Michael Chapman (2)Rainmaker

Label:Harvest – SHVL 755
Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre:Rock, Folk, World, & Country
Style:Folk Rock, Folk


A1It Didn't Work Out
A3You Say
A4Thank You P.K. 1944
A5No-one Left To Care
A6Small Stones
B1Not So Much A Garden - More Like A Maze
B2No Song To Sing
B3One Time Thing
B4Sunday Morning
B5Goodbye To Monday Night

Companies, etc.



Exterior gatefold sleeve is fully laminated.
Inner Gatefold printed on card viewed vertically.
EMI/Harvest Inner sleeve.

No 'EMI' logo
'The Gramophone Co. Ltd. ' text to upper rim

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout - variant 1): SHVL 755 A2-G
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout - variant 1): SHVL 755 B1-G
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout stamped [R=sideways] - variant 2): SHVL 755 A - 2G R ⇀
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout stamped [R=sideways] - variant 2): SHVL 755 B -1G R ⇀
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout stamped - variant 3): SHVL 755 A - 2G G 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout stamped - variant 3): SHVL 755 B -1G R 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): SHVL.755A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): SHVL.755B
  • Rights Society: Mecolico
  • Rights Society: BIEM
  • Rights Society: NCB

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Rainmaker (LP)HarvestSHVL 755UK1969
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Rainmaker (LP)HarvestSHVL 755Netherlands1969
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Rainmaker (LP, Album, Mispress, Stereo)HarvestSHVL 755UK1969
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  • Euphonics's avatar
    In the Summer of 1965, electric instrumentation entered folk music via three separate avenues: Fred Neil, The Byrds, and Bob Dylan. People played around with the augmented style for a couple years, and then somewhere between 1969 and 1971, it was perfected. But who did it best? Was it Fairport's majestic Liege And Leif? Was it Roy Harper's trio of sprawling masterpieces from that time (starting with Folkjokeapus and ending with Stormcock)? Does Neil Young's After The Gold Rush count? Or how about Pentangle? They were a supergroup, surely they can lay claim to this achievement with Basket of Light? Or did it happen more obscurely, with characters like Meic Stevens, Skip Spence, Perry Leopold, Vashti Bunyan and Karen Dalton all producing amazing cult-classics?

    Those are all incredible choices, for sure. Music Nerd-Certified™ without a doubt. But you want to know my honest-to-Janus opinion?

    This is it. This album right here. Michael Chapman has taken all the elements of traditional folk songwriting, married them with rock and roll, and put them together into a single cohesive package of eleven mesmerizing compositions. His one-of-a-kind guitar playing shines through on every richly-layered track, accompanied by just the right amount of gusto from his talented band. Side one feels like a full album unto itself. By the time the whole thing is over, you have this feeling of... Impossibility. Like, that had to be a career-spanning "Best-Of", right? No one could put *that* many perfect songs together in one album, without becoming a household name, right...? Where's his sold-out Crazy Horse Reunion Tour? Why hasn't Universal Music shelled out $300 million for his catalog, like they just did for Dylan?

    It's kind of infuriating, I know. If you're late to the party, that's understandable. I myself am not afraid to admit that it took me until 2021 to find this genre-defining opus. But now that I'm here, I can only be grateful. You should be, too.

    • DigLiverpool's avatar
      Edited 3 years ago
      Absolutely superb album that my own ignorance has led me to overlooking for years. I knew Chapman was part of the British late 60s progressive folk scene and well respected and propped by many of the bands and artists that I love; Pentangle, Ayers, Danny Thonpson, Incredible String Band, Roy Harper. However, I had never got around to listening to early This album has the depth, creativity, emotional content and overall feel of the best British progressive folk I've heard. Just drop the needle on 'It didn't work out' and fall deep into Chapmans mesmeric guitar playing and overall arrangements. 10/10.


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