Greatest Stories Live

Greatest Stories Live

by Harry Chapin
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Greatest Stories Live

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0075596063029
catalogNumber: 6003
Rank: 46698

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Harry Chapin   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
John Tropea   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Bob Smith   Hand Clapping
Tim Moore   Piano,Keyboards
Tom Chapin   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,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
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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Greatest Stories Live 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great album but what really makes it memorable for me is actually Tom, Harry's brother singing Saturday Morning
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
BunkyDD More than 1 year ago
Fans of Harry Chapin must get this cd.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago