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Clifford T. Ward - Home Thoughts From Abroad (1973)
Posted By : Virginia Plain | Date : 27 Feb 2022 12:09:00 | Comments : 3

Clifford T. Ward - Home Thoughts From Abroad (1973)
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Encyclopedia of Popular Music wrote:

Clifford T. Ward typified the early 70s bedsitter singer-songwriter with a series of albums that were at best delightful and at worst mawkish. Ward left grammar school before A-levels to work as a clerk, but by 1962 was fronting local beat group Cliff Ward and the Cruisers. The group changed their name to Martin Raynor and the Secrets and made their recording debut for EMI Records in 1965, before recording several more tracks as the Secrets for CBS Records.


In 1967 Ward enrolled at Worcester teacher training college to study English and divinity, after which he taught at Bromsgrove high school. His debut album appeared on disc jockey John Peel's brave-but-doomed Dandelion Records label in 1972. His second album and his first release for Charisma Records, Home Thoughts, proved to be his finest work and gave him wider recognition. Ward constructed each song as a complete story sometimes with great success.

The beautiful "Gaye" became a UK Top 10 hit but surprisingly the stronger "Home Thoughts From Abroad" and the infectious and lyrically excellent "Wherewithal" failed to chart. Mantle Pieces and Escalator contained a similar recipe of more harmless tales like the minor hit "Scullery" with affecting lyrics like; "You're my picture by Picasso, you'd brighten up any gallery'.

Ward's refusal to tour and promote his songs did not help endear the singer to his record company, however, and he switched to the Phonogram Records label for 1975"s No More Rock 'N' Roll. In later years although still recording the occasional album and still reluctant to perform live, Ward received kudos as a songwriter with his material being recorded by artists such as Cliff Richard, Art Garfunkel and Justin Hayward.

He was struck down with multiple sclerosis in 1987 and his health rapidly deteriorated. He managed to record 1991's vinyl-only album Laugh It Off, and friends and colleagues pieced together two more albums of new songs, out-takes and demos to give the ailing Ward some financial assistance. He finally succumbed to pneumonia in December 2001.


Mr. John Milton, Amazon.co.uk wrote:

If only the Beatles would've recorded this in 1973, it would have the world recognition this masterpiece deserves. But they didn't, and Clifford's solo genious shines eternally here. It's my childhood, adulthood, something for every season. Atmospheric and quirky, lushously melodic and lyrically engaging. They just dont make them like this anymore. Charisma, who also had Genesis and other progressive intelligent pop rock circa the time, could have done more with this artist. As in "Clifford who?" being the usual reply to the question of peoples' consciousness of him. From the cover, thru every track, and the yearning to be able to hear much more like this, this album has a pride of place upon your shelf. So, buy it, and put it there. A classic you must enjoy, thru the years. Read the other reviews - adoring tributes to C.T.W. and 'Home Thoughts from Abroad'.






Tracklisting:
1. Gaye (3:40)
2. Wherewithal (2:57)
3. The Dubious Circus Company (3:20)
4. Nightingale (2:23)
5. Where Would That Leave Me (2:48)
6. The Traveller (5:25)
7. Home Thoughts From Abroad (3:22)
8. Where's It Going To End (3:36)
9. Time, The Magician (3:13)
10. Give Me One More Chance (3:44)
11. Cold Wind Blowing (3:16)
12. The Open University (2:24)
13. Crisis (2:20)

Total Time: 42:28

Pressing: Virgin CASCD 1066 7876862

EAC Log
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Clifford T. Ward / Home Thoughts From Abroad

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Posted By: ungdomshus Date: 27 Feb 2022 13:28:21
Thank you very much. I had forgotten this one.
It's great :-)
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Thanks a lot for this album! I've been looking for it for quite some time.
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Спасибо!!!
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