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The team that puts out the quarterly Circle! newsletter has announced that the Winter 2004 issue is now available. This latest issue is truly special, with some rare photos and an interview with Big John Wallace.

You can view the latest edition by visiting:

Check it out! Congratulations to the Circle! team for another amazing edition!

Brian Bieluch

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Happy holidays!

The special Winter 2004 edition of "Circle!," the free quarterly on-line newsletter is now posted and ready for viewing at

This issue honors Harry on what would have been his 61st birthday (December 7th) and is loaded with great features!

* Harry's son Josh has provided some rare and wonderful photos from the family's archives;

* An exclusive interview with Harry's backup singer and bass player, Big John Wallace;

* The inside story of Run-DMC's Darryl McDaniels' recording, "Cat's in the Cradle";

* A feature on Jen Chapin's recent cross-country tour;

* An overview of how the Harry Chapin Foundation is keeping Harry's dream alive;

* Some great gift-giving ideas that will help "make a difference";

* A spotlight on a couple of Chapin fans who are "doing something".

Simply click on and enjoy!

Thanks and happy holidays!

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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.



Harry's Music
Bottom Line Encore Collection
      [Amazon] [iTunes]
Chapin Music
Cotton Patch Gospel
Dance Band On The Titanic*
      [Amazon] [iTunes]
Gold Medal Collection
      [Amazon] [iTunes]
Greatest Stories Live*
      [Amazon] [iTunes]
Harry Chapin Tribute
Heads & Tales
      [Amazon] [iTunes]
Last Protest Singer
Legends Of Lost & Found*
Living Room Suite
      [Amazon] [iTunes]
On The Road To Kingdom Come
      [Amazon] [iTunes]
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!