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Hello everyone,

Some great Harry Chapin-related events will be taking place this summer. Here's a quick update.

* Lies and Legends: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin to Play in New York
The Colonial Little Theatre will present Lies and Legends--a musical review of various Chapin songs. I have never seen the show, and would love to try to make it myself. For more information, check out:

* 3rd Annual WHY-Chapin Awards Dinner to be Held in NYC
World Hunger Year, an anti-hunger and poverty group started by Harry, will be holding a Chapin Awards Dinner, with entertainment provided by Tom Chapin. Visit:

* "Remembering Harry Chapin" to Play in New Jersey on August 11
John McMenamin's excellent show featuring a number of Chapin favorites and less well-known songs will feature Yvonne Cable, Howard Fields, and "Big" John Wallace from Harry's band. "Inner Circle" seats are sold out, and general admission has 89 seats available as of this writing. For information on obtaining tickets, visit:

That's all for now! Keep sending Chapin-related news to

-Brian Bieluch

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Harry's Music
Bottom Line Encore Collection
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Chapin Music
Cotton Patch Gospel
Dance Band On The Titanic*
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Gold Medal Collection
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Greatest Stories Live*
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Harry Chapin Tribute
Heads & Tales
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Last Protest Singer
Legends Of Lost & Found*
Living Room Suite
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On The Road To Kingdom Come
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Portrait Gallery
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Short Stories
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Sniper & Other Love Songs
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Story of a Life
Verities & Balderdash
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The Latest Release

Sniper & Other Love Songs


In 1972, Harry released Sniper & Other Love Songs. Thirty years would pass before the album would ever reach the CD format. Sniper was finally re-released in June, 2002.

Originally given a working title of Sweet City Suite, the album tells the story of various characters one might run into in a city. The album features the original studio versions of Chapin classics "A Better Place to Be" and "Circle." But perhaps more importantly (as those songs are already well-distributed on compilation CDs), the album features seemingly lost Chapin stories, including "And the Baby Never Cries," "Burning Herself," "Barefoot Boy," and "Woman Child."

Sniper is for the seasoned Chapin fan. New fans would do better to check out Greatest Stories Live. But for Chapin fans who have reached the level of the Dance Band on the Titanic album, this is the next step. Slightly over-produced and having a little of the "forced" feel that some of Harry's studio albums possess, this album does not capture the powerfully live Harry Chapin. Nonetheless, it captures Harry's great iconoclastic songwriting--Harry takes the story song to new heights here. But the album works best for those ready for it; don't buy it until you are ready to appreciate it!