Harry Chapin - Heads & Tales

180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Reissue

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Heads & Tales is the debut studio album by the American singer-songwriter Harry Chapin, originally released in March 1972 via Elektra Records.

Harry Chapin was an American singer-songwriter best known for his folk rock songs including Taxi, W*O*L*D, and the No. 1 hit Cat's in the Cradle.

Chapin was also a dedicated humanitarian who fought to end world hunger; he was a key participant in the creation of the Presidential Commission on World Hunger in 1977. Chapin died as the result of a car accident in July 1981 whilst on his way to perform a benefit concert. In 1987, Chapin was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his humanitarian work.

After gaining the attention of two record giants after playing a string of dates at the Village Gate in Greenwich Village, Chapin was signed to Elektra Records in 1971.

His first album was produced by Jac Holzman the founder of Elektra Records. The supporting band included "Big" John Wallace whom Chapin had met whilst singing in the Brooklyn Boys Choir, and who would play bass and sing backing vocals with him for most of his studio recordings and live backing band. Ron Palmer palyed electric guitars and Tim Scott cello, with support from his brother Steve Chapin on keyboards and Russ Kunkel on drums and percussion.

The album features one of Harry Chapin's signature songs Taxi. Despite the length of the song which is nearly seven minutes long, it was released in an unedited format on a 7" Single and it eventually reached #24 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Singles charts. Chapin later gave great credit to WMEX-Boston radio personality Jim Connors for being the DJ who "discovered" this single, and pushing the airplay of this song among fellow radio programmers in the U.S.

Taxi introduced the storytelling style of Harry Chapin to the world. That's the wonderful aspect of his songwriting - he tells stories and sets them to great songs.

The album is full of wonderful songs that grow on you the more you listen to them, such as Could You Put Your Light On Please and Greyhound which resonates with a reality tale of travelling by bus across the US. Empty a lament about being lonely and Same Sad Singer resonate about the power that love triggers in songwriters to make and record music.

Heads & Tales has been remastered and reissued on vinyl for the first time in over 30 years.

This is a wonderful album for his old fans to revisit for the first time in the audiophile vinyl domain, as well as to share with others who may never have heard the amazing stories and songs that truly made this sorely missed artist a musical pioneer.

Heads & Tales has been remastered by Joe Reagoso at Captiol Records.

This LP Record is remastered on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl and housed in a Gatefold Sleeve, pressed in the US, reissued in February 2016 via FridayMusic.






Could You Put Your Light On, Please               






Everybody's Lonely



Sometime, Somewhere Wife









Any Old Kind Of Day






Same Sad Singer


SKU 829421750239
Record Label Elektra Records
Label / Model # FridayMusic
Catalogue Number FRM-75023
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 26 February 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 11 March 1972
Barcode # 829421750239
Shipping Weight 0.3650kg
Shipping Width 0.009m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000887m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Remastered
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Folk
Genre World
Genre Country

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