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Album Review

The Tim Hardin number in Universal's 20th Century Masters — The Millennium Collection series of midline-priced compilations is a barebones effort, but it does constitute Tim Hardin 101. Hardin's best-known compositions — "If I Were a Carpenter," "Reason to Believe," and "Lady Came From Baltimore" — are all included. Hardin recorded for Verve Records, now part of the Universal catalog, in the 1960s, and seven tracks are drawn from his debut album, Tim Hardin/1, plus four from Tim Hardin/2 and one from the concert album Tim Hardin/3. There is nothing at all from Tim Hardin/4, an album of cover material, or from Hardin's later albums on Columbia and Antilles. The economics of song publishing probably limit albums in the series to 12 tracks, and in this case, since Hardin's recordings tend to be brief, that results in a running time of less than half an hour, which is skimpy for a CD, even a lower-priced one. But the collection presents the popular highlights of Hardin's career as a songwriter and gives a sense of him as a performer.

Customer Reviews

heartbreakingly beautiful melodies & lyrics

Misty Roses is one of the most under-rated, underplayed American folk love songs ever. Tim Hardin was gifted folk/rock poet. Every folk/rock playlist should include "Reason to believe", "Misty Roses" and some version of "If i were a carpenter"

One of my favorite albums ...

I saw Tim Hardin in 1967 in a NYC club. The first half he was awful. The second half he was luminous--as he is on this album--singing his dreamlike, beautiful tunes. We were smart enough to know that he had a fix during the break--and it made us sad. This sensitive, tortured soul produced so much heartfelt emotion in his music. No one did his tunes better than he did. Like so many, he went out much too soon. More's the pity for all of us.

Tim Hardin -- 20th Century Masters

Tim Hardin's song "Red Balloon" is truly exceptional. It sounds as if the artist was influenced by Bob Dylan. The song may have been featured in the movie "Factory Girl."


Born: December 23, 1941 in Eugene, OR

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s

A gentle, soulful singer who owed as much to blues and jazz as folk, Tim Hardin produced an impressive body of work in the late '60s without ever approaching either mass success or the artistic heights of the best singer/songwriters. When future Lovin' Spoonful producer Erik Jacobsen arranged for Hardin's first recordings in the mid-'60s, Hardin was no more than an above-average white blues singer, in the mold of many fellow folkys working the East Coast circuit. By the time of his 1966 debut, however,...
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