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Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

by Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman
Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

by Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman


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Apart from a 2001 import-only retrospective titled simply Collection, Tracy Chapman has largely ignored the whole anthology route. Since her remarkable eponymous debut long-player in 1988, the multiple Grammy Award winner has amassed more than enough quality material for a sonic victory lap, and this 18-track set from Elektra/Rhino doesn't disappoint. Chapman chose all of the songs, as well as had them remastered, so there is a nice mix of hits and deep cuts, and with eight studio albums to parse through, it's a far more comprehensive distillation of her career thus far than Collection ever was. Chapman's greatest strength is her ability to be both vulnerable and self-possessed, and her most compelling offerings ("Fast Car," "Change," "Give Me One Reason," "Crossroads," "Telling Stories," "Talkin' 'Bout a Revolution") are as relatable as they are powerful; beacons of hope and tough love in the midst of oppression and self-doubt. Nowhere does that fire for both compassion and social justice burn brighter than on an emotionally pitch-perfect, spotlight-stealing rendition of "Stand by Me," which she performed live on The Late Show with David Letterman in the waning days of the program's final season. With just her voice and an electric guitar, she managed to simultaneously bring the house down and build it back up again, which is no small feat, even for an artist who has proven herself time and again to be a powerful yet always benevolent force of nature.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/20/2015
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0081227950132
catalogNumber: 552595
Rank: 21893


  1. Telling Stories
  2. Baby Can I Hold You
  3. Change
  4. The Promise
  5. Open Arms
  6. Subcity
  7. Fast Car
  8. Bang Bang Bang (Song for Little Man)
  9. Crossroads
  10. Speak the Word
  11. Smoke and Ashes
  12. Sing for You
  13. You're the One
  14. Save Us All
  15. All That You Have Is Your Soul
  16. Talkin' 'bout a Revolution
  17. Give Me One Reason
  18. Stand By Me

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tracy Chapman   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar,Hand Clapping
Larry Williams   Keyboards
Bobby Womack   Acoustic Guitar
Neil Young   Acoustic Guitar,Piano
Larry Goldings   Pump Organ
Frank Marocco   Accordion
Mike Finnigan   Organ
Steve Hunter   Dulcimer,Electric Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
David LaFlamme   Electric Violin
Jeanie Tracy   Background Vocals
Mike Campbell   Electric Guitar
Bobbye Hall   Percussion,Conga
Alex Acuña   Percussion
Charlie Bisharat   Viola,Electric Violin,Violin Piccolo
Roy Bittan   Keyboards
Ed Black   Steel Guitar
Mino Cinelu   Percussion
Denny Fongheiser   Percussion,Drums
Michael Fisher   Percussion
Flea   Electric Bass
Mitchell Froom   Organ,Harpsichord
Steve Gadd   Drums
Joe Gore   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Lili Haydn   Violin
Jack Holder   Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,Electric Sitar
Nellee Hooper   Percussion
Charles Judge   Keyboards
Manu Katché   Drums
Larry Klein   Organ,Bass,Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Jim Lacefield   Cello
Greg Leisz   Electric Guitar
Bob Marlette   Keyboards
Dean Parks   Slide Guitar
Tim Pierce   Electric Guitar
Vernon Reid   Electric Guitar
G.E. Smith   Acoustic Guitar
John Thomas   Piano
Steve Thornton   Percussion
Patrick Warren   Organ
Waddy Wachtel   Electric Guitar
Cameron Stone   Cello
Joey Waronker   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine,Hand Clapping
Randy Jackson   Bass
Rock Deadrick   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Carla Kihlstedt   Nyckelharpa
Andy Stoller   Bass,Background Vocals
Rob Burger   Piano,Pump Organ
Ms. Bobbye Hall   Percussion,Conga
Adam Levy   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Glenys Rogers   Percussion,Background Vocals
Phil Shenale   Keyboards
William Smith   Organ
Rhonda Brice   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Tracy Chapman   Composer,Producer
Ben E. King   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Tchad Blake   Producer
Don Gehman   Producer
Jimmy Iovine   Producer
David Kershenbaum   Producer
Larry Klein   Producer
John Parish   Producer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Lisa Glines   Art Direction
Mike Wilson   Sound Library
Kate Dear   Producer
Kristan Crossley   Sound Library
Mirage   Cover Photo

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