This fabulous Michael Chapman collection from his BBC sessions is quite something, starting with the guitar-picker's nightmare 'Naked Ladies And Electric Ragtime,' and on through to 'Among The Trees' from his 1971 'Window' album. But as the cover tells us, the sessions actually cover the eras, and the 6 album releases from 1969 to 1975, and there are some excellent and 'different' collector's editions included, as there are with all BBC takes and the reason for their rarity value.
Virtually without question every track is a classic from this Leeds born singer / guitarist, and this would be an ideal first purchase for anyone new to his music; and his classic 'Postcards Of Scarborough' is included, of course.
This collection of BBC performances is one of the more rewarding titles in the series. These sessions mark the period of Chapman's earliest creative peak as both a performer and recording artist and cover the period of some of his most compelling outings, with Rainmaker, Fully Qualified Survivor, Lady on the Rocks, and Pleasures of the Street among them. Chapman's voice and guitaristry were on a par with John Martyn's, and in many ways he was more innovative. These live sessions offer an intimate and telling view of the depth and breadth of his gifts. Recommended.
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