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Trained by Harry
As a musician, I'm a decent sportswriter, but the actual musical half of
our duo, Kevin Mulvenna, actually knew and learned from Chapin. Kevin made
himself such a pain in the butt as a teenager, that Harry invited Kevin
back stage several times to hang out and learn. I listen to a lot of
music, especially singer-songwriters (both live and recorded) and have
never heard anyone other than Harry do Chapin covers like Kevin. But, more
importantly, Kevin's own stuff is outstanding, although drawing the
occasional inevitable comparison to Chapin.
In fact, Kevin has a biographical tribute song to Harry titled "Keep The
Change," which is outstanding.
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"Oh, if a man tried to take his time on earth and prove before he died what one man's life could be worth, I wonder what would happen to this world?" -- Harry Chapin, 1942-1981.
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!