February 3, 2016 – 11:40 am

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Montreux 1988 [Swinging Pig TSP-CD-120, 1CD]

Live at the Montreux Jazzfestival, Switzerland; July 4, 1988. Very good soundboard.

With Talkin’ Bout A Revolution and Fast Car, the opening two tracks on her 1988 self-titled debut album, Tracy Chapman became one of the key singer-songwriters of the ’80s.

Thanks to 1nra1n8ow5 for sharing the Montreux show at Dime.

As a bonus - thanks to wonderboy - we have included five studio demos. As wonderboy noted: “It is labeled 1987 but a source who knows a bit about Tracy Chapman history believes these might have been recorded in 1986 in Medford MA at WMFO studios at Tufts University where Tracy was going to school. The tape was probably circulated locally in conjunction with a few shows she was doing in Boston at that time. It was before her debut was recorded.

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Track 01. Why 3:05 (5.2MB)
Track 02. For My Lover 4:00 (6.7MB)
Track 03. Across The Lines 4:10 (7.0MB)
Track 04. Behind The Wall 2:09 (3.6MB)
Track 05. Fast Car 6:04 (10.2MB)
Track 06. She’s Got Her Ticket 3:59 (6.7MB)
Track 07. Baby Can I Hold You 4:09 (7.0MB)
Track 08. This Time 4:12 (7.1MB)
Track 09. For You 3:29 (5.8MB)
Track 10. Sweet One 4:07 (6.9MB)
11. Mountains O’ Things * - omitted
Track 12. Talkin’ Bout A Revolution 4:08 (7.0MB)
Track 13. Born To Fight 2:34 (4.3MB)

* Available on the bonus CD of Telling Stories (2000).

Bonus - Studio demos (1986/87?)
Track 14. Baby Can I Hold You 3:00 (5.0MB)
Track 15. Talkin’ Bout A Revolution 2:59 (5.0MB)
Track 16. This Time 3:50 (6.4MB)
Track 17. Mountains O’ Things 4:47 (8.0MB)
Track 18. For You 3:28 (5.8MB)
65 mins

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  1. 10 Responses to “TRACY CHAPMAN - MONTREUX 1988”

  2. we are blessed… this voice, these moments…. these emotions and tears and love…
    thank you

    By g on Feb 3, 2016

  3. Wonderful stuff! Thanks for this Big O truly great set and wonderful soundboard quality and fascinating to hear the version of demos too. ‘Baby Can I Hold You’ stands as one of those songs of the muse having always been in existence and one of the most heartfelt love songs to say ‘Sorry’ that has ever been recorded IMHO. ‘Fast Car’ the hit is always a joy but these are welcome reminders of what a truly great artist she is.

    Any more Tracy from out there would be greatly appreciated

    By swappers on Feb 3, 2016

  4. have not heard anything about Ms.Chapman in quite some time.thanks for this big o.

    By sluggo on Feb 4, 2016

  5. Dear “G”, it simply is not possible for you to be more correct. I saw her live in 1989…. was never a HUGE fan, but liked her and respected her…. and her performance was simply transcending. It seemed as if time and everything stopped. She only played a short 30 minute set, and when it was over, I didn’t know if I had been watching her for 5 minutes or for 5 hours

    By The Russian Assassin on Feb 4, 2016

  6. Amazing voice and stage presence, Almost hypnotic ,Believe she has appeared on stage with Springsteen several times starting with the 1989 human rights tour, A very rare bright light in an otherwise dismal time for mainstream music

    By COREY M on Feb 4, 2016

  7. These nuts appeared on your chin several times.

    By COREY MORON on Feb 5, 2016

  8. This is wonderful. I’ve long adored Ms. Chapman. Beautiful woman. Beautiful soul.

    By J&MC on Feb 5, 2016

  9. First time I heard her was in the summer of ‘88, when I was in a bar, waiting to see a Dylan concert. “Fast Car” came on the jukebox behind me. I stopped talking, turned, and listened to the whole song through. Her album became the soundtrack of that summer.

    By Steve MC on Feb 6, 2016

  10. See people,Goober Moron again with another shit stirring attempt to get things started regardless of post,let it go this time out of respect for everyone else else

    By COREY M on Feb 6, 2016

  11. Goober Moron .Blog polluter

    By COREY M on Feb 8, 2016

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