Photos: © Hélène Pambrun
Ben Harper was on the french TV France2. he talk about his new album “Give Till It’s Gone”.
See 57 minutes Live On Letterman: Ben Harper in concert from the Ed Sullivan Theater on May 18, 2011.
Give Till It’s Gone available now!You can purchase the album from your favorite record store as well as Amazon and iTunes and the Ben Harper Shop. Buy it today!
Listen to the entire album at the end of this post ! Enjoy!
Give Till It’s Gone
- 01 Don’t Give Up On Me Now 3:31
- 02 I Will Not Be Broken 5:04
- 03 Rock N’ Roll Is Free 4:23
- 04 Feel Love 3:45
- 05 Clearly Severely 4:51
- 06 Spilling Faith 3:30
- 07 Get There From Here 5:54
- 08 Pray That Our Love Sees The Dawn 4:41
- 09 Waiting On A Sign 4:59
- 10 Dirty Little Lover 4:45
- 11 Do It For You, Do It For Us 4:27
Rock N’ Roll Is Free Video now playing on YouTube
On May 17th, Virgin Records will release Give Till It’s Gone, Ben Harper’s 10th studio album. It was recorded at the Los Angeles studio of Jackson Browne, who harmonizes with Ben on “Pray That Our Love Sees The Dawn.” The album also features two tracks co-written and performed with Ringo Starr – the psychedelic-tinged “Spilling Faith” and “Get There From Here,” an improvisational instrumental.
Ben will headline a trio of festivals this spring: Lollapalooza Chile, Bluesfest in Australia and GrassRoots, the New Zealand Blues & Roots All Music Festival, followed by the Wakarusa Festival and more dates with more soon to be announced. The pre-sale for Kansas City and Denver starts Feb 25 10:00 AM local time at Ben Harper Ticketing, password: GIVE.
Stay tuned for a special album pre-order starting Mar 29!
Give Till It’s Gone Track List:
1. Don’t Give Up On Me Now
2. I Will Not Be Broken
3. Rock N’ Roll Is Free
4. Feel Love
5. Clearly Severely
6. Spilling Faith
7. Get There From Here
8. Pray That Our Love Sees The Dawn
9. Waiting On A Sign
10. Dirty Little Lover
11. Do It For You, Do It For Us
Lately, life has been a blur for singer/songwriter Ben Harper.
At 5 a.m. last Friday, Harper and the Relentless7 walked out of Jackson Browne’s Groove Masters recording studio in Santa Monica with a fully mixed new record. Without missing a beat, they completed their plans for the next national tour, which started Thursday in Illinois, brings them to Baltimore’s Pier Six Pavilion on Tuesday and continues through the summer.
It’s only been a year since Harper’s last release, “White Lies for Dark Times” — Harper’s first with the Relentless7 — but the square-jawed singer doesn’t take much downtime between albums. Since 2001, he has released six studio and two live records, and the new one, titled “Give ‘Til It’s Gone,” could surface later this year.
“Give ‘Til It’s Gone” might be Harper’s second album with the Relentless7, whom he recruited in 2008, but for Harper, it feels like the first.
“On the first record, we didn’t have any sights set on making a record,” Harper said. ” ‘White Lies for Dark Times’ ” made us a band. This is the first record we’ve made as a band, with a great deal of experience under our belt. I’m really confident about it.”
To give the songs on the new album a different texture, Harper and Co. all set up in one of Groove Masters’ big rooms and recorded most of the songs live. A few of them were knocked out on the first take, Harper said.
“It’s a band in a room playing for each other,” Harper said. “There are themes about love, life, loss, coming to grips with the way the world’s never going to be, and the way the world is.”
Harper is vague about how much of his songwriting is autobiographical and how much is fiction. He casually tosses out numbers like “40/60” or “30/70,” and even when pressed to explain them, dodges the question.
“It’s not up to me to tell you which one’s which,” he said. “Hopefully, it’s 30 percent me and 70 percent the listener.”
So far, Harper and the Relentless7 have only played a couple of the new songs live — “Rock ‘n’ Roll is Free” and “I Will Not Be Broken.” Harper likes to keep most of his new music close to the vest until the album is released. As the name implies, the album has a positive feel — more upbeat than his last one.
“It feels good,” he said.