope.
On this album a lot of musical genre influences can be heard. You can hear things from Pop (Fast Car) to Reggae (She's Got Her Ticket). This was labeled as Folk music but it has such a blend of styles that you really can't categorize it. It's a great album and is mentioned many times when people talk of great debuts and great albums of the 80's.
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Tracey Chapman's self-titled debut is stunningly delicate and straightforward all at once. All the songs are ones of sheer beauty. Despite the fact there are no intruments in the song, Tracey pulls off the eerie "Behind the Wall" and uses her warbly voice as an instrument to speak out against domestic abuse. All the songs on here are more than listenable, but I don't particularly care for "Fast Car" (the one and only big hit). I myself prefer side 2 (still got my worn-out tape), but the only made-for-radio songs (Fast Car and Talkin' 'Bout a Revolution) are on side 1. If you decide to buy Tracey's debut, I suggest starting on the second half of the disc or tape, and then you'll appreciate her delicate beauty even more. This isn't a happy album, but that doesn't mean it's depressing, either. It's just realistic. It's also very insightful and inspiring, and I hope you love as much as I do
She's Got Her Ticket    
For My Lover    
If Not Now    
For You
Mountains O' Things
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By A Customer on March 25 2003
Format: Audio CD
One of Della's FAVORITE songs! Tracy Chapman is black and pretty and has an honest voice. She knows hard times and sings about peace and ending war, and about spirituality and other such topics of interest to Della. Della has her "Telling Stories" Album and it has Tracy Chapman's face on it with her eyes closed on the front of it... and Della has this trick where she's like (to an unsuspecting normally person) "Hey, you know I bought this album thinking oh, well i got one Tracy on the cover. That's good... but then... I opened it up *WAHMP she opens it up quickly and BOOM there is Tracy with her eyes open* and I got a BONUS Tracy for free!!!!! That's TWO times the Tracy for the price of one Tracy. Wouldn't you say Tracy? *she asks the album, Tracy looks back smiling as if to say yes*" Anyways.. that's my Tracy album CD trick. Sometimes I sat her CD cover up with her picture smiling at me and we talked a lot when I was depressed, cause I'm a real nutter butter weird sort like that... but Tracy, she's an old friend of mine. (or her spirit is rather) Her song played on the perfect day for me and my lover. We had a fast car.... like that day when the California sun kissed light down on us both, my most cherished lover of all, in the car with Tracy Chapman playing, the sun never shone so bright and the air never was so fresh and sweet.... he looked so good, and he felt even better when I touched his hand... like a dream I never wanted to wake up from. you know how some days are so beautiful and perfect you realize you're the happiest you'll ever be in that moment? that the sun couldn't be warmer or gentler, that a kiss couldn't be any better than that if you tried to replicate it forever? That was how that day with my love was. With tracy Chapman playing on the radio....Read more ›
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Format: Audio CD
I genuinely don't think this disk could be any better. There is not a single song on here that isn't a work of art. I owned this on tape initially, but I had to get the CD because the tape was getting worn out, because I listened to it constantly - particulary to Baby Can I Hold You, Why, and Talking About A Revolution.
Chapman's voice is stunning, particularly on the a capella Behind The Wall, which never ceases to bring a chill down my spine. I always thought I didn't like folk music, but Chapman has made me reconsider that belief. Her lyrics are meaningful, and the collection of songs come together to form an overall feel, a mood, that is extremely moving and empowering. She exemplifies how music can bring people together and be an impetus to change, ala the greats like Bob Dylan. Make no mistake -- this is a political album and Chapman wears her left wing leanings like a badge of honour. If you can't tolerate her political views, you probably won't like the album as much as her core fans. That said, her voice and the music itself may make it possible for you to give it at least an intial listen. Chapman is more than a singer and musician - she's a poet, and her message is one that I believe we all need to heed.
I highly reccommend this album to everyone. Even if you don't agree with her politics, hopefully she'll make you think. At the very least, you'll be listening to one of the purest, best voices in modern folk/r&b/soul around today.
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