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Hello everyone!

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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 details.

- 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.

- MESSAGE BOARD: Check out the message board now and then for more frequent updates on Harry Chapin news, and to get any questions you have answered.

That's all for now! I wanted to get details of the October 14 concert out, for those of you who haven't yet purchased tickets. If you have news for a future newsletter, please e-mail me at Thanks to everyone for signing up--this list has grown pretty big and hopefully we can keep information about future Chapin events flowing.

Keep the change,

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
      [Amazon] [iTunes]
Greatest Stories Live*
      [Amazon] [iTunes]
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
      [Amazon] [iTunes]
Short Stories
      [Amazon] [iTunes]
Sniper & Other Love Songs
      [Amazon] [iTunes]
Story of a Life
Verities & Balderdash
      [Amazon] [iTunes]

* = Highly Recommended

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!