On the Road to Kingdom Come

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All Music Guide - Dave Connolly
On the Road to Kingdom Come sounded more like a rock album than anything Harry Chapin had done to date. In the hands of sympathetic producer/arranger Stephen Chapin, Harry's songs are infused with clever and often humorous bits of musical commentary -- horns, electric guitars, keyboards, backing vocals, and various sound effects pop up at opportune times throughout -- that makes much of the material instantly ingratiating. While the record failed to capture commercial interest singer/songwriters were out, disco was in, song for song this is one of his strongest efforts. As a musical storyteller, Chapin has few peers; both the potent tale of a duplicitous potentate on "The...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Connolly
On the Road to Kingdom Come sounded more like a rock album than anything Harry Chapin had done to date. In the hands of sympathetic producer/arranger Stephen Chapin, Harry's songs are infused with clever and often humorous bits of musical commentary -- horns, electric guitars, keyboards, backing vocals, and various sound effects pop up at opportune times throughout -- that makes much of the material instantly ingratiating. While the record failed to capture commercial interest singer/songwriters were out, disco was in, song for song this is one of his strongest efforts. As a musical storyteller, Chapin has few peers; both the potent tale of a duplicitous potentate on "The Mayor of Candor Lied" and the heartwarming "Corey's Coming" are masterfully conceived. Harry's humorous side, which somehow got stifled in the studio, here comes out of the closet for the title track and "Laugh Man," though both have their barbs. The album also included two of his prettiest songs, "Caroline" co-written with wife Sandy Chapin and "If My Mary Were Here." A track dedicated to the recently fallen Phil Ochs, "The Parade's Still Passing By," is also featured. Compared to some of his earlier work, which was often dry and dour, these songs are vigorous and saturated in sound. Some might charge that the record's resemblance to Elton John's contemporary work renders it lightweight, but Chapin's wit was sharpening with age and his romantic visions remained keen. For the faithful, getting On the Road to Kingdom Come is a good idea.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/1990
  • Label: ELEKTRA / WEA
  • UPC: 075596061346
  • Catalog Number: 1082

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Harry Chapin Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Bobbye Hall Percussion
Buzz Brauner Recorder, Alto Recorder
Stephen Chapin Keyboards, Vocals
Carolyn Dennis Vocals
Ron Evanuik Cello
Donna Fein Vocals
Howie Fields Drums, Bells, Orchestra Bells
Muffy Hendrix Vocals
Sharon Hendrix Vocals
Mike Solomon Hand Clapping
Doug Walker Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Big John Wallace Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Jeff Gross Hand Clapping
Technical Credits
Harry Chapin Producer
Stephen Chapin Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Johnette Napolitano Composer
Robert Ludwig Mastering
John James Stewart Engineer
Michael Burke Illustrations
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Some of Harry's Best

    Any fan of Harry Chapin would love this album. It is terrific! When I read reviews of Harry Chapin's music, reviewers often call his observations "dry" I guess they just miss the irony.

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