Tim Hardin: The Homecoming Concert

 
 

Zijn dood – tussen kerst en oudejaarsdag – was bescheiden nieuws. Het sneuvelde grotendeels onder de aanhoudende berichtgeving van John Lennon’s ongelukkige einde. Tim Hardin leek vergeten toen hij stierf. Hij leed onder een enorme heroïne- en drankverslaving sedert het einde van de jaren zestig. Met de bijkomende gezondheidsproblemen leek zijn tragische lot onafwendbaar. Hij heeft schitterende muziek geschreven, maar die bron van inspiratie bleef na 1973 vrijwel droog staan. Dit concert, van de toen 38-jarige singer songwriter, werd opgenomen in zijn geboorteplaats Eugene - Oregon. Een uitstekend gekozen titel dus, maar aangezien het album postume verscheen kun je hem tweeledig uitleggen.

 
Het is een solo concert. Slechts begeleiding van piano en gitaar. Het is ongetwijfeld ook niet zijn meest fraaie plaat. De opnames zijn technisch allesbehalve fraai. Toch schets juist dit album een mooi portret. Niet meer de gevierde artiest uit zijn beginperiode, maar een beschadigd man. New York was in 1965 de plaats voor een creatieve artiest. Ze waren allemaal van de partij; Bob Dylan, Nico, Eric Andersen, Phil Ochs, Tim Buckley, Jackson Browne, Dave van Ronk en ook Tim Hardin. Hardin was weliswaar niet de meest bekende, maar zijn opzienbarende persoonlijkheid en zijn songschrijvend talent waren er niet minder om. Onmiskenbaar een artiest die thuis hoort in de collectie van menig folk & bluesmuziek liefhebber. Zijn liedjes staat nog steeds overeind, de eenvoud doet zijn werk.
 
  1. Black Sheep Boy (2'34)
  2. Misty Roses (3'15)
  3. Reason to Believe (3'44)
  4. Lady Came from Baltimore (2'52)
  5. Old Blue Jeans (3'57)
  6. Hang on to a Dream (3'24)
  7. If I were a Carpenter (4'11)
  8. Tribute to Hank Williams (4'01)
  9. Smugglin' Man (2'18)
  10. Speak like a Child (2'44)
  11. Red Balloon (2'43)
  12. Amen (3'23)
  13. All songs written by Tim Hardin, except 12 which is a traditional arranged by Tim Hardin.

Recorded live on January 17th, 1980 at The Community Center for the Performing Arts, Eugene, Oregon, USA.
Produced by Phil Freeman.
Cover photo by Lori Borgman.
Artwork & lettering by Line Design/Jennifer Luttow.
Litho by Die Litho.
 
Gedeelte van de tekst aan de binnenzijde van de hoes:
 
“I invited Tim to come back home to Eugene, Oregon, to do a TV-documentary on his life and a homecoming concert for his friends. Tim was delighted at the prospect of both the TV-show and the concert inasmuch as he wanted to tell his story and he wanted to play Eugene, which he had never done before. He was thrilled to be going home in time to spend christmas with his grandmother, Manner.

We did the TV-documentary, in which Tim talks about Lenny Bruce buying him a piano and giving Tim a room in his home so Tim could write and record. 'That's where 50% of the tunes you hear off me were written'. Tim recalled his Woodstock days, told the sorry story of the selling of his song catalogue, his earning of 23 million US-dollar and, through a series of legal maneuvers, ending up broke. He spoke of his heroin habit, why he took the drug, kicking the habit in 1977, and why he might use it again. All the time we were doing the TV-tapings, Tim was preparing for the concert. He did in-depth interviews on five radio stations and both TV stations. Three newspapers did feature stories on him. The concert was a sellout.

This album is the live recording of Tim Hardin's 'Homecoming Concert'. It is the definitive Tim Hardin. The singer whose voice and style excited and moved critics and audiences from the beginning. The songwriter/poet whose lyrics grab and hold their intensity of love, adoration and truth. And the musician. It is a rare artist, indeed, who can carry an audience through a complete performance on the strength of his voice, the quality of his material and his mastery of his instrument.

It's all here. Tim, his music, his love for his audience and their love for him. This is the last live concert Tim gave. He returned to Hollywood, was in the process of recording an album, which was one-half completed, when he died on December 29th, 1980, six days after his 39th birthday.

Listen closely to "Tribute to Hank Williams", for in many ways Tim had written his own song.”
 
Phil Freeman, a friend"
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