Tracy Chapman’s debut album was recorded at the Powertrax studio in Hollywood over 8 weeks at the end of 1987. Music fanatics like myself immediately found the simplicity of her return to the purest folk tradition to be refreshing, and the album gained critical acclaim from most music critics. It also received a tremendous commercial success in many countries including the UK, France and Germany after the worldwide broadcast of the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute, peaking at #1 on the US Billboard 200, going on to become certified six-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, with sales exceeding over six million copies in the United States alone. Each of the three singles that were released continue to be all time favorites and include, Talkin’Bout A Revolution, Fast Car, and Baby Can I Hold You. The extremely well recorded album which easily depicts every nuance of Chapmans voice has withstood the test of time since its release in April of 1988. The songs penetrate the mind and emotionally grab the listener every time it is played. This is absolutely a required album in your Desert Island Collection.
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Wesley is a lifelong music enthusiast. He started his career in the recording industry in New York City as an audio engineer, producer, and studio manager. Subsequently he toured across America as a guitarist with the short-lived band Land's Crossing. After many years in the technology sector and amassing a substantial vinyl and CD collection, he delved into immersive audio and created Hi-Res Edition to share with other listeners about the sound quality and discrete mixes available on many formats. He recently upgraded his system to 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos and continues to seek out and share about the best sounding releases.