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)