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The Will to Live [Import]

Ben HarperAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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MP3 Music, 12 Songs, 1997 $5.99  
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Vinyl, Limited Edition, 2009 $19.55  
Audio Cassette, 1997 --  

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listen  1. Faded 4:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Homeless Child 3:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Number Three 1:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Roses From My Friends 6:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Jah Work 4:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. I Want To Be Ready 4:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Will To Live 4:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Ashes 3:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Widow Of A Living Man 4:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Glory And Consequence 5:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Mama's Trippin' 3:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. I Shall Not Walk Alone 5:12$1.29  Buy MP3 

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 17, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • ASIN: B000000WE3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,359 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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At 28 years intense, Harper released his third album, a mixture of R&B, deep blues, folk-rock, even topical singer-songwriter work (the deliberate, bluesy "Homeless Child"). Harper's voice and style marry the funk-blues of Taj Mahal and the eccentric, electric Dylan. Those weaned on his more commercially successful peers Hootie and the Blowfish and the Wallflowers will find that Harper is a revelation. At its best, The Will to Live is an eclectic and imaginative statement. --Roy Kasten

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dramatic shift in sound texture July 28, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Ben Harper's The Will To Live is a dramatic change in form musically, if not lyrically, for the retro/roots rock artist. But unlike fellow Virgin artist Lenny Kravitz, who's still trying to fuse his influences into his own unique, cohesive sound; Harper has created a sound that blends blues, reggae, gospel, rock, and soul into something entirely unique. Incredibly gifted as a singer and slide guitar player, Harper's "The Will To Live" is an unheralded classic that will certainly be listened to 40 to 50 years down the road, ala Harper's musical idle Robert Johnson. Harper's songs are timeless and rooted in simplicity, relying heavily on the authentic sound of the Weissenborn guitar and a standard D tuning {Instead of the basic E, he has a tendency to sing most of his songs in B flat]. The down-tuning blends perfectly with his Curtis Mayfield/Sam Cooke angeletic voice, and the musicians who make up the Innocent Criminals create a perfect backdrop of percussion and background tones to push Harper's new electric sound further. His lyrics are still rooted in spirituality, driven by an intense personal faith in God that hints at a young exposure to Catholicism in particular [I Shall Not Walk Alone]. That spirituality is what drives the music, and creates an intense honesty conveyed well to the audience. Harper's phrasing is so real, so heartfelt, so honest, only names like Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, and Aretha Franklin have every conveyed more power and feeling on a record. This cannot be overstated, given the wide-range of artists today. Harper crosses boundries and molds them. His music is undefinable, and not limited to any specific genre. Unlike the Clash's Sandinista, Harper has the skill and musicianship to pull it off. Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this CD now. One of the best of the '90s. June 3, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is one of the best of the '90s in the rock genre - order the '97 release instead of the '98 because it includes a free 5 song live disc. Ben Harper remains a (relatively) undiscovered gem in the world of rock music. Exceptional, poignant lyrics, and effortless transitions between dobro, acoustic and electric guitar parts (listen to Faded). The styles embodied on this disc include reggae, folk, rock, grunge, and funk. Its what Lenny Kravitz was striving for, yet never achieved. Tracks of note: Roses From My Friends, Will to Live, and the acoustic tracks Widow of a Living Man and Ashes. This disc will grow on you like a fungus.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Can the Blues Sound So Good? January 4, 2000
By Smokey
Format:Audio CD
I bought the other three Ben Harper albums before this, so I was expecting a lot when I first listened to it. It by far blows Burn To Shine and Welcome to the Cruel World out of the water. I thought it would be impossible for Harper to produce an album to rival Fight For Your Mind, but he did it. This is the most impressive mix of acoustic folksy blues I have ever heard. If this album doesn't impress you, you need to poke youself with something sharp.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous October 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Execellent album. Ben Harper incorporates many different styles of music and does it well. Overall the album is fairly spiritual in content without being over the top. I cant tell you how much I love this album. In the top 20 of albums from the Nineties.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Follow me here... September 23, 2001
Format:Audio CD
If you can, think back and remember the sound of "Fight For Your Mind". Think about the sound that album had and how it blended three different styles of music (at the least) and how wonderful it ended up sounding. Now, I'd like you to imagine "The Will To Live". Imagine a totally different sound from its predecessor, while at the same time blending more styles of music into its content like its predecessor. Following me here? "The Will to Live" is a much different than "Fight For Your Mind". The album's message roots a little deeper into the emotional pool and conveys it in an array of folk/fusion, jazz, rythem and blues, and the patented Ben Harper acoustic sound. Only "Glory and Consequence" and "Faded" find the hard rocking weissenborn guitar. "Jah Work" although completely out of place on this album, is a perfect example of how Ben can hit a wide variety of musical styles. What you get is a pleasure of an album to listen to. It's different and unique.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars soulful & moving February 20, 2004
Format:Audio CD
An album which expresses Harper's traditional genuflection to spirituality and concern for the less-than-fortunate. With "Homeless Child" and "Widow of a Living Man" (one of my favorite songs by him), Harper exhibits once again his uncanny ability of peering into the world of the downtrodden and revealing its anguish w/grace. While perhaps his most melancholy release, it's beautifully orchestrated, and like the majority of his work, it's an album that, thematically, speaks to those who are ahead of the status quo.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars extra CD February 9, 2000
as a response to "a music fan"'s question... i believe this is just the will to live cd along with an extra live cd that came out with it for awhile... the song's on the live CD are 'the will to live', 'faded', 'forever', 'i shall not walk alone', 'voodoo chile'... the live version of 'i shall not walk alone' is especially powerful... also, does anybody know how to get a copy of ben's show (video) on the show "Sessions at West 54th"... let me know. 8-)>fight for your mind8-)>
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1.0 out of 5 stars Maybe he'll like it.
I was listening to it in the car. While waiting for a traffic light to change, I rolled down the window and handed it to a guy
who was waiting at a bus stop. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Snowbird in Kentucky
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album
I first heard a Ben Harper song on NPR; it was "Steal my Kisses". I loved it so much I googled and found out who the artist was and purchased the entire album on iTunes. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jennifer L. Prichard
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes
I really enjoy this album. The music is both beautiful and makes one want to dance. What's not to love about Ben Harper?
Published 22 months ago by Amanda C. Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars feedback
The product arrived just as it was supposed too. I would definitely use this consumer again. I was very satisfied.
Published on August 30, 2011 by Ashley
3.0 out of 5 stars Sincere stamina
3 1/2

