Tim Hardin

The Homecoming Concert

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This 1980 concert would be Hardin's last, as the singer, continually beset by drug and alcohol problems, died in December of that year. The site of the performance was Hardin's hometown of Eugene, OR, to which he had returned to participate in a TV documentary about his career. From the photo on the front, it appears that time had taken its toll on Hardin, who'd been living in intentional obscurity in England for several years. Amazingly, his voice sounds clearer and purer than it did on his earliest albums.

Before an appreciative hometown crowd, Hardin peforms solo, delivering powerful, affecting versions of songs from his first couple of recordings. In retrospect, his eulogistic "Tribute to Hank Williams" is eerily prophetic. The sadness in Hardin's voice on the piano ballad "Hang on to a Dream" is particularly poignant, but the entire disc is eminently rewarding. It shows that Hardin, who was at work on a new album at the time of his death, was the owner of a musical fire that was still burning brightly at that late date.

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