Nicky Hopkins

The Tin Man Was a Dreamer - 1973

Any fan of British rock throughout the 1960s and 70s is inevitably a fan of Nicky Hopkins, as the keyboardist lent his talents to an astonishing number of LPs - the Who's My Generation, the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street, the Kinks' Village Green Preservation Society just to name a few. Unquestionably the session man of the classic rock era. It's no surprise then, that after adding his mark to countless albums by other artists, Hopkins would have a wealth of his own material and a tremendous album up his sleeve. Recorded with the help of many of his fellow session men of the period, including saxophonist Bobby Keys and bassist Klaus Voormann, as well as George Harrison (credited as George O'Hara) and the Rolling Stones' Mick Taylor, The Tin Man Was a Dreamer was Hopkins' second solo effort and one that holds its own next to the albums on which he contributed as a sideman. Every bit the album you'd expect from a musician whose work lay mostly in the shadows, Tin Man is full of subtle variations in style and lyrical context, shifting from semi classical solo numbers to smart, beautifully orchestrated pop tunes with timid, oddly charming lead vocals throughout. The highlights are numerous, but my hands-down favorite is "Waiting for the Band". Tight production with songwriting that wouldn't sound out of place if this LP were released today, Tin Man will undoubtedly take your appreciation of Hopkins to a whole new level.


Anonymous said...

i downloaded this post few days before. I must confess that i came few times on your blog, saw this record but did not take this post. Why ? don't know, i thought something like " do i really need to listent this ? is it essential ?" But in the same time, i also thought" what a divine pianist anyway"
my personnal commentar after the 3 days of listenning is (yes i took it finally)is that i'm enchanted :
some pure pop moments ("lawyers lament", "waiting for the band"), "the" piece called "Edward" (with Georgio Harrison playing his slide guitar), boogies "raffiné", a the nick's voice small but full of emotions and so on. All is marvellous
thanks for this i really enjoyed and still enjoy this record

JR HeatWarp said...

Hey Anon! I'm really pleased to hear you've enjoyed this one. I was pretty surprised that Hopkins built up the courage to make an LP and NEVER expected it to sound this good. It's a classic on many levels.