Kid in a Big World

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
John Howard's rare mid-'70s album is a modest, quirkily British, singer/songwriter effort. There's a lot of similarity to Elton John's early-to-mid-'70s work, in the combination of pop melodies with finely wrought lyricism, and occasional theatricalism, the mid-tempo keyboard base, and Howard's vocals, which can leap from mid-range to Beach Boys-influenced or is it Elton John-influenced? falsetto. He's given to oddly sad, knowing observational pieces, like the resigned jauntiness of a town going about its business as a girl commits suicide by walking into the ocean "Goodbye Suzie", a "Family Man" who cheats on his homely wife in a wholesome sort of fashion, and the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
John Howard's rare mid-'70s album is a modest, quirkily British, singer/songwriter effort. There's a lot of similarity to Elton John's early-to-mid-'70s work, in the combination of pop melodies with finely wrought lyricism, and occasional theatricalism, the mid-tempo keyboard base, and Howard's vocals, which can leap from mid-range to Beach Boys-influenced or is it Elton John-influenced? falsetto. He's given to oddly sad, knowing observational pieces, like the resigned jauntiness of a town going about its business as a girl commits suicide by walking into the ocean "Goodbye Suzie", a "Family Man" who cheats on his homely wife in a wholesome sort of fashion, and the epic-toned orchestrated title cut. "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," with weird synth swoops by Rod Argent, is a relative standout that switches from almost Al Stewart-sounding suave verses, to more boisterous, highly Elton John-ish choruses. It being the mid-'70s, perhaps there are tinges of David Bowie's most pop-oriented stuff, and maybe a less commercial Leo Sayer. All this might be making the album sound more interesting than it is; it doesn't have the flagpole hooks of Elton John, and is ultimately not nearly as memorable, though it's humbler and less slick than the likes of John or Sayer. The 2003 CD reissue on RPM adds seven bonus cuts, including the jazzy, 1974 B-side "Third Man," an alternate mix of "Goodbye Suzie," and some 1973 outtakes and demos three of them with only piano accompaniment.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/25/2003
  • Label: Rpm Records Uk
  • EAN: 5013929527126
  • Catalog Number: 271
  • Sales rank: 147,966

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Goodbye Suzie (4:26)
  2. 2 Family Man (3:00)
  3. 3 The Flame (4:05)
  4. 4 Maybe Someday in Miami (2:07)
  5. 5 Gone Away (3:49)
  6. 6 Missing Key (3:31)
  7. 7 Spellbound (2:47)
  8. 8 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (3:33)
  9. 9 Deadly Nightshade (2:28)
  10. 10 Kid in a Big World (3:55)
  11. 11 Third Man (2:03)
  12. 12 Small Town, Big Adventures (3:00)
  13. 13 Pearl Parade (2:40)
  14. 14 Party Deux (3:11)
  15. 15 Werewolves (4:33)
  16. 16 Cue Dream Sequence (3:05)
  17. 17 Goodbye Suzie (4:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Howard Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Rod Argent Arranger
Peter Bown Engineer
Pete McDonald Engineer
Tony Meehan Arranger, Producer
Pete Zorn Arranger
Mark Stratford Reissue Producer
Harry Gold Arranger
Lora Findlay Artwork
John Howard Arranger, Composer, Producer, Reissue Producer
Nicky Graham Arranger
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