Hardin, Tim

Band members               Related acts

- Tim Hardin (RIP 1980) -- vocals, guitar, keyboards


  supporting musicians (1970)

- Warren Bernhardt -- keyboards

- Buzz -- keyboards

- David -- saxophone

- Monte Dunn -- guitar

- Keith -- trumpet

- Gary Klein -- keyboards

- Donald McDonald -- drums

- Philipe -- conga




- none known


Genre: folk

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Tim Hardin

Company: Verve Forecast

Catalog: FTS-3004

Year: 1966

Country/State: Eugene, Oregon

Grade (cover/record): --

Comments: --

Available: SOLD

Catalog ID: SOLD

Price: SOLD


While he's largely forgotten, singer/songwriter Tim Hardin was an early trend setter. During the early '60s, while the rest of the industry was pursuing folk music for all it was worth, Hardin picked up an electric guitar and started playing white blues (it would take Dylan several more years to gather sufficient courage to do the same). 

Born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, Hardin proved an indifferent student. After graduating high school he opted for a tour of duty with the Marines. Following his discharge he moved to New York City where he decided to pursue an acting career. He quickly abandoned acting in favor of music and by late 1963 was a regular on New York's Greenwich Village and the Boston club circuits. Having relocated to Boston, in 1964 producer Erik Jacobsen arranged for Hardin to record a series of demos for Columbia. The results were promptly shelved, leaving Hardin to return to the club scene.

Two years later Hardin was signed by the Verve Forecast label, releasing his self-titled debut in late 1966. The product of two years of labor, "Tim Hardin" found the artist moving away from his earlier white-blues catalog towards folk-rock. Backed by an eclectic cast, including The Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian, the combination of Hardin's world weary drawl, several classic tunes ("Reason To Believe", "Hang On To a Dream" and "Don't Make Promises") and his pretty boy looks proved irresistible to critics who raved over the set. Ironically, Hardin was reportedly furious with the string arrangements and other postproduction work.

"Tim Hardin" track listing:


Genre: folk

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Tim Hardin 2

Company: Verve Forecast

Catalog: FTS-3022

Year: 1967

Country/State: Eugene, Oregon

Grade (cover/record): VG / VG

Comments: wrinkled top right corner; Verve Forecast sticker on front

Available: 1

Catalog ID: 4113

Price: $8.00

Cost: $1.00


Tim Hardin's cleverly titled sophomore release "Tim Hardin 2" teamed him with producers Charles Koppelman and Don Rubin. Sporting another set of sensitive singer/songwriter material, musically introspective material such as "Red Balloon", "See Where You Are and Get Out" and "You Upset the Grace Of Living When You Lie" wasn't a major change in direction. Elsewhere the set was notable for it's brevity; five of the ten tracks clocking in at under two minutes. The set also included two of Hardin's best known compositions - "If I Were a Carpenter" and "Lady Came from Baltimore". Surprisingly funky in it's original arrangement, Bobby Darin's pedestrian cover of "Carpenter" ended up being the hit. 

"Tim Hardin 2" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) If I Were a Carpenter   (Tim Hardin) - 2:41
2.) Red Balloon   (Tim Hardin) - 2:37
3.) Black Sheep Boy   (Tim Hardin) - 1:58
4.) Lady Came from Baltimore   (Tim Hardin) - 1:49
5.) Baby Close It's Eyes   (Tim Hardin) - 1:52

(side 2)

1.) You Upset the Grace Of Living When You Lie   (Tim Hardin) - 1:47
2.) Speak Like a Child   (Tim Hardin) - 3:15
3.) See Where You Are and Get Out   (Tim Hardin) - 1:12
4.) It's Hard To Believe In Love for Long  (Tim Hardin) - 2:17
5.) Tribute To Hank Williams   (Tim Hardin) - 3:10


Genre: folk

Rating: * (1 star)

Title:  This Is Tim Hardin

Company: ATCO

Catalog: SD 33-210

Year: 1967

Country/State: Eugene, Oregon

Grade (cover/record): VG / VG

Comments: stereo pressing

Available: 1

Catalog ID: 

Price: $10.00



More than willing to cash in on Hardin's critical success, 1967 saw Atlantic's ATCO subsidiary release "This Is Tim Hardin". Released without Hardin's approval, or participation, the collection compiled a series of ten early-'60s demos Hardin had recorded with producer Erik Jacobsen. Nothing more than Hardin and guitar, the set offered up a mix of six blues classics ("House of the Rising Sun" and "Hoochie Coochie Man") rounded out by four similar sounding originals. Raw and under produced it was fairly obvious the material wasn't intended for release.

