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Michael Chapman “Rainmaker” CD/LP | PRE-ORDER

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

In 2011, we reissued Michael Chapman’s second album, Fully Qualified Survivor. We’re kicking 2012 off right with a deluxe CD and LP reissue of his debut album Rainmaker (originally relased on Harvest in 1969). Like the ‘FQS’ album, Rainmaker (LITA 079) is a psychedelic-guitar-folk delight and features one of Chapman’s best known songs, “It Didn’t Work Out.”

A true stylist in his own right, Chapman holds a middle line between John Martyn and Bert Jansch with the provocative electric rock of Martyn juxtaposed against the traditional folk so wonderfully espoused by Jansch. Along for the ride on other songs are acoustic bassist Danny Thompson (Pentangle, John Martyn, Nick Drake) and electric bass player Rick Kemp (later to join Steeleye Span). All of the proceedings were produced by Gus Dudgeon who also did Chapman’s “FQS” album as well as David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” single – and a ton of the early work of Elton John.

We’ve reproduced the gatefold jacket in its exact original form (including a deluxe gatefold “tip-on” jacket), while the CD version includes 6 rare bonus tracks from the Rainmaker sessions, including 3 previously unreleased songs never heard else-where! And if that wasn’t enough, journalist Byron Coley (Ecstatic Yod, Wire & Arthur magazines) penned 5,000 words of new liner notes taken from a fresh Chapman interview detailing the recording sessions. All packaged with many unseen photos of the era. For a look at all the goodies contained within, check out the “What’s Inside?” videos below.

For audio samples, more info, and to pre-order, click here!

Michael Chapman – “Wrecked Again” | CD & LP | PRE-ORDER

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

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Michael Chapman: Wrecked Again
LITA 101 (CD | LP) | PRE-ORDER NOW!

We are happy to announce our release of yet another outstanding album from British singer, songwriter and hugely talented psych, folk and rock guitarist Michael Chapman. Wrecked Again (1971), is Chapman’s final album for EMI’s seminal stoner imprint Harvest, home to Kevin Ayers and Syd Barrett. Buried in EMI’s release schedule and afforded no promotional budget, Wrecked Again is his lost classic. Recorded at the noted Rockfield Studio, a residential complex-cum-working farm in Wales, Wrecked Again explores orchestration via Paul Buckmaster (Miles Davis, David Bowie) and The London Symphony Orchestra and production courtesy of Gus Dudgeon (Elton John, Bonzo Dog Band), but also explores a new sound influenced by Memphis soul. With a blend of electric and acoustic instruments, Chapman is found where he feels most comfortable: in-between folk and rock, contrasting soft with edgy.

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Wrecked Again was made at a turbulent time in Chapman’s life. Still struggling for money despite being four albums into his career, the sessions were marred by arguments over his pay. Unloved as it was by his label, the album did little to rectify the situation. Afterwards, Chapman and bassist Rick Kemp – later of Steeleye Span – set off on their first tour of the USA. Chapman was stoney broke – initially refused a visa as a result – and received no money. And that was the least of his troubles. By the third week, manager Andrew King had quit the country, and Kemp had run off with a woman in a green Mustang. After being mugged in New York, Chapman gave up – before even reaching the West Coast. Back in the UK, he told his partner, Andru Chapman, “If that’s the big time then fuck it – I don’t want it.” Chapman did, of course, go on to record more than 30 albums and tour extensively, but Wrecked Again was a pivotal moment in his career; the tipping point between his earlier, folkier material and his later, rockier output on Deram.

    • Remastered from the original tapes
    • LP on 180-gram vinyl with tip-on gatefold jacket
    • Liner notes by Andru Chapman
    • Unseen photos
    • ON-LINE ONLY: First 150 pre-orders get limited pressing on RED wax! Don’t sleep!
    • LP SUBSCRIBERS ONLY: Limited pressing on BLUE wax!

You can catch Michael Chapman preform live at the Wrecked Again relaunch party July 4th at Fairfield Halls in Croydon, England. For additional information and tour dates visit MichaelChapman.co.uk.

Free Basin’ Friday | Michael Chapman | “Wrecked Again”

Friday, June 28th, 2013

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It’s Friday finally, time for some good ole’ Free Basin’! This week we will be picking two winners. The first winner will receive an exclusive advance copy of our forthcoming release of Michael Chapman’s Wrecked Again. This doesn’t come out in stores until next week, but here’s your chance to win a copy now! You will have a choice between a CD or a limited edition vinyl on red wax.

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Recorded at the noted Rockfield Studio, Wrecked Again explores orchestration via Paul Buckmaster (Miles Davis, David Bowie) and The London Symphony Orchestra and production courtesy of Gus Dudgeon (Elton John, Bonzo Dog Band), but also explores a new sound influenced by Memphis soul. With a blend of electric and acoustic instruments, Chapman is found where he feels most comfortable: in-between folk and rock, contrasting soft with edgy. Wrecked Again was a pivotal moment in Chapman’s career; the tipping point between his earlier, folkier material and his later, rockier output on Deram. Although the album was buried in EMI’s release schedule and afforded no promotional budget, Wrecked Again is Chapman’s lost classic.

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The second winner will receive a pair of tickets to Michael Chapman’s Wrecked Again release party July 4th at Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Coydon. The event is an unique two-set concert. Chapman will be joined in the second set by guests BJ Cole and Sarah Smout to perform a selection of tracks from Wrecked Again, including “Shuffleboat River Farewell”, rearranged for guitar, vocal, pedal steel and cello. For additional information visit Michael ChapmanWreck Again Concert.

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Since 4th of July is right around the corner, the question for this weeks Free Basin’ Friday is: What are five songs that are going to be on your 4th of July BBQ playlist? Again, two winners will be chosen. Please note that the concert is in the UK and in order to win the pair of  tickets you must be able to attend. Also, please indicate within your comment which prize you would like to receive. Do not forget to included your email address in the box provided, all addresses will be visible to Light In The Attic employees ONLY. Winners will be announced next Wednesday via Twitter and Facebook.