ROGER CHAPMAN Chappo (1979), Live In Hamburg (1979), Mango Crazy (1983), The Shadow Knows (1984), Zipper (1986), Walking The Cat (1989/1993), Live In Berlin (1989), Kiss My Soul (1996) & Anthology 1979-1998 (1998)


RE-UPPED Any Roger Chapman fans out there? I was a Family man for decades, before turning my attention to Streetwalkers… both beloved British bands fronted by Chapman (and long time writing partner, guitarist Charlie Whitney). After the two split, Chapman went solo in 1979 with Chappo and Live In Hamburg, both solid albums that echoed the ballsy, throat-shredding characteristics of his best work. As a solo artist, however, Chapman wasn’t afraid to try new ideas, and future albums delivered plenty of variety, electro-dance beds and grand, slo-mo ballads, that seemed designed to keep pace with musical innovations, and maybe even attract the interest of mainstreamers. To no avail, though. As a result, much of Chapman’s solo catalog is hit and miss. Part of the problem was his inability to regularly produce top notch material to feed his non-stop work ethic. You can also blame Family, Streetwalkers and Chappo’s own mythic, brawling & boozing rep for setting a standard too high. Since so many are unfamiliar with his solo career, I’ve included the 2CD, Anthology 1979-1998, for those just looking for an overview. I’ll be honest, many of these German import discs (early CDs, often lacking remastered sonics) have been sitting on my neglected shelf for decades. No reason you shouldn’t enjoy them, though. Roger Chapman is still active today, getting more appreciation around his home base of Germany than he ever got here in the States. Click the album covers for links to Amazon for tough to find hard discs. Chapman’s got a dozen other albums besides these.


Chappo (1979)
Midnite Child (3:48
)
Moth To A Flame (4:58)
Keep Forgettin (4:15)
Shapes Of Things (3:50)
Face Of Stone (4:02)
Let’s Spend The Night Together (3:30)
Who Pulled The Nite Down (3:44)
Always Gotta Pay In The End (4:26)
Hang On To A Dream (3:35)
Pills (4:30)
Don’t Give Up (7:03)


Live In Hamburg (1979)
Moth To A Flame (5:49
)
Keep Forgettin (5:02)
Midnite Child (5:25)
Who Pulled The Nite Down/Talking About You (8:34)
Short List (6:44)
Can’t Get In/Keep A Knockin (7:48)
I’m Your Hoochie Couchie Man (3:57)
Let’s Spent The Night Together (5:58)


Mango Crazy (1983)
Mango Crazy (4:41
)
Toys: Do You? (4:07)
I Read Your File (4:00)
Los Dos Bailadores (3:45)
Bluesbreaker (4:15)
Turn It Up Loud (4:05)
Let Me Down (3:22)
Hunt The Man (6:07)
Rivers Run Dry (4:10)
I Really Can’t Go Straight (4:16)
Room Service (2:50)
Hegoshegoyougoamigo (1:00)


The Shadow Knows (1984)
Busted Loose (4:45
)
Leader Of Man (5:14)
Ready To Roll (5:54)
I Think Of You Now (5:13)
Sitting Up Pretty (4:41)
How How How (5:42)
Only Love Is In The Red (4:27)
Sweet Vanilla (3:57)
I’m A Good Boy Now (2:54)


Zipper (1986)
Zipper (6:18
)
Running With The Flame (4:21)
On Do Die Day (6:09)
Never Love A Rolling Stone (4:00)
Let The Beat Get Heavy (4:54)
It’s Never Too Late To Do-Ron-Ron (4:39)
Woman Of Destiny (6:21)
Hoodoo Me Up (3:24)


Walking The Cat (1989/1993)
Kick It Back (4:22
)
Son Of Red Moon (3:47)
Stranger Than Strange (4:42)
Just A Step Away (Let’s Go) (5:37)
The Fool (2:54)
Walking The Cat (5:13)
J & D (3:36)
Come The Dark Night (4:56)
Hands Off (4:03)
Jivin (2:59)
Saturday Night Kick Back (1:51)


Live In Berlin EP (1989)
Shadow On The Wall (8:04
)
Let Me Down (4:50)
How How How (7:13)
Mango Crazy (11:11)


Kiss My Soul (1996)
Into The Bright (4:03
)
Habits Of A Lifetime (4:27)
A Cat Called Kokomo (4:07)
One More Whisky (4:18)
Kiss My Soul (4:07)
Outside Looking In (4:40)
Beautiful Dreamers (6:06)
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue (4:35)
Mistreated (3:52)
Song Of Desire (4:33)
Two Pieces Of Silver (4:30)
Really Started Something (3:55)


Anthology 1979-1998 (1998)
1
Always Gotta Pay In The End (4:28
)
Moth To A Flame (4:59)
Who Pulled The Night Down (3:45)
Keep Forgettin’ (Live) (4:53)
Let’s Spend The Night Together (Live) (6:04)
Barman (5:28)
Unknown Soldier (Can’t Get To Heaven) (3:47)
Ducking Down (3:56)
Hyenas Only Laugh For Fun (3:13)
Common Touch (5:17)
Mango Crazy (4:42)
Let Me Down (3:24)
Slow Down (2:20)
Slap Bang In The Middle (Live) (7:38)
Short List (Live) (6:24)
Shadow On The Wall (Live) (5:49)
2
Burlesque (Live)
(4:52)
My Friend The Sun (Live) (4:59)
Stone Free (5:55)
Prisoner (6:05)
The Shadow Knows (3:28)
How, How, How (5:41)
Never Love A Rolling Stone (3:58)
Zipper (6:17)
Zip Ah De Do Dah (Live) (3:22)
The Drum (4:37)
Walking The Cat (5:15)
Chicken Fingers (2:59)
Someone Else’s Clothes (4:18)
Love Is A Hard Thing (4:10)
Even Angels (4:57)
Kiss My Soul (4:08)
Into The Bright (4:03)

12 Comments

  • 1
    Willard
    May 26, 2011 - 11:50 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • 2
    Phil Winans
    August 15, 2011 - 02:20 | Permalink

    How about some of the lofthouse tapes series?? This sight has gotta be my favorite on the web.All I can say is MORE PLEASE!!!!! Phil winans

    • 3
      Willard
      August 15, 2011 - 03:03 | Permalink

      Don’t got ‘em, sorry.

  • 4
    elvis
    October 12, 2011 - 08:43 | Permalink

    any chance for ‘he was …she was…’(double live album)
    thanks.

  • 8
    Dick G
    October 12, 2011 - 08:57 | Permalink

    I heard a story that when Family was playing Fillmore East, Roger was spinning his mic like a lariat. He let out a little too much mic cord and the mic hit Bill Graham(who was standing in the wings just off stage)on the jaw. After Bill shook it off he had his employees take Family’s name off the marquee while they were still onstage.

  • 10
    October 12, 2011 - 19:38 | Permalink

    Chapman posesses perhaps the most odd voice in rock & roll….a thin reedy warble that delivers very time.

  • 11
    carlo
    March 7, 2012 - 08:41 | Permalink

    Hi,what about “Mail order Magic”?

    • 12
      Willard
      March 7, 2012 - 09:58 | Permalink

      This is all I’ve personally got, sorry.

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