Ben & Ellen Harper - Childhood Home

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Childhood Home is a collaboration studio album by American singer-songwriter Ben Harper and his mother Ellen, released in May 2014 via Prestige Folklore Records. It is Ben Harper’s twelfth studio album.

Childhood Home takes Harper back to his roots - literally: he recorded it in collaboration with his mother, Ellen Harper. There isn't an electric instrument on this ten-song set, which features six new tunes by him and four by her. There are a trio of other players who help out on piano, guitar, and upright bass.

Ellen's parents (both musicians) founded the Folk Music Center and Museum in Claremont, California, over 50 years ago; she still works there. As a single mum she worked while Harper played around with various instruments.

The music here centres on songs of home and the myriad experiences that revolve around it, some of them quite painful. Ben's country-folk song "A House Is A Home" looks at the hearth as the centerpiece of personal history. Ellen's "City Of Dreams" reflects on the city where she grew up that has disappeared; the victim of suburban sprawl.

Ben's "Born To Love You" is a waltz sung as a duet, accompanied by quietly shuffling drums and piano. Here, "home" is the beloved: I love you/I live you…." On her "Farmer's Daughter", a minor-key country-blues, Ellen plays banjo and Ben lays out slide and flatpicked acoustic fills. Their layered backing vocals are haunting. Her "Altar Of Love" is a country-gospel waltz. Its poetry is simple, direct, yet expert; she distils the heart-wrenching experience of marrying, motherhood, and sacrifice in a fable that contains a tragic circular twist of fate.

Ellen’s deeply moving "Break Your Heart", with its subtle R&B tinge, is the finest song here. While the ghostly, holistic gospel in his closer, "How Could We Not Believe", is a hymn of beauty and resolve, with the pair's voices blending perfectly amid strummed autoharp, dulcimer, and guitars.

Childhood Home is, in essence, timeless. It brims with quiet conviction about the blood and spiritual ties that bind, an indestructible place in the heart, and offers proof that folk music can indeed be "soul" music.

Check out the tracks: “Learn It All Again Tomorrow”; “A House Is A Home” and Farmer’s Daughter”. 

This Limited Edition LP with printed inner sleeve and digital download is pressed in Europe on black vinyl.








A House Is A Dream



City Of Dreams



Born To Love You



Heavyhearted World



Farmer’s Daughter



Memories Of Gold



Altar Of Love



Break Your Heart



Learn It All Again Tomorrow



How Could We Not Believe


SKU 888072355279
Record Label Prestige Folklore
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 0888072355279
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 30 May 2014
Original Release Date (Year) 06 May 2014
Barcode # 888072355279
Shipping Weight 0.2800kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Black Vinyl, Printed Inner Sleeve, Digital Download Code
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Folk
Genre Blues
Genre Folk Rock
Genre Blues Rock

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