Tracy Chapman's left-field hit, "Fast Car," catapulted this earnest and enigmatic folkie from Boston coffeehouses to MTV and rock arenas. In short order, she went from opening concerts for labelmates 10,000 Maniacs to coheadlining stadium shows with Bruce Springsteen and Peter Gabriel on the Amnesty International world tour. Her rapid success was stunning and short-lived, but both her signature song and debut album are as fresh and moving as when first released. On "Fast Car," Chapman spins a sad escapist tale with a striking matter-of-factness and a hint of longing; the arrangement is equally spare but soars at just the right moments, as the gloss in David Kershenbaum's production adds to the song's power. That's the formula for most of TRACY CHAPMAN, and it makes for a riveting experience. The sad thing about these tunes -- which deal with the marginalized, the victimized, the abused, and the relentlessly hopeful -- is that, ten years on, songs like "Behind the Wall," "Mountains o' Things," and "Why?" are often more relevant. Chapman herself has retreated from stardom, but her songs remain stirring, stinging, and important.
|Label:||Elektra / Wea|
Performance CreditsTracy Chapman Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
David LaFlamme Electric Violin
Ed Black Steel Guitar
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Denny Fongheiser Percussion,Drums
Jack Holder Organ,Dulcimer,Dobro,Piano,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,Sitar
Larry Klein Bass
Bob Marlette Keyboards
Steve Kaplan Harmonica,Keyboards
Technical CreditsTracy Chapman Composer,Contributor
David LaFlamme Contributor
Ed Black Contributor
Paulinho Da Costa Contributor
Denny Fongheiser Contributor
Jack Holder Contributor
David Kershenbaum Producer
Larry Klein Contributor
Bob Marlette Contributor
Don Rubin Executive Producer
Kevin Smith Engineer
Steve Kaplan Contributor
Carol Bobolts Art Direction
Brian Koppelman Executive Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Tracy Chapman based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Tracy Chapman's debut album is a gentle rage of beauty that is a nearly perfect summation of the entire history of R&B, Soul, Folk and Rock. I've had this album since its release and every listen brings me back to a sense of awe. This is certainly an album worthy of being named among the best ever. And I do love it when they have the courtesy of putting the Lyrics in the booklet.
This woman sings the first 25 years of my life. I also grew up too close to downtown in a major city. She nails it, nothing but the facts put to music. No statements, no agenda--just how it was and how it felt. Tracy Chapman is her own woman and a true musician. I love this album.
this album is best album ever i have heard in my life.
This is the very first album I bought, I was 10 yrs. old and I had never heard anything like it before. This album not only influenced my worldview, it heightened my consciousness, helped me to define myself, and helped me to see MY place in the world. Now, almost twelve yrs. later, the songs still stir up the same emotions as they did when I first listened to them. And her songs today are as relevant as they were ten yrs. ago, unfortunately, but hopefully they will help to impact others as they did me. I owe Ms. Chapman a great debt of gratitude.
A WONDERFUL ALBUM FOR ONE OF THE MOST TALENTED SONG WRITERS IN THE MUSIC INDUSTERY!ITS JUST A SHAME THAT SHE HAS NOT GOT THE RECOGNITION THAT SHE RIGHTY DESERVES!INSTEAD TALENTLESS BOY BAND SUCH AS BOYZONE GET THE CREDIT FOR SUCH A SUBLIME RECORD LIKE 'BABY CAN I HOLD YOU' A TRUE ALBUM FROM A TRUE TALENTED ARTIST!