Essentials - (Import CD)

Harry Chapin

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  1. Performer
  2. Rock & Pop
  3. Singer/Songwriter
Mono / Stereo
David McLees (Compilation)
The Essentials

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.

Country of Origin
WEA (Distributor)
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)
  1. Harry Chapin
Studio / Live
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