Reissues of 2012: Michael Chapman – “Rainmaker” & “Plaindealer”

Two of Michael Chapman’s older albums were reissued in 2012. The more high profile one was his 1969 debut album, “Rainmaker” on deluxe reissue label Light in the Attic.  His weathered vocals and deft guitar playing grace a long career of buried treasure album releases.  “Rainmaker” was the Chapman reissue that got more press, but  the limited, vinyl-only re-release of 2005’s  “Plaindealer” is an under the radar classic.  This, despite being recorded so much later than the early 70’s work he’s most known for.  In addition, the record sleeve is hand colored, letter pressed and silk screened, making it a nice collector’s item.

Chapman’s still recording and performing and, if anything, is becoming more experimental in his senior years (he’s in his early 70’s now). In 2013, he’s set to release Pachyderm, “an acoustic guitar album with one long piece of music in two parts based around a typical huge Chapman acoustic chord.”

“It Didn’t Work Out” (from Rainmaker)

“Thank You PK 1944” (from Rainmaker)

“Youth Is Wasted On The Young” (from Plaindealer)

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Albert (Uncle Al with the beer) says:

    To me, “Thank You PK 1944” sounded like an Indian sitar musician immigrated to the mountains of Tennessee, immersed herself into the culture and invented a new genfe of hillbilly sitar music. I actually liked it.

  2. Albert (Uncle Al with the beer) says:

    Oops, I meant to write “genre” – my bad.

  3. Albert (Uncle Al with the beer) says:

    I loved the verses in “Youth Is Wasted On The Young.” Being young and knowing everything from a lifetime of living would be the best way to experience life and really appreciate it’s every precious second.

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