The Will to Live

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The Will to Live
Ben Harper - The Will to Live.jpg
Studio album by Ben Harper
Released June 17, 1997
Genre Alternative rock
Length 53:18
Label Virgin America
Producer Jean-Pierre Plunier
Ben Harper chronology
Fight for Your Mind
(1995)
The Will to Live
(1997)
Burn to Shine
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media 7.2/10 link
Robert Christgau (neither) link

The Will to Live is a 1997 album by Ben Harper which showed his continuing folk-centric focus, while at the same time expanding on his rock talents. This was the second album with the Innocent Criminals (uncredited), and was packaged with a special bonus CD in certain countries.

The record would yield his first UK Top 75 single, Faded. To date it remains his only UK single entry.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ben Harper except as noted.

  1. "Faded" – 4:48
  2. "Homeless Child" – 3:51
  3. "Number Three" – 1:43
  4. "Roses from My Friends" – 6:23
  5. "Jah Work" – 4:54
  6. "I Want to Be Ready" – 4:02
  7. "The Will to Live" – 4:57
  8. "Ashes" – 3:52
  9. "Widow of a Living Man" – 4:10
  10. "Glory & Consequence" – 5:40
  11. "Mama's Trippin'" (Harper, Plunier) – 3:45
  12. "I Shall Not Walk Alone" – 5:13

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producer: J.P. Plunier
  • Engineer: Todd Burke
  • Assistant engineers: Peter Doell, Erica Stephenson, Dann Thompson
  • Mixing: Eric Sarafin
  • Mastering: Dave Collins
  • Art direction: J.P. Plunier
  • Design: Flavia Cureteu
  • Photography: Annalisa, J.P. Plunier

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1997 The Billboard 200 89