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Jim Ford Demolition Expert - Rare Acoustic Demos

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1-CD-Album DigiPac (4-plated) with 32-page booklet, 30 tracks. Playing time approx. 79 mns.... more

Jim Ford: Demolition Expert - Rare Acoustic Demos

1-CD-Album DigiPac (4-plated) with 32-page booklet, 30 tracks. Playing time approx. 79 mns.

Unique home demos. 29 previously unreleased acoustic recordings from the mythical creator of 1969's 'Harlan County'. Hear Jim Ford's creativity captured by a private cassette recorder in his living room. Many tracks on this anthology would be potential hits in the hands of today's artists. Stunning musical moments are interrupted by friends, drug deals, etc. Liner notes by singer, songwriter, musician, artist (and Jim Ford fanatic) Jeb Loy Nichols.

Jim Ford is the mythic artist behind 1969's legendary country soul album 'Harlan County'. After recording his sole album he hung out with Sly Stone and wrote for artists and friends like Bobby Womack,
PJ Proby, The Temptations & Nick Lowe before completely disappearing from the scene in a haze of drugs and irrational behavior. When Bear Family managed to track Jim Ford down in 2006 he was living in North California in a simple mobile home loaded with reel to reel tapes and cassettes. Some of these masters were included by Bear Family on popular anthologies like 'Sounds Of Our Time' and 'Point Of No Return.'

This brand new CD, 'Demolition Expert' (Jim Ford was a demolition expert when stationed in Germany during his stint in the U.S. army), sets focus on Jim Ford's acoustic home recordings. It is a unique opportunity for the listener to hear Jim Ford's creativity flow.

You're invited to Jim Ford's living room to witness him come up with some truly soul shattering musical moments. You will also hear Jim Ford be interrupted with drug deals on the phone and friends chattering and singing along. The recordings are a welcome and essential addition to any Jim Ford collection.

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  • Interpret: Jim Ford

  • Album titlle: Demolition Expert - Rare Acoustic Demos

  • Genre Country

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Price code AH
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 4000127172570

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Ford, Jim - Demolition Expert - Rare Acoustic Demos CD 1
01 Looking Over My Shoulder (Still Alright After Jim Ford
02 We're Not Burning Bridges (We're Just Lying I Jim Ford
03 Heartaches By The Number Jim Ford
04 I'd Be Ahead If I Could Quit While I'm Behind Jim Ford
05 Throwing Footballs At Airplanes Jim Ford
06 It's Just A Picture Show Jim Ford
07 Out Of School, Educated Fools Jim Ford
08 L. A. Girl Jim Ford
09 Tonight Jim Ford
10 Happy Man Jim Ford
11 A Couple More Years Jim Ford
12 Ridin' On My Skateboard Jim Ford
13 Precious Jewel/Long Black Limousine Jim Ford
14 Demolition Expert/Under Construction Jim Ford
15 Looking Over My Shoulder (Still Alright After Jim Ford
16 Ju Ju Man Jim Ford
17 You Win Again Jim Ford
18 Just Cause I Can Jim Ford
19 Jessie Jim Ford
20 Go Through Sunday Jim Ford
21 You Can't Take It With You Jim Ford
22 She's Got Her Own Way Jim Ford
23 Happy Songs Sell Records, Sad Songs Sell Beer Jim Ford
24 Ten Years And One Day Jim Ford
25 Girl, IÆd Love To Have You Back Jim Ford
26 Three Kinds Of Women Jim Ford
27 Stopping To Start Jim Ford
28 High Over Texas Jim Ford
29 Too Much Man Jim Ford
30 Interview excerpts Jim Ford
Jim Ford 'In Order To Get To It, You Got To Go Through It' He is Sly Stone's best friend... more
"Jim Ford"

Jim Ford

'In Order To Get To It, You Got To Go Through It'

He is Sly Stone's best friend and Nick Lowe's biggest musical influence. Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack and the Temptations have all recorded his songs. But after one mythical album, 'Harlan County,' in 1969, he disappeared. Many tried to find Jim Ford without any success, until I tracked him down in the middle of nowhere, California.

