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Greatest Stories: Live [Live]

Harry Chapin Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Jun 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Asylum
  • ASIN: B000002GYZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,223 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dreams Go By
2. W.O.L.D
3. Saturday Morning
4. I Wanna Learn a Love Song
5. Mr. Tanner
6. A Better Place To Be
7. Let Time Go Lightly
8. Cats in the Cradle
9. Taxi
10. Circle
11. 30,000 Pounds of Bananas
12. The Shortest Story

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"Stories" is the operative word here. The late Harry Chapin penned tales that touched a chord in listeners regardless of their age, background or, truth be told, even of the type of music they normally listened to. Chapin always came across as a tough guy with a heart of gold, a brainy type who wasn't afraid to get his hands dirty--much like the protagonist of "Taxi" (a terrific rendition of which is contained herein). In addition to radio staples like "Cat's in the Cradle", the 1976 recording also sheds light on slightly lesser-known pieces like "Circle" and "Mr. Tanner". Chapin's affable manner shines through the entire album, giving it a disarming quality that's not always present on the studio versions. --David Sprague

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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There were not many things much better in this world than Harry Chapin in concert, and this 1976 album completely captures the feel good atmosphere of such events. Both of Harry's greatest epic story songs are here, "Taxi" and "A Better Place to Be," along with his two hit singles (because they were short enough for radio play), "Cats in the Cradle" and "W*O*L*D" (which is gleefully adapted to the local radio station). Big John Wallace adds his unique vocals not only to "Taxi" but also the exquisite "Mr. Tanner." As added treats both of Harry's brothers have their own songs, Tom's "Saturday Morning" and Stephen's "Let Time Go Lightly." The evening concludes with Harry's traditional finale "Circle" and then offers as an encore "30,000 Pounds of Bananas," with all of the various endings that Harry considered at one time or another while writing the song.
For those who feel for some unexplainable reason that they only need to have one Harry Chapin album in their CD collection, "Greatest Stories Live" would be my recommendation for that single disc. The man came alive while performing, so there is no better album for remembering Harry where he belongs, on stage, playing and singing his songs until his voice gave out. Given his tragic death, the blurred photograph of Harry on the album cover seems especially poignant. When first released on CD two of the three studio songs on the album, "Love Is Just Another Word" and "She Is Always Seventeen," were cut due to time restrictions. The latter is especially missed and will hopefully be included in the near future.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Chapin album you must have. 16 Jun 2001
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Some people don't like live albums. This one is teriffic. I believe it was the only live album Harry Chapin released before his death. Recoreded at various venues during a tour of California, the audiences were clearly eating out of the palm of Chapin's hand.
Harry Chapin excelled at story-telling in song. Every story is great, and because they are "live", these are better than the versions you normally hear on the radio. "I Wanna Learn a Love Song", "Mr. Tanner" & "A Better Place to Be" are all particularly good and leave one in awe, panting to hear more.
The final three songs are studio-recorded, and frankly let the rest of the album down. They are very good songs, but lack the energy that comes from a live audience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Appreciate what you have before it's gone 3 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
I have a great love of artists who can enhance their studio material when playing it live. Very often you get great songwriters who can't perform or sing. Similarly you get great singers who can't write. To find one that can do the lot and still enhance..........well that's talent.

Harry Chapin had it in abundance, not top 20 commercial talent, but a mature talent that gets the nod from fans and peers alike.

This album is a perfect showcase of all that Harry Chapin represents. Great stories that slowly peel off layers of the skin of the characters he molds, until you are completely absorbed in the fate of each one as the song unfolds.

Some of these tracks are poignant, others sad whilst some are just plain humorous. A rollercoaster ride of songs, each with their own emotions.

The beauty of an artist such as Chapin is that he didn't play the "big star" and was prepared to share the stage with his other music compatriots, which is perfectly illustrated in the performance of "Mr. Tanner".

Sadly there isn't enough money in the world to buy a ticket to see Harry Chapin live in concert anymore as he sadly passed away. However, for the price of this CD, you'll have a performance that he would have found very difficult to top anyway.

If you love the feel of an evening where the artists and audience came together as one..........then buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whay a guy! 28 Aug 2009
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In England, this man must be one of the most underated of musicians ever...
This ablum is an opportunity for us listeners to remedy this.
Harry Chapin wrote about life and lives, his own and how poverty, hunger and politics effected people around the world as well as in his own country of America. This album contains his thoughts, beliefs as well as his own life-journey,and we are able to take it with him.
Yes, it includes his hits W.O.L.D. and Cat's in the Cradle (written as a poem by his wife and tells of the relationship between her and her own father), but also contains other autobiographical tales ('I wanna learn a love song' was written about his own meeting with his wife, Sandy, 9yrs his senior, when he was employed to teach her to play guitar). There is humour (his Banana song) and great sadness. I will let you discover that one yourself!
This man is reputed to have given over 1/3 of his money away to Humanitatian causes such as eradicating hunger in America as well as the world long before it was fashionable to do so. "Harry was supporting 17 relatives, 14 associations, seven foundations and 82 charities. Harry wasn't interested in saving money. He always said, 'Money is for people,' so he gave it away." according to family members.
His death from a car accident/heart attack (no one could establish which happened 1st) at the age of 39 was a tragic loss for the industry and has left us, the listeners, the poorer for it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ... before brought for that song but this cd is great not a bad song...
olny heard wold before brought for that song but this cd is great not a bad song on it r i p harry and thank you
Published 13 hours ago by stevep
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought this album years ago, just replaced.
Harry Chapin is marvellous, stories are great. Easy listening, great for long car journeys. Good sing-a-long songs, made better by 'live' concert.
Published 1 month ago by Lindsay Rendall
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Again this was purchased as a Christmas gift and the recipient is delighted with the cd, exactly as expected. Would recommend for any Harry Chapin fan
Published 2 months ago by jay
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Chapin CD.
This item arrived in perfect condition and within the promised time. I am a huge fan of Harry Chapin, and intent to buy other CDs of his work.
Published 14 months ago by Nancy SWS
5.0 out of 5 stars A night of nights
This is a live concert, presumably in the late 70's, showing the adulation in which Chapin was held by his fans. Read more
Published 14 months ago by F. waterhouse
3.0 out of 5 stars pity it was all live stuff
would have preferred it to have been original recordings, not live. Enjoyable though - if only for WOLD - ok
Published 15 months ago by loo
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Chapin Live
I bought the album in the seventies because Harry Chapin was one of the best music storytellers of all time such a loss when he died his music is great to chill out to especially... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ianmac Northumberland
5.0 out of 5 stars We learned about love in the back of a Dodge
We learned about love in the back of a Dodge

I had a few Harry Chapin on vinyl but have not listened to him in recent years as I hadn't got a CD I was looking for his... Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2011 by Peter Wade
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This album brings tears to your eyes. The stories that Chapin sings are heart-wrenching, uplifting and cathartic all at once. Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2010 by Cottzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Vinyl update
I originally bought the vinyl edition back in the seventies and am now updating the record collection (without getting rid of the original) this was a must have addition.
Published on 5 May 2010 by Grant Eden
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