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Harry Chapin and his band perform songs from The Book of Chapin.

Special Features

  • Chapin and his band perform songs from The Book of Chapin, including "Taxi," "Cats In The Cradle," "WOLD" and "What Made America Famous."

Product Details

  • Format: Color, NTSC, Full Screen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Platinum Disc Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: March 11, 1999
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000009CE0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,391 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Feather on March 7, 2000
Format: DVD
Never mind the bad sound quality. Never mind the poor picture quality. It's an evening with Harry Chapin, And for the true fan, it's an all to rare occurance. There is so little of Harry Chapin on video for his fans, and yet, this is where Harry Chapin shown like a bright and shining star, on stage performing to an audience. This is such a special and wonderful moment in time, even bad sound quality does not detract from the pleasure of watching Harry live. Those of you who did not have the pleasure of seeing Harry in concert as I did, will never know what you have missed. It is so rare to behold a performer so pure as Harry, he takes you right into his songs and leaves you feeling as though you are the only member of the audience, and that he is singing only for you. THIS, is just such a performance. This, is what you want to see to feel the experience of the real Harry Chapin. There are too precious few examples of Harry live, This is one of the shining few that cature the man. Buy it with confidence.
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful By "klandersen" on May 21, 2002
Format: DVD
"It's my Solo!"
I have mixed emotions about this DVD, being a big Harry Chapin fan I am VERY thrilled that Harry's work has made it to a medium that was only in the development stages when Harry died in 1981. I often wonder what Harry would have thought of Compact Discs and Digital Technology taking over the music, and now movie, industry. The first CD's were released in 1983 by Columbia Records starting with classical music and then pop/rock artists beginning with Billy Joel's "The Nylon Curtain". It took several years before any of Harry's music saw the laser light of CD's. The first Harry Chapin CD released was "Remember When The Music" in 1987 a repackaging of "Sequel", so I was surprised when I first saw this DVD at my local Tower Records, or should I say Tower Entertainment Store.
The show is titled "The Book of Chapin" and was originally broadcast for television in the Inaugural season of PBS's Soundstage Series. It starts off with Harry singing "What Made America Famous" to an empty soundstage/auditorium, at the end of the song when Harry sings the closing lyrics "...Is anybody there?" the camera zooms in to a head shot of him and when it zooms out, magically there is an audience and they are applauding enthusiastically. I found that to be a pretty neat visual effect. So obviously Harry sang that particular song twice for this production, once in an empty auditorium and once in front of the live audience. Another interesting visual effect is a double screen technique during "Mr. Tanner" when bass player John Wallace is singing as Mr. Tanner under Harry's lead singing.
The packaging of this DVD is attractive although it is slightly deceiving.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By E. Gilchrist on January 11, 2000
Format: DVD
No only did I grow-up around his music, it helped raise me. I not only remember the music, but I also remember Harry as a friend. John Wallace, his bass player lived near by. I can remember playing softball with Harry. He was as true and crisp as his music. While this show can bearly do him justice, it gives people insight into the man Harry was. Harry's death is a great lose to all who knew and loved him, but also to those that never will.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bill on November 29, 1999
Format: DVD
I remember where I was when Harry died and how sad my sister was on hearing the news.It was then I began lessoning to his music and been a fan ever from that day. This DVD is of his early works but having never seen him on TV, placed a face against the music. Worth a viewing to any fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dennis N. Yugo on January 19, 2005
Format: DVD
I saw the original broadcast in 1974 and made a reel-to-reel tape of the audio at that time. I was thrilled when the laserdisk version came out. This review refers to that laserdisk release.

I have several of Harry Chapin's lp's, and in my opinion they suffered from over-production. I am reminded of one of my favorite Chicago folk singers of the '70s, Bonny Koloc, whose albums were overstuffed with instrumentation and never quite captured her soul.

In Book of Chapin, Harry Chapin's soul, and I think the souls of a few other separate characters, are up front for all to see.

Even amid the today's sickening political climate, "What Made America Famous" renews my hope. "Sniper" is a world-class performance. In 9 minutes you can begin to understand the incomprehensible. You will not see more emotion or more understanding of the human condition in any novel or opera. If the DVD is the same as the laserdisk, I could not recommend it more highly.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 1999
Format: DVD
I am a big Harry Chapin fan, but this video doesn't do him justice. It's video and audio quality is uneven. There are some nice moments, but for the most part this video dissappoints. It is closer to VHS than DVD quality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 17, 1999
Format: DVD
for those of us that love his music but are too young to have seen him live, this is a must have! the video is crystal clear and the sound is excellent. it is a low-cost concert production, but, that's harry for you.
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