Diamonds On the Inside

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Diamonds On the Inside
Ben Harper Diamonds On The Inside.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 11, 2003
GenreBlues rock, reggae, funk rock, jam band
ProducerBen Harper
Ben Harper chronology
Live from Mars
Diamonds On the Inside
There Will Be a Light
Singles from Diamonds On the Inside
  1. "With My Own Two Hands"
    Released: 2002
  2. "Diamonds On the Inside"
    Released: 21 April 2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media(6.5/10)[2]

Diamonds On the Inside is a 2003 album by American singer-songwriter Ben Harper. Although he did not explicitly credit the Innocent Criminals for the first time in 10 years, all the touring members continue to support him on the album. On this album, Harper brought on several new additions to his band, the first being guitarist Nicky Panicci (a.k.a. Nicky P) in 2002 who is the first guitar player to be credited on a Ben Harper record. Panicci toured with Harper on the Diamonds on the Inside Tour for almost a year. After leaving Harper's band on his own accord, Marc Ford, formerly of The Black Crowes replaced Panicci and joined Harper's band.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ben Harper except as noted.

  1. "With My Own Two Hands" – 4:35
  2. "When It's Good" – 3:03
  3. "Diamonds On the Inside" – 4:27
  4. "Touch from Your Lust" – 4:28
  5. "When She Believes" – 5:20
  6. "Brown Eyed Blues" (Harper, Nelson) – 5:42
  7. "Bring the Funk" (Charles, Harper, Kurstin, Mobley, Nelson) – 4:07
  8. "Everything" – 3:04
  9. "Amen Omen" – 5:51
  10. "Temporary Remedy" – 3:11
  11. "So High So Low" – 3:44
  12. "Blessed to Be a Witness" – 4:11
  13. "Picture of Jesus" – 5:49
  14. "She's Only Happy in the Sun" (Dean Butterworth, Harper) – 3:57



  • Producer: Ben Harper
  • Engineers: Todd Burke, Rick "Soldier" Will
  • Assistant engineers: Kevin Dean, June Murakawa
  • Mixing: Todd Burke
  • Mastering: Gavin Lurssen
  • Arrangers: Ben Harper, Greg Kurstin
  • Assistants: Josh Florian, Rail Jon Rogut
  • Advisor: Ben Elder
  • Design: Mike King
  • Layout Design: Mike King
  • Photography: Warren Darius Aftahi, Blue Sky, Jon Shapiro
  • Research: Ben Elder

Charts and certifications[edit]


Album – Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
2003 The Billboard 200 19
2003 Top Canadian Albums 8
2003 Top Internet Albums 19

Singles – Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
2004 "Diamonds on the Inside" Adult Top 40 31


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[3] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[4] Gold 50,000^
France (SNEP)[5] Platinum 300,000*
Italy (FIMI)[6] Platinum 100,000*
Portugal (AFP) Silver 10,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[8] Gold 20,000^
United States (RIAA)[9] Gold 500,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Diamonds On the Inside at AllMusic
  2. ^ Pitchfork Media review Archived 2008-04-22 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2003 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Ben Harper – Diamonds On the Inside". Music Canada. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  5. ^ "French album certifications – Ben Harper – Diamonds On the Inside" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  6. ^ Giuseppe Palazzolo (3 June 2003). "Parco Nord, fermata grande rock". la Repubblica (Bologna) (in Italian).
  7. ^ "Top 30 Artistas - Semana 15 de 2003" (in Portuguese). Associação Fonográfica Portuguesa. Archived from the original on 6 October 2011.
  8. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Ben Harper; 'Diamonds On the Inside')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien.
  9. ^ "American album certifications – Ben Harper – Diamonds On the Inside". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 19 January 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.