Essential listening: Roger Chapman – Chappo (2CD Digipack)

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Chappo (2CD Digipack)

1979 debut solo album from Roger Chapman re-mastered from original tapes featuring bonus tracks, rare demos, and memorabilia.

Roger Chapman, a truly original singer, songwriter and performer who today is still regarded as an icon of British contemporary rock music, is probably best known as a member and main song writer of the progressive rock band Family, which he joined along with Charlie Whitney, in 1966 and also the rock R&B band Streetwalkers which he & Whitney formed in 1974 releasing four albums.

It was in 1979 that Roger Chapman embarked on his solo career with the release of his critically acclaimed Chappo inMarch of that year ? recorded at Startling Studios and produced by David Courtney. The album features songs that that would become and still are live fan favourites ? 'Moth To A Flame', the glorious 'Who Pulled The Night Down' and the superb cover of 'Hang On To A Dream' ? Roger's homage to American songwriter Tim Hardin.

When touring Chappo fans & press enthusiastically received his brand of rock infused R&B. All these years after the initial recording, Chappo still sounds fresh, vital and an accurate barometer of Roger's future solo career direction. This 2015 edition, set for release through Madfish in a 2cd media book, has been lovingly re-mastered from the from original tapes Roger discovered in his loft in 2012 by Pete J Reynolds. The booklet has been beautifully packaged with press clippings, official press releases & pictures , lyrics and features liner notes from Roger Chapman expert Pete Feenstra.

In addition to the alternate versions of album tracks, the rarities on CD2 include two songs from the original recording sessions plus cover versions and an ultra rare demo version of the song 'Talk To Me Now'.

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