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Ben Harper - Welcome To The Cruel World Album

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1Breakin' Down
Dobro – Ben HarperMusic By – J.P. Plunier
2Walk Away3:49
3Don't Take That Attitude To Your Grave4:25
4I'll Rise
Backing Vocals – Clyde Allen, Jelanie Jones, Kevin Williams, Rock DeadrickLyrics By – Maya AngelouMusic By – Ben HarperPiano – Gail Deadrick
5The Three Of Us2:35
7Waiting On An Angel3:53
8Pleasure And Pain
Cello – Suzie KatayamaUilleann Pipes – Richard Cook
9How Many Miles Must We March
Backing Vocals – Clabe Hangan, Clarence Butler, John Taylor , Kenneth McDanielDobro – Ben Harper
10Welcome To The Cruel World5:36
11Like A King
Backing Vocals – Clabe Hangan, Clarence Butler, John Taylor , Kenneth McDaniel
12Whipping Boy
Written-By – Chris Darrow
13Mama's Got A Girlfriend Now
Accordion – John McKnight
14By And By I'm Going To See The King0:40


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
CDVUS 69, 7243 8 39320 2 3Ben Harper Welcome To The Cruel World ‎(CD, Album)Virgin, VirginCDVUS 69, 7243 8 39320 2 3Europe1994
TOCP-53507Ben Harper Welcome To The Cruel World ‎(CD, Album, Ltd)VirginTOCP-53507Japan2005
0602537540471Ben Harper Welcome To The Cruel World ‎(LP, Ltd, RE, Gat)Virgin0602537540471Europe2013
7243 8393204 7Ben Harper Welcome To The Cruel World ‎(Cass, Album)Virgin7243 8393204 7Thailand1994
50999 2 67984 1 7Ben Harper Welcome To The Cruel World ‎(LP, Album, 180 + 7", Whi + Ltd, RE)Virgin50999 2 67984 1 7Europe2009


  • Acoustic GuitarBen Harper (tracks: 1, 4 to 7, 10, 11)
  • Art DirectionJP Plunier
  • BassJohn McKnight (tracks: 2 to 4, 6, 8, 12)
  • Design, Art DirectionTom Dolan
  • DrumsRock Deadrick (tracks: 2 to 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12)
  • Engineer [Assistant]Bradley Cook, Paula "Max" Garcia
  • Guitar [Weissenborn]Ben Harper (tracks: 1 to 4, 6, 8, 9, 12)
  • Mastered ByEddie Schreyer
  • Mixed By, Recorded ByMikal Reid
  • PercussionRock Deadrick (tracks: 3, 4, 6 to 9, 11)
  • Photography ByJeff Gottlieb, Phillipe Le Bihan, Rick Olivier
  • ProducerBen Harper, JP Plunier
  • VocalsBen Harper (tracks: 2 to 13)
  • Written-ByBen Harper (tracks: 1, 3 to 12)


Released in standard jewel case with fold-out insert booklet including lyrics.

Recorded at The Covent, mixed at The Monastery.
2 : "Whipping Boy" ©1973 Charlena music (BMI)
6 to 11 : ©1992 EMI Virgin Records America, Inc.
13a : "I'll Rise" is based on the poem "And Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou ©1978.
13a lasts 3:05 followed by 2:05 of silence, 13b is a hidden track, starting at 5:40.

Total running time : 0h 53mn 13s
℗1994 Virgin Records America, Inc.
Except tracks 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12 ℗1993 Virgin Records America, Inc.
©1994 Virgin Records America, Inc.


  • Barcode (Text): 7 2438 39320 2 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Mirrored): 39320-2 MO L3A28J Y 1-1-7 EMI JAX
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 1637


  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Virgin Records America, Inc.
  • Recorded At – The Convent
  • Mixed At – The Monastery
  • Mastered At – Future Disc
  • Manufactured By – EMI Jax


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. All songs written by Ben Harper except as noted. The Three of Us 2:35. Whipping Boy Chris Darrow 5:31. Breakin' Down Harper, music: Jean-Pierre Plunier 4:00. 2011 г. Lyrics: Welcome to the Cruel World. So when I'm gone I will gladly say goodbye when I am gone I will gladly say goodbye and if you want to feel me put your hands up to the sky. Welcome to the cruel world welcome welcome hope you find your Boy Ben Harper. Welcome To The Cruel World. Whipping Boy. More about. Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals. Directed by. JP Plunier. Ben Harper - Vocals, Weissenborn Jimmy Paxson - Drums Jason Yates - Piano Matt Cory - Bass Tim Loo - Cello Alyssa Park - Violin Caroline Buckman - Viola. García Director of Photography - Pablo Espada Second Camera Videographer - Ben Fordham. The full range of Ben Harper's influences would not come to bear until later albums, but his debut, Welcome to the Cruel World, lays a strong foundation. Like a King and Take That Attitude to Your Grave burn with a political conviction rarely heard during the 1990s. Forever has a tenderness which demonstrates Harper's emotional range. Lackluster hippie jams that cultivated his early following may have served a purpose but feel fluffy by comparison when compared to the meatier tracks. Songs in album Ben Harper - Welcome To The Cruel World 1994. Ben Harper - The Three Of Us. Ben Harper - Whipping Boy. Ben Harper - Breakin' Down. Ben Harper - Don't Take That Attitude To Your Grave. Ben Harper - Waiting On An Angel. Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. The Three Of Us - Ben Harper. Лента с персональными рекомендациями и музыкальными новинками, радио, подборки на любой вкус, удобное управление своей коллекцией. Ben Harper : Welcome to the Cruel World,альбом, рецезия, трек-лист, mp3, тексты песен. Listen free to Ben Harper Welcome To The Cruel World The Three Of Us, Whipping Boy and more. 13 tracks 52:30. Release Date. 1 February 1994. Album 1994 13 Songs. 2016 Virgin Records America, Inc. More By Ben Harper. Both Sides of the Gun. Fight for Your Mind. Give Till It's Gone


Ben Harper - Welcome To The Cruel World Album
Folk Rock, Acoustic
Performer: Ben Harper
Title: Welcome To The Cruel World
Category: Rock
Country: US
Released: 08 Feb 1994
Label: Virgin
Catalog #: 7243 8 39320 2 3
Rating: 4.2/5
Votes: 087
Record Source: CD, Album