Michael Chapman: Rainmaker (Light in the Attic)

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Michael Chapman: Thank You PK 1944
Michael Chapman: Rainmaker (Light in the Attic)

British folk singer and rather special guitarist Michael Chapman has rarely had his dues outside of his native land, but his edgy style (sometimes with a band so nudging into rock-folk), and fierce intelligence are always worth rediscovering.

You can hardly go wrong by starting here if the name is new to you.

This is his exciting debut album from '69 reissued with a fine essay and half a dozen extra tracks.

With a sharp acoustic style which put him on the same platform as Davey Graham, Bert Jansch (who gets namechecked in Bert Jansch Meets Frankenstein) and John Renbourn etc, Chapman had as much jazz in his soul as he did traditional folk.

This debut was recorded in a couple of days and while you can hear a little Dylan (actually more like Donovan doing Dylan's Girl From the North Country) in You Say, it is the raga and North African infuence -- from Graham perhaps? -- on the instrumental Thank You PK 1944 (a reference to Paul Klee, Chapman was also a painter) and Not So Much a Garden More Like A Maze. And the nail hard It Didn't Work Out with a full band which show the breadth of his oevre.

It's impressive.

He also busts out slide guitar for the bluesy Small Stones, and elsewhere there are dark meditations (No Song to Sing), slashing but beautiful ballads (One Time Thing about a one-night stand which sounds like a lightly boozed Paul Kelly) and . . .

And so much more.

Michael Chapman -- now 71 and with about 40 albums behind him -- awaits your discovery.

Championship stuff.

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