Live from Mars

Live from Mars

by Ben Harper


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People go to Ben Harper shows for a variety of reasons. Some want to work up a sweat dancing to extended funk jams; some look to be transported by the intricate instrumental interplay of his band, the Innocent Criminals; and some need a dip into the refreshingly bucolic folk-soul he can wring from an acoustic guitar. Live from Mars, culled from more than 20 separate concerts, offers a little something for each of portion of Harper's constituency -- one disc of power-packed electric performances and a second disc of burnished acoustic work. On the former, Harper shows off his moves as an erotic shaman -- beckoning and purring through a funked-up version of the Marvin Gaye classic "Sexual Healing" -- as well as his flair for the harder stuff, captured in a raucous ten-minute medley of "Faded" and Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love." The Innocent Criminals also acquit themselves mighty well here, nestling into a deep groove on the sultry "The Woman in You" and flashing switchblade-sharp riffs on the raging "Burn One Down." The mood couldn't be more different on the set's second disc, which showcases the quiet power Harper and company are capable of generating without amps turned to 11. Unlike a lot of his contemporaries, Harper doesn't turn down the intensity when he turns down the volume, a point driven home by a rending version of "Please Bleed" and a thoroughly uplifting take on "The Power of the Gospel." As so often happens during his live performances, Harper takes the listener on some unexpected side trips -- such as an appropriately trippy version of the Verve's "The Drugs Don't Work" -- but he can always be counted on to keep the scenery interesting.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/27/2001
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 0724381007921
catalogNumber: 10079
Rank: 145860

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ben Harper   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
David Leach   Percussion
Rahzel   Human Beatbox
Juan Nelson   Bass,Vocals
Dean Butterworth   Drums,Vocals
Nick Rich   Human Beatbox

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Composer
Odell Brown   Composer
Maya Angelou   Composer
Ben Harper   Composer,Producer
J.P. Plunier   Composer,Producer,Art Direction
David Ritz   Composer
Mike King   Art Direction
Dave Rat   Sound System
Tom Tyler   Guitar Techician,Bass Technician
Nick Rich   Stage Technician
Michael Pollock   Engineer

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Live from Mars 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every time Ben Harper comes out with a new CD he takes his music to another level. I have always enjoyed Harper's regular recorded CDs. So when he came out with a live double CD Live from Mars, you could imagine how excited I was to go purchase it. Not only was I extremely satisfied by my purchase, but I was blown away. I feel like I am at a Ben Harper concert every time I listen to the CDs. Being a person that attends a lot of concerts, I cannot even begin to compare Ben Harper's shows to other live shows. He definitely takes his shows to another level. While at a Ben Harper show, the audience can truly feel the love and passion he has for his music. So in his Live from Mars CD, the overall effect that is displayed is his amazing talent and his ability to perform live like no other.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absoluetly love the colberation of Live from Mars. There are no words to describe Harpers style. He oozes charm in Sexual Healing, and his cover of Zepplins, Whole Lotta Love was incredible. I still connot decide whether i like the funkier first disc, or the mellow second one. i cannot wait to hear what he brings out next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is Ben Harper's first live cd. The double cd includes the first cd with Ben Harper's more up-beat, fast music, including ''sexual Healing'', an oldie classic by Marvin Gaye. Ben Harper does the song very different, and it brings out the softer side of the song. The 2nd cd is all acoustic, and it is incredible with just his voice and the guitar. All of the songs have so much meaning behind them because of the incredible lyrics. This is probably the best live cd I have ever heard, and it appeals to different audiences with its fast,up-beat songs, and then the slow, acoustic songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bens version of 'SEXUAL HEALING' is the most beautiful song I've ever heard! It really sends shivers up my spine!!! Can't get enough of it!!!! Dito for 'THE DRUGS DON'T WORK'!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Live From Mars, from the day I purchased to today is still the best CD I''ve ever brought. I cannot imagine more than two days going by without me listening to this compilation of amazing songs. The mixture takes you on a emotional rollercoaster and I swear everytime you put it on it will feel like the first time you've ever listened to it. Absolutely brilliant stuff from Ben and the Innocent Criminals. (LOve the inclusion of Rahzel!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago