Fully Qualified Survivor
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Seventies Rock aficionados will no doubt have read gushing reviews before telling them to invest their hard-earned wonga in 'long lost classics' - and having been burned a few times before - would view another such review with a certain amount of scepticism. But this is a 'Light In The Attic Records' release and after 60 peerless reissues of obscurities that truly deserve reappraisal - LITA have done it again. Beautiful presentation, extraordinary sound quality and songs that beggar the question - how the hell did this little gem get 'lost' in the first place?
Michael Chapman hails from Leeds in England and was 28 when he recorded his second LP "Fully Qualified Survivor" for EMI's progressive label imprint 'Harvest'. His debut album "Rainmaker" issued in July 1969 was only Harvest's 5th LP at that time and signalled the arrival of a major guitar player and Rock singer-songwriter.
"Fully Qualified Survivor" was released March 1970 on Harvest SHVL 764 in the UK and Capitol/Harvest SW-816 in the USA - and even though it actually charted in the UK at 45, it's a rare record on vinyl and UK originals can command upwards of £100. This February 2011 reissue on Light In The Records LITA 060 is a straightforward transfer of that 1970 album remastered from the 1st generation EMI tapes by NICK ROBBINS at Sound Mastering in London (46:32 minutes). The sound quality is FABULOUS - clear, warm and full of presence and fully realizes the original quality production values of GUS DUDGEON (of David Bowie and Elton John fame).Read more ›
Not so, and Michael Chapman is the proof. Oh sure, his voice is a little styled, when the fashion at the time was for "completely natural" voices like Joni Mitchell, James Taylor et al. News for you, kiddies: Michael Chapman was just a tiny little bit more styled than those paragons of naturalness.
Also incomprehensible is how his unique guitar work slipped under the radar: he owns an entire branch of the Tree Of What Can Be Done With The Guitar, and it is all on display on this album. There isn't a dud track anywhere, but the 4-song sequence that starts with "Rabbit Hills," is a 15-minute arc of pure guitar/vocal beauty.
And when he decides to rock, he rocks. Bringing in Mick Ronson was a touch of genius, because most of the album is quiet, but then the two of them go at it...
Definitely one of the top ten albums of the 1970's. Just a mystery that it is so unknown.
The songs are all strung together perfectly, the orchestration is spectacular throughout, and Michael Chapman's mature vocals give the entire album a feeling of mastery. The instrument work is flawless to my ears. Every song is a memorable one here, from beginning to end.
Aviator is epic; Naked Ladies & Electric Ragtime rollicking; Stranger in the Room lyrically and musically admirable; Postcards From Scarborough touching and brooding; Fishbeard Sunset and Soulful Lady are rocking; Rabbit Hills is emotional, touching and beautiful; March Rain enchanting; Kodak Ghosts classic; Andru's Easy Rider technically amazing; and Trinkets and Rings the perfect song to ride away on.
I honestly can not comprehend why this album is so unknown, however it does always seem that the truly great things in this world are enjoyed by so few. May you be one of those few.
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First I want the thank Light in the Attic records for this wonderful re-release....secondly I would love to say thanks to [...] for this CD.... Read morePublished 21 months ago by William Key
many warm things have already been said by past reviewers and deservably so. this is a great folk/rock release of the 70's on the experimental harvest label. Read morePublished on May 14, 2012 by Joseph L. Kolb
I've got no clue about how Michael Chapman only got to enter my musical universe at this point in time. But, well, things got their own way of happening, don't they? Read morePublished on January 17, 2012 by Paulo Alm
I discovered this amazing album while searching for Roy Harper CD's, and I absolutely love it. An incredible balance of Folk, Rock, and adventurous dynamics. Read morePublished on August 5, 2011 by Eric
Is it Bowie or Dylan? Could be the Mick Ronson on lead guitar factor, could be the times, or both. The first song Aviator has the aforementioned influences and goes on WAY too... Read morePublished on August 15, 2010 by Green Manalishi
Folk, electric, and slide guitar melded together with hightly evocative lyrics and creative, original songwriting. British; melancholy but uplifting. Read morePublished on January 21, 2007 by Martyn Price
You would think that by the 1970's the music industry would be fairly efficient, in the sense that every spectacularly-talented musician could be heard by everyone who would... Read morePublished on April 9, 2003 by Stephen Foster