“Reason To Believe – The Songs of Tim Hardin” is the forthcoming tribute album which will be released on 28th January 2013 featuring contributions from the likes of Mark Lanegan, Smoke Fairies and more.
Tim Hardin made his name in 1960s folk scene. However, he only really gained critical acclaim from his fellow peers as his music was considered too pop or commercial for folk traditionalists and much too serious and sincere for the pop scene. With a musical catalogue that has been covered by a wide range of numerous artists including Johnny Cash, Robert Plant, Kula Shaker, Echo & The Bunnymen and Marianne Faithfull, Tim Hardin is regarded as one of the greatest songwriters who ever lived. His life was tragically cut short at the age of 39 after a heroin dose in 1980.
Mark Lanegan, former vocalist of both Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age, covers one of my favourite songs of all time “Red Balloon” for the forthcoming tribute album. Speaking to Rolling Stone, Lanegan discussed his appreciation for Tim Hardin, “I’ve always been haunted by the devastating voice and beautiful songs of Tim Hardin. I can’t imagine anyone else hearing him and not feeling the same.”
Listen to Mark Lanegan’s cover of “Red Balloon” below which remains true to the original.
And also listen to the Smoke Fairies’ exquisite cover of Tim Hardin’s most well known track “If I Were a Carpenter.”