Harper,Ben - Both Sides Of The Gun
Both Sides Of The Gun
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Both Sides of the Gun, is a Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals album released in 2006. Split into two discs, the title suggests at the two sides of Harper's musical nature. The first disc is made of mostly acoustic and string-driven songs hinted at on the last track ("She's Only Happy In The Sun") of Harper's previous album Diamonds on the Inside. The second disc is made of the more rootsy and upbeat material and touching on genres such as rock, funk and gospel.

The album saw Harper playing the majority of the instruments on both discs; an approach that he had rarely used on his previous albums. However, the Innocent Criminals would appear on a few tracks whilst his later band, Relentless7, would appear together for the first time on "Serve Your Soul", the last track on the second disc.

The album became Harper's first US top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 200 album charts, entering and peaking at #7 on it's release. To date it is his highest album entry in that chart.


*Ben Harper - Vocals, Weissenborn, guitar, bass, drums, percussion, piano, vibes, slide guitar, acoustic guitar

*Juan D. Nelson - Bass

*Oliver Francis Charles - Drums

*Leon Mobley - Percussion

*Jason Yates - Keys

*Matt Cory - Bass

*Michael Ward - Guitar, bass

*JP Plunier - Drums

*Charlie Musselwhite - Backing vocals

*David Lindley - Tambura

*Greg Kurstin - Hammond B3

*Marc Ford - Guitar

*Alyssa Park, Joel Pargman, Patrick Rosalez, Brett Banducci, Timothy Loo - Strings

*David Palmer - Keys

*Danny Kalb - Guitar

*Jan Ghazi - Electric guitar, backing vocals

*Nick Sandro - Bass, backing vocals

*Jason Mozersky - Guitar

*Scott Thomas - Backing vocals

*Jose Medeles - Drums

*Jesse Ingalls - Bass

*Jordan Richardson - Drums

*William Gus Seyffert - Bass

*Ellen Harper, Sue Chase, Michelle Griepentrog, Jennifer Ohrstrom, Natasha Cockrell - Backing vocals


*Producer: Ben Harper

*Engineer: Danny Kalb

*Management: J.P. Plunier

Chart positions

Category:Ben Harper albums

Category:2006 albums

Category:Double albums

Category:Virgin Records albums

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