Dance Band on the Titanic (album)

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Dance Band on the Titanic is Harry Chapin's eighth album. The original vinyl release was a double album in a gate fold format. The album was selected as the top album of 1977 in the UK by the London Times. One disk of the vinyl album has sides 1 and 4; the other disk has sides 2 and 3. Harry's uncle, Michael Burke, did the artwork on the inside of this album.

Contents

Recording Sessions

The band did the primary recording of the album from January 19th to February 8th, 1977 at Secret Sound Studio in New York city. Time to Listen, She Always Said and Seasons and the Sky were recorded during these sessions, but never commercially released.[1]

Vinyl Track listing

Side 1

  1. "Dance Band on the Titanic" - 5:11
  2. "Why Should People Stay the Same" - 4:44
  3. "My Old Lady" - 3:48
  4. "We Grew Up a Little Bit" - 5:07

Side 2

  1. "Bluesman" - 5:12
  2. "Country Dreams" - 4:44
  3. "I Do It For You, Jane" - 5:04
  4. "I Wonder What Happened to Him" - 4:06

Side 3

  1. "Paint a Picture of Yourself (Michael)" - 3:49
  2. "Mismatch" - 4:57
  3. "Mercenaries" - 5:40
  4. "Manhood" - 3:36

Side 4

  1. "One Light in a Dark Valley (an imitation spiritual)" - 3:21
  2. "There Only Was One Choice" - 14:06

Reviews

  • Billboard - "...most well imagined, slickly sophisticated effort." -- Bruce Eder
  • Lawrence Journal-World - "... Chapin recaptures his flair as bard and balladeer"[2]

Release history

Country Date Label Format Catalog
United States 1977 Elektra LP 9E-301
cassette 9C-5301
United States 1993 Elektra CD 9 60549-2

References

  1. Howard Fields "Danceband Recording Sessions" Harry Chapin: The Howard Fields Years. Retrieved 2012-01-26  
  2. Chartrand, David (October 27, 1977). "Chapin Makes Most of Storyteller's Task". Lawrence Journal-World (Lawrence, KS): p. 5. Retrieved 2011-03-20 . 

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