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Mother and Daughter: The Loving Wars
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>> Geez, that's pretty interesting! I had read years ago
>> that Harry had wanted to make a movie (or was it a book?)
>> about "The Mayor of Candor" musch like a TV movie was made
>> threaded around "Tangled Up Puppet". Wes
>When was a TV movie made around TUP??
The movie was "Mother and Daughter: The Loving Wars", starring Tuesday
Weld and Kathleen Bellar. It had quite a few Harry songs interspersed
through it. Plus Harry played Tuesday's boyfriend who greets her at the
airport for the last 15 seconds of the movie. He then plants a big wet
one on her lips. I haven't seen the movie in awhile, but when it is on, I
watch for the last 5 minutes to see the scene.
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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!