Harry Chapin

The Essentials

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The Essentials more or less lives up to its name, gathering a dozen definitive Harry Chapin songs, including "Taxi," "W*O*L*D*," "Cat's in the Cradle," and "30,000 Pounds of Bananas." Other highlights include "Dreams Go By," "Dance Band on the Titanic," and "Better Place to Be." More in keeping with The Anthology of Harry Chapin than The Gold Medal Collection or The Story of a Life: The Harry Chapin Box in terms of its depth and breadth, Essentials offers a decent primer of Chapin's best-known work.

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