Harry Chapin The Essentials: Harry Chapin

The Essentials: Harry Chapin
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  • Released: July 2, 2002
  • Originally Released: 2002
  • Label: Elektra / WEA

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A dozen of the legendary urban folk-pop balladeer's most popular story-songs from 1972-1980, including the #1 "Cat's In The Cradle" plus "Taxi," "W*O*L*D," "I Wanna Learn A Love Song," "Sequel," and 7 more musical vignettes of life and love, despair and hope in modern America.


  • 1.Taxi
  • 2.Sunday Morning Sunshine
  • 3.W*O*L*D
  • 4.Cat's In The Cradle
  • 5.I Wanna Learn A Love Song
  • 6.Better Place To Be
  • 7.Dreams Go By
  • 8.Sniper
  • 9.30,000 Pounds Of Bananas (Live)
  • 10.Dance Band On The Titanic
  • 11.Sequel
  • 12.Remember When The Music - Reprise

Product Description:

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.

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  • Sales Rank: 27,322
  • UPC: 081227606121
  • Shipping Weight: 0.33/lbs (approx)
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