Michael Chapman: Wrecked Again
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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.
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
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