Verities and Balderdash

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Verities and Balderdash is Harry Chapin's fourth and most commercially successful album. This album features the number one single "Cat's in the Cradle". This album was advertised with the slogan "As Only Harry Can Tell It". This album peaked at #4 on the US charts. This album was certified Gold by the RIAA on December 17, 1974.[1] While the touring band remained the same, the producer brought in studio musicians to cut the tracks for the album.

Contents

Track listing

Side 1

  1. "Cat's in the Cradle" - 3:44
  2. "I Wanna Learn a Love Song" - 4:19
  3. "Shooting Star" - 4:02
  4. "30,000 Pounds of Bananas" - 5:45
  5. "She Sings Songs Without Words" - 3:31

Side 2

  1. "What Made America Famous" - 6:53
  2. "Vacancy" - 4:00
  3. "Halfway to Heaven" - 6:10
  4. "Six String Orchestra" - 5:25

Performance Credits

Technical Credits

Reviews

  • All Music Guide - "... a very strange and wonderful album..."[1]
  • Billboard - "...not a bad cut on this set..."[2]
  • Zagat Survey Music Guide - 1,000 Top Albums of All Time (2003) - The story song was Chapin's speciality...perennial "Cat's in the Cradle," ... could make us cry and laugh in the course of a few tracks... it's the most timeless tearjerker ever."[2]

Release history

Country Date Label Format Catalog Additional information
United States August 24, 1974 Elektra LP 7E-1012
cassette TC-51012
United States October 12, 1990 Elektra CD 1012-2

References

  1. Recording Industry Association of America. "Searchable Database". riaa.com. Retrieved 2012-02-04 . 
  2. Top Album Picks Billboard August 24, 1974 p. 48. Retrieved 2010-03-19  
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