Virgin publish Ben Harper’s debut album : ‘Welcome to the Cruel World’ (1994)

Ben Harper’s ‘Welcome to the Cruel World’ is his debut album released on February 8, 1994 by Virgin.

Track Listing : 1.The Three Of Us (Ben Harper) – 02:35 . 2.Whipping Boy (Chris Darrow) – 05:31 . 3.Breakin’ Down (Ben Harper, Jean Pierre Plunier) – 04:00 . 4.Don’T Take That Attitude To Your Grave (Ben Harper) – 04:25 . 5.Waiting On An Angel (Ben Harper) – 03:53 . 6.Mama’S Got A Girlfriend Now (Ben Harper) – 02:29 . 7.Forever (Ben Harper) – 03:23 . 8.Like A King (Ben Harper) – 04:18 . 9.Pleasure And Pain (Ben Harper) – 03:44 . 10.Walk Away (Ben Harper) – 03:49 . 11.How Many Miles Must We March (Ben Harper) – 03:07 . 12.Welcome To The Cruel World (Ben Harper) – 05:36 . 13.I’Ll Rise (Maya Angelou, Ben Harper) – 03:35

Musicians : Ben Harper – Vocals, Multiple Instruments . Richard Cook – Uillean Pipes . Rock Deadrick – Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals . Suzie Katayama – Cello . Tommy D. Daugherty – Drum Programming . John Mcknight – Bass, Accordion . John Taylor – Background Vocals . Kevin Williams – Background Vocals . Clyde Allen – Background Vocals . Clarence Butler – Background Vocals . Clabe Hangan – Background Vocals . Jelani Jones – Background Vocals . Ken Mcdaniel – Background Vocals

Production : Produced By Ben Harper, J.P. Plunier . Bradley Cook – Assistant Engineer . Mikal Reid – Engineer, Mixing . Eddy Schreyer – Mastering

Package : J.P. Plunier – Art Direction . Tom Dolan – Art Direction . Jeff Gottlieb – Photography

Recorded In 1993 At The Convent.

Released On February 8, 1994 By Virgin.

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Guilll @ RateYourMusic
It’s a nice start for him, but it’s clear as to why this record didn’t see the same attention that his later ones would. There’s quite a bit of variety here and although he might not experiment with as many style as he would later on in his career, he’s sure to give a little taste of his potential and what he can do with it. […]

allmusic
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. […]

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