It is the subtitle on this 2011 release that really says it all ‘The Best Of And Then Some’. Without doubt it was the ‘then some’ that caught my eye. Of course I like the ‘best of’ aspect, new treatments of old songs is always a great adventure. But new, and unusual material always gets my attention.

In the unusual category is a simply splendid reinvention of the fabulous song written by Geoff Stevens in the early 1960’s, The Crying Game. This is a song with a history. It was recorded in 1964 by the then virtually unknown Dave Berry, It hit the number 5 slot in the singles charts. There are few of us that are old enough to remember the event.

It took almost 30 years for The Crying Game to resurface in any meaningful way. This time it was the rather strange Boy George offering his rendition of the song. It was the opening music for the movie by the same title (1992).

So now, another 20 years have passed and John Ford opts to take it out for a test drive.

There are those that might scream ‘it’s just a cover, who cares?’

To these people are wrong. Elvis impersonators and Beatles tribute bands do covers. It is a whole different ball of wax to reinterpret and reinvent a song.

In my mind Johns version of The Crying Game makes Resurrected a must have CD all by itself.

Also brand spanking new are four tracks. Going Back is a rather reflective song, it sneaks up on you. The first time I listened to it, I sort of dismissed it as being mere filler. But it is not, It is artfully constructed and conveys a message. Maybe a message that is wasted on the young.

Acoustic Sunrise (track two) is a very different song. But does it in a much more gentle fashion. It acts as a great contrast to Going Back, but there is a part of me that thinks the two songs are related. Acoustic Sunrise being the ‘prequel’.

Resurrected (track four) stays on the same theme, but does it in a much different way musically. It is lighter, and much more emphasis is put on the keyboards. It is a song that just works for me.

Strange Universe (track five) is also new. I like the song, it sucks the listener in. The one problem I have is that it obviously not ‘mastered’ in the same way as the other tracks. The volume is way too low!

I like Resurrected, it is a good sample of John Ford and his style. Maybe at first I was a little disappointed that he did not include a couple of his early compositions, but in reflection, he has recorded them before, so it is better to look back at songs that people may not be familiar with.

I have to admit though that I was delighted that he did include Big Hit In India. It made my whole day! There is just something delightfully wrong (or right) with the song. It makes me chuckle every time I listen to it.

You can get your copy of Resurrected from the Amazon link above. He also has a website Johnfordofthestrawbs.com.

Simon Barrett

  

 

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