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Essential Classic Hard 1963-80
Tim Hardin
Essential Classic Hard 1963-80
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
 
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27 track Australian retrospective for the late folksinger/songwriter whose songs have been covered to great success by Rod Stewart, 'Reason To Believe', Bobby Darin, 'If I Were A Carpenter' and Scott Walker, 'Lady Came Fro...  more »

     
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All Artists: Tim Hardin
Title: Essential Classic Hard 1963-80
Members Wishing: 7
Total Copies: 0
Label: Raven [Australia]
Original Release Date: 6/20/2000
Re-Release Date: 6/19/2000
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Traditional Folk, Singer-Songwriters, Folk Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 612657010426, 766486210226

Synopsis

Album Description
27 track Australian retrospective for the late folksinger/songwriter whose songs have been covered to great success by Rod Stewart, 'Reason To Believe', Bobby Darin, 'If I Were A Carpenter' and Scott Walker, 'Lady Came From Baltimore' to name a few. This is the only collection to cover his entire career, from 1963 to his untimely death in 1980. 27 original recordings, including his versions of the songs already mentioned along with 'How Can We Hang On To A Dream', 'Misty Roses' and many more. Includes deluxe 12 page booklet with detailed liner notes and rare photos. Standard jewel case. 2000 release.
 

CD Reviews

Underrated singer and composer
Pieter | Johannesburg | 06/06/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Although an influential personality on the 1960s folk circuit, Hardin had little success as a recording artist. He's better known as a songwriter since other artists had hits with many of his compositions. In 1962 he recorded This Is Tim Hardin, which established his style: folk with a strong jazz and blues influence. A term like smoky folk comes to mind, a bit like the UK artist Nick Drake. His third album, the classic Tim Hardin II included the powerful and evocative track Reason To Believe that, as double A Side with Maggie May, toped the British and American charts for Rod Stewart in 1971. The folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary also recorded this song. The other classic on the album, If I Were A Carpenter, was a top ten hit for Bobby Darin. Incidentally Hardin's only hit single was a Darin composition Sing A Simple Song Of Freedom (1969). Carpenter was revived by The Four Tops in 1968 and by Johnny Cash and June Carter in 1970. Other artists who had hits with Hardin's songs include Johnny Mathis (Misty Roses), Scott Walker (Black Sheep Boy) and The Nice (Hang On To A Dream). On December 29, 1980, during the recording sessions of his final work, he died of an overdose. Hardin was 39 years old and had survived his one-time contemporaries Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix by a decade. Besides the aforementioned songs, my other favorite includes the beautiful Red Balloon. My only complaint with this compilation is that it omits Hardin's exquisite interpretation of Leonard Cohen's Bird On A Wire. There is great beauty in Hardin's subtle but expressive vocal style. Like Nick Drake, he remains an obscure singer-songwriter with roots in the 1960s, who is well worth investigating if you like authentic, moving music."
A beautiful introduction
Elizabeth Broadhurst | NSW, Australia | 02/10/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album is a beautiful introduction to an amazing singer/songwriter. I had never heard the man sing before, but was familiar with many of his songs. This album takes you from his earliest recordings to a last live performance which makes it a great collection for a newcomer to Tim Hardin's talents. The string additions to a couple of the songs are a bit annoying but basically it's a beautiful album. I am now a dedicated Tim Hardin fan and this album will help me to select from his others."