"This Is Tim Hardin" track listing:

(side 1)
1.) Can't Slow Down   (Tim Hardin) - 3:25
2.) Blues on the Ceiling   (Fred Neil) - 3:55
3.) Stagger Lee   (traditional) - 3:10
4.) Hoochie Coochie Man (Willie Dixon) - 4:20
5.) I've Been Working on the Railroad   (traditional) - 2:47


(side 2)  
6.) House of the Rising Sun (traditional) - 4:07
7.) Fast Freight (Tim Hardin) - 4:05
8.) Cocaine Bill    (traditional) - 2:53
9.) You Got to Have More Than One Woman  (Tim Hardin) - 2:00
10.) Danville Dame   (Tim Hardin - Steve Weber) - 2:55


Genre: folk

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Tim Hardin 4

Company: Verve Forecast

Catalog: FTS-3064

Year: 1969

Country/State: Eugene, Oregon

Grade (cover/record): VG / VG

Comments: minor ring, edge and corner wear; WOC (faded name); minor hiss

Available: 1

Catalog ID:

Price: $6.00


For some reason, this one's usually lost in the biographies ... That's unfortunate since 1969's "Tim Hardin 4" (what a way with titles), is actually one of Hardin's stronger efforts. Drawn from early-'60s demos Hardin recorded when trying to score a deal with ATCO, backed by a full band, the collection was one of his most varied releases. Showcasing Hardin at his most playful, "Airmobile" was a wonderful leadoff selection. Elsewhere, "Whiskey, Whiskey", "How Long" and "Hello Baby" all showcased a surprisingly competent feel for the blues. Sure, he wasn't about to put Muddy Waters out of a job, but he had more feel than many of his contemporaries. Among the few missteps, the dull "Danville Dame" and a death march tempo "House of the Rising Sun" (oh, let's not forget the Nehru jacket fashion mistake shown on the back cover). In case anyone cared, "Seventh Son" was apparently recorded live.

"Tim Hardin 4" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Airmobile   (Tim Hardin) - 2:20
2.) Whiskey, Whiskey   (Tim Hardin) - 5:35
3.) Seventh Son   (Willie Dixon) - 2:00
4.) How Long   (Tim Hardin) - 4:30
5.) Danville Dame   (Tim Hardin) - 2:45

(side 2)

1.) Ain't Gonna Do Without (Part 1)   (Tim Hardin) - 2:08
2.) Ain't Gonna Do Without (Part II)   (Tim Hardin) - 1:30
3.) House of the Rising Sun   (traditional) - 3:35
4.) Bo Diddley   (Tim Hardin) - 2:45
5.) I Can't Slow Down   (Tim Hardin) - 2:27
6.) Hello Baby   (Tim Hardin) - 5:23


Genre: folk

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Suite for Susan Moore and Damion: We Are One, One, All in One

Company: Columbia

Catalog: CS 9787

Year: 1969

Country/State: Eugene, Oregon

Grade (cover/record): VG+ / VG+

Comments: gatefold sleeve

Available: 1

Catalog ID: 5939

Price: $20.00

In 1969 Tim Hardin signed with Columbia.  Married and a father, his personal life and professional career finally appeared to be going in the right directions.  Debuting for Columbia with a non-LP single, Hardin scored an unexpected hit with 1969's 'Simple Song of Freedom' b/w 'Question of Birth' (Columbia catalog number 4-44920).  



The single's success accompanied by a well received appearance at Woodstock seemingly bought Hardin some creative leeway with Columbia which agreed to finance an album with very little corporate oversight.  Recorded in Woodstock, New York (where Hardin and his family had relocated), 1970's awkwardly titled "Suite for Susan Moore and Damion: We Are One, One, All in One" found Hardin clearly trying to adjust to his changing circumstances including marriage and parenthood (hence the title).  Produced by Gary Klein, tracks like 'First Love Song' and 'Everything Good Became More True'  featured a jarringly spare and stripped down sound; frequently just Hardin and one or two instruments.  An intensely personal album full of dark and disturbing reflections on love and family (blame his longstanding heroin addiction), the results often sounded like little more than a series of improvised rehearsals that Hardin and company had stitched together to form an album.  With one or two exceptions ('Last Sweet Moments'), there wasn't a great deal of conventional material to be found here.  As you probably deduced, much to Columbia's horror, it didn't make for the year's most commercial, or accessible release, but it was different and given a chance, the collection was well worth hearing.  (I can see lots of folks laughing at the comparison, but imagine Van Morrison's "Moondance" but without the supporting band, or underlying sense of joy.)  


