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Cruisin' with Frankie Ford
     

Cruisin' with Frankie Ford

by Frankie Ford
 
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,

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/24/1998
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667169622
catalogNumber:
696
Rank:
119518

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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

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