Welcome to the Cruel World

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Welcome to the Cruel World
Studio album by Ben Harper
Released February 8, 1994
Recorded at The Convent
Genre Blues, folk, alternative rock
Length 50:25
Label Virgin
Producer Ben Harper, J.P. Plunier
Ben Harper chronology
Welcome to the Cruel World
(1994)
Fight for Your Mind
(1995)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
Robert Christgau (choice cut) link
Dirty Linen Favorable link
Philadelphia Tribune Favorable link
Q 4/5 stars link
Rhapsody Favorable link
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars link
Yahoo! Music Favorable link
RateYourMusic.com 3.53 / 5 [1]

Welcome to the Cruel World is Ben Harper's debut album from Virgin Records. Released in 1994, the album established Harper as a popular folk musician in the California area. After this release, Harper went on to add a permanent backing band, the Innocent Criminals, although they remained unnamed until the Burn to Shine album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ben Harper except as noted.

  1. "The Three of Us" – 2:35
  2. "Whipping Boy" (Chris Darrow) – 5:31
  3. "Breakin' Down" (Harper, Jean Pierre Plunier) – 4:00
  4. "Don't Take That Attitude to Your Grave" – 4:25
  5. "Waiting on an Angel" – 3:53
  6. "Mama's Got a Girlfriend Now" – 2:29
  7. "Forever" – 3:23
  8. "Like a King" – 4:18
  9. "Pleasure and Pain" – 3:44
  10. "Walk Away" – 3:49
  11. "How Many Miles Must We March" – 3:07
  12. "Welcome to the Cruel World" – 5:36
  13. "I'll Rise" (Maya Angelou, Harper) – 3:35

Personnel[edit]

Music credits
  • Ben Harper - vocals, multiple instruments
  • Clyde Allen - background vocals
  • Clarence Butler - background vocals
  • Richard Cook - Uillean pipes
  • Rock Deadrick - percussion, drums, background vocals
  • Tom Freund
  • Clabe Hangan - background vocals
  • Jelani Jones - background vocals
  • Suzie Katayama - cello
  • Ken McDaniel - background vocals
  • John McKnight - bass, accordion
  • John Taylor - background vocals
  • Kevin Williams - background vocals
  • Tommy D. Daugherty - drum programming
Production credits
  • Producers: Ben Harper, J.P. Plunier
  • Associate producer: Jeff Gottlieb, Mikal Reid
  • Engineer: Mikal Reid
  • Assistant engineer: Bradley Cook
  • Mixing: Mikal Reid
  • Mastering: Eddy Schreyer
  • Advisor: Ben Elder
  • Art direction: Tom Dolan, J.P. Plunier
  • Research: Ben Elder
  • Photography: Jeff Gottlieb

Charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[1] 94
French Albums Chart[2] 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chartifacts". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on October 24, 2012. Retrieved October 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Classements - Ben Harper - Welcome to the Cruel World (album)" (in French). Lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 27, 2012.