This 2-CD set captures the night of Harry Chapin's 2000th live
performance in wonderful detail, from the intimate appreciation he had
for his audience to their return enthusiasm for him. The sound quality
is wonderful in that it captures the subtleties of Chapin's rough,
blues-singer voice and the wonderful complexities of the accompanying
music, while still allowing for the echoes and faint background noise of
a small show for a faithful crowd.
Really, the only way to describe this disc is intimate - Chapin shares
the ups and downs of his life with the crowd with the bawdy candor that
you'd expect more from some friend or relative performing at a family
function than the musical legend he had become at that point.
Ironically, Chapin ends the concert with a shout of "Here's to 2000
more!" to the crowd's fading applause - he was killed in a car accident
on the Long Island Expressway nearly six months to the day after this
performance was recorded.
by Donnacha DeLong