Rare Michael Chapman LP Reissued

Are you ready to get
qualified?

 

By Fred Mills

 

Greying musos (such as yours truly) can do a merry
arm-in-arm jig with younger freak-folkers at the recent news from venerable
archival label Light In The Attic: they’ve reissued the legendary British
folkie Michael Chapman
‘s 1970 classic Fully Qualified
Survivor
, a platter that has long eluded fans on these shores for a good
time now (to date it had only been reissued overseas), and one which the original vinyl has no doubt been wore thin from constant spins over the years. The album’s stature is indeed justified; Chapman, a peer to the likes of John Martyn and Roy Harper, recorded
early on for the Harvest imprint and was championed by no less than BBC maestro
John Peel, who helped make the track “Postcards From Scarborough” a minor hit
in the UK.

 

Chapman’s four-album run for Harvest earned him a rabidly
devoted following, and although his profile was considerably lower from the
1980s onward, he remains a much-loved icon in the roots and folk community and
continues to record and perform to this day.

 

And because we feel like LITA’s official product description
for Chappo’s album is absolutely stonkin’, we’re gonna share that with you.
Check it out:

 

 

Oh yeah! Are you ready
to get qualified/wp-content/photos Fans of John Martyn, Roy Harper, and Bert Jansch get ready
for a little trip back to England
in 1970 when the Harvest label was playing mother hen to the psych-folk-rock
scene. First time ever on CD in North America, and the first vinyl reissue in
decades, this reissue of Michael
Chapman
‘s classic 1970 album
Fully
Qualified Survivor
sports re-mastered
audio, old school tip-on gatefold jacket, 180-gram vinyl, rare archival photos,
and notes by Mick Houghton (Uncut). And for you CD lovers, better put on your
shades when picking this one up, as the silver foil deluxe Digipak is a real
shiner! Like other Harvest artists, Chapman’s music contains a slightly drugged
out feel, sublime guitar playing and intense lyrics. What makes
Fully Qualified Survivor such a special album (besides being a
vehicle for a young pre-David Bowie Mick Ronson’s mind-blowing guitar heroics)
are the layers of beautiful acoustic guitars, deranged vocals, floating conga
drums, and the cello of Paul Buckmaster, all floating along in a slightly
druggy haze.

 

 

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