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Okay, here it is (for whatever it's worth):

Harry came to Montgomery, AL in the late 70's. I was no more than 19. As big fans my best friend and I bought tickets expecting the time of our lives.

We show up at the Civic Center and out comes Harry onto the stage. Just Harry. No band, no special effects, nothing. I remember thinking that the performance wasn't going to live up to my expectations. Wrong. Harry, all alone on the stage, gave the single finest performance I have ever witnessed. He took a few thousand people and made all of us feel as though we were his best friend, just over to the house for a few songs, a little conversation and lots of laughs. It was truly amazing.

Afterwards, in the lobby, Harry himself, not a roady, was standing behind a folding table selling T-shirts, books and other items to help raise money to feed the hungry. I stepped up and bought Harry's book of poems. He shook my hand, looked me in the eye and said, "thank you, brother." For that split second Harry made me feel as though I were the only person there with him. To me, that ability to connect with you was his greatest gift.

I'm 41 years old, now. That evening still ranks among the finest of my life. I still listen to Harry, I still miss him and I still love him.


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Bottom Line Encore Collection
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Dance Band On The Titanic*
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Gold Medal Collection
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Greatest Stories Live*
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Harry Chapin Tribute
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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
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Short Stories
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Sniper & Other Love Songs
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Story of a Life
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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 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!