(1996) Simple Songs Of Freedom: The Tim Hardin Collection

Tim Harden

... read moreHardin's Columbia period, lasting from the late '60s to the early '70s, was a troubled one that saw his songwriting muse wither and his personal life start to dissolve. Although his best work was behind him, he was still capable of recording good material. This 17-song collection is a good...

01:06′:17″ 17 Songs

1
Tim Harden
Simple Song Of Freedom
3:51
2
Tim Harden
Shiloh Town
3:09
3
Tim Harden
Turn The Page (Album Version)
2:57
4
Tim Harden
Playing Cards/The Magician (Album Version)
2:42
5
Tim Harden
First Love Song (Live)
4:23
6
Tim Harden
Last Sweet Moments (Live)
6:07
7
Tim Harden
If I Knew
3:51
8
Tim Harden
Hoboin' (Album Version)
3:25
9
Tim Harden
Andre Johray (Album Version)
2:48
10
Tim Harden
Southern Butterfly (Album Version)
2:49
11
Tim Harden
Bird On The Wire
5:26
12
Tim Harden
Midnight Caller (Album Version)
3:06
13
Tim Harden
Yankee Lady (Album Version)
4:24
14
Tim Harden
Till We Meet Again (Album Version)
3:10
15
Tim Harden
I'll Be Home (Album Version)
5:39
16
Tim Harden
If I Knew (Alternate Version)
4:37
17
Tim Harden
Thanks To Gideon (Album Version)
3:53
Released 17 September 1996, 1996 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

Review

Hardin's Columbia period, lasting from the late '60s to the early '70s, was a troubled one that saw his songwriting muse wither and his personal life start to dissolve. Although his best work was behind him, he was still capable of recording good material. This 17-song collection is a good distillation of the highlights of his three Columbia LPs, which largely still found his voice in good shape. Original tunes were more of a problem: although the best of his compositions were on a rough par with his Verve work, by the time of 1972's Painted Head, he was devoting himself entirely to covers of songs by others. The Painted Head selections are the least impressive on this anthology, the spare folk-rock of the earlier Columbia sessions giving way to slicker arrangements that don't highlight his sad, wavering voice nearly as effectively. The remainder is pretty good, with the significant bonus of his sole chart single, a 1969 cover of Bobby Darin's "Simple Song of Freedom," and five decent (if sometimes unpolished) previously unreleased outtakes from late 1968. Simple Songs is the one album of post-Verve Hardin music to own. ~ Richie Unterberger