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Living Room Suite

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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"; ...
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/1993
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596052825
  • Catalog Number: 60528

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Harry Chapin Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
The Dixie Hummingbirds Vocals
The 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
Mike Reese Mastering
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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