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- OCTOBER 14 CHAPIN TRIBUTE: Tom Chapin, the Steve Chapin Band (including
Big John Wallace & Howie Fields), Jen Chapin, and other special guests will
perform on Long Island to honor Harry, twenty years after his passing. The
show is a benefit for Long Island Cares, one of the anti-hunger groups
started by Harry. There were $100 tickets for dinner at Sandy Chapin's
house before the show, but I believe those are long sold out. The $40
tickets for the show may also be sold out at this point. I believe some $60
tickets are still available. For details:
- UPCOMING JEN CHAPIN SHOWS: Harry's daughter, Jen Chapin, has several
upcoming shows in NY and MA. Check out her website and click on Gigs for
- VH-1 Behind-the-Music: The VH-1 Behind-the-Music special on Harry aired
again this past Friday, after a long hiatus. Keep checking their web site
or TV Guide, as they may run it again soon.
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"Oh, if a man tried to take his time on earth and prove before he died what one man's life could be worth, I wonder what would happen to this world?" -- Harry Chapin, 1942-1981.
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
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!