Harry Chapin

VH1 Behind the Music: The Harry Chapin Collection

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Harry Chapin is an acquired taste to be sure, but if you've acquired the taste -- actually, if you like the taste on occasion -- Rhino's VH1 Behind the Music is a very good compilation of his greatest moments, containing not just hits, like "Taxi," "Cat's in the Cradle," and "Sequel," but also album tracks and live cuts. This is better balanced than a lot of hits compilations, so it provides a good introduction and summary, but be forewarned -- even if you like the aforementioned hits, Chapin's work can seem strident and didactic (which, of course, is why people like him, but if you don't like him it can be an irritant).

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