Cruisin' with Frankie Ford

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This has both sides of all six singles Ford did for Imperial from 1960-62 and a couple of unissued tracks from the same era, as well as his 1984 Ace recording New Orleans Dynamo. The main attraction is the Imperial material, which was very hard to find before this reissue. Ford's association with Imperial wasn't very fruitful commercially, producing just a couple of small hits in covers of Joe Jones' "You Talk Too Much" and Boyd Bennett's "Seventeen." This batch lacks anything on the order of "Sea Cruise," but it's still pretty solid vintage New Orleans R&B, produced by Dave Bartholomew. Some of the cuts are sweetened up with strings and backup female singers, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This has both sides of all six singles Ford did for Imperial from 1960-62 and a couple of unissued tracks from the same era, as well as his 1984 Ace recording New Orleans Dynamo. The main attraction is the Imperial material, which was very hard to find before this reissue. Ford's association with Imperial wasn't very fruitful commercially, producing just a couple of small hits in covers of Joe Jones' "You Talk Too Much" and Boyd Bennett's "Seventeen." This batch lacks anything on the order of "Sea Cruise," but it's still pretty solid vintage New Orleans R&B, produced by Dave Bartholomew. Some of the cuts are sweetened up with strings and backup female singers, but it's mostly on the earthy side; when he slows the pace down on "Dedicated to Fats" and "One Hour," he can sound uncannily like Fats Domino. New Orleans Dynamo is well above average for a 1980s effort by a 1950s rocker; nothing new here in fact, many of its songs are covers of old New Orleans classics, but Ford and the London musicians execute the Crescent City R&B sound convincingly.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/24/1998
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667169622
  • Catalog Number: 696
  • Sales rank: 195,608

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frankie Ford Primary Artist, Piano
James Booker Piano
Dave Bartholomew Trumpet
Mike Vernon Percussion
Geraint Watkins Piano
Justin Adams Guitar
Ian Bell Bass Guitar
Warren Bell Tenor Saxophone
Carl Blouin Baritone Saxophone
Bob Fish Guitar
Jim Fisher Drums
Clarence Ford Tenor Saxophone
George French Bass
Smokey Johnson Drums
Wardell Quezergue Trumpet
Pete Wingfield Piano, Vocals
Mo Witham Guitar
Martin Winning Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Dave Bartholomew Producer
Mike Vernon Producer
Barry Hammond Engineer
Tony Harris Engineer
Cosimo Matassa Engineer
Duncan Cowell Mastering
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