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The most affecting albums exist as documents – of a time, place, relationships. Childhood Home by Ben and Ellen Harper is that and more. It is the history of a family written in song by a mother and a son, where they come from, hardships transcended, the place they have arrived.

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  • Audio CD (April 4, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B000030020
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,258 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
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
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Disc: 2
1. Oppression
2. Ground On Down
3. Another Lonely Day
4. Please Me Like You Want To
5. Gold To Me
6. Burn One Down
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Disc: 3
1. Faded
2. Homeless Child
3. Number Three
4. Roses From My Friends
5. Jah Work
6. I Want To Be Ready
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True devotees of supercharged singer-songwriter Ben Harper, as well as latecomers interested in fleshing out their collection in a hurry, will be interested in this three-disc special-edition set. Harper's first three albums-1994's Welcome to the Cruel World, 1995's Fight for Your Mind, and 1998's The Will to Live-are collected in one compact burlap-coated box that also includes a thoughtful essay by rock critic Steve Appleford on "The Music and Message of Ben Harper." Be forewarned that there are no additional tracks included here. Harper's soulful musical mix has defied genre categorization from the start, and these three formative titles chart his amazing growth as an artist. --Marc Greilsamer

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This man's voice is amazing, going from a soothing whisper in one song to an angry growl in the next.
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He is truely a genius, because never before has a man brought so many genres of music together into what can only be described as a symphony.
M. Antalek
Ben Harper has GOT to be the unknown love child of Nina Simone and Muddy Waters, with a sprinkle of Bob Marley in the bath water.
Michael L. Emery

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Antalek on August 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Ben Harper, A little bit Jimi and a little bit Marley and a whole lot of soul. I give it to you straight, I haven't purchased this set but I have purchased each album individually when they were released. This set is great for those new to Ben especially after the Burn to Shine release brought him to the masses. You can get your fill for a lower price with this set. Ben mixes blues with funk, rock, hip-hop, R&B, and classical with the greatest of ease. He is truely a genius, because never before has a man brought so many genres of music together into what can only be described as a symphony. Speaking of symphonies just listen to Roses from My Friends and you can feel the energy, passion and emotion which is truely immense. He is one of the few true artists of our time, so if you don't have this pick it up. Ballads to Blues Jams- Ben does it all.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael L. Emery on August 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Ben Harper has GOT to be the unknown love child of Nina Simone and Muddy Waters, with a sprinkle of Bob Marley in the bath water. This dude blows me away, and I'm a hard man to please. He goes from treating you to some good mojo in songs like "Breakin' Down" to lulling you with instrumentals like "Number Three" and then makes you depressed with tunes like "Another Lonely Day" and then slides church Sunday on you in tunes like "By My Side" Ben Harper defies my being able to put him in any single category, and I like that. I like that ALOT! No matter what your tastes, Ben has probably got you covered. Order this set, which collects his first three albums, then make sure to also order his latest release "Burn to Shine" for the complete collection. BUY THESE RIGHT NOW!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dani Wooden on September 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Ben Harper is a fantastic musician, and his lyrics are straight from the heart... a lyrical genius! What could possibly be better then getting three of Ben Harper's best cds in one? I have four... I keep one in my living room, one in my room, and two in my car so I can always be wrapped up in this beautiful music.
I would compare Ben's music as perhaps a more modern version of the legend Bob Marley, or just as spirited, but deeper Jimmy Hendix, and even as male, and more intriguing Tracy Chapman.
This man is the most talented artist I've ever heard, and is deeply under appreciated. From "Welcome to the Cruel World", "Fighting for your mind", and "The Will to Live"... these three cds will sink deep down inside of you. These cleverly thought out lyrics are so beautiful, and meaningful, I'm brought to tears every now and then.
Buy this cd, if not for the lyrics that will leave you in awe, or for his utterly amazing talent at playing the lap slide guitar... but for yourself. This music has made me think about life, and myself more then ever. Bless Ben Harper.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Ben Harper is my favorite artist and I'd like to share a few thoughts here:
If you are a big enough Ben fan, you probably have his albums already, and maybe some of his single CD's with some of the unreleased tracks.
I hate when artists do this, and this has Virgin Records written all over it. A money maker, but does nothing for the real fans who want to hear his new stuff.
I heard from a friend who worked on the album that Virgin sent back Burn to Shine 3 times because they "didn't hear a radio single on the entire album."
Anyway, any Ben is Good Ben...and these are three great albums.
If you do not own any of them: good purchase! If you do own them: don't fall for the trap!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "lmmclaug" on December 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Though I do not own this box set, I own all 4 of Ben's albums. They are each amazing in their own right, but I am especially a fan of the first two. This man's voice is amazing, going from a soothing whisper in one song to an angry growl in the next. That plus his kickin' Weissenborn playing, he'll suck you in for sure. I also recommend seeing him live - he does a version of Marvin Gaye's Sexual Healing that blows you away.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 16, 2000
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Here you get three of the best albums of the 90's all wrapped in a nice burlap box for your enjoyment. Ben Harper is a marvelous cross between Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix and Curtis Mayfield. These three albums are his first three and I would consider them essential for any serious collection of 90's pop/rock. There is not much more to say, just buy them already!!!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jason florez on April 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Ben is so awesome. This box set shows off his multitude of talents. He has incredible lyrics that anyone can relate with. He is soulful and true through his music. Once you hear him you won't want to listen to anything else. Ben provides down to earth sounds from Welcome to the Cruel World to electrified harmonic bliss to your senses in The Will to Live. He will captivate and intrigue you for whatever mood you are in, his music is so universal.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Carol Ann on April 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
For those fans of Ben's who do not have his full collection (sans the newest album with the Criminals) this set is the best. All of his best work in one box! Can't get any better than this. I have been waiting for 3 months for this CD set to be available, and it was well worth the wait! I am so happy to have this now!
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