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Welcome to the Cruel World is Ben Harper's debut album from Virgin Records. Released in 1994, the album established Harper as a popular folk musician in the California area. After this release, Harper went on to add a permanent backing band, the Innocent Criminals, although they remained unnamed until the Burn to Shine album.



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  • Avatar for mordwyr
    Socially-conscious folk rock from California. On this his debut album, he's got his eyes wide open. Beautiful music!
  • Avatar for Wonaldo
    Play a Game about the albums of Ben Harper!
  • Avatar for boehj
    surprisingly good record.
  • Avatar for calprich
    This album has more softer acoustic songs than his others. It is fine with me though, as I like his softer stuff better.
  • Avatar for mbustamante73
    best album I've heard in years!
  • Avatar for kasa408
    A perfect album... if such a thing could exist.

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