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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!