With the name Dean Ford , or more precisely Thomas McAleese , you will certainly not be able to do so much right away. But when the band The Marmalade are mentioned, many will certainly be wide awake. Sure, that was this great pop band, which existed from 1966 to 1974 and had a big hit with "Reflections Of My Life". Ford was the co-author of the song and also a lead band member. Unfortunately
born on September 5, 1946 Scot bored no longer with us, because with
the end of last year, precisely on December 31, 2018, he died . But he was just able to experience the release of this double CD, "This Scottish Heart".
Yes, he had a Scottish heart, the musician born in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire. But he recorded the songs in the tea kitchen of his vacation home in Van Nuys, California. Only "Glasgow Road" and "Reflections Of My Life" were created in a studio.
Ford has a long musical history, ranging from a local jazz ensemble to The Tonebeats when he was thirteen, and The Monarchs to The Gaylords , ultimately Dean Ford And The Gaylords and then The Marmalade ,
which I'm in The sixties loved "Lovin 'Things", "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"
and finally "Reflections Of My Life" and "Rainbow" for their hits.
"This Scottish Heart" is only the second solo release of the musician. He has gathered thirty songs and he shows himself to be an accomplished songwriter. The Spartan musical implementation radiates much emotion and warmth. Thematically, the two CDs are divided. While Ford reflects
on the first, so to speak, his life, the second CD is firmly located in
the home - in Scotland - with stories from his life and the history of
we hear a successful delicately accented mix of folk, pop, soft rock
and a little country, the Scottish CD with occasional Celtic nuances. Yes, one already notices the self-work, the sound, which one notes, that it was recorded under simple conditions. But producer Dan Matovina has shown a fine hand by putting the protagonist in a good light. And
so, the most important aspect of the music is the emotional, everything
is believable and honest, and you can certainly ignore one or the other
unfinished-sounding place gallantly. The great warmth and tranquility radiates deep into the soul. Melancholy, beauty, also read in all texts, that often results in touching moments that just do good.
this respect, the two plates have many highlights, which can then be
individually designed from the perspective of listeners. I feel so that my heart rises a little more at the second Silberling with this beautiful homage to Scotland. Ultimately, Dean Ford has managed
to create a moving obituary on his life with this double album, without
knowing it at the time: wonderful "Reflections Of His Life"!
Line up Dean Ford:
Dean Williams (bass guitar - cd 2, # 13) Dave Williams (bass guitar - cd 2, # 13) Cameron Gair (bagpipes - cd 2, # Dean Williams ( bass, organ, acoustic guitars - cd 2, # 1,13) 1)
Tracklist "This Scottish Heart":
A New Day
Running Out Of Time
The Blue Angel
Butterflies In June
Until The Day I Die
I got you
Precious little boy
Merry Go Round
He's An Angel
Left My Heart In Mexico
When Will It End
This Scottish Heart
Made In Scotland
A Song For Mary
Nineteen Fifty Three
Buddy, Roy And Dion
Reflections Of My Life
Total playing time: 66:19 (CD 1), 46:45 (CD 2), release year: 2018
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