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Tracy Chapman Publishes All Of Her Music Videos For The First Time In HD

Tracy Chapman has published her complete videography through Rhino Records youtube account ahead of her forthcoming Greatest Hits. This is the first time all of Chapman's music videos have been available together and in HD.

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Sing For You - 2008

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'Sing For You' was the lead single from Tracy's most recent release "Our Bright Future" (2008), the video was directed by Yolande Geralds.

Change - 2005

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"Change" was the lead single of 2005's "Where You Live" and features the arresting tag line, "If you saw the face of God and love, would you change"? For the video, Andrew Dosunmu directed.

Telling Stories - 2000

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"Telling Stories" (2000) from the album of the same name also features a tag line, this time it read, "There is fiction in the space between". Not fiction however, is the fact this video was filmed on the same bus as the movie Speed. Directed by the late, great Herb Ritts.

New Beginning - 1996

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Tracy Chapman directed the video for "New Beginning" (1996) herself, it is the second single taken from the album of the same name.

Give Me One Reason - 1996

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"Give Me One Reason" (1996) was a smash hit in the US, selling over 1 million copies and helped the album "New Beginning" achieve 6X Platinum status in the US alone. The video for this single was directed by Julie Dash.

Bang Bang Bang - 1992

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"Bang Bang Bang" (1992) was the lead single taken from "Matters Of The Heart". This powerful video was directed by Gus Van Sant.

Born To Fight - 1990

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The video for "Born To Fight" 1990 was directed by the legendary Spike Lee, not surprisingly, the themes featured in the video were widely discussed at the time of release. Taken from Tracy's second album "Crossroads" (her second number one hit in the UK), this video has been notoriously difficult to find over the years.

Crossroads - 1989

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"Crossroads" (1989) is the title track from the album of the same name.

Baby Can I Hold You - 1988

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"Baby Can I Hold You" (1988) taken from Tracy's self titled debut album, has what is possibly the simplest Tracy Chapman video. Just like her music, Tracy, Guitar and Voice take centre stage.

Fast Car - 1988

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There is no arguing that the song "Fast Car" (1988) and it's video, directed by Matt Mahurin are the most famous and well loved of all Tracy Chapman's work.

Can you remember where you were when you first heard the song?

Talkin' Bout A Revolution - 1988

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A pivotal moment that launched Tracy Chapman into global stardom, this live performance at the Nelson Mandela - 70th Birthday Tribute, served as the official music video for "Talkin' Bout A Revolution" (1988).

Speaking about the event in a recent interview Tracy said;

"When I came into the business, there was a confluence of events that lead to people hearing my music and deciding to embrace it. had I never taken the stage at the Nelson Mandela concert I’m not sure… you know?"

Stand By Me - 2015

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OK, so this is not technically an official music video, but Tracy's performance on The Late Show with David Letterman earlier this year became a viral hit online.

Featured as the closing track on Tracy's upcoming Greatest Hits, she spoke about this performance in a recent interview:

"I’ve always loved that song. I’ve played it live on numerous occasions. In a way I think it’s one of those perfect songs – it’s simple, but it’s so emotionally evocative and there’s so much economy to it. It’s the sort of thing you strive for as a songwriter. So I’ve always liked it. It’s funny, when David Letterman asked for the performance I wondered if he’d seen a version of the song I’d done and I asked him if there was a particular way he wanted me to do it – because they offered a band – or if they wanted to do it solo, and they said just do it however you like. It was kind of short notice and I thought well, why don’t we just keep it simple – it’s just easy for everyone."

Tracy Chapman - Greatest Hits is out now.

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This new collection brings together, for the first time, classic tracks from Chapman’s celebrated career that now spans four decades and includes eight best-selling studio albums. Compiled by Tracy Chapman herself, the featured songs have also been newly remastered. Since her eponymous debut in 1988, Chapman has captivated audiences around the globe with her pure voice, evocative songs and intense spirit, and her ear for authenticity infuses these 18 tracks with a visceral and emotional resonance.

Compiling 25 years of music for the first time, this release also includes "Stand By Me". Commanding a stage entirely on her own for a performance on David Letterman earlier this year – Tracy spoke to the world through her music – demonstrating her enduring appeal and relevance.

Pre-order the "Greatest Hits" on iTunes http://apple.co/1RtSdDu | Amazon:

US: amzn.to/1NMZ6ln | Germany http://amzn.to/1Mutg75 | France http://amzn.to/1NNtlca | UK http://amzn.to/1Ozm6Ew

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