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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 19, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: June 20, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Raven [Australia]
  • ASIN: B00004TDOD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,665 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You Got To Have More Than One Woman
2. Danville Dame
3. I Can't Slow Down
4. Airmobile
5. How Can We Hang On To A Dream?
6. Reason To Believe
7. Misty Roses
8. Don't Make Promises
9. It'll Never Happen Again
10. If I Were A Carpenter
11. Lady Came From Baltimore
12. Red Balloon
13. Black Sheep Boy
14. Tribute To Hank Williams
15. Smugglin' Man (Live)
16. Simple Song Of Freedom
17. Everything Good Become More True
18. Once Touched By Flame
19. Love Hymn
20. Southern Butterfly
See all 27 tracks on this disc

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This Is The Only CD To Bring Together The Entire Tim Hardin Saga.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Although an influential personality on the 1960s folk circuit, Hardin had little success as a recording artist. He's better known as a songwriter since other artists had hits with many of his compositions. In 1962 he recorded This Is Tim Hardin, which established his style: folk with a strong jazz and blues influence. A term like smoky folk comes to mind, a bit like the UK artist Nick Drake.
His third album, the classic Tim Hardin II included the powerful and evocative track Reason To Believe that, as double A Side with Maggie May, toped the British and American charts for Rod Stewart in 1971. The folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary also recorded this song. The other classic on the album, If I Were A Carpenter, was a top ten hit for Bobby Darin. Incidentally Hardin's only hit single was a Darin composition Sing A Simple Song Of Freedom (1969).
Carpenter was revived by The Four Tops in 1968 and by Johnny Cash and June Carter in 1970. Other artists who had hits with Hardin's songs include Johnny Mathis (Misty Roses), Scott Walker (Black Sheep Boy) and The Nice (Hang On To A Dream).
On December 29, 1980, during the recording sessions of his final work, he died of an overdose. Hardin was 39 years old and had survived his one-time contemporaries Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix by a decade.
Besides the aforementioned songs, my other favorite includes the beautiful Red Balloon. My only complaint with this compilation is that it omits Hardin's exquisite interpretation of Leonard Cohen's Bird On A Wire.
There is great beauty in Hardin's subtle but expressive vocal style. Like Nick Drake, he remains an obscure singer-songwriter with roots in the 1960s, who is well worth investigating if you like authentic, moving music.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Broadhurst on February 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This album is a beautiful introduction to an amazing singer/songwriter. I had never heard the man sing before, but was familiar with many of his songs. This album takes you from his earliest recordings to a last live performance which makes it a great collection for a newcomer to Tim Hardin's talents. The string additions to a couple of the songs are a bit annoying but basically it's a beautiful album. I am now a dedicated Tim Hardin fan and this album will help me to select from his others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Osborn on March 5, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Tim Hardin died way before his time. Doesn't matter how he died, he was becoming (or did become) a national treasure.

This CD proves the fact that we needed more like him.

A very easy and enjoyable listen.

Good recording quality as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 2, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This CD is a comprehensive collection of his songs spanning his career. Great for someone wanting to sample his work before buying specific albums. Recommended for new converts to Tim and fans wanting most of his great songs on the one disc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claire L. Montrose on September 9, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I love Tim Hardin. And I'm not so easily impressed. This is a great recording,which, if you let it enter your consciousness, will teach you about love.
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