Tracy Chapman Appreciation Thread

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  1. Marc Roy

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    I'm much more impressed by songwriters nowadays than flashy guitar prowess. To me, she's one of the best.



     
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  2. muzishun

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    She is great, but I don't dislike a song that contains some "guitar prowess".
     
  3. Jonathan

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    Tracy kicks ass. Kudos for poasting a thread about her, because she deserves it! Some great Sunday listening!
     
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    Oh me neither. It's just that I listen to more singer/songwriter type stuff these days. Guitar prowess comes in many forms.
     
  5. Stu Cats

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    Still love,"Fast Car".
     
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    Love " Baby Can I Hold You? ". :cool:
     
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    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    Fantastic talent. I used to see her around Half Moon Bay when I lived there (she did too). Never did talk to her, though.
     
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    First album was awesome. Great stuff that still holds up.
     
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    -CM- Something Clever Here Silver Supporting Member

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    She did a great cover of Stand By Me on the Letterman show.



    Love that PRS.
     
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    :aok There is so much more to music than just guitar licks, although guitar licks can be good :rockin
     
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    I have her debut album on vinyl. It sounds mighty fine and I like all of it, especially "Mountains of Things". It's pretty spectacular in a (good) hi-fi way.
     
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    I bought her first album that's in the OP right when it came out.
    The whole album is great.
     
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    I got it when it came out, and I thought that it sounded great, too. Then I found out the recording budget was $250K, and understood why... <g>

    I'm sure it sounds great on vinyl, but it was recorded DDD.
     
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    Those were the days.
     
  15. Jahn

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    That album and the Indigo Girls album were the two albums I listened to when I first learned guitar in the 80s. I still pattern my default rhythm strum from "Talkin Bout a Revolution" and "Closer to Fine."
     
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    The only song by either act that I ever learned all the way through.
     
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  17. Jahn

    Jahn Listens to Johnny Marr, plays like John Denver Supporting Member

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    I just realized I never saw the official video of Closer to Fine, by the way:



    I'm in shock. I used to own that same model, a Martin J-40BK:

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    And yes, I play that song on it. Funny how things gravitate.

    And is that Tracy in '88 playing a J-40 as well? Maybe I was on to something back then after all.

     
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    When "Fast Car" came out, the local rock station CHOM over played it....for 5 years. I ended up hating that song. They had the tendency of riding a horse until it fell over dead, then beat it for another few years.

    Now I listen back and think of what a great tune it was. I don't consider her a great singer in the way Gladys Knight is, but she gets her point across, and you can feel it.

    On the other hand, when she changes lane from the singer songwriter to the "pure singer" lane....she just does not have the horsepower. I.E. "Give Me One Reason". That song just limps through based on her lackluster vocal.
     
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    Two favorites of my wife and I. I tend towards the Indigo Girls and she tends towards Tracy Chapman, but we both like both. Had a chance to see the Indigo Girls in concert a decade or so back and they were awesome. Still haven't had a chance to see Tracy Chapman though. Someday...
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    My trio does "Closer to Fine" (we did it on Saturday) and I do it for solo acoustic shows too. It always goes over well. When I play with Chrissy Morgan, we sometimes do Tracey Chapman's, "Give Me One Reason," though I like may other Chapman songs better.

    Peace,
     
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