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John Howard grew up in Heywood and Bury, Lancashire, training as a classical pianist from the age of seven, though he began playing piano when he was just four years old. John first performed his own material at a college charity concert in March 1970 and for the next three years he played at universities, folk clubs and Bolton’s Octagon Theatre where an early incarnation of Iron Maiden ... Read more in Amazon's John Howard Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hanky Panky
  • ASIN: B0013URIWY
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,608,117 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. The Exquisites 3:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Dance 4:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Who's Listening (For Kenneth Williams) 2:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Unrequited 2:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. (If You'll Be My) Car Port 5:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Magdelena Merrywidow (For April Ashley) 8:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. In the Bliss of a Stolen Moment 4:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Take the Weight 2:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Last Stand 3:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Promise 2:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Barefoot With Angels 4:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. That's All 3:32£0.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Barefoot With Angels is John Howard´s seventh CD release since the reissue of his 1975 debut album Kid In A Big World in 2004. As such, it marks a departure for Howard as this is the first one he has recorded in his home studio. As he explains: "Not being tied into an outside studio´s availability meant I could record whenever I felt inspired, had an idea for a vocal harmony or backing arrangement. It gave me a wonderful sense of creative immediacy which I think you can hear in the tracks."
There are 12 new Howard originals on the album, including the seven-plus minute long opus "Magdalena Merrywidow", a tribute to British sex change icon April Ashley in whose fashionable Knightsbridge restaurant John regularly performed in the mid-1970s; "Who´s Listening?", dedicated to comedy film star Kenneth Williams - and inspired by Williams´ famous last diary entry ´What´s the bloody point?´; and "The Exquisites", whose title was inspired by Oscar Wilde´s description of the beautiful people he was surrounded by in his prime. "The song tells of how Glam Rock came to pop music´s rescue after The Beatles split up in 1970" says John, "and my own personal journey through that period."
Barefoot With Angels is also John´s first release on Spanish label Hanky Panky Records.

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Once again I can thoroughly recommend this album. The more you immerse yourself in John Howard's music the more subtle and beautiful you realise it is. This is slightly lower key but just as effective as "As I Was Saying."

There is some wonderfully romantic music hear. The opening track The Exquisites takes us on yet another journey into the past - familiar territory with mentions for the Beatles, glam rock, Brian Ferry, David Bowie and Top of the Pops. The stand-out track is "Barefoot with Angels" with its early Elton John feel and epic proportions. Together this album and As I was Saying acts as perfect foils. If the former is slightly more upbeat, the latter takes us through a lush panorama of vignettes and subtle melodies.
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