Essentials - (Import CD)

Harry Chapin

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Categories
RockMusic
Category
  1. Performer
  2. Rock & Pop
  3. Singer/Songwriter
Mono / Stereo
Stereo
Format
CD
Producer
David McLees (Compilation)
Title
The Essentials
Country
USA
Notes

Recorded between 1972 and 1980. Includes liner notes by Barry Alfonso.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Audio Remasterer: Pat Kraus .
Liner Note Author: Barry Alfonso.
Photographer: Sherry Rayn Barnett.
Harry Chapin's skills as a songwriter include a strong narrative sense, a detail-centered approach to scene, and a deft ability with characterization. In a sense, Chapin is a writer of musical short stories, and these qualities are in ample evidence on THE ESSENTIALS. "Taxi," the lead-off track here and Chapin's first hit, is a tale of a cabbie's chance meeting with an old lover, and sports interesting string arrangements and a reflective, melancholic atmosphere. "W*O*L*D" is the story of an aimless disc jockey, while "30,000 Pounds of Bananas," a comic song, tells of a fruit deliveryman's slippery accident.
Despite his story-like verses, Chapin's choruses are often quite catchy, as on the hopeful "I Wanna Learn a Love Song" and the sprightly "Dreams Go By." The finest example of the story-song mix is probably "Cat's in the Cradle," Chapin's most known and emotionally resonant song. A heart-tugging tale of a underdeveloped father-son relationship, the tune was a huge hit and is still much-loved decades after its release. Like GREATEST STORIES LIVE (another fine Chapin sampler), THE ESSENTIALS hand-picks the artist's finest songs, and testifies to his status as one of the most popular singer/songwriters of the 1970s.

BarCode
081227606121
Country of Origin
USA
Barcode
081227606121
Label
Elektra
Distributor
WEA (Distributor)
Performer
Harry Chapin
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Taxi
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Sunday Morning Sunshine
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] W*O*L*D
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Cat's in the Cradle
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] I Wanna Learn a Love Song
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Better Place to Be
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Dreams Go By
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Sniper
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] 30,000 Pounds of Bananas - (live)
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Dance Band on the Titanic
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Sequel
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Remember When the Music (Reprise) - (reprise)
Artists
  1. Harry Chapin
Studio / Live
Studio
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