michael chapman’s fully qualified ghosts

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The bitter wailings of the master of regret: Michael Chapman … Since discovering Chapman’s music around 1986, I’ve never taken those people seriously who find Leonard Cohen‘s music depressing. (Cohen has tremendous wit, actually.) Michael Chapman (do not confuse him with Family’s Roger Chapman) has worked with Ronson, Dunbar, Buckmaster … and has recorded his best work for Harvest. After reissues by BGO, C5, Repertoire and See for Miles, the San Francisco label Light in the Attic is the latest to rerelease him. They’re starting with his second album Fully Qualified Survivor (1970). Hopefully, Rainmaker (1969),Window (1971) and Wrecked Again (1971) will follow, and Millstone Grit (Deram 1973),Deal Gone Down (Deram 1974) and some of his lesser known later work (on Decca and beyond) as well. (Meanwhile, Chapman has released twenty-six solo guitar versions of tunes spanning his entire career via the Trainsong: Guitar Compositions 1967-20102cd on Tompkins Square – whose site fails to state the cat. no. or barcode of their release, sadly.)

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