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I agree with the interpretation of being caught in the dalliance and his
lady getting even...having to deal with all of those emotions
But, most importantly I want to say to Glen that "Harry must have loved
people" is beyond true...a gross understatement...
In the early 1970's I saw him perform at Tulagi's in Boulder, CO...I was
there visiting my sister...between sets we had the chance to talk to him
at the bar...we spoke for nearly an hour...when he was told that it was
time to get ready for the 2nd set, he told the stage manager, or whoever
was trying to prod him that it was more important to bring a good
conversation to its logical conclusion than to worry about being onstage
at exactly the prescribed moment....later saw him at Concord Paviliion,
Concord, CA...near where I am from...and when reminded of the incident,
recalled it and took the time to converse briefly...he was being mobbed at
the time by 100s of fans and was signing autographs, etc....something
which I didn't get ...the pleasure of his company, however brief was much
more extraordinary than any physical memento could ever be...and I am sure
that Harry would feel the same
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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!