Roger Chapman

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Tuesday 13th April 2004 at Feenstra's Music Box, Ascot - EXCLUSIVE UK SHOW

ROGER CHAMPMAN & THE SHORTLIST

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Featuring two new guitarists, Micky Moody (White Snake) and Dave "Bucket" Colwell (Bad Company)

Roger Chapman is arguably the greatest Rock vocalists of our time. He is best known for being the original "Wildman of Rock" with art rockers Family who topped both album and singles charts in the early 70’s. The singles "Burlesque", "Weavers Answer" and "In My Own Time" gave the band a commercial boost, while the recently re-issued Family album back catalogue on Mystic, has stood the test of time with "Fearless" and "Bandstand" still being some of the great albums of our age.

A previously unreleased "Family Live" album also shows the band at the very top of their form.

Roger ChapmanFamily called it a day in the early 70’s and Chapman Whitney Streetwalkers followed, before Roger Chapman became a huge star in Europe, racking up over a million album sales, and earning the coveted Artist of The Year Award in Germany.

In May of this year Roger was accorded the prestigious "Lifetimes Achievement Award For Services to Rock Music" on national German TV.

Back home his career continues to prosper nearly 25 years after going solo and his career was recently neatly captured on the recent 5 CD box set retrospective "Family & Friends".

Meanwhile to mark Steve Simpson’s departure to a West End musical orchestra pit, Chapman will play a special show focussing on both Steve’s 20 year plus, song writing collaboration, and of course, some of his Family material with Jim Cregan.

Up to 1993, Chapman only played an occasional clandestine gig in Britain but following his successful 'Kick It Back' tour that year he has maintained more of a UK presence.

Read the review which appeared in The Times


Roger Chapman & The Short List "Mail Order Magic" Mystic Records
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Mystic Records“Mail Order Magic” was Roger Chapman's third solo album but his first comprising but his own songs along with valuable input from guitarist Geoff Whitehorn and former fellow Family member Poli Palmer.

24 years on from its original release, the album still sounds, fresh, quirky and includes a couple of Roger's biggest songs and a few of his stage favourites;

While “Unknown Soldier” and “Higher Ground” are in the top 5 of Roger solo song writing cannon, “Making the Same Mistake and “Ducking Down” quickly became incorporated into the live tour set up. The title track is pure Chappo, full of odd ball humour, a little weird, but always captivating. The bonus tracks include previously unreleased cover of Benny Spellman's “Fortune Teller” – which provided the musical basis for “Blood & Sand” to be found on the following “Hyenas “album. The live cuts show just how the song grew on the back of a killer band, marshalled by the best growler in the business. A welcome re-issue by a unique vocalist on the verge of great success in Europe.

 

Here are some clips from Mail Order Magic :
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Unknown Soldier
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Mail Order Magic

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Roger Chapman & The Short List were number 2 in the Nov 2004 Playlist and number 9 in the Dec 2004 Playlist


Roger Chapman "Mango Crazy" Mystic Records
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"Mango" is the studio album that gave Roger his long overdue commercial success in Germany and Europe in general.

The album is typical Chappo in a sense with lots of quirky tunes, bags of humour and some great rock. "Mango" also cemented the writing/production team of Chappo and guitarist Geoff Whitehorn. The duo contribute half of the dozen tracks, from the humorous title track take on 80's paranoia, to the Chappo Rap "Toys", complete with Poli Palmer's computer input, even though he wasn't even in the band!

For the rest Whitehorn is in sparkling form on "I Read Your File " which offers more lyrical paranoia, this time about the Eastern Bloc.

Steve Simpson also weighs in with a great slide break in the hugely impressive "Bluesbreaker", while Chappo adds some of his very best blues lyrics on the magnificent "Rivers Run Dry".

The album closes with the same quirky humour of the title track, with "Room Service" being a great parody of the four minute warning, and "Hegoshegoyougoamigo", being a sampled reprise of the opening track. The bonus track "Maybe A Shot in the Dark" was the oft overlooked B side to the would-be hit "Toys".

As things turned out, it was the album that charted and broke major new ground for Chappo. Two decades on, "Mango" sounds like a quality 80's rock album, crammed full of funny ideas and the perfect vehicle at the time for Chappo's magnificent voice.

Here are some clips from Mango Magic :
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Mango Crazy

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Bluesbreaker
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Rivers Run Dry

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Roger Chapman's Mango Crazy was number 4 in the Dec 2004 Playlist

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