RECORDING ARTIST

The diverse discography of Harriet Schock is available in compact disc and digital downloads from CD Baby. Sample the song lists below, then tap the cart icon to purchase albums and tracks. You can also stream select songs from Harriet’s catalog with the qWaqq app.

“Harriet Schock is a rare talent. In today’s music industry, Schock stands out because she gets back to the basics and fearlessly reveals the emotional dilemmas where most musicians fear to tread.” — Harriet Kaplan, Music Connection

“Harriet Schock may be American music’s best kept secret. After releasing three solo albums in the 70s, Schock picks up where she left off with American Romance, which could very well be called American Classic due to its fine songwriting by Schock and beautifully understated production by the late Nik Venet.” — Nephi’s Music World

“Harriet Schock is a rare talent. In today’s music industry, Schock stands out because she gets back to the basics and fearlessly reveals the emotional dilemmas where most musicians fear to tread.” — Harriet Kaplan, Music Connection

“Harriet Schock may be American music’s best kept secret. After releasing three solo albums in the 70s, Schock picks up where she left off with American Romance, which could very well be called American Classic due to its fine songwriting by Schock and beautifully understated production by the late Nik Venet.” — Nephi’s Music World

“That it has taken 27 years (actually, closer to 28) for a quality songwriter like Harriet Schock to release a live album, is a major statement about the record industry. Live: From Fairfax to Pasadena is a great first step in bringing this important artist’s past and future works back into the public eye.” — Joe Viglione, allmusicguide.com

“This is a collection of work from some of her students, in a wide variety of genres, from hard rockin’ blues to simple folk, jazz to rap. It’s all about the song, and a great song works across all genres. The proof is here, on this CD. There are 19 songs in this collection, each one a carefully woven tapestry from the essence of each songwriter, a personal statement, and a gift to anyone who listens.” — Jimi Yamagishi, Director, SongNet

“What makes Schock such a compelling songwriter is her ability to look beyond herself (a rare gift in the singer/songwriter genre), resulting in touching, observational pieces. Add to this, Schock’s earthy, expressive singing, and you have what surely ranks as one of the most important, impressive albums of the decade.” — Charles Donovan, allmusicguide.com

“That it has taken 27 years (actually, closer to 28) for a quality songwriter like Harriet Schock to release a live album, is a major statement about the record industry. Live: From Fairfax to Pasadena is a great first step in bringing this important artist’s past and future works back into the public eye.” — Joe Viglione, allmusicguide.com

“This is a collection of work from some of her students, in a wide variety of genres, from hard rockin’ blues to simple folk, jazz to rap. It’s all about the song, and a great song works across all genres. The proof is here, on this CD. There are 19 songs in this collection, each one a carefully woven tapestry from the essence of each songwriter, a personal statement, and a gift to anyone who listens.” — Jimi Yamagishi, Director, SongNet

“What makes Schock such a compelling songwriter is her ability to look beyond herself (a rare gift in the singer/songwriter genre), resulting in touching, observational pieces. Add to this, Schock’s earthy, expressive singing, and you have what surely ranks as one of the most important, impressive albums of the decade.” — Charles Donovan, allmusicguide.com

THE EARLY YEARS (Rare, Out of Print Albums)

Harriet Schock - Hollywood Town

“Harriet Schock’s first album may not have enjoyed the success that it deserved, but it did spawn three popular covers. Hollywood Town’s ten tracks…the kind of high-comfort, major-key music that you hum without realizing it, and then crave when it’s gone — a sort of aural chocolate.” — Charles Donovan, AllMusicGuide.com

She’s Low Clouds finds Schock dabbling in the same muscularly melodic songwriting as on her debut. Again, it is the incredibly strict adherence to craft, in terms of both music and words that lifts Schock above the competition.” — Charles Donovan, AllMusicGuide.com

Harriet Schock - She's Low Clouds

Harriet Schock - You Don't Know What You're In For

You Don’t Know What You’re In For is Schock’s third and final album for 20th Century Records. The songs, all written by Schock, are deft, literate and accessible as anything on the earlier albums. Southern Belle comes across as a less snide cousin of Joni Mitchell’s Shades of Scarlett Conquering and the slyly threatening title track, with its clever, double-edged warning: ‘Love can be the prison as well as the crime.’” — Charles Donovan, AllMusicGuide.com

THE EARLY YEARS (Rare, Out of Print Albums)

Harriet Schock - Hollywood Town

“Harriet Schock’s first album may not have enjoyed the success that it deserved, but it did spawn three popular covers. Hollywood Town’s ten tracks…the kind of high-comfort, major-key music that you hum without realizing it, and then crave when it’s gone — a sort of aural chocolate.” — Charles Donovan, AllMusicGuide.com

Harriet Schock - She's Low Clouds

She’s Low Clouds finds Schock dabbling in the same muscularly melodic songwriting as on her debut. Again, it is the incredibly strict adherence to craft, in terms of both music and words that lifts Schock above the competition.” — Charles Donovan, AllMusicGuide.com

Harriet Schock - You Don't Know What You're In For

You Don’t Know What You’re In For is Schock’s third and final album for 20th Century Records. The songs, all written by Schock, are deft, literate and accessible as anything on the earlier albums. Southern Belle comes across as a less snide cousin of Joni Mitchell’s Shades of Scarlett Conquering and the slyly threatening title track, with its clever, double-edged warning: ‘Love can be the prison as well as the crime.’” — Charles Donovan, AllMusicGuide.com

Harriet Schock’s composing tugs at the heart and lingers in the mind. With spare-yet-satisfying instrumental and vocal accompaniment, the elegant pianist proves herself a riveting concert performer on Harriet Schock Live: From Fairfax to Pasadena. Striving for nuance in an age of excess, she connects her crystalline voice to Worn Around the Edges, a delicate second-chance love ballad, and Hers, a tender ode to her sister. With a hint of the Texas drawl that adds sparkle to her storytelling, Schock talks about the coffee shop encounters that triggered the swinging Starbucks, an anthem for caffeinated Americans. Infusing the timeless movie line Rosebud with a touching intimacy, the pianist creates a song that stirs new impressions with each listening.

