Can You Hear Me Ok? - John Howard

Can You Hear Me Ok?
The final part of an astonishing trilogy - a third album from the two year period of John's main artist career as a CBS hopeful. Although in CBS eyes Technicolor Biography didn't exist so Can You Hear Me OK? was to be Johns official second album, and in the spring of 1975 CBS MD Dick Asher commissioned the producer Biddu to produce.The album was recorded at Nova Studios through the spring and summer of 1975 with the first single I Got My Lady tipped for release in the summer; "Feel good, feel fine, feel the breeze, feel the sunshine.". An excellent hook and chorus song, very up beat, very summery, very commercial. CBS agreed but duly sat on it. Other singles came and went through CBS not least Biddu's own Summer of 42 and his protégé Tina Charles I Love To Love. John finally got his summer single out in - January 1976. Despite this he got terrific radio support notably from Capital radio but not enough to persuade CBS to release the parent album.Now is your chance to listen to yet another lost gem from the John Howard treasure chest, and wonder again at what CBS were playing at. Predominantly arranged by Pip Williams, who gave Johns songs a lush treatment, often adding fascinating touches, such as the sitar and piccolo trumpet on Two People In The Morning, the speeded up guitar on You're Mine Tonight, the restrained string quartet and flutes on the title track. Particularly pleasing to John was Williams take on 19th September, allowing the piano to take centre stage against a gorgeous wash of strings, and the fade-out on You Keep Me Steady, with the strings gradually swamping his voice until he disappeared in its all-consuming lusciousness. Williams let the songs speak for themselves, just giving them a wonderfully exotic backcloth against which they could do their thing. Not a disco hi-hat anywhere, and a far cry from his next charges, Status Quo !!Can You Hear Me Ok delivers another setting for John's character and songs , another way to view the artist, and as such it stands up very strongly on its own merits. So there you have it. The last piece in the "Kid Trilogy". After this album was shelved, John gave up recording for a while and went back to performing in clubs and restaurants round London for a couple of years. Then, in the Spring of 1977, his manager, Stuart Reid, introduced him to a guy who was then living with Tina Charles. A bass player at the Hammersmith Palais, he'd heard some of Johns recordings and was interested in producing some demos with him. John went along to Stuart's office to meet this man. "John", Stuart said, "This is Trevor Horn"
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Code: RPM293
Weight: 200
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19th September / Frightened Now / Two People In The Morning / You Keep Me Steady / Finally Adored / Can You Hear Me Ok? / You're Mine Tonight / Missing You / Play Me A Love Song / I Got My Lady / Star Through My Window / No More Crying / Old Movies / A Quiet SuccessBonus tracks Produced by Trevor Horn:I Can Breathe Again / You Take My Breath Away / Don't Shine Your Light / Baby Go NowEnhanceUpload imaged CD track : I Got My Lady (Promotional film)
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