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The Will to Live

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The Will to Live
Ben Harper - The Will to Live.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 17, 1997
GenreAlternative rock
LabelVirgin America
ProducerJean-Pierre Plunier
Ben Harper chronology
Fight for Your Mind
The Will to Live
Burn to Shine
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune(favorable)[2]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(neither)[3]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[4]
Pitchfork Media7.2/10[5]
Rolling Stone(mixed)[6]

The Will to Live is a 1997 album by Ben Harper which showed his continuing folk-centric focus, while at the same time expanding on his rock talents. This was the second album with the Innocent Criminals (uncredited), and was packaged with a special bonus CD in certain countries.

The record would yield his first UK Top 75 single, Faded. To date it remains his only UK single entry.

Track listing

All songs written by Ben Harper except as noted.

  1. "Faded" – 4:48
  2. "Homeless Child" – 3:51
  3. "Number Three" – 1:43
  4. "Roses from My Friends" – 6:23
  5. "Jah Work" – 4:54
  6. "I Want to Be Ready" – 4:02
  7. "The Will to Live" – 4:57
  8. "Ashes" – 3:52
  9. "Widow of a Living Man" – 4:10
  10. "Glory & Consequence" – 5:40
  11. "Mama's Trippin'" (Harper, Jean-Pierre Plunier) – 3:45
  12. "I Shall Not Walk Alone" – 5:13



  • Producer: J.P. Plunier
  • Engineer: Todd Burke
  • Assistant engineers: Peter Doell, Erica Stephenson, Dann Thompson
  • Mixing: Eric Sarafin
  • Mastering: Dave Collins
  • Art direction: J.P. Plunier
  • Design: Flavia Cureteu
  • Photography: Annalisa, J.P. Plunier


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1997 The Billboard 200 89


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[7] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[8] Gold 50,000^
France (SNEP)[9] Platinum 300,000*
Italy (FIMI)[10] Gold 50,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[11] Platinum 15,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Stanley, Leo. "The Will to Live - Ben Harper". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-12-28.
  2. ^ Reger, Rick (1997-07-04). "The Maturation Of Ben Harper". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2017-12-28.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000-10-15). Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishing. p. 128. ISBN 9780312245603.
  4. ^ SCRIBNER, SARA (1997-06-14). "Ben Harper, "The Will to Live," (***)". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-12-28.
  5. ^ Whitaker, Lang (2008-04-08). "Ben Harper: The Will To Live: Pitchfork Record Review". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 2008-04-08. Retrieved 2017-12-28.
  6. ^ Diehl, Matt (1997-06-12). "The Will To Live". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-12-28.
  7. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1999 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Canadian album   certifications – Ben Harper – The WIll to Live". Music Canada. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  9. ^ "French album   certifications – Ben Harper – The WIll to Live" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  10. ^ Mirkin, Steven (17 May 1997). "Ben Harper Finds 'Will' To Rock On 3rd Virgin Set". Billboard. p. 15. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  11. ^ "New Zealand album   certifications – Ben Harper – The WIll to Live". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
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