Discover releases, reviews, credits, songs, and more about Clifford T. Ward - Sometime Next Year at Discogs. Complete your Clifford T. Ward collection/5(5). Clifford T. Ward's album, released at a time when the singer/songwriter was just developing multiple sclerosis, was more a collection of demos than a finished product. Ian Summers, the A&R man who signed Ward to Roger Whittaker's Tembo label, has said that he intended to re-record the album with an orchestra, though that didn't come about. The production certainly has a cheapish, dated 4/ CLIFFORD T. WARD Sometime Next Year ( UK track LP, glossy picture sleeve. This was the last album released by the underrated UK singer songwriter who had a rich musical pedigree; writing songs for freakbeat pioneers The Factory beofre signing to John Peel's cult Dandelion label in the early '70s and then onto huge commercial success with a string of albums recorded for Charisma.
Its B-side, the jaunty non-album, " Maybe I'm Right ", was much more the ticket and early white labels of Ward's next LP, " Escalator " contained both tracks. The version of " Jayne ", however, was drastically reworked Album) a completely different tempo which Ward preferred. These early pressings also contain a much rockier version of the title track and are worth investigating.
The single label credits both sides as being available on " Escalator " originally planned for release in September but they were conspicuously absent when the album finally appeared in March In press interviews intended to promote " Escalator ", Ward was declaring himself fed up with the whole project and seemed more enthusiastic about future recordings and a stage musical project based on " The Hobbit " which eventually fell foul of copyright problems.
He blamed the album's delay on technical problems and acknowledged that he and the record company hadn't entirely seen eye-to-eye about " LP ". During all this upheaval, Ward had contributed a charming modern hymn, " Jesus Of Long Ago ", to a religious concept album featuring various Charisma artists entitled " Beyond An Empty Dream " which passed most people by at the time of its early release so it is another highly collectable item.
Conceived during his time touring France, this moving anti-war song derived its inspiration from a First World War cemetery which Ward had stumbled upon during a day's rest from touring. It failed to engage enough public interest to give Ward's career the kickstart it needed and when Virgin reissued Ward's Charisma material on CD in" Escalator " was overlooked, although six tracks feature on the " Gaye And Other Stories " CD compilation.
After " Escalator ", Ward and Charisma went their separate ways and Ward signed to Phonogram for whom he released three albums during the s which, despite some quite sensational highlights, failed to achieve the consistency of his work to date.
The title track of the first, " No More Rock'n'Roll "was a popular single amongst radio stations at the tail-end of but overall the album seemed to Album) direction.
On learning of this, Phonogram belatedly released Ward's superior original as a single in March Although all issues look the same, there are two completely different mixes of the song in circulation. One is identical to the LP mix, but the rarer version features a harp laden introduction, a subtler string arrangement and a more powerful vocal delivery. By this time, however, Ward's career was losing momentum, despite a majestic, stirring single, " Ocean Of Love ", released in September which was different to and more piano-based than the version which would surface two months later on his next album, " Waves ".
Ward's albums were now getting a much more mixed critical reception and " Waves " was no exception. The lyrics were undeniably clear-sighted and poetic and whilst one couldn't fail to fall for the charms of, " A Song For Susan " inspired by a former pupil of Ward's and " Heaven " and " Moonlight ", the overall effect was less seductive than in the past. Ward had been using many more guest musicians in the recording process and perhaps in an attempt to add cohesion to his work, packed himself off to Massachussetts, U.
Halverson reworked Ward's demos into a slicker AOR product which didn't go down as well as hoped with fans at the time nor did it sit comfortably next to X-Ray Spex, Wreckless Eric et al in the record racks but in retrospect, " New England Days " is probably the best of the three albums released by Phonogram in the 70s.
It is indeed a more cohesive, integrated package with one exception - Ward's cover of Tim Moore's rocky, " I Got Lost Tonight ", which was a strange choice of first single in advance of the album. Ward is above all else a gifted songwriter so quite why it was felt that he would benefit by recording other people's material beggars belief.
Despite a colourful picture sleeve, " I Got Lost Tonight " was a flop single and Ward would never again commercially record anyone else's material other than his own. Collectors might be interested in the cassette edition which was lavishly packaged as a paperback book which revealed Ward's musings about each song and a different track sequence to the vinyl version.
