Archive for the ‘mp3s My Record Collection’ category

Tim Hardin – Songwriter

July 29, 2009

Today I was just flipping through my extensive collections of LPs found at Thrift Shops and Garage Sales and decide to convert some to mp3s. The first LP that caught my eye today was that of Tim Hardin. Suprising what you find at garage sales huh? In any event, if you are not familiar with him, then you have very likely heard his songs covered by other artists. Just a note to say that this is somewhat rare, even for myself, to have discovered the original versions of these songs. Just thought I’d share a couple with you. So, with that being said, here a couple I have often included in my set list during my live performances at open mics and now I/we finally get to hear them as Tim originally performed them. I enjoyed this find, I hope you do too!

About the artist! Timothy James Hardin (December 23, 1941 – December 29, 1980) was an American folk musician and composer. He is best remembered for writing the Top 40 hits “If I Were a Carpenter and “Reason to Believe”.

Tim Hardin - Back Cover

“Reason to Believe” has been covered by : Paul Weller, Billy Bragg, The Youngbloods, Rod Stewart, Ron Sexsmith, Wilson Phillips, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, The Carpenters, Marianne Faithfull, Bobby Darin, Glen Campbell, The Kingston Trio, Weddings Parties Anything, Mason Williams and by the Israeli singer Arik Einstein. Listen to it here.

“If I Were A Carpenter” has been covered by: Wes Carr, Stan Webb’s Chicken Shack, Bobby Darin, Johnny Cash and June Carter, The Four Tops, Leon Russell, Rod Stewart, Doc Watson, Joan Baez (as “If You Were a Carpenter”), The Nice, Small Faces, Robert Plant, Leonard Nimoy, John Holt, Bob Seger, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot. Listen to it here.

Finally, just for good measure, I found this little gem I heard for the first time and decided to include it. If you’re like me, and a lot of my other songwriting friends, we all hold in high regard the timeless songs of Hank Williams. Here is Tim’s tribute to the man entitled, ” Tribute to Hank Williams”. It can be found here.

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FYI. The Best of Tim Hardin was released on Verve Records 1969. The Long Play Album includes: Don’t Make Promises, It’ll Never Happen Again, Tribute to Hank Williams, Misty Roses, How Can We Hang On To A Dream, If I Were A Carpenter, Reason To Believe, Black Sheep Boy, Red Balloon, Smugglin’ Man and Lady Came From Baltimore.

To learn more about Tim Hardin, click here.


Stompin Tom Connors – Live at the Horseshoe

April 14, 2009


Hello Folks,

Just having a little fun! I stumbled upon a record collection last spring while out doing my garage sale thing. I guess this gal was moving and apparently she had about 3000 LP’s in storage from a campus radio station she was involved with back in the day. I wish I was able to take the whole collection! However, I only took a couple of milk crates full. For the most part they were Canadian Cancon stuff. So, I’ve gotten around to digitizing some of them to mp3s. Just thought I’d share them for your enjoyment in this new thread here at my blog. First up is…and what can be more Canadian…than Stompin Tom Connors! Here he is “Live at the Horseshoe” Tavern in Toronto 1967.


Here are a couple of cuts I am making available for download at the links provided. ENJOY!

1/ Horseshoe Hotel Song

2/ Lukes Guitar

* Recorded on Boot Records (BOS – 7128) in STEREO!
* Produced by Jury Krytiuk
* Other cuts include; Happy Rovin Cowboy, Big Joe Mufferaw, Come Where We’re At, The Green Green Grass of Home, Spin Spin, Muleskinner Blues, I’ve Been Everywhere, Sudbury Saturday Night, Bus Tour to Nashville and Bud the Spud.

* FYI. Geeky tech stuff! I use Adobe as Audition which has an on board plug-in effect called “Restoration” that is designed specifically to take out the hiss and clicks. If you do not have Adobe, my suggestion is to download Audacity, which is a similar FREE software you can find easily by searching via Google. That’s it!