The Man Who Hated Mornings

The Man Who Hated Mornings

by Michael ChapmanMichael Chapman


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Michael Chapman's The Man Who Hated Mornings might be seen as comparable to Eric Clapton's Slowhand release of the same year, and the presence of guitarist Mick Ronson (reunited with Chapman after six years spent elsewhere) does ensure that the frets get a fair workout as the album goes on. The comparison, however, has more in common with the mood of the record than any virtuoso concerns -- it is Chapman at his most laid-back, and only occasionally stirring himself into first gear. A cover of Dylan's "Ballad in Plain D" is a triumphant highlight, seguing into Chapmans own "Steel Bonnets" instrumental to emerge a shoo-in for any "best-of" Chapman anthology. Elsewhere, there's much to be said for the wryly salacious "Why Do You Bob Your Hair, Girls," and a title track that completely eschews Chapman's folk-rock reputation for a taste of nightclub jazz. "Dogs Got More Sense," meanwhile, is a joyous slice of pop melody that could be compared to Phillip Goodhand-Tait's "Jewel," but the song that most sums up this album is a delightfully disdainful take on Danny O'Keefe's "I'm Sober Now." That may or may not be true, but Chapman has a wonderful time keeping listeners guessing.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/11/2015
Label: Imports
UPC: 5036436094622
catalogNumber: 5025037
Rank: 101844

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Chapman   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Keef Hartley   Drums
Mick Ronson   Guitar
Rod Clements   Bass
B.J. Cole   Steel Guitar
Andy Latimer   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Vivienne McAuliffe   Background Vocals
John McBurnie   Background Vocals
Pete Wingfield   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Electric Piano
Johnny Van Derek   Violin

Technical Credits

Blind Alfred Reed   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Michael Chapman   Composer,Producer
Jerry Boys   Engineer
Danny O'Keefe   Composer
Phil Rogers   Reissue Art
Max Hole   Producer
Dave Howell   Engineer
Paul Henry   Art Direction,Original Sleeve Design
Keith Herd   Engineer

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