Let's rewind to Los Angeles in the spring 1971. The party inside the big house on 783 Bel Air Road had been going for more than four days. Nobody knew what time of day it was because Sly Stone, who rented the house from John and Michelle Phillips of the Mamas & Papas, didn't allow clocks inside the building. On the living room table there were long lines of white powder, and Ike Turner along with his friend Johnny 'Guitar' Watson, partook. On a sofa Bobby Womack was getting intimate with a young lady who seemed to have traded both school and parents for a more exciting lifestyle in California. Sly Stone placed guards with machine guns and dogs by the entrance just to make sure nothing interfered with his freaked out life. The fifth Beatle, keyboardist Billy Preston, wore a hat that would make the most flamboyant character from 'Shaft' green with envy while Miles Davis mingled among the crowd. It was rock 'n' roll Babylon. Sly Stone was calm, sitting on a sofa listening to a bearded white guy dressed in overalls who spoke with a down home southern drawl. His name was Jim Ford.

In 1969 Jim Ford released his first and only album, 'Harlan County.' Musically, it inhabited the same territory as 'From Elvis In Memphis' or Dan Penn's 'Nobody's Fool,' but Ford's record was every bit their equal. Hot country guitars blended with New Orleans styled piano laid over a bedrock rhythm section of hard-driving, sweat-drenched funk and soul. Jim Ford's vocal style recalls the colourful medicine show acts that toured rural Kentucky at the beginning of last century. Ballads like Love On My Brain and Changing Colors are enduringly beautiful. Even now, it only seems a matter of time before someone samples the grooves of danceable tracks like I'm Gonna Make Her Love Me or Under Construction.

'Harlan County' didn't make big waves back then, but the number of admirers has grown every year…and this in itself is surprising considering how hard it was to find the LP. Many tried to find out what happened to Ford without much success. But then, when English pub rock legend Nick Lowe was in Los Angeles to produce an album with the Blasters in 1981, Jim Ford stepped into the studio with a bag of demo cassettes. Lowe was excited to see his hero and asked what he had been up to. Ford whipped the cassettes back into the bag and left. Since then, few have seen him.

After two years of advanced detective work, a good amount of old-fashioned luck, and some lo-fi transatlantic phone calls, I found myself at a car rental desk in San Francisco airport with the idea of driving all day up the incomparably beautiful Highway 1 to the place where Jim Ford lives.

On California's northern coast, I checked into a motel where most of the other guests seemed to be conservationists working to preserve the surrounding redwood forests. In the tourist brochure, the area is described as 'The Place To Go When You Want To Get Away From It All' and the roof of the local post office had a sign saying 'Edge Of The Earth'. The bartender at the local honky-tonk said that it's almost impossible to use a cell phone around there: it's permanently out of range.

Excerpt from BCD16777 - Jim Ford The Sounds Of Our Time (Harlan County...plus)
Read more at: https://www.bear-family.de/ford-jim-the-sounds-of-our-time-harlan-county...plus.html
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Customer evaluation for "Demolition Expert - Rare Acoustic Demos"
13 Mar 2014

für Freunde des Singer/Songwriter-Themas durchaus super interressant.
Dynamite 4-5/2012

13 Mar 2014

What does emerge from this, is a fine singer/songwriter who deserved more credit, and higher disc sales during his sometimes troubled life.
Country Music People 3/12 Paul Riley

13 Mar 2014

Tatsächlich versteht sich keiner besser als Zerstörungsexperte von traditionellen amerikanischen Country-, Folk- und Soul-Songs als der tragische Aussenseiter JIM FORD.
Rolling Stone D, 2/12 Max Gösche

13 Mar 2014

unverzichtbar ist der Kauf des Albums für Jim Ford Interessierte, allein schon wegen der berührenden Liner Notes...
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Tracklist
Ford, Jim - Demolition Expert - Rare Acoustic Demos CD 1
01 Looking Over My Shoulder (Still Alright After
02 We're Not Burning Bridges (We're Just Lying I
03 Heartaches By The Number
04 I'd Be Ahead If I Could Quit While I'm Behind
05 Throwing Footballs At Airplanes
06 It's Just A Picture Show
07 Out Of School, Educated Fools
08 L. A. Girl
09 Tonight
10 Happy Man
11 A Couple More Years
12 Ridin' On My Skateboard
13 Precious Jewel/Long Black Limousine
14 Demolition Expert/Under Construction
15 Looking Over My Shoulder (Still Alright After
16 Ju Ju Man
17 You Win Again
18 Just Cause I Can
19 Jessie
20 Go Through Sunday
21 You Can't Take It With You
22 She's Got Her Own Way
23 Happy Songs Sell Records, Sad Songs Sell Beer
24 Ten Years And One Day
25 Girl, IÆd Love To Have You Back
26 Three Kinds Of Women
27 Stopping To Start
28 High Over Texas
29 Too Much Man
30 Interview excerpts