sábado, 1 de agosto de 2009

Michael Chapman - Fully Qualified Survivor (1970)

A former art and photography teacher, Michael Chapman (born 24 January 1941 at Hunslet, Leeds, Yorkshire, England) emerged from the folk scene in Yorkshire, gaining a reputation as one of England's finest original singer-songwriters. He first appeared on the London and Cornwall folk music circuits in 1967, alongside John Martyn and Roy Harper. His first album was Rainmaker in 1969 on the Harvest label, and he played the folk and 'progressive' circuits during the festivals of the early 1970s, with Mick Ronson, Rick Kemp and Keef Hartley.

He recorded a further three albums for Harvest. Fully Qualified Survivor (FQS) which received much critical acclaim from the likes of BBC Radio 1 DJ, John Peel, and contained his best well known track, "Postcards of Scarborough". Window and Wrecked Again albums followed, the latter being Chapman's attempt at a Memphis, Tennessee album. Brass arrangements featured on biographical tracks like "Shuffleboat River Farewell" and the title track.

FQS reached #45 at British charts.


1. Aviator
2. Naked Ladies and Electric Ragtime
3. Stranger in the Room
4. Postcards of Scarborough
5. Fishbeard Sunset
6. Soulful Lady
7. Rabbit Hills
8. March Rain
9. Kodak Ghost
10. Andru's Easy Rider
11. Trinkets and Rings

Originally released on Harvest label in 1970.

Michael Chapman profile on Time Has Told Me blog and Wikipedia.


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1 comentario:

  1. This is one of my favourite records ever, and that's down to John Peel who played Postcards all the time. It also has the Blessed Mick Ronson on it which makes it even better. Thanks very much!


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