Greatest Stories Live

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All Music Guide - Peter J. D'Angelo
Recorded in November 1975, Greatest Stories Live showcases the legendary live performance styles of acoustic troubadour and noted activist Harry Chapin. Recorded over three nights on-stage in California, the double-LP set features all the hits as well as a few notable album cuts that put the musician's musical and personal skills out on the line for all to see. There are the obvious inclusions of touching hits, like "W*O*L*D," "Taxi," and of course the father-son anthem "Cats in the Cradle." "Mr. Tanner" and the heartfelt "I Wanna Learn a Love Song" also come across great in the live environment, a setting that was clearly the singer/songwriter's forte. Chapin has a ...
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All Music Guide - Peter J. D'Angelo
Recorded in November 1975, Greatest Stories Live showcases the legendary live performance styles of acoustic troubadour and noted activist Harry Chapin. Recorded over three nights on-stage in California, the double-LP set features all the hits as well as a few notable album cuts that put the musician's musical and personal skills out on the line for all to see. There are the obvious inclusions of touching hits, like "W*O*L*D," "Taxi," and of course the father-son anthem "Cats in the Cradle." "Mr. Tanner" and the heartfelt "I Wanna Learn a Love Song" also come across great in the live environment, a setting that was clearly the singer/songwriter's forte. Chapin has a fantastic rapport with the audience throughout the set, and it comes through with incredible results on his humorous banter before and during the rousing and set-highlighting "30,000 Pounds of Bananas," a great track about Scranton, PA, and a runaway fruit truck. Sure it may sound a little hokey, but Chapin is a true showman and the fun he has on-stage transfers directly into the joy of listening to the record. A fine musician and individual, Chapin's Greatest Stories Live comes close to living up to its name and is a fitting document of a man whose boundless joy and insight shined through in his music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596063029
  • Catalog Number: 6003
  • Sales rank: 12,655

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dreams Go By (4:54)
  2. 2 W*O*L*D (5:04)
  3. 3 Saturday Morning (3:05)
  4. 4 I Wanna Learn a Love Song (5:04)
  5. 5 Mr. Tanner (5:17)
  6. 6 A Better Place to Be (9:59)
  7. 7 Let Time Go Lightly (4:56)
  8. 8 Cat's in the Cradle (4:04)
  9. 9 Taxi (6:53)
  10. 10 Circle (7:21)
  11. 11 30,000 Pounds of Bananas (11:28)
  12. 12 The Shortest Story (2:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Harry Chapin Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
John Tropea Guitar, Electric Guitar
Bob Smith Hand Clapping
Tim Moore Piano, Keyboards
Tom Chapin Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Ron Bacchiocchi Synthesizer, Percussion, Clavinet, Hand Clapping
Ed Bednarski Clarinet
Stephen Chapin Synthesizer, Piano, Background Vocals, Synthesizer Strings
Steve Chapin Piano, Vocals
Chrissy Faith Vocals, Background Vocals
Cheryl Ferrio Vocals, Hand Clapping
Howie Fields Drums
Paul Gabriel Hand Clapping
Jimmy Keyes Hand Clapping
David Kondziela Background Vocals
Paul Leka Piano, Keyboards, Clavinet
Michael Masters Cello
Mark Mundy Vocals
Ronald Palmer Guitar, Vocals
Don Payne Bass
Kathy Ramos Vocals, Background Vocals
Allan Schwartzberg Drums
Allen Schwarzberg Drums
Frank Simms Background Vocals
George Simms Vocals, Background Vocals
Bob Smith Hand Clapping
Ken Smith Percussion, Hand Clapping
Tom Smith Hand Clapping
Scott Spray Hand Clapping
Bob Springer Percussion, Castanets, Chimes, Conga, Hand Clapping
Betsy Wager Vocals, Background Vocals
Doug Walker Bass, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Susan Graham-White Vocals
Tim Scott Cello
Sue White Background Vocals
Big John Wallace Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Harry Chapin Liner Notes
Bob Smith Contributor
Ken Caillat Engineer
Greg Calbi Engineer, Mastering
Stephen Chapin Producer
Steve Chapin Producer
Paul Gabriel Contributor
Fred Kewley Producer
Jimmy Keyes Contributor
Paul Leka Arranger, Producer
Tom Smith Contributor
Scott Spray Contributor
Micky Erbe Contributor
Glen Christensen Art Direction
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best albums by Harr Chapin.

    Fans of Harry Chapin must get this cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    quintessential live Harry

    A great album but what really makes it memorable for me is actually Tom, Harry's brother singing Saturday Morning

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The essential Chapin experience

    BIAS DISCLAIMER: I am an unabashed Harry Chapin fan. That being said, most listeners will agree Harry's live work far outshone his studio recordings. There was a certain energy to Chapin in concert that on the whole his studio work didn't fully capture. GSL contains the definitive versions of songs like "30,000 Pounds of Bananas" and "Mr. Tanner" and infuses extra electricity into staples like "Taxi" and "I Wanna Learn a Love Song." GSL, Legends of the Lost and Found, and Sequel are all the albums necessary to experience the core of Harry Chapin, the storyteller. Of course, if you like those three, you'll want the rest of them.

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    Posted November 22, 2008

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