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Editors’ Notes

Tim Hardin’s first two albums, Tim Hardin 1 and Tim Hardin 2, both released in the mid-1960s, represent two of the finest examples of simple, elegant songwriting. (“If I Were A Carpenter” and “Reason to Believe” were his most covered and successful songs.) Hardin had the voice of a jazz-inspired angel, trailing notes off into the air, inflecting syllables with twinges of regret, sorrow and romance. This 47-track set collects the recordings Hardin made for Verve Records between 1964 and 1966 and features the first two albums in complete form. Many of the previously unreleased tracks and what was eventually released as Tim Hardin 4 are deeply rooted in blues. However, Hardin’s finest moments transcended all genres. He was never completely satisfied with his debut album, but “How Can We Hang On To A Dream,” “Part of the Wind,” and “Don’t Make Promises” are perfectly sculpted jewels, minimalist in their arrangements and details, every note essential. The songs from 2 are even more impressive. “You Upset the Grace of Living When You Lie,” “It’s Hard to Believe in Love for Long,” “Tribute to Hank Williams,” “Lady Came from Baltimore” are songs that pass as fleeting glimpses into a life sadly doomed. Haunting and sublime throughout.

Customer Reviews

Hang On To A Dream

So much talent and soul ... so many demons ... so short a life ... so sad. An exceptional artist who left behind some wonderful songs.

When?

When are we gonna get to hear these tracks without some of the schlocky string arrangements that were added after the original recordings(much to Hardins chagrin)?

Tim Harden

He wrote so many of the bluesy, folksy, songs that were so much a part of the soundtrack of my college days n the late sixties. His music, and his pain live on in the back (and often the front) places of my mind. We lost you too soon Tim!

Biography

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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