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Fight for Your Mind

Fight for Your Mind is a 1995 (see 1995 in music) album by Ben Harper. 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 Mister").

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 listing

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


The Fight For Your Mind 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.


Chart Certification Sales
Canada Platinum 100 000



  • 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


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