Live from Mars

Live from Mars

by Ben HarperBen Harper

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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People go to Ben Harper shows for a variety of reasons. Some want to work up a sweat dancing to extended funk jams; some look to be transported by the intricate instrumental interplay of his band, the Innocent Criminals; and some need a dip into the refreshingly bucolic folk-soul he can wring from an acoustic guitar. Live from Mars, culled from more than 20 separate concerts, offers a little something for each of portion of Harper's constituency -- one disc of power-packed electric performances and a second disc of burnished acoustic work. On the former, Harper shows off his moves as an erotic shaman -- beckoning and purring through a funked-up version of the Marvin Gaye classic "Sexual Healing" -- as well as his flair for the harder stuff, captured in a raucous ten-minute medley of "Faded" and Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love." The Innocent Criminals also acquit themselves mighty well here, nestling into a deep groove on the sultry "The Woman in You" and flashing switchblade-sharp riffs on the raging "Burn One Down." The mood couldn't be more different on the set's second disc, which showcases the quiet power Harper and company are capable of generating without amps turned to 11. Unlike a lot of his contemporaries, Harper doesn't turn down the intensity when he turns down the volume, a point driven home by a rending version of "Please Bleed" and a thoroughly uplifting take on "The Power of the Gospel." As so often happens during his live performances, Harper takes the listener on some unexpected side trips -- such as an appropriately trippy version of the Verve's "The Drugs Don't Work" -- but he can always be counted on to keep the scenery interesting.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/24/2001
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 0724381007914
catalogNumber: 10079

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ben Harper   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
David Leach   Percussion
Rahzel   Human Beatbox
Juan Nelson   Bass,Vocals
Dean Butterworth   Drums,Vocals
Nick Rich   Human Beatbox

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Composer
Odell Brown   Composer
Maya Angelou   Composer
Ben Harper   Composer,Producer
J.P. Plunier   Composer,Producer,Art Direction
David Ritz   Composer
Mike King   Art Direction
Dave Rat   Sound System
Tom Tyler   Guitar Techician,Bass Technician
Nick Rich   Stage Technician
Michael Pollock   Engineer

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