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Living Room Suite
     

Living Room Suite

by Harry Chapin
 
Listening to Living Room Suite today, you'd never know that it marked the commercial nadir of Harry Chapin's career -- the songs have such touching and startling intimacy, and are so beautifully produced that it's just a damn imposing record, just in the listening. Coming at the tail-end of the second disco boom, the cresting of

Overview

Listening to Living Room Suite today, you'd never know that it marked the commercial nadir of Harry Chapin's career -- the songs have such touching and startling intimacy, and are so beautifully produced that it's just a damn imposing record, just in the listening. Coming at the tail-end of the second disco boom, the cresting of punk, and the full flourishing of power pop, however, it got buried. When he opened up his heart on "Jenny," it was a phenomenally personal moment, but that wasn't the kind of love song that was selling in 1978; "Poor Damn Fool" was a wonderful song as well, with a glorious sound, but in tone and sound it was a million miles from "My Sharona"; "Flowers Are Red" was a startling ode to non-conformity, a subject much too serious for a pop record at the end of the 1970s; and "Dancin' Boy" and "I Wonder What Would Happen to This World," with their bluesy and gospel sounds, respectively, were even farther from what radio stations were playing. Of course, the very attributes that made Living Room Suite seem so dated in 1978 that neither of its singles charted make it seem completely timeless and enduring today, as a body of music and a personal statement.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/1993
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0075596052825
catalogNumber:
60528

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Performance Credits

Harry Chapin   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Dixie Hummingbirds   Vocals
Cowsills   Vocals,Background Vocals
Chris Darrow   Banjo
Jim Keltner   Drums
Tom Chapin   Banjo,Guitar
George Bohannon   Trombone
David Burgen   Harmonica
Stephen Chapin   Keyboards
Bob Cowsill   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Howie Fields   Percussion,Drums
Chuck Findley   Trumpet
Steve Forman   Percussion
Dennis Frick   Bassoon,Wind
Richard Hyde   Trombone
Neil Jason   Bass
Jackie Kelso   Baritone Saxophone,Wind
Steve Madaio   Trumpet
Bill Payne   Organ,Keyboards
Herbert Rhoad   Vocals
Joe Russell   Vocals
Kim Scholes   Cello
Lou Volpe   Guitar
Doug Walker   Guitar
Ernie Watts   Clarinet,Flute,Oboe,Saxophone
Dick Hyde   Trombone
Big John Wallace   Bass,Vocals
Andy Newark   Drums

Technical Credits

Michael Barry   Engineer
Stephen Chapin   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Woodwind Arrangement
Jack Malken   Engineer
Kim Scholes   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Woodwind Arrangement
Toby Scott   Engineer
Corky Stasiak   Engineer
Jay Krugman   Engineer
Ron Coro   Art Direction
Jim Niper   Engineer

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