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David Ford was born in Dartford, Kent just after Punk Rock had become New Wave. His music career began in 2001 as guitarist, singer and songwriter for the band Easyworld who released two albums on the Jive label before disbanding in 2004. His former A&R Man, who was now his Manager, gave him some money to buy a basic home recording set up and Ford's debut solo album 'I Sincerely Apologise for All the Trouble I've Caused' was released by their own 'the magnolia label' in 2005. In December 2005 the album was named as one of the 'ten albums of the year' in both The Sunday Times and Word Magazine. The song 'State of the Union' was included alongside songs by Tom Waits, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen the soundtrack to Body of War, a documentary film about American Iraq War veteran Thomas Young. The KOKO show received a 5 / 5 live review in The Guardian, who also ran an editorial feature piece entitled 'Have you met the new Boss?' Flattering but slightly cringe worthy! The Times gave a similar 100% review to the gig and ran a double page feature on David Ford in the Culture Section of their sister Sunday Times paper. In both 2011 and 2012 David Ford returned to the USA and completed successful tours of all his usual supportive venues from Texas to Illinois. In May 2012 he stopped for a few days in Memphis in order to film a new session for the 'Sun Studios Session' TV programme and to spend a further day in the studio recording some songs and channelling the spirit of The King. Somewhat out of the blue, in November 2012, David Ford was informed that the French pop legend, Johnny Hallyday, had taken a shine to Ford's songs and had covered one of them, I'm Alright Now' from the 'Songs for the Road' album, and that it was a hit in France and that Hallyday's latest album was at Number One! Hallyday has now commissioned Ford to write more songs for him and to help produce tracks for his forthcoming 'English language' album. Who knows where this might lead? It is all very strange, but just one more interesting and fun story in the tapestry of David Ford's music career. For the last five years they have been presented as sold out shows at London's Bush Hall Theatre and at various venues in the North of England. These shows raise a handsome 5 figure sum for good causes and are a highlight of each year's end for Ford fans, who have been known to travel thousands of miles to attend these very informal and fun filled shows. The next thing coming along is the new album 'Charge' released on 'the magnolia label' and accompanied by extensive tours of the UK, Ireland, Canada and the USA during the months of March to June 2013.
Top Customer Reviews
I'd heard some of these tracks before, in slightly less-polished form, both live and on the EP's David has released over the last year or so. All are improved on the album, all are the finished product and sound bloody brilliant as a result. Even the songs I wasn't quite sure about when I first heard them, such as the rocking blues of 'The Ballad Of Miss Lily' and the love song to Ford's favourite US city, 'Philadelphia Boy' have been transformed into firm favourites. The stomping opener, 'Pour A Little Poison' is already a live favourite of mine, as is the incredible finale of the album, 'Every Time', a truly magnificent six-minute epic which has a slight E-Street Band feel to the arrangement and which grows and builds to a delightfully profane sign-off, referencing both his autobiography and one of his signature compositions, 'Song For The Road'.
I could go on and rave about other songs on the album.Read more ›
So, as is my habit, I ordered this CD as soon as it became available.
Is it any good?
Well, for the most part you won't hear it on the radio. You probably won't see him singing "Every Time" on the Graham Norton Show and i'd probably die of shock if someone chose to cover "what's not to love" on X Factor, but that feeling of liking something that most have missed is probably why it resonates so strongly with me. So yes it is good, it's very good and you should definitely buy this CD and the others that precede it.
You should also see him live as that is an experience not to be missed.
Fame appears to have passed Ford by and he seems ok with that, "I'm proud that I never had whatever it takes" and maybe I am too, but I do want him to keeping writing great words and music so please buy this CD, or MP3 if that's your thing. You won't regret it.
I choose this.
First there is an upbeat tale of a US tour gone bad, "Pour A Little Poison", where he travels the Southern states to small but loyal crowds - "..tonight another dozen they'll be glad I came..".
He bares his soul on the piano ballad "Philadelphia Boy", relating the true story of how he suffered a near-breakdown on stage in the city, but was pulled through by the good wishes of the audience. Check out his memoir "I Choose This" for the full story.
The ten songs are a mixture of brand new compositions and some that have been performed live and released on EPs over the last two years. All of them have lyrical touches that make Ford stand out in the crowded singer-songwriter territory.
The album ends with the magnificent "Every Time", which summarises his ups and many downs in the music business. The moral- life is about chances taken and sometimes the hand of fate intervenes, and you can't live your life regretting what might have been.
His love of music, regardless of the riches that might have been his, shines through on this album. Buy this and then go see him in concert - as a live performer he has few peers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not David's finest work but still way ahead of most artists around. Highlights being the powerful "Isn't it strange" and "Everytime"Published 17 months ago by Oz47
Having heard Philadelphia Boy almost by accident one day last year I found myself going back to it quite often, so often in fact that I decided to look into more of David Ford's... Read morePublished on 20 May 2014 by Amazon Customer
The headline of this review is my favourite line on this album. And this album is great. David Ford is easily the most underated and marginalised singer/songwriter of his... Read morePublished on 19 Dec. 2013 by benb
Wonderful voice, wonderful songwriter and a very very good guitar player Ford is something of a throwback. Read morePublished on 8 Oct. 2013 by Markymark
This album is amazing. With all the rubbish that's about in today's music, why isn't David Ford a massive star?Published on 11 Sept. 2013 by G. Tate
I love David Ford. Everyone of his previous offerings I've devoured with a slightly unseemly haste and a satisfied burp after listening. But this CD is tepid.....lacklustre..... Read morePublished on 18 Jun. 2013 by goatsrant
Seen many live performances and have all his recorded material since the impression created by an explosive support performance to Suzanne Vega at the QEH Southbank in July 2007... Read morePublished on 11 Jun. 2013 by Mr. Stephen H. Lyall
I've got all his albums and seen him live countless times - and he is a lost treasure to our musical landscape. Read morePublished on 2 Jun. 2013 by Cliffy G