- A perfect example of the album's stark sound, 'First Love Song' showcased Hardin and an electric guitar with a touch of acoustic guitar brought in.  Clearly inspired by his wife Susan, it wasn't something that immediately jumped out at you, but given a little time the track began to reveal its charms.   rating: *** stars

- 'Everything Good Became More True' showcased an equally barebones arrangement; this time out Hardin accompanied by an electric keyboard.  Kicked along by a surprisingly soulful vocal, the song actually sounded like Hardin was pulling a page out of the Van Morrison songbook.   rating: *** stars

- A spoken word segment accompanied by piano, 'Question of Birth'  was clearly inspired by the birth of son Damion.  One of those compositions that probably sent English majors into spasms of joy. personally I found it way over-the-top ...   rating: ** stars

- Again just Hardin and electric keyboard, 'Once Touched by Flame' was still one of the most commercial songs on the album.  Boasting a pretty melody with a nice vocal, it was unfortunate Hardin didn't give the track a fuller arrangement.  Columbia tapped the track as a single.   rating: *** stars  

- With a mild Latin feel (must have been the percussion), 'Last Sweet Moments' was one of the few songs on the album to sport a full band arrangement.  Too my ears this one's always sounded like something Felix Cavaliere and the Rascals might have recorded.  Laidback, inflective and breezy ... very nice and probably should have been tapped as the single.   rating: **** stars 

- Just Hardin and acoustic guitar, 'Magician' was an interesting effort in that it managed to combine a free form, jazzy vibe with a surprisingly funky feel.  Sounds crazy and not particularly promising, but it was cool.   rating: *** stars 

- 'Loneliness She Knows' offered up another spoken word segment with a discordant musical background.  I've never been able to sustain enough interest to figure out what it was about.   rating: * star

- Sounding very much like a raw demo, 'The Country I'm Living In' 

was just Hardin and acoustic guitar.  Not much in the way of melody, or direction so this one didn't do a great deal for me.    rating: ** stars

- 'One, One, the Perfect Sum' showcased a full band arrangement and was the lone performance that even came close to being a rock song.  Featuring a very loose vibe (drummer Donald McDonald was all over the map), Hardin actually sounded surprisingly comfortable on this one.  The refrain opted for a bluesier, but no less impressive take on the melody.   rating: *** stars

- At least for me the album ended on kind of a down note in terms of the finally spoken word segment - 'Susan' which was a 'duet' with wife Susan.  Not nearly as cute as Hardin thought it was ...    rating: ** stars



Obviously not sure to do with the resulting album, Columbia nevertheless tapped it for an instantly obscure single:


- 1970's 'Once-Touched By Flame' b/w 'Question of Birth' (Columbia catalog number 4-44920)


With minimal promotion and marketing support the album still managed to become a minor chart success, hitting # 129 on the US charts.

"Suite for Susan Moore and Damion: We Are One, One, All in One" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Implication I

    a.) First Love Song   (Tim Hardin) - 

    b.) Everything Good Became More True   (Tim Hardin) - 

2.) Implication II

    a.) Question of Birth   (Tim Hardin) - 

    b.) Once Touched by Flame   (Tim Hardin) - 

    c.) Last Sweet Moments   (Tim Hardin) - 


(side 2)

1.) Implication III

    a.) Magician   (Tim Hardin) - 

    b.) Loneliness She Knows   (Tim Hardin) - 

2.) End of Implication

    a.) The Country I'm Living In   (Tim Hardin) - 

    b.) One, One, the Perfect Sum   (Tim Hardin) - 

    c.) Susan   (Tim Hardin) - 




Genre: folk

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Archetypes

Company: MGM

Catalog: MSF 3952

Year: 1972

Country/State: Eugene, Oregon

Grade (cover/record): VG / VG

Comments: cut top left corner

Available: 1

Catalog ID:

Price: $8.00



"Archetypes" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Don't Make Promises   (Tim Hardin) - 2:22

2.) It'll Never Happen Again   (Tim Hardin) - 2:35

3.) Tribute To Hank Williams   (Tim Hardin) - 3:10

4.) Misty Roses   (Tim Hardin) - 1:59

5.) How Can We Hang On To a Dream   (Tim Hardin) - 2:06

(side 2)

1.) If I Were a Carpenter   (Tim Hardin) - 2:41

2.) Reason To Believe   (Tim Hardin) - 1:59

3.) Black Sheep Boy   (Tim Hardin) - 1:58

4.) Red Balloon   (Tim Hardin) - 2:37

5.) Smugglin' Man   (Tim Hardin) - 1:56

6.) Lady Came from Baltimore   (Tim Hardin) - 1:49