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Fight for Your Mind

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Fight for Your Mind is an album by Ben Harper. Released in August 1995, it was his last solo album before adding the Innocent Criminals to his line-up. Reviews were generally very positive, praising Harper's fusion of multiple genres, from folk ("Another Lonely Day"), folk rock ("Gold to Me"), Black Sabbath-style riffing heavy metal ("Ground on Down") and politically charged reggae ("Excuse Me Mr.").

Fight for Your Mind
Studio album by Ben Harper
Released August 1, 1995
Genre Alternative rock
Length 68:05
Label Virgin
Producer Ben Harper, Jean-Pierre Plunier, Bob "Stiv" Coke
Ben Harper chronology
Welcome to the Cruel World
(1994)Welcome to the Cruel World1994
Fight for Your Mind
The Will to Live
(1997)The Will to Live1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly (B+)[2]
Rhapsody (favorable)[3]
Yahoo! Music (favorable)[4]

After Harper's well-received debut, Welcome to the Cruel World, he expanded on his fanbase by touring relentlessly with jam bands like Dave Matthews Band. On this, his second album, Harper added a more refined sense of his own intense spirituality, such as on the gospel-influenced album closers, "Power of the Gospel", "God Fearing Man" and "One Road to Freedom".


Track listingEdit

All songs written by Ben Harper except as noted.

  1. "Oppression" 2:58
  2. "Ground on Down" – 4:53
  3. "Another Lonely Day" – 3:43
  4. "Please Me Like You Want To" – 4:55
  5. "Gold to Me" – 5:00
  6. "Burn One Down" – 3:31
  7. "Excuse Me Mr." (Harper, Jean-Pierre Plunier) – 5:24
  8. "People Lead" – 4:13
  9. "Fight for Your Mind" – 4:06
  10. "Give a Man a Home" – 3:35
  11. "By My Side" – 3:34
  12. "Power of the Gospel" – 6:02
  13. "God Fearing Man" – 11:49
  14. "One Road to Freedom" – 4:14


The Fight For Your Mind cover features Harper's face on fire, as the artwork features the use of military roundels from African nations (plus Jamaica) to represent each track on the album. The track corresponding to each roundel is:

Harper has continued to use roundel inspired artwork on his other albums.

Certifications and salesEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[5] Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[6] Gold 230,900[7]

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



  • Producers: Ben Harper, Bob "Stiv" Coke, J.P. Plunier
  • Associate Producer: Jeff Gottlieb
  • Assistant Producer: Jeff Gottlieb
  • Engineer: Bradley Cook
  • Assistant engineers: Ryan Boesh, Todd Burke, Paul Naguna
  • Mixing: The Dub Brothers, Femi Jiya, Eric Sarafin
  • Mastering: Eddy Schreyer
  • String arrangements: Ben Harper, J.P. Plunier
  • Design: Tom Dolan
  • Art direction: Tom Dolan, J.P. Plunier
  • Photography: Bob "Stiv" Coke, Jeff Gottlieb
  • Research: Ben Elder