Twenty years later, Ward declared this album's " You're No Angel " to be one of his finest achievements. Do not presume, however, that these are three albums of negligible merit as they are worthy of inclusion in any discerning collection. Nor did they stiff completely.
They sold well enough to earn Ward a good living. The point about them is that they failed to maintain the early momentum of Ward's career and although the plot was to set his unique ideas in increasingly imaginative and innovative contexts rather than repeat the formula of " Home Thoughts ", the public misunderstood the script.
Ward made no attempt to follow prevailing trends and he deserves credit for in his own way pushing himself as a creative artist and sacrificing commercial appeal as a result. The novelty of the schoolteacher superstar who appeared on Top of the Pops had worn off long ago. Indeed, Ward was finding this image something of a hindrance. Ward had ended his association with Phonogram after recording " New England Days " and was now managed by Justin de Villeneuve who became involved in the production of Ward's music.
Ward singles and K-Tel his albums. The fruits of this unusual liaison were, however, insubstantial - just three largely unheralded singles in six years, half-heartedly released without picture sleeves by WEA. However, as only three of these six sides have since surfaced on albums they have become very collectable.
It only needs to some day appear in a movie and it will top the charts. Ward was back, Album). It's worth noting that the Irish version of the single had the previously unreleased, " Home " as its flipside. Sadly, apart from a quick follow-up single in " Contrary " promoted via a rare television appearance on the BBC's Pebble Mill at One which was backed by the equally strong, " Climate Of Her Favour ", everything went quiet again apart from a low-key Charisma single release of " The Traveller ", one of the most thought-provoking tracks on " Home Thoughts ".
This was paired with Lindisfarne's " Clear White Light " in an attempt to promote the reissued, " Songs For A Modern Church ", a less convincing version of the " Beyond An Empty Dream " concept which this time omitted Ward's hymn in favour of a more familiar item.
Ward now perceived the Irish market as a more kindred spirit and was spending a lot of time across the water promoting his material via television appearances and even concerts. When a stunning new album finally appeared in earlythere wasn't a great deal of promotion in the U. Harrowingly frank love songs including "The Best Is Yet To Come " from another drama-in-progress were mixed in with an assortment of wry observations of television news, child poverty and environmental issues to form a quite breathtaking album.
There are no other musicians credited, appropriately since this is Ward at his most exposed. It isn't easy to obtain since it didn't find its way into many shops in the U.
The prevailing critical view that Clifford T. Ward was too left-field for the MOR market but too square for the charts left him sinking in the mire of marketing's no-man's land again.
There is tragedy enough in the lack of acclaim for " Both Of Us ", a remarkable work by anyone's standards, but time, the cruel magician, was about to play an even more tragic trick.
Ward had signed a deal with Tembo who, in mid, unveiled his next album, " Sometime Next Year ", bearing a sleeve designed by Ward himself which harked back thirteen years to " Home Thoughts ". This pleasant collection of Radio 2-friendly material followed on the heels of a vitriolic non-album single, " Cricket ", which mixed sport and politics and was manufactured in such small numbers it has become one of Ward's most sought-after releases. Prams - Clifford T. Ward - Sometime Next Year (Vinyl " Stains " originally written for " Both Of Us " was probably its most commercial song, the album's title track was released as a single in a picture sleeve later that year.
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Your information will not be shared. And you can un-subscribe with one click at any time. UK album chart. Click here for more info. This was the last album released by the underrated UK singer songwriter who had a rich musical pedigree; writing songs for freakbeat pioneers The Factory beofre signing to John Peel's cult Dandelion label in the early '70s and then onto huge commercial success with a string of albums recorded for Charisma.
The sleeve shows some minor shelf wear whilst the vinyl looks barely played TMB Bring your Clifford T. Ward collection to our offices for a free appraisal - click here. Record company recording studios were vast hangar-like rooms, bereft of atmosphere.
We used to bring in candles and jossticks to set the appropriate mood for our fledgling psychedelia. Snuff it hout! In my own home studio I now have an orchestra at my fingertips — and I never have to ask them if they want two sugars and a digestive! The sound quality is crystal clear — and so much happening even far back in the mix: high saxophones wailing away in a seemingly deranged manner, but then we get handclaps and a pleasing bass and drum rhythm through the chorus.
