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Roots & Influences - The World of Ben Harper

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience  Voodoo Child (Slight Return)   buy on itunes
Bob Marley  Get Up Stand Up   buy on itunes
Led Zeppelin  Whole Lotta Love   buy on itunes
Bob Dylan  Idiot Wind   buy on itunes
Leonard Cohen  I'm Your Man   buy on itunes
Robert Johnson  Cross Road Blues   buy on itunes
Taj Mahal  She Caught the Katy and Left Me a Mule to Ride   buy on itunes
Richie Havens  Handsome Johnny   buy on itunes
Cat Stevens  Wild World   buy on itunes
The Band  I Shall Be Released   buy on itunes
Marvin Gaye  Sexual Healing   buy on itunes
Bill Withers  Use Me   buy on itunes
Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions  People Get Ready   buy on itunes
Sly & the Family Stone  Family Affair   buy on itunes
Mississippi John Hurt  Avalon Blues   buy on itunes
Joan Armatrading  Love and Affection   buy on itunes
Shuggie Otis  Me and My Woman   buy on itunes
Tim Hardin  Green Rocky Road   buy on itunes
David Lindley  Spodie   buy on itunes


So broad are Ben Harper's roots and influences that you could call them the roots and influences of modern music itself. You can hear echoes of classic rock's godfathers, Led Zeppelin, in Harper's "Keep It Together," but if you want the hammer-fisted sonic tsunami that inspired him, look no further than Zep's own body-slammin' barrage of sound in "Whole Lotta Love." On the more introspective side, the late-night-cabaret sashay of Leonard Cohen's "I'm Your Man" informs Harper's jazzier outings, as well as his intimately confessional love songs (like "Happy Everafter in Your Eyes"). And Ben's musical mentor, Taj Mahal, mixes equal measures of blues, soul, and folk into a churnin' urn of burnin' funk in "She Caught the Katy and Left Me a Mule to Ride." From Bob Dylan to Bob Marley, from Cat Stevens to the Jimi Hendrix Experience, we've got all the artists and craftsmen who helped hone Harper.
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