Collection (2001), Tracy Chapman’s first Greatest Hits album

Tracy Chapman's Collection album (2001)
Tracy Chapman’s Collection album (2001)

COLLECTION, Greatest Hits Album (2001)

The Collection album is a greatest hits album released worldwide on September 17, 2001, but not in the USA. In fact, it was never released in the USA.
The songs were chosen by Tracy Chapman herself from her 5 first albums (Tracy Chapman, Crossroads, Matters Of The Heart, New Beginning and Telling Stories). It doesn’t contain any new / rare / unreleased songs.
The booklet of the CD contains a biography written by Nigel Williamson under the direction of Tracy.
Although the release was not supported by interviews with Tracy in the press (but this German article), it had a strong marketing campaign. It eventually reached #3 in the UK Albums Chart in October 2001, #10 in Australia, and was certified double platinum.

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Buy Tracks
1. Fast Car (4:58) amazon
2. Subcity (5:09) amazon
3. Baby Can I Hold You (3:16) amazon
4. The Promise (5:28) amazon
5. I’m Ready (4:56) amazon
6. Crossroads (4:11) amazon
7. Bang Bang Bang (4:21) amazon
8. Telling Stories (3:58) amazon
9.Smoke and Ashes (6:39) amazon
10. Speak the Word (4:14) amazon
11.Wedding Song (5:37) amazon
12. Open Arms (4:34) amazon
13. Give Me One Reason (4:31) amazon
14. Talkin’ Bout A Revolution (2:38) amazon
15. She’s Got Her Ticket (3:54) amazon
16. All That You Have Is Your Soul (5:16) amazon



“Baby Can I Hold You” was chosen as the only single from Collection.


1, 3, 14, 15 from the album TRACY CHAPMAN
Produced by David Kershenbaum for SBK Record Production, Inc.
Executive Producers : Don Rubin and Brian Koppelman

2, 6, 16 from the album CROSSROADS
Produced by David Kershenbaum and Tracy Chapman for SBK Record Production, Inc.

7, 12 from the album MATTERS OF THE HEART
Produced by Jimmy Iovine and Tracy Chapman

4, 5, 9, 13 from the album NEW BEGINNING
Produced by Don Gehman and Tracy Chapman

8, 10, 11 from the album TELLING STORIES
Produced by David Kershenbaum and Tracy Chapman

All lyrics and music by Tracy Chapman

Compilation Mastered at Gateway Mastering, Portland, ME

Management by Ron Stone and Lavonne Murlowski for Gold Mountain Entertainment

Art Direction and design: John and Jeri Eiden for SMOG and Tracy Chapman

Photography: Michael Lavine


French TV Collection promo video . 2001. 0:42


On January 15, 2002, Tracy Chapman sold 350 000 units of Collection, her best-of album, in France.

Tracy Chapman’s “Collection” has been certified platinum in both the UK and France.

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