Tim Hardin


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Tim Hardin e` passato alla storia come l'autore di If I Were A Carpenter (1967), Reason To Believe (1965), Hang On To A Dream, tutti brani portati al successo da altri cantanti. Aveva iniziato nel 1960 come cantante bianco di blues ma poi si era lasciato influenzare dal folk-rock. I suoi primi nastri, registrati nel 1962, videro la luce soltanto su This Is (Atco, 1967). 1+2 (Repertoire) raccoglie i primi due album ufficiali, entrambi intitolati Tim Hardin (Verve, 1966 e 1967), il primo con Don't Make Promises and How Can We Hang On To A Dream e il secondo con i suoi due brani piu` celebri. Hardin era il piu` vicino alla sensibilita` jazz, come dimostrano le collaborazioni con Gary Burton e altri (While You're On Your Way, Part Of The Wind, Speak Like A Child). Hardin non venne toccato che marginalmente dal brioso folk-rock di quegli anni (Smugglin' Man, Ain't Gonna Do Without e See Where You Are And Get Out), restando fedele all'immagine del troubadour malinconico (Black Sheep Boy, Lady Came From Baltimore, Tribute To Hank Williams). III e` un live. IV (Verve, 1969) chiuse in malinconia il decennio, ma Hardin gli fece seguire l'ambizioso Suite For Susan Moore And Damian (Columbia, 1970).

Afflitto da tossico-dipendenza, si ritiro` presto dalle scene. Hardin mori` nel dicembre 1980 all'eta' di quarant'anni.

(Translated by Ornella C. Grannis)

Tim Hardin will be remembered as the author of If I Were A Carpenter (1967), Reason To Believe (1965), Hang On To A Dream, all songs brought to fame by others. He began in 1960 as a blues singer, but along the way felt the influence of folk-rock. His early tapes, recorded in 1962, surfaced on the album This Is (Atco, 1967).

1+2 (Repertoire) is a reissue of his first two albums, both entitled Tim Hardin (Verve, 1966 and 1967). The second album contains two of his better known songs.

As his collaborations with Gary Burton and others show, Harding was closer to the sensibility of jazz (While You're On Your Way, Part Of The Wind, Speak Like A Child) than that of folk. He let himself be touched only marginally by the exuberant folk-rock of those years (Smugglin' Man, Ain't Gonna Do Without, and See Where You Are And Get Out), favoring instead the image of melancholy troubadour (Black Sheep Boy, Lady Came >From Baltimore, Tribute To Hank Williams).

III is a live album.

IV (Verve, 1969) concluded the decade in a somber mood. It was followed immediately by the ambitious Suite For Susan Moore And Damian (Columbia, 1970).

Tim Hardin, afflicted by drug addiction, retired early. He died in December 1980, at the age of forty.

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