Verities & Balderdash

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Verities & Balderdash
Harry Chapin - Verities & Balderdash.jpg
Studio album by Harry Chapin
Released August 24, 1974
Recorded 1973, Connecticut Recording Studios
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Genre Pop/rock
Length 43:49
Label Elektra
7E-1012
Producer Paul Leka
Harry Chapin chronology
Short Stories
(1973)Short Stories1973
Verities & Balderdash
(1974)
Portrait Gallery
(1975)Portrait Gallery1975
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Verities & Balderdash is the fourth studio album by the American singer/songwriter Harry Chapin, released in 1974. (see 1974 in music). "Cat's in the Cradle" was Chapin's highest charting single, finishing at #38 for the year on the 1974 Billboard year-end Hot 100 chart. The follow-up single, "I Wanna Learn a Love Song," charted on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart at #44, and Billboard Adult Contemporary at #7. A promotional single, "What Made America Famous?", was released to radio stations as a 45. The album was certified gold on December 17, 1974.[2]

The album was advertised with the slogan: "As only Harry can tell it." [3]

The album was the only work by Chapin to exclusively use professional studio musicians, rather than his touring band, as had been the case in previous projects.

Track listing[edit]

Side One[edit]

  1. "Cat's in the Cradle" (Sandy Chapin, Harry Chapin) – 3:44
  2. "I Wanna Learn a Love Song" (Harry Chapin) – 4:19
  3. "Shooting Star" (Harry Chapin) – 4:02
  4. "30,000 Pounds of Bananas" (Harry Chapin) – 5:45
  5. "She Sings Songs Without Words" (Harry Chapin) – 3:31

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Side Two[edit]

  1. "What Made America Famous?" (Harry Chapin) – 6:53
  2. "Vacancy" (Harry Chapin) – 4:00
  3. "Halfway To Heaven" (Harry Chapin) – 6:10
  4. "Six String Orchestra" (Harry Chapin) – 5:25

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Personnel[edit]

Band

Production

  • Ron Bacchiocchi - recording engineer
  • Paul Leka - mixing
  • Fred Kewley - mixing
  • Glen Christensen - art direction
  • Bill Hofman - illustration
  • Ruth Bernal - photography
  • Shiah Grumet - design

Charts and certifications[edit]

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
1974 Billboard 200 4
Canadian Albums Chart 4

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales
United States 2x Platinum 2,000,000
Canada 2x Platinum 200,000
Australia Diamond 500,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ SuperSeventies.com Verities & Balderdash
  3. ^ http://www.anyoldkindofday.com/album_VeritiesandBalderdash.html
  4. ^ Original LP 1974 Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch Records 7E-1012
  5. ^ Original LP 1974 Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch Records 7E-1012