Heads & Tales

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for Malvina Hoffman book Heads and Tales see Heads and Tales
Heads & Tales
Harry Chapin - Heads & Tales.jpg
Studio album by Harry Chapin
Released March 11, 1972
Recorded 1971-72
Elektra Sound Recorders, Los Angeles, CA
Genre Pop/rock
Length 45:39
Label Elektra
Producer Jac Holzman
Harry Chapin chronology
Chapin Music
(1966)Chapin Music1966
Heads & Tales
Sniper and Other Love Songs
(1972)Sniper and Other Love Songs1972
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]

Heads & Tales is the first studio album by the American singer/songwriter Harry Chapin, released in 1972. The album contains Chapin's early signature song "Taxi." The album and single both charted successfully for over 6 months, with both the album and single selling over 1 million copies each.

Early LP pressings of Heads & Tales featured a die-cut front cover with a square hole in it, allowing the "cover" photo of Chapin (which is actually on an enclosed poster/lyric sheet) to be seen through the hole, creating a three-dimensional effect.

Despite its length of nearly seven minutes, which made the song unwieldy for AM radio airplay, "Taxi" was released uncut as a 45 RPM single, and charted at #24 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Track listing[edit]

Side One

  1. "Could You Put Your Light on, Please" – 4:30
  2. "Greyhound" – 5:45
  3. "Everybody's Lonely" – 4:07
  4. "Sometime, Somewhere Wife" – 4:58
  5. "Empty" – 2:57

Side Two

  1. "Taxi" – 6:44
  2. "Any Old Kind of Day" – 4:56
  3. "Dogtown" – 7:30
  4. "Same Sad Singer" – 4:12


Charts and certifications[edit]


Year Chart Position
1972 Billboard 200 60
Canadian Albums Chart 57


Region Certification Sales
United States Gold 1,000,000
Canada Platinum 100,000


  1. ^ Eder, Bruce. Heads & Tales at AllMusic