by Tracy Chapman


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Tracy Chapman's self-titled debut album of 1988 was an incredibly tough act to follow, but the folk-rocker delivered an inspired sophomore effort with Crossroads. While it falls short of the excellence of her stunning debut, Crossroads is a heartfelt, honest offering that's well worth obtaining. Dedicated to South African freedom fighter Nelson Mandela, the anthemic "Freedom Now" is one of Chapman's best protest songs. Equally compelling is "Subcity," a lament for the poor, disenfranchised underclass that stands on the outside of the American Dream looking in. Much of the time, however, Chapman isn't going for immediacy -- introspective and subtle songs like "Bridges," "Be Careful of My Heart," and "All That You Have Is Your Soul" require at least several listens in order to be fully appreciated.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/1989
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0075596088824
catalogNumber: 60888

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tracy Chapman   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar
Marc Cohn   Piano
Frank Marocco   Accordion
Scarlet Rivera   Violin
Peggi Blu   Background Vocals
Bobbye Hall   Percussion,Conga
Charlie Bisharat   Violin,Viola,Electric Violin,Pizzicato Violin
Paulinho Da Costa   Tambourine
Carolyn Dennis   Background Vocals
Denny Fongheiser   Drums
Jack Holder   Banjo,Piano
Larry Klein   Bass
Danny Kortchmar   Electric Guitar
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Jim Lacefield   Cello
Tim Landers   Bass
Bob Marlette   Keyboards
G.E. Smith   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
John X. Volaitis   Piano
Elesecia Wright   Background Vocals
Snooky Young   Trumpet
William D. "Smitty" Smith   Organ
Steve Lindley   Electric Piano
Sheila Minard   Background Vocals
Roz Seay   Background Vocals
William Smith   Organ

Technical Credits

Tracy Chapman   Composer,Producer
David Kershenbaum   Producer
Kevin Smith   Engineer

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Crossroads 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
tracy is a wounderful artest and i hope she will keep wowing the world with this great music that touches so many in different ways hop to see her some day in concet
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tracy you touched every part of my life with your music that l actually can dedicate your music to my late my mother and my daugther whom l aint sure when next we see each other.Keep your spirit going and wish you all the best