John Ford | A Better Day

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A Better Day

by John Ford

10 Old, New, Borrowed, & Blue tunes from London born, Top of the Pops,multi-platinum songwriter & member of Strawbs, The Monks. Hudson Ford. Ft Ian Lloyd of Stories & Edward Rogers, w/ a new take on Dave Cousins' "Deep In The Darkest Night" + more!
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1. Cry Me a River
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2. Deep in the Darkest Night (feat. John Ford, Jr. & John Cardone)
4:02 $0.99
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3. You Can Do Anything
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4. A Better Day
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5. Old, Borrowed and Blue (feat. Edward Rogers & John Ford, Jr.)
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6. After the Rock (feat. John Ford, Jr. & Ian Lloyd)
3:18 $0.99
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7. Concrete Jungle
4:11 $0.99
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8. The Letter (feat. John Ford, Jr. & Edward Rogers)
3:43 $0.99
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9. Link to the Chain (feat. Edward Rogers & John Ford, Jr.)
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10. Sandy (feat. Ian Lloyd)
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10 Old, New, Borrowed, & Blue tunes from London born, Top of the Pops,multi-platinum songwriter & member of Strawbs, The Monks. Hudson Ford. Featuring Special Guests: Ian Lloyd of Stories & Edward Rogers, w/ a new take on Dave Cousins' "Deep In The Darkest Night" + more! Hot air balloon album art cover by Jill Morrison.

John Ford's achievements include numerous Gold and Double Platinum Record Awards (most recent DBL PLATINUM July 2012 for The Monks’ BAD HABITS ), an Ivor Novello Songwriter's Award for “Part of the Union”and 2010 Inductee in Progressive Rock Hall of Fame, and 2009 Progressive Rock Indie Artist of the Year. John Ford is a member of ASCAP, PRS and The Grammy Awards organisations. More at John Ford’s BIO Page here or at website and Facebook.

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Review by Dmytry Epstein for LET IT ROCK - Sept. 2, 2015

JOHN FORD – A Better Day
Whole Shot 2015
5/5 *****

Bright side of life as seen by one who was part of the union and a kind of a superman.

John Ford’s always been an optimist and his faith in the future shone through “Heavy Disguise” that the bass player set in the heart of STRAWBS’ “Grave New World.” The veteran’s new album taps into the same, although much more lyrical, vibe which follows the instrumental twang of 2014’s "No Talkin’" with an array of songs in search of a higher ground. So while there’s urban loneliness in “Concrete Jungle” bouncing off an acoustic guitars web and a sensual beat, Ford’s brisk appropriation of his former band’s “Deep In The Darkest Night” chases the gloom away.

More fitting for a finale, “Cry Me A River” gives the record a tired start, as John croons in a most traditional way over what could be expanded into an orchestral backdrop, letting this paradox drive the elegiac piece towards the light of hope. It illuminates the intimate solemnity and exquisite six-string solo of “You Can Do Anything” and the warm nostalgia of “Old, Borrowed And Blue,” whereas the riffing “After The Rock” rides a glitter groove, given a solid bottom end and Ian Lloyd’s smooth vocal support. Yet Ford wouldn’t be Ford without his patented humor and anthemic choruses, so the folk-tinctured title track offers them in abundance, although a short piano break in its midst reminds the listener about the passing nature of life.

Hence the transparent, if sparkling, connection of “Link To The Chain” and the bittersweet recollection – and the refusal of sadness – in “The Letter,” but again, in a typical John Ford fashion, “Sandy” resolves the doubts in a hymnal rise, the song’s chorus proposing a new union and a prayer for everyone. A quintessential statement.

*****

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