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The records Harry chose and spoke so well about on UK Radio 1 were as
Pete Seeger - Turn, Turn
Bob Dylan - Times They are a'changin
Beatles -Eleanor Rigby
Simon and Garfunkel - The Boxer
Don McLean - American Pie
Beatles - Penny Lane
Joni Mitchell - Both Sides Now
Steve Goodman - City of New Orleans
Jackson Browne - Song for Adam
Kevin Johnson - Rock and Roll (I gave you the best years of my life)
John Prine - Hole in Daddy's Arm
Beatles - A Day in the Life
James Taylor - Fire and Rain
I had the John Prine LP Harry eulogised about imported from the US. John was
and is virtually unknown over here and Steve Goodman I had never heard of
before, or since.
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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
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!