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  • Audio CD (April 21 1988)
  • Original Release Date: 1988
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B000002H5I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 76 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,941 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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In the perfect world, a genuine artist like Tracy Chapman would never exist because her existence and musical contribution would be way too unnecessary, even absurd and made no sense at all.
But in this given world we live nowadays; where everybody has their own needs and wants yet they ( even the basic ones for some- consult Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs in any fine psychology, marketing or management textbook ) 've never been completely fulfilled; where hatred, conflict, riot, famine, war, apartheid, et al still multiply; where difference in race means difference in privileges; where people tend to subjectively justify others' actions or even thoughts unfairly through their own simplistic thinking; where we wear a good, old-fashioned, horse-sensed coat named charity once or twice a decade ; etc., then her artistic existence and music are in need and could never make much more sense...
This self-titled album is the one for everyday people like us, you and me; decent people who get up in an early morning and go to school, college or workplace and hope one day we will make it better for you and me.......If it were a person , it would have tended to be the one that said, " Folks, I see no use in apartheid since it only makes things worse; I see no use in hatred just because they are different from you; I choose to accept others the way they are and hope they do me the same too; I wanna make it better for me and my another half even for a while in this fast car; I see no use in violence raining down onto women and children; I wanna make the world a better place even though I realize that I' m just a particle within a system; If I have too much, I' m willing to give some to those in need.........
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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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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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