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Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals — Live From Mars (2016)

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals — Live From Mars (2016)  Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals — Live From Mars
♦   Tato sada dává na vědomí, že toto je Ben Harper, jak ho známe nejlépe: soucitný, reflexní zpěvák / skladatel, který objeví krásu a jednoduchost ve všem.
♦   Live from Mars is a two disc live concert(s) release from Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, which takes tracks from unnamed venues throughout his 2000 tour and places them on either an electric (disc 1) or acoustic (disc 2) disc. It was released in the year 2001.
♦   His idiosyncratic mix of blues, folk, rock, funk, and reggae have garnered him a steady following.
Birth name: Benjamin Chase Harper
Born: October 28, 1969, Pomona, California, United States
Instruments: Vocals, guitar, lap steel guitar, slide guitar, keyboard instruments, piano, bass, drums, percussion, vibes.
Notable instruments: Weissenborn lap steel guitar
Location: Pomona, California, United States
Album release: March 27, 2001
Record Label: Virgin
Duration:     136:00
Disc 1
01 Glory & Consequence
02 Excuse Me Mr. (Ben Harper, J.P. Plunier)
03 Alone
04 Sexual Healing (Marvin Gaye, Odell Brown, David Ritz)
05 Woman In You
06 Ground On Down
07 Steal My Kisses
08 Burn One Down
09 Mama’s Got A Girlfriend Now
10 Welcome To The Cruel World
11 Forgiven
12 Medley: Faded/Whole Lotta Love (Ben Harper/Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Willie Dixon)
Disc 2
13 Waiting On An Angel
14 Roses From My Friends
15 Power Of The Gospel
16 Pleasure And Pain
17 Please Bleed
18 The Drugs Don’t Work (Richard Ashcroft)
19 In The Lord’s Arms
20 Not Fire, Not Ice
21 Beloved One
22 Number Three
23 Walk Away
24 Another Lonely Day
25 Medley: Like A King/I’ll Rise (Ben Harper/Maya Angelou, Ben Harper)
The album features three covers, which Harper often performs in concert:
√   Marvin Gaye — Sexual Healing
√   Led Zeppelin — Whole Lotta Love
√   The Verve — The Drugs Don’t Work
√   Maya Angelou Composer
√   Richard Ashcroft Composer
√   John Bonham Composer
√   Odell Brown Composer
√   Dean Butterworth Drums, Vocals
√   Danny Clinch Photography
√   Ben Elder Research
√   Marvin Gaye Composer
√   Ben Harper Composer, Guitar, Producer, Vocals
√   Dave Holdredge Digital Editing
√   Mike King Art Direction, Design
√   David Leach Percussion
√   Stephen Marcussen Mastering
√   Ben Mumphrey Mixing
√   Juan Nelson Bass, Vocals
√   Jimmy Page Composer
√   Robert Plant Composer
√   J.P. Plunier Art Direction, Composer, Design, Producer
√   Michael Pollock Engineer
√   Rahzel Guest Artist, Human Beatbox
√   Dave Rat Sound System
√   Nick Rich Human Beatbox, Stage Technician
√   David Ritz Composer
√   Tom Tyler Bass Technician, Guitar Technician
√   Rick “Soldier” Will Mixing
AllMusic Review by MacKenzie Wilson;  Score: ***
√   Ben Harper is a road dog. He and his band, the Innocent Criminals, travel around the world playing nearly 200 shows a year; therefore, it was only a matter of time before this guitar virtuoso made a live album. Live From Mars, an enigmatic two~disc set of 25 songs, celebrates the rise of Harper, his incredible live presence between 1998 and 2000, and the appreciation between him and his audience. His fragile acoustics have been thrown into a massive guitar storm on disc one, a thunderous combination of his signature folky blues~funk rock & roll. He’s soulful and approachable on “Excuse Me Mr.” and “Burn One Down,” but he reaches for something tangible on Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing.” The vibe is calm and cool while Harper’s vocals scale between a sweet falsetto and a rugged twang. “Faded” exudes Harper’s electric twitching, and its perfection swaggers into a riveting cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” for a near ten~minute car crash of pure rollicking. He switches from his electric to an acoustic for disc two, making his informality even more enticing. “Waiting on an Angel” is delicate, similar to the likes of Jeff Buckley, but it’s the beauty of the Verve’s “The Drugs Don’t Work” that truly captures the standard of excellence that Harper depicts as a performer. Acoustically, he’s honored and such praise is deserved. He’s practically flawless. He’s a modest artist, and such humility is found among his songs. He’s achieved respectability with his fans that only so many artists are able to attain. Live From Mars is a proper release and certainly an inviting look into Harper and the showmanship he projects while spending time on the road.
Award and nominations:
♦   2003 Rolling Stone (France) Artist of the Year
♦   2005 Grammy Award Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance
♦   2005 Grammy Award Grammy Award for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album
♦   2014 Grammy Award Grammy Award for Best Blues Album
Studio albums:
♦   Welcome to the Cruel World (1994)
♦   Fight for Your Mind (1995)
♦   The Will to Live (1997)
♦   Burn to Shine (with The Innocent Criminals) (1999)
♦   Diamonds on the Inside (2003)
♦   There Will Be a Light (with The Blind Boys of Alabama) (2004)
♦   Both Sides of the Gun (2006)
♦   Lifeline (with The Innocent Criminals) (2007)
♦   White Lies for Dark Times (with Relentless7) (2009)
♦   Give Till It’s Gone (2011)
♦   Get Up! (with Charlie Musselwhite) (2013)
♦   Childhood Home (Ben & Ellen Harper) (2014)
♦   Call It What It Is (with The Innocent Criminals) (2016)
Website: http://www.benharper.com/

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