20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Tim Hardin

20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Tim Hardin

by Tim Hardin
     
 

It took far too long, but the musical reputations of Tim Buckley and Nick Drake, two forgotten folk icons of the late '60s and early '70s, have been resurrected: Now it's Tim Hardin’s turn. Hardin was a superb songwriter and a brilliant, jazz-inflected singer who was the greatest interpreter of his own music -- tunes including “If I Were a Carpenter,” “Reason to…  See more details below

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It took far too long, but the musical reputations of Tim Buckley and Nick Drake, two forgotten folk icons of the late '60s and early '70s, have been resurrected: Now it's Tim Hardin’s turn. Hardin was a superb songwriter and a brilliant, jazz-inflected singer who was the greatest interpreter of his own music -- tunes including “If I Were a Carpenter,” “Reason to Believe,” and “Misty Roses” that became signature songs for everyone from Bobby Darin to Rod Stewart. Hardin’s folk sound was tinged with jazz, blues, R&B, and other distinctive influences, yet was wholly unbeholden to Bob Dylan, the reigning model of the time. A keen, unsentimental sensitivity permeates all his best work; such songs as “Black Sheep Boy,” “Lady Came from Baltimore,” “It’ll Never Happen Again,” and “How Can We Hang On to a Dream” are heartbreaking in their poignancy and lyrical detail. Hardin’s worsening drug addiction, which led to his early death in 1980, deprived the world of a first-class talent, one whose name should be more familiar than it is.

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Tim Hardin number in Universal's 20th Century Masters -- The Millennium Collection series of midline-priced compilations is a barebones effort, but it does constitute Tim Hardin 101. Hardin's best-known compositions -- "If I Were a Carpenter," "Reason to Believe," and "Lady Came From Baltimore" -- are all included. Hardin recorded for Verve Records, now part of the Universal catalog, in the 1960s, and seven tracks are drawn from his debut album, Tim Hardin/1, plus four from Tim Hardin/2 and one from the concert album Tim Hardin/3. There is nothing at all from Tim Hardin/4, an album of cover material, or from Hardin's later albums on Columbia and Antilles. The economics of song publishing probably limit albums in the series to 12 tracks, and in this case, since Hardin's recordings tend to be brief, that results in a running time of less than half an hour, which is skimpy for a CD, even a lower-priced one. But the collection presents the popular highlights of Hardin's career as a songwriter and gives a sense of him as a performer.

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Release Date:
01/29/2002
Label:
Polydor / Umgd
UPC:
0044001640520
catalogNumber:
016405
Rank:
11810

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