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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic from a tortured genius
I bought this album in a second hand store in 1971 for a pound sterling. The best investment i ever made. suite for susan moore and damien is a man opening his heart out, and baring his soul to his wife and young son. even as a young man of 19 with no thoughts of fatherhood it moved me like no other record has since. when i became a father some 14 years later the words...
Published on 19 Sep 2008 by E. E. F. Pereira

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3.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT a lost classic
The sleeve notes of this reissue try to make out that "Suite for Susan Moore" is a lost classic. I can't agree. I found most of it dreary and self-indulgent. Of the ten tracks three are poems ("Susan" being truly particularly cringeworthy) and one is a nine minute "jam". But then in the middle of all this he pulls out "Last sweet moments" which has an Astral Weeks feel...
Published on 20 Feb 2004 by Ernie Goggins


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic from a tortured genius, 19 Sep 2008
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This review is from: Suite For Susan Moore And Damion: We Are One, One, All In One / Bird On A Wire (Audio CD)
I bought this album in a second hand store in 1971 for a pound sterling. The best investment i ever made. suite for susan moore and damien is a man opening his heart out, and baring his soul to his wife and young son. even as a young man of 19 with no thoughts of fatherhood it moved me like no other record has since. when i became a father some 14 years later the words came flooding back to me, and some 23 years later it is as poignant as ever. Like astral weeks, forever changes, stormcock and Allman brothers live at the fillmore east. suite for susan moore and damien is a timeless masterpiece.

Bird on a wire is a truly excellent album amd the way the title track follows on for susan moore is brilliant. but being the follow up to such a work of genius it somewhat pales. the album actually ends with a track that would seem to be a left over from suite for susan moore .if you get a chance by his final album the homecoming concert, it long deleted and very hard to find. recorded months befor his death its a fitting epitaph to one of the truly great songwriters of our time
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Master of bluesy folk, 6 Jun 2004
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Pieter Uys "Toypom" (Johannesburg) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Suite For Susan Moore And Damion: We Are One, One, All In One / Bird On A Wire (Audio CD)
This collection combines Tim Hardin's Suite For Susan Moore (1970) and Bird On A Wire (1971). My favorites are the tracks from Bird On A Wire, where Hardin returns to his roots with a smoky jazzy vocal delivery, supported by guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, percussion, vibes, cello, harp and pedal steel.
Leonard Cohen's title track and songs like his cover of Satisfied Mind and his own composition Hoboin' display a poignant sense of longing. More than a dozen folk and jazz musicians worked on this album, but keyboardist Joe Zawinul and guitarist Ralph Towner deserve special accolades for their instrumental virtuosity that subtly and successfully integrates Hardin's various stylistic influences.
As a romantic musical poet, Hardin was unique in that he straddled the fields of folk and blues. His symbolic imagery and haunting vocals remind me somewhat of that other tragic singer-songwriter, the great Nick Drake. After the release of these accomplished albums, Hardin settled in the UK where he occasionally played on the club circuit. While resident in Britain he released the unimpressive Painted Head (1972), the somewhat better Archetypes (1973) and the excellent Nine (1974).
I also recommend the albums Reason To Believe: The Best Of, the double set Suite For Susan Moore And Damian/Bird On A Wire and The Essential Classic Hardin, 1963 - 1980.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT a lost classic, 20 Feb 2004
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Ernie Goggins (the heart of the East End) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Suite For Susan Moore And Damion: We Are One, One, All In One / Bird On A Wire (Audio CD)
The sleeve notes of this reissue try to make out that "Suite for Susan Moore" is a lost classic. I can't agree. I found most of it dreary and self-indulgent. Of the ten tracks three are poems ("Susan" being truly particularly cringeworthy) and one is a nine minute "jam". But then in the middle of all this he pulls out "Last sweet moments" which has an Astral Weeks feel and is truly magnificent. To quote the Incredible String Band, it is like a flower growing on a rubbish heap.
"Bird on a wire" is a more even album and very listenable, while lacking anything of the quality of "Last sweet moments".
If you are already a fan of Tim Hardin, this is probably worth a listen. If not, you are much better off trying the first two albums, which really are classics.
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11 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the most underestimated album of a generation, 22 Mar 2000
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This review is from: Suite For Susan Moore And Damion: We Are One, One, All In One / Bird On A Wire (Audio CD)
Think of seminal albums, and for many of us,Astral Weeks,still a light year ahead of its time,seems to shoulder rivals aside.Other contenders jostle.....Blonde on Blonde;Blood on the Tracks;Sergeant Pepper;Rumours....but for startling originality,daring and a depth of anguish revealed without sentimentality,there is nothing quite like this Tim Hardin masterpiece.
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