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Posted by Pete
I was never lucky enough to see Harry Chapin in concert, he left us before I
really started listening to him.
A friend (My bestest friend)of mine introduced me to Harry while we were in
high school. Harry turned out to be the soundtrack for those years through
high school and camp counseling and college. Each song brings me back to
those days when I was younger, carefree and stupid (in a good way).
I believe the music changed me into a more gentle and understanding person,
prior to that I was a big AC/DC etc. fan (not that's there's anything wrong
with it). I remeber walking the halls in high school with the walkman on
listening to Harry and people giving me strange looks. When I told them who
it was the looks got stranger, and I'd just shrug my shoulders and say "You
don't know what your missing". Harry was my first step away from the crowd.
I only wish he were here so I could thank him.
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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!