But the minor chord changes of the verses tell us this is not simply a foot-tapper. The production on this track is noticeably different. A loose-limbed fretless bass snakes along beneath glassy, classy guitars and over it all an assured vocal.
Ghostly synthesisers and the mad saxman complete the picture. One thing I have learnt in life is that negativity breeds negativity. I prefer to accentuate the positive.
In the manner of such things, word spread like proverbial hot cakes — or should that be wild fire? An enterprising company leased the rights for our first two Fontana albums and reissued them. Remarkably this increased the value of the originals; there were more articles on the band and another two albums were released. So — I check out the prices occasionally. Oh, come on — you must allow an old man his indulgences! I saw an ad in the magazine: Clifford T. I ordered the album knowing it was a collection of out-takes, unreleased tracks and demos.
My expectations were not high. Here are the many varied styles and qualities of his music: from the commercial pop and ballad to the rich, orchestral pieces, from the pure Clifford T. Ward of flowing melody and honest lyrics to moments of unsurpassed brilliance. Again, a song so skilfully constructed that it might appear initially to be simple and straight-forward, but when studied reveals the master LP of the craftsman.
A CTW rap! But this track is remarkably satisfying. A shock to the system upon first hearing it, this track can stand repeated plays and still sound fresh and original. But in the title song of this album — as we can see from the sleeve notes — she also occasionally needs support and understanding.
Three minutes and thirty-five seconds of sheer joy. Lyrically this is a bitter song, but beautiful nonetheless.
Label: Ameless Records - AME • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Soft Rock, Ballad, Vocal Clifford T. Ward - Laugh It Off (, Vinyl) | Discogs Explore. Label: Charisma - CAS • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Stereo • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Pop Rock Clifford T. Ward - Home Thoughts (, Vinyl) | Discogs Explore. Check out Sometime Next Year by Clifford T. Ward on Amazon Music. Stream ad-free or purchase CD's and MP3s now on faharderimarneusobisecocontge.co I was excited to finally secure this album on cd, as a CTW fan from his early fame up to this (his final official release) I already owned the LP bought in and always held as one of his best. My vinyl copy /5(5).
Clifford Thomas Ward (10 February – 18 December ) was an English singer-songwriter, best known for his career as a solo artist.. Ward's album Home Thoughts remains his best known recording, and he had hit singles with songs such as "Gaye" and "Scullery". His reluctance to tour in support of recorded work may have affected his chances of more substantial mainstream success.
- SOMETIME NEXT YEAR - vinyl LP album - Tembo Records. - SOMETIME NEXT YEAR - cassette album - Tembo Records. - PATH THROUGH THE FOREST - THE SECRET WORLD OF CLIFFORD T. WARD - 2 x CD compilation album- Wooden Hill BUY. - MANTLE PIECES - CD album reissue + 2 bonus tracks - Cherry Red. Label: Philips - • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Ireland • Genre: Pop • Style: Ballad Clifford T. Ward - Both Of Us (, Vinyl) | Discogs Explore.
Sometime Next Year was originally released on vinyl in on the Roger Whittaker owned Tempo label. It has never been on CD before. Clifford was originally signed to John Peel's Dandelion label and went on to have a Top Ten hit with 'Gaye' in This Cherry Red reissue adds 4 bonus tracks 'Cricket', 'Laugh It Off', 'April' & 'Home'.
Clifford Thomas Ward (10 February – 18 December ) was an English singer-songwriter, best known for his career as a solo artist.. Ward's album Home Thoughts remains his best known recording, and he had hit singles with songs such as "Gaye" and "Scullery". His reluctance to tour in support of recorded work may have affected his chances of more substantial mainstream success. Sometime Next Year was originally released on vinyl in on the Roger Whittaker owned Tempo label. It has never been on CD before. Clifford was originally signed to John Peel's Dandelion label and went on to have a Top Ten hit with 'Gaye' in This Cherry Red reissue adds 4 bonus tracks 'Cricket', 'Laugh It Off', 'April' & 'Home'.
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