Elektra publish ‘Tracy Chapman,’ her first self titled album featuring ‘Talkin’ ‘Bout A Revolution’ & ‘Fast Car’ (1988)

‘Tracy Chapman’ feat. ‘Talkin’ ‘Bout A Revolution’ & ‘Fast Car’ is her eponymous debut album released on April 15, 1988 by Elektra.

Track Listing : 1.Talkin’ ‘Bout A Revolution (Tracy Chapman) – 02:40 . 2.Fast Car (Tracy Chapman) – 04:57 . 3.Across The Lines (Tracy Chapman) – 03:25 . 4.Behind The Wall (Tracy Chapman) – 01:50 . 5.Baby Can I Hold You (Tracy Chapman) – 03:14 . 6.Mountains O’ Things (Tracy Chapman) – 04:39 . 7.She’S Got Her Ticket (Tracy Chapman) – 03:57 . 8.Why? (Tracy Chapman) – 02:06 . 9.For My Lover (Tracy Chapman) – 03:12 . 10.If Not Now… (Tracy Chapman) – 03:01 . 11.For You (Tracy Chapman) – 03:10

Matt Mahurin

Musicians : Tracy Chapman – Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals . Ed Black – Steel Guitar . Paulinho Da Costa – Percussion . Denny Fongheiser – Percussion, Drums . Jack Holder – Organ, Dulcimer, Dobro, Piano, Electric Guitar, Hammond Organ, Sitar . Steve Kaplan – Harmonica, Keyboard . Larry Klein – Bass . David Laflamme – Electric Violin . Bob Marlette – Keyboard

Production : Produced By David Kershenbaum . Kevin Smith – Engineer, Mixing

Package : Carol Bobolts – Art Direction . Matt Mahurin asterisques RVM – Photography

Recorded 1987-1988 At Powertrax, Hollywood, Ca.

ReleasedOn April 15, 1988 By Elektra.


An appearance at the Nelson Mandela 70th birthday tribute concert at Wembley Arena in the same year helped boost her international profile. Album sales shot through the roof following this one appearance and she went on to sell over 10 million copies and win three Grammy awards. Tracks like ‘Fast Car’ and ‘Baby Can I Hold You’ became instant radio favourites. […]

Put simply, Tracy Chapman is the most unsung hero of soul music in history. Much of the album is melancholy and at times shocking. “Fast Car” has an instantly memorable acoustic lilt and for a time in the late 80s Chapman was hot property. Sadly she faded into relative obscurity. […]

Arriving with little fanfare in the spring of 1988, Tracy Chapman‘s eponymous debut album became one of the key records of the Bush era, providing a touchstone for the entire PC movement while reviving the singer/songwriter tradition. […]


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