Love both Ben Harper and Blind Boys of Alabama. I haven't heard the recording with both. I'll have to look that one up. Thanks.
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I don't know if your into Torrents but I would scour the net and try to find some soundboards. The majority of shows I've downloaded were soundboard/FM Radio feeds. Most FM feeds from Europe. Sound is phenomenal in most cases. I get the impression that he is very particular about his gear setup and mixing. I've mostly recordings from mid 90's - very raw and mesmerizing at times - sick guitar work. I'm not big on his pop stuff (Steal my kisses), but hey the guy deserves to earn a buck. Once you get a taste of some of these boots, that 'Lifeline' disc will be collecting dust.
Get a hold of "Welcome to the Cruel World" and give a listen to the cut 'Whipping Boy' on a good system. Oh yeah, and what Proghead says.
I have seen Ben Harper now five times. Took my 2 daughters 3 times. Very gracious person, my daughters have photos taken with Ben..they were overwhelmed. He sounds in concert like he does on disc..only that much better live. Lyrics of his own are incredible, players are marevelous! Covers of Led Zepplin, Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, Star Spangled Banner and of Bob Dylan's "Masters of War"... that was the most compelling for sure. All of these recordings are on a varied and diifferent musical level, and insight.never the same.
Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals can actually play real instruments in a live forum! Tom
"fight for your mind" is one of my all time favorite recordings. other than that i have only liked a few songs here and there like the live version of "blessed to be a witness", a couple of songs with the blind boys, and a lovely slow song off of the gun cd. and i agree the song he did on motown recording was great.
Bump for Ben's new offering and new band - 'Ben Harper & Relentless7 - White Lies For Dark Times'
Just got it, had a listen and enjoyed it very much. Compared to his last couple of releases, this is much more raw, down and dirty. Good sound, great guitar work and good pace. A refreshing departure from his more pop-tinged sound, for me anyways. Good rock release for anyone who's been looking for one lately.
while not "audiophile quality", his shows are quite active in jam-band music trading circles so its easy to pick up a few to hear the live stuff beyond the live from mars album, which is I double the recommendation for. I've seen him many times and will continue to chase him around new england when he tours here.
also - he contributes teh guitar on Beth Orton's "stolen car" from central reservation, which is a great classic/rth lp.