John and performed with Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth. Twelve sessions please note that a 13th session listed by Ken Garner on 25 June was actually by Roger Chapman. Recorded First broadcast 12 June First broadcast 18 June Trainsong includes new recordings of Chapman instrumentals written between and 's jolly gem "Naked Ladies and Electric Ragtime", 's restfully fluid "Caddo Lake", 's cautiously bright "Thurston's House".
Chapman is a world traveler and, it seems, an adventurous musical consumer, and here he incorporates everything from blues moans to an almost new-age calm into his music. That's not to mention the gamelan, African, and Appalachian touches that appear throughout his career. As guitarists go, he seems to be one with fewer stylistic reservations than most, bridging techniques in unconventional sequences.
The combination of distortion and reverb give his pristine lines a touch of snarl and a skin of grit. Chapman makes that blend feel natural and comfortable, as though these are the pieces that should've always been together. It's genuinely surprising work, the music of someone who seems to have heard and played enough to have found his own approach.
Of course, the same could have been written 40 years ago, when Fully Qualified Survivor was first released. It was hoped that this decade-long eruption of acoustic guitarists would lead folks back to some earlier artists who helped start it all.
British guitarist Michael Chapman has been at it since the early Sixties, and is still going strong and is still willing to experiment. Trainsong: Guitar Compositions is a poetic, deft overview of a career that deserves to be placed near the top of instrumental guitar players who, influenced both by John Fahey and by Delta blues and old forgotten folk songs, created a genre that celebrates weird corners of towns, musical prowess and simple but haunting melodies.
The time has come to give Michael Chapman his due in the pantheon of master guitarists. Trainsong will be the perfect evidence of his mastery. Hopefully his gigs will be even more crowded once these priceless songs are heard once again. Mike Wood www. Michael Chapman reverses into his own brilliant back catalogue Singer-songwriter and Yorkshireman Michael Chapman was already 28 with a past life as a teacher of art and photography behind him when he released his dbut album, Rainmaker, on Harvest in A lot was promised for him like it was for fellow signings Coast Road Drive but it never really happened.
Chapman is now 70 and Trainsongs pieces together his guitar instrumentals from more than 40 years of work. All newly - and beautifully - recorded this is a decidedly musicianly affair were outre tunings are listed alongside the track names. Chapman is a staggeringly good guitarist, but what matters beyond the pages of navel-gazing guitar magazines is the tunes - and he has loads.
I've never, not once, mentioned anyone's "technique" in a review before - I dont intend to do so again.
Rob Fitzpatrick Word Magazine March Stunning double album mapping the career of an underrated folk great. Just as John Fahey and Robbie Basho were belatedly sainted by a slew of avant-garde musicians eager to enrich their experimental fields with old primitive tradition, so the same enclave have reached out to embrace Yorkshire-born minstrel Michael Chapman.
This rich and varied set charts that trajectory, stopping off at different points in the career of this long-unrecognised guitar master for a collection of poignant, melodic instrumentals. Blues, boogie, folk and flamenco are all covered, without any facet seeming out of place.
Spencer Grady www. Serving as both accomplished career overview and a live-in-the-studio effort that covers two and a half hours and over 40 years of work, Trainsong is a seemingly effortless release, such is the apparent delicacy and grace of Michael Chapman 's performing throughout.
As Charles Shaar Murray 's combatively entertaining liner notes acknowledge, Chapman couldn't play at least one favored piece due to a recent injury.
What is on offer, however, is the kind of reflective, elegant playing on both acoustic and electric guitar one would expect from any instrumentalist after decades of experience. From the start, the tender flow of notes on "The Last Polish Breakfast," almost a portrait of sunrise on sparkling water, Chapman seems to be both celebrating his past and claiming a space in the present. His brief liner notes on each piece, containing tuning and year of composition, show both the directness of possible inspirations and a sharp sense of humor.
One killer one from "Theme from the Movie of the Same Name": "…I decided to write an acoustic guitar disco instrumental. God help me! One of his sprightliest numbers, "Sweet Little Friend from Georgia," is a tribute to the guitar it was written and performed on, a Gibson. His tributes to fellow performers are among the best -- "Fahey's Flag" has a high, steel guitar twang to it that captures the legendary Blind Joe Death 's embrace of the old and distinctive, and its shifts to alternately slower and faster tempos give the feeling of a woozy old turntable.
The engaging "Thurston's House" is indeed about a time spent staying with Mr. Moore and Kim Gordon in , while the brisk but still melancholy "Trying Times" is described as a tribute to Jack Rose. Elsewhere, his take on Tom Rush 's "Rockport Sunday," evolving through what he calls "the folk process" into his own distinct arrangement, helps to solidify his own clear sound, at once tender and entrancing.
Chapman who has just turned 70, has released more than half that number of albums in the past 40 years. He's been particularly prolific of late, belatedly embraced by the recent crop of American guitarists, including the late Jack Rose.
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Links Q Magazine. Reviewed by John Crosby. With a delivery that makes John Martyn sound like a Shakespearian voice coach, the one-time hero of the early Harvest days returns with a small band Steeleye Span's Rick Kemp and Lindisfarne's Ray Laidlaw and his best album in years. Indeed, the old obsessions loneliness, love, drinking, injustice have not been explored this convincingly since 's Fully Qualified Survivor.
Reviewed by Rob Beattie. Almost Alone Rural Retreat. David Kidman. Besides, venerable U. John is on hand to keep Chapman company and contribute vocals. Chapman is an artist who has never had a problem with upending creative expectations, and if 50 isn't the sort of music many of his longtime fans would expect from him, it's also passionate, literate, and the work of an artist who wants to make the most of his late-era career.