Ben Harper releases ‘The Will to Live,’ his second album recorded with the Innocent Criminals (1997)

Ben Harper’s ‘The Will to Live’ is his second album recorded with the Innocent Criminals and released on June 17, 1997 by Virgin America.

Track Listing : 1.Faded (Ben Harper) – 04:48 . 2.Homeless Child (Ben Harper) – 03:51 . 3.Number Three (Ben Harper) – 01:43 . 4.Roses From My Friends (Ben Harper) – 06:23 . 5.Jah Work (Ben Harper) – 04:54 . 6.I Want To Be Ready (Ben Harper) – 04:02 . 7.The Will To Live (Ben Harper) – 04:57 . 8.Ashes (Ben Harper) – 03:52 . 9.Widow Of A Living Man (Ben Harper) – 04:10 . 10.Glory & Consequence (Ben Harper) – 05:40 . 11.Mama’S Trippin’ (Ben Harper, J.P. Plunier) – 3:45 . 12.I Shall Not Walk Alone (Ben Harper) – 05:13

Musicians : Ben Harper – Guitar, Saz, Vocals, Weissenborn . Louis Allen – Bass . Alan Anderson – Guitar . Brett Banduci – Viola . Patrick Brayer – Fiddle . Dean Butterworth – Drums . Danielle Charles – Violin . Juan Nelson – Bass, Background Vocals . Eric Person – Saxophone . Emily Wright – Cello . Amy Piatt – Background Vocals . Agnes Baddoo – Background Vocals

Production : Produced By J.P. Plunier . Todd Burke – Engineer . Peter Doell – Assistant Engineer . Erica Stephenson – Assistant Engineer . Dann Thompson – Assistant Engineer . Eric Sarafin – Mixing . Dave Collins – Mastering

Package : J.P. Plunier – Art Direction, Photography . Flavia Cureteu – Design . Annalisa – Photography

Recorded 1996 – 1997.

Released On June 17, 1997 By Virgin America.

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Rolling Stone
If Harper could use those vocals to, say, explore the emotional demons that are the stock in trade of singer/songwriters, he could be a force to be reckoned with. […]

Sputnikmusic.com
That may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but his lofty intentions undeniably shine through in his musicianship. I’ll add that I prefer Harper’s first four albums because the songs are more finely honed – on the latter albums he seems to be cruising along on his improvisational abilities a little more. […]

Lang Whitaker
per tries to cure the world’s hunger and prejudice problems with every song. Talk about ambition. If you’ve ever heard and liked a Harper album before, this is a must have. If you never heard Harper before, give him a try – maybe he’ll help you find The Will to Live. […]

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