Bird on a Wire (Tim Hardin album)

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Bird on a Wire
Studio album by Tim Hardin
Released 1971
Genre Folk
Length 36:36
Label Columbia (CK-30551)
Producer Ed Freeman
Tim Hardin chronology
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Bird on a Wire is an album by folk artist Tim Hardin, released in 1971. It was Hardin's second release on Columbia Records. It peaked at No. 189 on the Billboard Pop Album charts and was his last album to make any of the charts.


In contrast to Hardin's previous releases where he had written all his own material, Bird on a Wire includes cover songs four of the ten tracks. By this time, his drug addictions were beginning to take a larger toll on his live performances and songwriting output.[1] It was also his last recording done in the US.[2]

Bird on a Wire was re-issued on CD by Sony in 1989 and Sony Japan in 2005.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [2]

In his review for Allmusic, music critic Bruce Eder wrote "The singing is exquisite, poignant, and powerful and the production is as tasteful and eloquent as any in Hardin's output. This might not be the place to start listening to Tim Hardin (though there are worse places for that as well) in terms of finding out what he was about, but it's also as essential as anything in his output and a lot closer to the core of who he was than, say, Tim Hardin 4."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Tim Hardin; except where indicated

Side one[edit]

  1. "Bird on the Wire" (Leonard Cohen) – 5:29
  2. "Moonshiner" (Trad.)– 3:15
  3. "Southern Butterfly" – 2:53
  4. "A Satisfied Mind" (Joe Hayes, Jack Rhodes) – 2:07
  5. "Soft Summer Breeze" – 2:59

Side two[edit]

  1. "Hoboin'" (John Lee Hooker, Joe Josea) – 3:28
  2. "Georgia on My Mind" (Hoagy Carmichael, Stuart Gorrell) – 4:33
  3. "Andre Johray" – 2:50
  4. "If I Knew" – 3:55
  5. "Love Hymn" – 4:37


Production notes[edit]

  • Produced by Bob Devere and Ed Freeman
  • Engineered by Jim Greene, Lacy O'Neal, Doug Pomeroy
  • Mastered by Lous Schlossberg


  1. ^ Rough Guide to Rock bio.
  2. ^ a b c Eder, Bruce. "Bird on a Wire > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 

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