Like the film that inspired it, Schock’s Rosebud belongs among the standards.

Joseph Tortelli

Discoveries

By the way and for what it’s worth, I now have You Don’t Know What You’re In For on yummy vinyl, which makes the ’70s triptych complete. Did I mention that that album, flawed sequencing, lavish production and all, has also left me in tears? The way it presents one tantalising vignette after another, culminating in that devastatingly sly closing title track with its simultaneous come-on, admonishment and implicit farewell messages. Against increasing odds, you successfully subverted the strictures of commercialism to leave something of enduring human value. For expression of insight, I place you firmly in my personal pantheon alongside Jean Rhys, Anaïs Nin and Elizabeth Smart.

Guess you could call me a fan!

Jan Sinstadt

A friend introduced me to Hollywood Town some years ago when I lived in Melbourne, Australia. Since moving to America I have looked, unsuccessfully, for your music in stores and was very pleased to find your website. I really love your music, and have the added pleasure now of being reminded, when I listen to you, of a very happy time in my life.

Ria Gordon

Your live CD is just wonderful, just wonderful. Of course the songs, your singing, your performance are terrific as always. The vocal is crystal clear, the piano sounds phat, bass is right where it should be. Corwyn and Gary and you blend beautifully. (It’s amazing that you can do this on stage.)

This is certainly one of the best sounding live albums I’ve ever heard. I’ve gone back to the tray card and CD booklet a couple times to make sure it doesn’t say in little tiny print somewhere that this is actually a studio recording with applause tacked on. Most artists would be thrilled to have a studio album that sounds this good!

Robin Frederick

I’m Patricio Videla, from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I’ve been a fan of yours for years. I’ve just got only one of your LPs, Hollywood Town many years ago.

In recent years, and thanks the Internet I could get She’s Low Clouds and You Don’t Know You’re in For. Finally last month I’ve got your wonderful Rosebud.

I’m interested in American Romance but it seems it is only delivered within the U.S. I would like to know how or where could I purchase it. Thanks for your help.

With admiration,

Patricio Videla

You really have no idea. For thousands of nights in the lab and office it was your music that kept me quiet company. You’ve just no idea……. I owe you much much Ms. Schock, much…

R. Scott Hawley

Professor of Genetics

I often start my day with one of your songs… It Flies. Just an incredible piece that makes my heart sing. It’s a heart opener for me. I sway and stretch to… It Flies (three times at least, just can’t play it once), then I move into meditation. It’s a wonderful morning ritual.

I know every word to all of the songs on the Rosebud CD, it’s truly my friend, I guess that says it all.

Myra Jackson

I still believe that your 70s recordings should be re-released on CD. Checking the pages of an internet CD dealer for a potential re-release I discovered Rosebud and then your homepage. I immediately ordered the CD and liked it instantly. The songs are as strong as ever and your voice which has not changed. Also I was glad that Jimmie Haskell was involved who is one of my favourite arrangers.

Wolfgang

Thank you so much for replying to our enquiry re your album She’s Low Clouds. We were wondering if we can get it on CD as I worry about the album getting damaged. This is the only album of yours that we have and even knew about. You must think us very out of touch and uneducated over here in England!

Some friends of my parents gave myself, my sister and my brother a big pile of LP’s, all American artists, when I was 12 years old, I have no idea where they got them from. We had to choose which we wanted and share them out and I heard the first couple of lines of Go On and Go‘ and said, “I want that one.” It has been my favourite and most played album ever since; I have just had my 40th birthday so it has survived many years with us and three house moves!

Cheryl Shipman

I am a big fan of yours and really love your music. Rosebud never leaves my CD player.

Roy Gillies

Your CD, singing and substance are wonderful. I am grateful to God that you are doing this and the world has the privilege of receiving as much of the good and beauty that God can get to and through you as possible, instead of how much (or how little) the so called Pop/commercial music industry decides that you should or shouldn’t. I am a bit angry that some years got by while you were made to believe that you could only write for other people/artists. Your voice and your soul even more than your outer person, are so beautiful, it brings me to tears to know that God has won this victory and you are singing writing and performing unlimitedly.

God Bless,

You are doing great things and your best years are now and still ahead.

Your friend and proper admirer,

Lorrin Smokey Bates

I finally made the time (or stole it) to listen to Rosebud — that is, listen with full attention, while reading the lyrics. It’s brilliant, moving, makes me want to hear it again (which I will when Pam has had a chance). I haven’t finished the book yet, but find it apt, intelligent and well-written. Basics of any art, not just song-writing.

Dean Blehert

I was literally moved to tears by Patsy Cline.

Dennis Oliver

Harriet Schock Billboard 1974 Back Cover