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Home > News > Pioneer Entertainment's Rockpalast Live: Harry Chapin DVD to be Released August 20

Pioneer Entertainment's Rockpalast Live: Harry Chapin DVD to be Released August 20

June 23, 2002

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Pioneer Entertainment's Harry Chapin: Rockpalast Live DVD #########################################


May 24, 2002



Concert Debuts on DVD 25 Years After Performance,
Special Edition DVD Arrives August 20
DVD Proceeds Benefit the Harry Chapin Foundation

LONG BEACH, CA – Pioneer Entertainment presents famed poet, musician and philanthropist Harry Chapin in a live concert performance Rockpalast Live.  Performed in Germany in April 1977, Rockpalast Live: Harry Chapin arrives on special edition DVD on August 20, priced at $24.98.  Chapin performs all of his biggest hits including Taxi, W*O*L*D* and Cats In The Cradle.  In addition, 11 other tracks provide an outstanding testament to his lyrical creativity and pure musical talent.   One of the most beloved performers in music history, Chapin was a spokesman of the people and poet laureate to cabdrivers, housewives and many others often so overlooked.  His music radiated the thoughts and feelings of those he wrote about and labored to help through his incessant fund raising efforts.  Rockpalast Live: Harry Chapin is presented in 5.1 digital surround sound.

A portion of the proceeds from the DVD will be donated to the Harry Chapin Foundation.  The foundation’s mission is to address the problems of the disadvantaged and promote educational programs that lead to a greater understanding of human suffering.  Chapin once said "America stands for two things: aiding and abetting the quest of every human being for human rights, human dignity and human needs, and providing that individuals can make a difference."  Because of his efforts and contributions, Chapin was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Freedom.

Rockpalast Live:  Harry Chapin
Ø Shooting Star            
Ø W*O*L*D*        
Ø Mr. Tanner
Ø Dance Band On The Titanic
Ø Taxi
Ø Six-String Orchestra
Ø Corey’s Coming
Ø Mail Order Annie
Ø 30,000 Pounds of Bananas
Ø Cat’s In the Cradle
Ø Circle
Ø Odd Job Man
Ø I Wanna Learn A Love Song
Pioneer Entertainment (USA) Inc. ( is a full-service producer and distributor of entertainment software including film, music, animation and television shows on VHS and DVD.  Headquartered in Long Beach, California, Pioneer Entertainment is part of the Pioneer North American Group.  Its parent company, Pioneer Corporation
(NYSE: PIO), is recognized around the world for its position at the forefront of optical disc technology, car electronics and consumer entertainment.  With more than 30,000 employees worldwide and over $5 billion in yearly sales worldwide, Pioneer operates facilities in Japan, Europe, the United States, Canada and Mexico.
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Rockpalast Live:  Harry Chapin

Street Date:            8/20/02
Pre-Order Date:        7/16/02
Price/Catalog Number:    
DVD                $24.98/PA-11695
Running Time:        96 minutes


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"Oh, if a man tried to take his time on earth and prove before he died what one man's life could be worth, I wonder what would happen to this world?" -- Harry Chapin, 1942-1981.



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Bottom Line Encore Collection
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Dance Band On The Titanic*
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Gold Medal Collection
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Greatest Stories Live*
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Harry Chapin Tribute
Heads & Tales
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Last Protest Singer
Legends Of Lost & Found*
Living Room Suite
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On The Road To Kingdom Come
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Portrait Gallery
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Short Stories
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Sniper & Other Love Songs
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Story of a Life
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The Latest Release

Sniper & Other Love Songs


In 1972, Harry released Sniper & Other Love Songs. Thirty years would pass before the album would ever reach the CD format. Sniper was finally re-released in June, 2002.

Originally given a working title of Sweet City Suite, the album tells the story of various characters one might run into in a city. The album features the original studio versions of Chapin classics "A Better Place to Be" and "Circle." But perhaps more importantly (as those songs are already well-distributed on compilation CDs), the album features seemingly lost Chapin stories, including "And the Baby Never Cries," "Burning Herself," "Barefoot Boy," and "Woman Child."

Sniper is for the seasoned Chapin fan. New fans would do better to check out Greatest Stories Live. But for Chapin fans who have reached the level of the Dance Band on the Titanic album, this is the next step. Slightly over-produced and having a little of the "forced" feel that some of Harry's studio albums possess, this album does not capture the powerfully live Harry Chapin. Nonetheless, it captures Harry's great iconoclastic songwriting--Harry takes the story song to new heights here. But the album works best for those ready for it; don't buy it until you are ready to appreciate it!