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5.0 out of 5 stars There is no better way of listening to Harry than live
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...
Published on 14 Jan 2003

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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
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5.0 out of 5 stars There is no better way of listening to Harry than live, 14 Jan 2003
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This review is from: Greatest Stories: Live (Audio CD)
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Appreciate what you have before it's gone, 3 July 2007
This review is from: Greatest Stories: Live (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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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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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This review is from: Greatest Stories: Live (Audio CD)
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 A night of nights, 22 April 2013
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This is a live concert, presumably in the late 70's, showing the adulation in which Chapin was held by his fans. It includes some of his best songs with a very novel music backing, and is almost as good as being there (I wish). He died in '81, so his music is not so well known now, but you are in for a marvellous session, listening to this. He deserves far more exposure to new generations, his music does not date.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... before brought for that song but this cd is great not a bad song on it r i p ..., 10 July 2014
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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
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought this album years ago, just replaced., 27 May 2014
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Harry Chapin is marvellous, stories are great. Easy listening, great for long car journeys. Good sing-a-long songs, made better by 'live' concert.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 22 April 2014
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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
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Chapin CD., 6 May 2013
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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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars pity it was all live stuff, 5 April 2013
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would have preferred it to have been original recordings, not live. Enjoyable though - if only for WOLD - ok
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