Exposé Online banner

Harry Chapin — Legends of the Lost and Found
(Chapin Productions CPL2-5529, 1979/2004, 2CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2006-05-01

Legends of the Lost and Found Cover artThe late Harry Chapin was without a doubt the supreme storyteller of the 1970s; his lyrics written second and third-person were down-to-earth, acutely engaging and socially conscious, with clever twists in every plot and a moral to every story. Best known for his hits “Taxi,” “W.O.L.D.” and “Cat’s in the Cradle”, Legends was the second of two live albums he released, and unlike the earlier Greatest Stories Live which contained only hits and material released previously in studio form, the bulk of the songs on Legends had never been heard in any form prior to its release, with a half dozen or so cuts culled from previous studio releases. It’s also worth mentioning that this was his all-time worst selling album – unjustifiably so, as this one is a real gem. Take “Copper” for example, a moving story about the anger of a crooked cop directed at a store owner who pays his ‘protection money’ while his son is with him; it’s one of the many new songs featured herein. Throughout, Chapin is supported by an excellent five-piece backing band, bringing his stories to life with power and sensitivity, just enough to not overwhelm the lyrics with music. Also included are versions of “Corey’s Coming,” “Tangled up Puppet,” “Poor Damned Fool,” and “Flowers Are Red” – while none of these were hits, they are nonetheless indisputable classics worthy of hearing again in a live setting.

Filed under: Reissues, Issue 33, 2004 releases, 1979 recordings

Related artist(s): Harry Chapin

More info
http://harrychapinmusic.com

Latest news

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more

2019-03-03
Seaprog 2019 Lineup Almost Complete – The Seaprog festival in Seattle is scheduled for June 7-9 this year, and they've announced their lineup of performers. The revitalized Trettioåriga Kriget will cap Friday night, perennial favorites Marbin are on Saturday, and District 97 will finish off the fest on Sunday night. In support, they've booked a stellar variety of artists from the Northwest and around the world, including EchoTest, Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn, and the live debut of the amazing Troot project. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Marillion - Misplaced Childhood – [Regarding the 1998 reissue] Marillion's opus Misplaced Childhood is about as perfect a specimen of the neo-progressive genre as you'll find. I am no adherent of this often-maligned and...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues