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Posted by T. Denise
You guys are all new here...us "old timers" have done this before!
My favorite moment...I saw HC once, in Watertown, NY in the '70's. He did a
benifit for the Disabled Persons Action Organization (typical!) and my mother
was involved in the planning. She was invited to a reception before the first
concert, and took me (I was about 13). Harry walked into a room full of local
dignataries - mayor, councilmen, local leaders, etc.- and shook hands. Then
he came to the table with 4 teenage girls and sat down. He talked with us for
a while, kissed us all, gave some autographs, and was just "Harry". After the
concert, at the album sales table, he remembered me, and signed the two albums
I bought. I've loved his music, and cherish the albums, but the memory of a
"star" sitting with teenagers and hanging out....That is Harry Chapin to me.
By the way, my husband is also a great fan (though he never saw HC perform live)
and all four kids can name a Harry Chapin tune within the first few notes.
We raise 'em well around here!
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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!