Harper's third had a will to live of its own; despite some predictability the organic passion throughout is palpable, augmenting more generic structure with soul... Read more
Published on October 1, 2009 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best rock albums of the 90s
First question. Why is it that whenever someone mentions Ben Harper the next person's name that comes up is Lenny Kravitz? Their music is not that similar. Read more
Published on April 19, 2004 by The Sesh
5.0 out of 5 stars ...not groundbreaking... but honest...
cant say that i'm a fan of the country-folksy-bluesy-semi-acoustic-lowlevel-rock-and-soul genre... but this aint bad... nothing that feels prententious or forced... Read more
Published on April 21, 2003 by R. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars the will to win my musical heart
Ben Harper is one of the few original artist to jump race and genre boundries. he is a master of all styles able to rock out with screaming guitar, he can hit right to your heart... Read more
Published on January 4, 2003 by Argyllsox
5.0 out of 5 stars A little word of a french guy
Pour ceux qui connaissent le français c'est parfait pour les autres désoléé (Sorry). Read more
Published on December 26, 2002 by chtom
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy sucessor to "Fight for your Mind"
Ben turns up the amp some on this jewel. Right from the beginning you hear a different tone. As good as "Fight for your Mind", but different. Recommended.
Published on January 29, 2002 by Andy Williamson
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