Michael Chapman – Rainmaker

Light In The Attic
LITA 079

First Date:
Picture Gatefold
US - Reissue
Classic Rock + Rock / Indie + Folk / Country
roy harper, ralph mctell, john renbourn
Michael Chapman - Rainmaker
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Gorgeously remastered from the original master tapes
LP remains a faithful reproduction of the original album tracks
180-gram wax housed in a deluxe Stoughton gatefold “tip-on” jacket
On the heels of last year’s reissue of Michael Chapman’s 1970 classic album Fully Qualified Survivor (LITA 060), comes his 1969 debut Rainmaker (originally released on the seminal Harvest label).
Like the ‘FQS’ album, Rainmaker is a psychedelic-guitar-folk delight. The album kicks off with one of Chapman’s best known songs “It Didn’t Work Out” – which features a stellar cast of legendary English musicians of the era; Guitarist “Clem” Clempson was in the prog-band Bakerloo (soon after playing with Chapman he’d join jazz-rockers Colosseum and then Humble Pie) Drummer Aynsley Dunbar (his resume includes John Mayall, Eric Burdon, David Bowie, Frank Zappa and Lou Reed), bassist Alex Dmochowski (long time Dunbar comrade) were both in Dunbar’s Retaliation. Organ player Norman Haines was in Locomotive (another obscure, but legendary progressive English band of the day).
A true stylist in his own right, Chapman holds a middle line between John Martyn and Bert Jansch with the provocative electric rock of Martyn juxtaposed against the traditional folk so wonderfully espoused by Jansch. Another highlight is Chapman’s lyrical/vocal style, which would appeal to fans of Roy Harper. Along for the ride on other songs are acoustic bassist Danny Thompson (Pentangle, John Martyn, Nick Drake) and electric bass player Rick Kemp (later to join Steeleye Span). All of the proceedings were produced by Gus Dudgeon who also did Chapman’s “FQS” album as well as David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” single – and a ton of the early work of Elton John.

We’ve reproduced the gatefold jacket in its exact original form (including a deluxe Stoughton-“tip-on” jacket), while the CD version includes 6 rare bonus tracks from the Rainmaker sessions, including 3 previously unreleased songs never heard else-where! And if that wasn’t enough, journalist Byron Coley penned 5,000 words of new liner notes taken from a fresh Chapman interview detailing the recording sessions. All packaged with many unseen photos of the era. 

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A1. It Didn't Work OutMichael Cha...Gus Dudgeon
A2. RainmakerMichael Cha...Gus Dudgeon
A3. You SayMichael Cha...Gus Dudgeon
A4. Thank You P.K. 1944Michael Cha...Gus Dudgeon
A5. No-one Left To CareMichael Cha...Gus Dudgeon
A6. Small StonesMichael Cha...Gus Dudgeon
B1. Not So Much A Garden - More L...Michael Cha...Gus Dudgeon
B2. No Song To SingMichael Cha...Gus Dudgeon
B3. One Time ThingMichael Cha...Gus Dudgeon
B4. Sunday MorningMichael Cha...Gus Dudgeon
B5. Goodbye To Monday NightMichael Cha...Gus Dudgeon
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