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Bird on a Wire [Import, Original recording remastered]

Tim HardinAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 25, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music Media
  • ASIN: B0000AKP54
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,209,267 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bird On The Wire
2. Moonshiner
3. Southern Butterfly
4. A Satisfied Mind
5. Soft Summer Breeze
6. Hoboin'
7. Georgia On My Mind
8. Andre Johray
9. If I Knew
10. Love Hymn

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Reissue of 1971 album packaged in a digipak. Columbia.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smoky blend of folk and blues May 31, 2005
Format:Audio CD
On this lost classic Hardin returns to his roots with a smoky jazzy vocal delivery, supported by guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, percussion, vibes, cello, harp and pedal steel.

Leonard Cohen's title track and songs like the cover of Satisfied Mind and his own composition Hoboin' display a poignant sense of longing.

More than a dozen folk and jazz musicians worked on this album, but keyboardist Joe Zawinul and guitarist Ralph Towner deserve special accolades for their instrumental virtuosity that subtly and successfully integrates Hardin's various stylistic influences.

As a romantic musical poet, Hardin was unique in that he straddled the fields of folk and blues. His symbolic imagery and haunting vocals remind me somewhat of that other tragic singer-songwriter, the great Nick Drake.

I also recommend the albums Reason To Believe:The Best Of, and The Essential Classic Hardin, 1963 - 1980.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Tim December 14, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Tim Hardin was a haunted figure whose songs reflected his persona. A previous commentator compared him to Nick Drake and yes there are similarities but Tim wrote some wonderful songs like Reason to Believe and If I were a Carpenter which are songs that "everybody" knows but nobody has any idea who wrote them! Mr Hardin! Bird is sad, introspective, blue and just beautiful. It's not quite a 5 (often too generously awarded) but 4.5 stars. God bless him. Also try Suite for Susan Moore which was probably his finest work and his 3rd album which is live and acoustic as is the Homecoming album. All beautiful and representative of this great artist.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Introspective songs in a fusion of folk and blues May 31, 2005
Format:Audio CD
On Bird On A Wire, Tim Hardin returns to his roots with a smoky jazzy vocal delivery, supported by guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, percussion, vibes, cello, harp and pedal steel.

Leonard Cohen's famous title track and songs like the cover of Satisfied Mind and his own composition Hoboin' display a poignant sense of longing. André Johray could be interpreted as autobiographical as it describes the turmoil and insecurity caused by fame.

More than a dozen folk and jazz musicians contributed to this album, but keyboardist Joe Zawinul, guitarist Ralph Towner and bassist Tony Levin deserve special accolades for their instrumental virtuosity that subtly and successfully integrates Hardin's various stylistic influences.

As a romantic musical poet, Hardin was unique in that he straddled the fields of folk and blues. His symbolic imagery and haunting vocals remind me somewhat of that other tragic singer-songwriter, the great Nick Drake.

The only other artists I can think of that occasionally resemble Hardin's bluesy folk are Nina Simone and the band Palace Music on their album Viva Last Blues.

To enjoy the best of Tim Hardin, I recommend the albums Reason To Believe: The Best Of, and The Essential Classic Hardin, 1963 - 1980.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Smoky music July 22, 2007
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On Bird On A Wire, Tim Hardin returns to his roots with a smoky jazzy vocal delivery, supported by guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, percussion, vibes, cello, harp and pedal steel.

Leonard Cohen's famous title track and songs like the cover of Satisfied Mind and his own composition Hoboin' display a poignant sense of longing. André Johray could be interpreted as autobiographical as it describes the turmoil and insecurity caused by fame.

More than a dozen folk and jazz musicians contributed to this album, but keyboardist Joe Zawinul, guitarist Ralph Towner and bassist Tony Levin deserve special mention for their instrumental virtuosity that subtly and successfully integrates Hardin's various stylistic influences.

As a romantic musical poet, Hardin was unique in that he straddled the fields of folk and blues. His symbolic imagery and haunting vocals remind me somewhat of that other tragic singer-songwriter, the great Nick Drake.

The only other artists I can think of that occasionally resemble Hardin's bluesy folk are Nina Simone and the band Palace Music on their album Viva Last Blues.

To enjoy the best of Tim Hardin, I recommend the albums Reason To Believe: The Best Of, and Person to Person: The Essential, Classic Hardin 1963-1980.
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