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David Ackles

David Ackles Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B0000257OW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,442 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Andrew Sutherland VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Ackles' 3rd record' "American Gothic"' is the supossed tour de force, and - if you believe what you read, the necessesary first port of call. So I bought it. I liked it (a lot) - enough, in fact, to go out and snatch up the guy's entire back catalogue. All 4 albums are killers - but for me, it's this, his self-titled debut that stands a notch above the successive 3. Possibly the defining moment of 1968? Beats me, I wasn't born - but its been the soundtrack to many a beautiful evening of 2001, chez moi. Deft social comment runs through the record; isolation, piety, poverty, greed - Ackles hadles them all with grace and aplomb (check out the faux-Marxist ramblings on 'Laissez-Faire' - "I got no overhead, no taxes to pay - I just got one rollaway bed, that they want to rollaway - sure I've heard what they're saying - share the wealth? I don't believe it!"). But this is chiefly a collection of love songs - organ-tinged odes to that elusive influence upon many a great LP. File alongside Tim Hardin, Fred Neil, Leonard Cohen and all your other favourite genius'. To quote Ackles - "what a happy day, what a groovy morning - this is my garden, and you're welcome". Killer gear - one to fall in love with (& to).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece of a neglected songwriter 4 Dec 2000
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Ackles was one of those musicians who writes classic songs or sentimental tosh, and the majority of this album is the former. These are songs of both love and hate, dark and bittersweet. Only Jaques Brel came close. My vinyl has long since been loved to death, and this is a welcome re-issue. If you have any respect for good songwriting, buy it, and American Gothic as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless 60s revisited 29 Dec 2002
Format:Audio CD
I first came across this album at University in the early 70s - a flatmate who had travelled a bit introduced me to it - thanks Nick. I never tire of revisiting it. The combination of Ackles's voice and the great musical arrangements make for a memorable musical experience, but add in the lyrics and it makes the album a dark masterpiece. I've never really got to the bottom of all the songs and never read how other people interpret them, so for me the album is like the musical equivalent of a novel. You end using your imagination to visualise the person relating the stories and the settings. The fact that most of the stories are rather cryptic, only including scraps of details, adds to their mystery and enduring fascination.
Overall, one of my top 5 favourite albums of all time. Thanks to my partner for the CD version as a gift this Christmas!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Moody classic from a cult songwriter 4 Sep 2000
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It's great to see this album available again, as it has been hard to get hold of for long periods since its 1968 release. Elektra was a home for gifted singer-songwriters in those days and David Ackles was one of them, although he was not in the same folk tradition as many of the others. The songs are often vignettes of regretful and lonely lives. They are sung in a dramatic (but not over-the-top) way and underscored by a moody organ. There are many good tracks (notably Sonny Come Home and Road to Cairo) but the albums longest track, His Name is Andrew, is the standout, with its bleak tale of a young man in the grip of religion, working in a canning factory. This kind of stuff was out of step with the times when it was released and this helps to explain why it remains a cult, but it is a record that has endured because of its strong character. David Ackles' third album, American Gothic is often seen as his classic but while it is good and certainly his most ambitious work, I think this one has the strongest songs.
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