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Tracy Chapman

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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,650 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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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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A Standing ovation is what this woman deserves. My hats off to her. I First bought her tape way back in 89 when i was a kid , and i was spell bound to some of her songs. Well let me be honest ,the fine tunes of the acoustic guitars and her voice really haunted me ..i just had to listen to her tape everyday. Then there came a time my tape got spoilt and i had to buy the disc , and my rotten luck was that there were no Tracy Chapman discs available out here. I got her cd this year from my visit to london. It took me a long time..but i finally got it.
Well getting back to her album..every track is worth the listen. An amazing debut album packed with real life instances that will make you smile and cry. " Talkin about a revolution " , " fast car " and " baby can i hold you " ( the single who's recent cover version was done in 1998 by the #1 irish group Boyzone ) are few of the tracks making the cd a gem of an album.
Tracy Chapman - A unique artist , who's work is worth the recognition worldwide. My respect to her , and sincere thanks for giving us some very good music.
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Is WOW a word you can use too much? I picked this CD up when Iheard "Fast Car" on "Entertainment Tonight" of allplaces. I was totally unprepared for this incredible CD. The beat, the guitar and Tracy's powerful voice are catchy and unforgettable. Each song tells a vivid story you can see in your mind. "Fast Car" is more than just a great melody, but you can totally picture yourself escaping life by taking a drive with a loved one... forgetting the troubles of the day and just enjoying the experience... leaving emotional baggage behind where it belongs. "Across the Lines" tells the story of how racial hatred is tearing this country apart one person at a time... "Behind the Wall" paints a vivid picture of domestic violence and what it was like before it was taken seriously as a crime. Probably the most memorable song (for me, anyway) is "Mountains O' Things" which is a parable set to music concerning the way we enslave ourselves to material objects and obsession with what we think to be success. If you like the deep meanings and sounds of 60's folk music, but with a rock back-beat and more sophisticated topics, this is more than just a treat. The lyrics are penetrating and profound... this is like a greatest hits CD and she just keeps coming out w/ more of them!
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I found two different Tracy Chapmans on this debut. One is a melodic storyteller with a throaty and deep voiced folk delivery. Her songs of urban life are touching, grim and harsh (Fast Car, Baby Can I Hold You, For My Lover). 'Fast Car' is an updated version of Bruce Springsteen's 'Born To Run.' The song is inspiring but also heartbreaking: a tale of escape from a dead end life in the inner city. 'Baby Can I Hold You' sorrowfully covers the "guy takes advantage of the girl" relationship. Tracy is able to define love in the simplest of terms (For You): a focused ballad of a complicated subject. Her intimate songs of love and despair are tender and heartfelt.
On the other side of the coin, there is the political Tracy (Talkin' Bout A Revolution, Across The Lines). She has either fixed her ideology somewhere between Lenin and Mao, or she's terribly naive. "Poor people are going to rise up and get their share and take what is theirs" from 'Talkin' Bout A Revolution.' Oh really. Not your typical "We've got to take care of the poor" liberal view - sounds closer to anarchy. This sort of Robin Hood foolishness may be suitable for college kids, not working adults. 'Why?' is another example of childish political gibberish: "Why are the missiles called peace keepers when they're aimed to kill?" Duh. Kuwait didn't have any peace keepers, and look at the fix they were in.
Tracy's songs of relationships and love are tender and moving. But when she's in bed with Lenin and Mao, the result is naive and corny. Tracy, the next time you write about inner city politics, how about "poor people are going to rise up and go get a job."
Technical note: The sound quality of this DDD recording is immaculate.
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