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Discography:

Albums

Hearing It First
Beth Nielsen Chapman
You Hold The Key
Sand And Water



Singles

That's the easy part
You light up my life
In the time it takes
Happy girl
Sand and water




CD cover picture   Hearing It First (1980)
Capitol Records

Listening to this album the first thing I noticed was that Beth's voice didn't change much over the years. The music reminds me of what I was listening to in the late '70s early '80s. The instruments, the arangements, it's all what you can expect from an album made in 1980. If Beth would ever release a 'Best of BNC' then I think 'I'll start walking out' should be one of the songs on there. I made Real Audio sound clips of some of the songs on the album, I hope you enjoy them.

Alex van Renesse

 Track   Title   Songwriter   Playing Time 
1 Hearing it first from me Beth Nielsen Chapman   02:50
2 Here today and gone again tomorrow Beth Nielsen Chapman 02:59
3 Never say never Beth Nielsen Chapman 02:20
4 Hazel's song (Every time you leave me)   Beth Nielsen Chapman 03:15
5 If only I'd known Beth Nielsen Chapman 03:48
6 Start again Beth Nielsen Chapman 03:22
7 When love is new Beth Nielsen Chapman 03:14
8 Tired old lady Beth Nielsen Chapman 03:02
9 No stopping you now Beth Nielsen Chapman 03:35
10 I'll start walking out Beth Nielsen Chapman 03:14

CD cover picture   Beth Nielsen Chapman (1990)
Reprise Records 7599-26172-2

My favourite song is 'Years' from her second album. It is about Beth going to visit her parents for Christmas and describes the feeling and memories she gets on the moment she turns on the street she grew up in.

 Track   Title   Songwriter   Playing Time 
1 Life holds on Beth Nielsen Chapman 04:42
2 No system for love Beth Nielsen Chapman 04:20
3 I keep coming back to you   Beth Nielsen Chapman / Bill Lloyd 03:28
4 Walk my way Beth Nielsen Chapman / David Austin 05:35
5 All I have Beth Nielsen Chapman / Eric Kaz 04:18
6 Child again Beth Nielsen Chapman 04:15
7 Take it as it comes Beth Nielsen Chapman 04:23
8 Down on my knees Beth Nielsen Chapman 05:02
9 Avalanche Beth Nielsen Chapman 04:50
10 That's the easy part Beth Nielsen Chapman 04:27
11 Emily Beth Nielsen Chapman 05:28
12 Years Beth Nielsen Chapman 04:54

CD cover picture   You Hold The Key (1993)
Reprise Records 9362-45233-2

The Japanese release contains a bonus track.

Q magazine review by Rob Beattie

When country music crosses over, it sometimes loses clarity, and that's what's happened here. Beth Nielsen Chapman's a real songwriter (she's served Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Tanya Tucker) and wants to have a go at everything-country rock, torch blues, folk, there's even a drum loop in here. I Don't Know and You Hold The Key should have set the pace-insistent and up front, a concerned Carly Simon. But all the edges disappear as if she's fed the rest of the album through a fluffy Whitney Houston machine, (the brutal Rage On Rage is the exception, all the more stark becase of the company it's forced to keep). A spirited duet with Paul Carrack threatens to light a fire under the second half, but it takes the choirful Faithful Heart and Dancer To The Drum (a small miracle, as if Jackson Browne had written From A Distance) to restore any belief. (2 stars out of 5)

 Track   Title   Songwriter   Playing Time 
1 I don't know Beth Nielsen Chapman 03:58
2 You hold the key Beth Nielsen Chapman 04:06
3 Dance with me slow Beth Nielsen Chapman 04:19
4 Say it to me now Beth Nielsen Chapman 04:48
5 When I feel this way Beth Nielsen Chapman 04:20
6 Rage on rage Beth Nielsen Chapman 04:19
7 Only so many tears Beth Nielsen Chapman 04:08
8 In the time it takes Beth Nielsen Chapman 04:18
9 You say you will Beth Nielsen Chapman / Verlon Thompson 04:20
10 The moment you were mine   Beth Nielsen Chapman / Steve Dorff 03:31
11 Faithful heart Beth Nielsen Chapman 03:31
12 Dancer to the drum Beth Nielsen Chapman 03:41

Guest vocalist: Paul Carrack on "In the time it takes"

CD cover picture   Sand And Water (1997)
WEA/Warner/Reprise 46521

The back of the CD booklet contains the following note from Beth:

"I could never have imagined all the twists and turns my life would take since the release of my last record. I lost my husband Ernest to cancer in August of 1994. The year that passed between his diagnosis and his death was one of profound sorrow, deep learning and incomprehensible wonder for us both. The songs on this album reflect many stages of grief and healing for me. It has been a long struggle, but I'm starting to feel more joy these days. And every aspect of my life has deepened in meaning. That has been a gift in the midst of this loss. I hope this music will touch a chord with others who have lost a loved one. In my experience there is no way around grief -- there is only through to the other side."

 Track   Title   Songwriter   Playing Time 
1 The color of roses Beth Nielsen Chapman / Matt Rollings 04:52
2 Beyond the blue Beth Nielsen Chapman / Gary Nicholson 05:00
3 All the time in the world Beth Nielsen Chapman / Bill Lloyd 03:44
4 Sand and water Beth Nielsen Chapman 04:09
5 Fair enough Beth Nielsen Chapman / Dominic Miller / Kevin Savigar 03:40
6 Seven shades of blue Beth Nielsen Chapman 04:25
7 Happy girl Beth Nielsen Chapman / Annie Shoes Roboff 03:34
8 Thanks to spring Beth Nielsen Chapman 03:45
9 No one knows but you Beth Nielsen Chapman 04:43
10 Heads up for the wrecking ball Beth Nielsen Chapman 03:58
11 Say goodnight Beth Nielsen Chapman / Joe Henry 03:59
12 Sleepless nights Boudleaux / Felice Bryant 02:45
13 The color of roses (instrumental)   Beth Nielsen Chapman / Matt Rollings 01:35

The CD was released in Japan on April 25th. Tracks 8, 12, and 13 are Japanese bonus tracks.

There are several guest vocalist on this album:
Michael McDonald on "Seven shades of blue"
Amy Grant on "Thanks to spring"
Bonnie Raitt on "Heads up for the wrecking ball"
J.D. Souther on "Sleepless nights"

CD cover picture   In the time it takes (1994)
Reprise CD 5439181682

 Track   Title   Songwriter   Playing Time 
1 In the time it takes (single version)  Beth Nielsen Chapman 04:17
2 You hold the key (album version) Beth Nielsen Chapman 04:07

CD cover picture   Happy girl (1997
Reprise CD 936243932

 Track   Title   Songwriter 
1 Happy girl (album version remix)  Beth Nielsen Chapman / Annie Shoes Roboff
2 Seven Shades Of Blue Beth Nielsen Chapman
3 All I have Beth Nielsen Chapman / Eric Kaz

CD cover picture   Sand and water (1997)
Reprise CD 9 17269-2

 Track   Title   Songwriter   Playing Time 
1 Sand and water  Beth Nielsen Chapman 04:07
2 Beyond the blue Beth Nielsen Chapman / Gary Nicholson 04:58



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The Netherlands, Europe
you can E-mail me at: jad @ bart.nl