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Michael Chapman - Window (1970, Reissue 2015)

7-03-2015, 12:38
Music | Folk | Pop | Rock | Alternative | Indie

Michael Chapman - Window (1970, Reissue 2015)

Artist: Michael Chapman
Title Of Album: Window
Year Of Release: 2015
Label: Light In The Attic
Genre: Alternative, Folk, Acoustic, Pop, Rock, Americana, Singer-Songwriter
Quality: 320 Kbps
Total Time: 43:35 min
Total Size: 100 MB


01. Lady On The Rocks / Song For September [06:23]
02. Last Lady Song [05:49]
03. Among The Trees [04:44]
04. An Old Man Remembers [03:04]
05. In The Valley [06:24]
06. First Lady Song [00:59]
07. Landships [03:28]
08. A Scholarly Man [05:39]
09. She Came In Like The "6.15" And Made A Hole In The Wall [03:33]
10. The Hobo's Lamentation [02:10]
11. Never In My Life [01:33]

Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1971 album from the British singer/songwriter. Every artist has a piece of work that niggles them-something that they wish they could redo, given the chance. For the prolific Michael Chapman, that album is WINDOW, the missing link in the series of Chapman's early albums being reissued by Light In The Attic Records. In 1970, signed to the hip Harvest label, Chapman was still an artist waiting for that first big success, perpetually skint and permanently touring to make ends meet. With that in mind, he aimed to make WINDOW in as little time as possible because being in the studio meant not being on the road. Producer Gus Dudgeon-who'd been working with Elton John-had other ideas and booked Chapman and his band into one of the UK's most expensive studios, Trident. Recorded with U.S. guitar player Phil Greenberg, violin player Johnny Van Derek, and pianist Alex Atterson, the album has a blend of electric and acoustic instruments, both traditional and experimental at once, synthetic sounds melding with finger-picked guitars. Immediately after recording finished, Michael took the band back out on the road with the understanding that as soon as he got back, he'd put the final acoustic guitar tracks down to replace what he's always said were only guide tracks. Unfortunately, Harvest's parent label decided the album was finished and pressed it up anyway. And Chapman, as a result, hates it. Indeed, 34 years later he even set out to right the wrong, re-recording parts of the LP and noting it was a strange experience listening to "dead people on the between-track studio chatter" (Dudgeon, engineer Robin Cable, and drummer Richie Dharma have all since passed). As part of Light In The Attic's revival of Chapman's early career, however, the album is presented as was originally released, with Michael's blessing and albeit with two CD-only bonus tracks.

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