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I am new to newsgroups..(this being my VERY first one) but I have to say
you are all so wonderful. I wanted to share with everybody how much Harry
has touched my family.
My mom died recently (10/95). My dad, having never lost anything in his
life this dear to him was overcome with grief. While at my house having
tons of things to do and music to listen to He wanted Harry on the CD
player.. He put him on, lay down on the couch closed his eyes and slept
for the first time in days. He only woke up when the music stopped. He
discovered Harry when I would play it at home as a teenager. My then
best girlfriend had never heard of him. I made her listen. I took her to
a concert. (Where I wore a tee shirt I had made that says "I love Harry
Chapin" on the front..and "Who's Harry Chapin" on the back. Harry loved
it. He laughed when he saw it. I still have it and his autograph is still
on the shoulder of the shirt). When my mom died this friend of mine sent
me a card. I had not seen her or talked to her in almost 7 years. On the
card she said "I want to thank you for a few things" The first thing she
thanked me for was "turning me on to Harry"...and guess what was playing
on the CD player when I read it.
"and if you want to come here with me then that's alright with me...."
Harry Chapin "A Better Place to Be"
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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!