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Dance Band on the Titanic
Harry Chapin
Dance Band on the Titanic
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
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All Artists: Harry Chapin
Title: Dance Band on the Titanic
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Elektra / Wea
Original Release Date: 1/1/1977
Re-Release Date: 6/29/1993
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Traditional Folk, Contemporary Folk, Singer-Songwriters, Soft Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 075596054928, 075590030140, 075596054942

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Another Chapin Masterpiece
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I agree with the others on this one. Probably not the best choice for a Chapin starter album, but possibly his best album overall. This is the one album that truly conveys Harry's message. "There Only Was One Choice" is a 14-minute masterpiece that sums up The Book of Chapin to perfection. 'We Grew Up A Little Bit' is an awesome reflection of the strive-to-get-ahead work ethic. While not as deep as much of his other works, I really like 'Country Dreams'. But one of my favorite all-time Chapin pieces, one that I didn't fully appreciate for years, is 'Mercenaries'. Who else but Harry could write such a meaningful song about prostitutes and soldiers? Amazing collection."
The best Harry ever did
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What can I say...this is a sprawling (originally a double album), witty, funny, heart-felt meditation on the onset of middle age and the stock-taking that occurs so often as you hit age 34. My personal favorites include "Mismatches", an interesting reversal of traditional sexual politics, "We Grew Up a Little Bit", a biting image of the gradual crumbling of a marriage, and "Mercenaries", about soldiers and prostitutes and the role each plays. The humor of songs such as "My Old Lady" and "Dance Band on the Titanic" contrast with the final, 14 minute song "There Was Only One Choice" which is a midlife crisis crystalized into a song. I was so glad when this was released on CD, as so many of Harry's albums are only available on record. This is a full, complete work, and though I would agree that "Greatest Stories" is better for the Chapin beginner, with "Cats in the Cradle" and "30,000 Pounds of Bananas", this will always be my favorite work of his."
Brett Simpson | Auckland, New Zealand | 01/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Anybody who feels the need for some Harry Chapin in their collection beyond a compilation or "Greatest Stories Live" should look to this CD - quite possibly THE Chapin masterpiece.Like most of his albums, this was largely ignored on its initial release (although it did make #58 - quite a high chart placing for a Chapin album), which isn't really a surprise. There is not a song on it that would have been a hit single even at the heights of the singer/songwriter period of the early 70s, let alone in 1977 during 'disco fever'. But Chapin fans don't want hit singles anyway.What they DO want is here in abundance - heartfelt and insightful lyrics, with just the right amount of wit, lovingly accompanied by his 'travelling band' under the assured guidance of 'little brother' Steve - probably the only of Harry's producers to have truly understood him. Several tracks deal with the difficulties in keeping relationships 'fresh', and the truth of these songs, in particular, demonstrates just how well Chapin understood human weakness.And it all ends with the 14 minute wonder "There Only Was One Choice", a glorious epic, slightly overshadowed by the line "I fantasise some tragedy soon curtailing me" which, of course, became reality a few short years later.The best line of the album though, comes with this observation in the encounter between the soldier and the whore in "Merceneries": "You watch as she fakes it and, of course, you just take it - she's better than others you never paid your money for". Classic stuff. Recommended to anybody who actually LISTENS to music."