Ben Harper - Welcome to the Cruel World 180g Vinyl LP + 7" Bonus
Ben Harper Welcome to the Cruel World 180g Vinyl LP + 7" Bonus
Includes bonus white vinyl 7-inch with "Remember" and "If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again"
Welcome to the Cruel World is Ben Harper's debut album from Virgin Records. Released in 1994, the album established Harper as a popular folk musician in the California area. This limited anniversary edition 180-gram audiophile quality vinyl reissue is part of EMI Music's "From the Capitol Vaults" release of Ben Harper's entire Virgin Records catalog. One LP with bonus white vinyl 7" including "Remember" and "If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again." Gatefold packaging. Paper sleeve with inner clear lining. Printed labels.
"The full range of Ben Harper's influences would not come to bear until later albums, but his debut, Welcome To The Cruel World, lays a strong foundation. 'Like A King' and 'Take That Attitude To Your Grave' burn with a political conviction rarely heard during the 1990s. 'Forever' has a tenderness which demonstrates Harper's emotional range.
Lackluster hippie jams that cultivated his early following may have served a purpose but feel fluffy by comparison when compared to the meatier tracks. Ben closes the album with a song that frequently closes his concerts, 'I'll Rise.' This song, built around Maya Angelou's 1979 poem 'And Still I Rise,' reminds one of art's ability to pierce through society, self, and the soul." – All Music Guide
Ben Harper Welcome to the Cruel World Track Listing:
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
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
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