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Album Review

Ford Theatre's second and final album is more subdued and song-oriented than their debut. There's still a downbeat tone to the tunes, but they're more reflective and wistful, and less filled with psychedelic angst. The assaultive organ of the debut is definitely toned down. There's still a San Francisco influence in the squiggly tones of the guitar and the minor-shaded harmonies and melodies, particularly on — what a surprise — "Jefferson Airplane," the track with the best balance between the pop harmonies and into-the-abyss guitar-organ breaks. Some strings push the record more toward pop, but not to its disadvantage. The words often take the sentiments of someone growing older and more disillusioned with passing time; "I Feel Uncertain" is pretty reminiscent of Tim Hardin's early compositions. "Good Thing," by contrast, could have almost fit on an early Youngbloods album with its buoyant optimism. Oddly, one of the songs from their first album, "Back to Philadelphia," is reprised in a different version. The insertion of several brief instrumental interludes, in common with quite a few other records of the era, give rise to conceptual pretensions which really aren't supported by the album's proper songs, though they have their uses in maintaining the period mood of the record.

Customer Reviews

Why oh why did they have to go pop?

It's really a total shame that either they or the record company or producers or whoever decided that they go the pop route. These guys had absolute genuine potential to become one of the most gifted bands of that fantastic era. Granted, their brilliant debut EP Trilogy For The Masses was criminally under-rated & totally ignored when it came out in 1968, i was only a year old then. but, man, as i got old enough to appreciate what absolute brilliance an artist can bring to the table, i thought Trilogy For The Masses was an absolute masterpiece. I was very fortunate to have been born & raised at the right time when music was absolute brilliance. You have to look really hard to find that today. I highly recomend the absolute brilliance that is Radio Moscow. They are a 21st century band that absolutely know the late 60's/early 70's psychedelic era. Back to Ford Theatre, they may have only survived for two albums anyway even if they could've stayed true to their orginal sound. There are a lot of other criminally other under-rated over looked bands from that era like May Blitz, Truth & Janey, Irish Coffee, Damnation Of Adam Blesssing, Parrish Hall & so many others that never clicked for some inexplicable reason.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s

Ford Theatre made a couple of psychedelic albums for ABC in the late '60s that were average period pieces, but respectable on that modest level. In their use of winding minor-key melodies, hard rock guitar-organ interplay, extended guitar soloing, and earnest, ambitious lyrics, they were similar to other Boston psychedelic bands of the time, but more authentic. They were not one of the bands gathered up and promoted as part of the Bosstown Sound hype, for one thing. Ford Theatre evolved out of the...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop
  • Released: Oct 01, 1969

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