No More Rock 'n' Roll 
Clifford T Ward

'No More Rock 'n' Roll' Sleeve
(1975)
SIDE 1

1) Gentle
2) Secretary
3) Birmingham
4) Up In The World
5) Summer Solstice
6) Jayne From Andromeda Spiral

SIDE 2

1) Tomorrow Night
2) No More Rock 'n' Roll
3) Gandalf
4) For Emily
5) When I found You
6) Easy, Baby


Philips
9109 500


Vocals: Clifford T. Ward
Electric guitars: Chris Spedding, Alan Parker
Acoustic guitar: Derek Thomas
Keyboards: C. T. Ward, Mike Moran
Bass: Brian Odges
Drums: Andrew Steele
Percussion: Chris Karen
Steel guitar: B. J. Cole
Bass and drums on 'Jayne': Terry Edwards, Ken Wright.
Piano on 'Jayne': Pete Wingfield
Orchestra arranged by: Richard Hewson
Recorded at R. G. Jones Studio, Wimbledon.
'Jayne' recorded at 'Sound Techniques'
Produced by: Clifford T. Ward, Richard Hewson
All songs written and composed by Clifford T. Ward

Waves - Fanzine (Clive Winstanley) comments:

Clifford's first release for Philips was a bit of a disappointment after the innovation and poise of 'Escalator'. Perhaps he was trying too hard to be an individual in his approach to the construction of songs, but the 'less is more' principle which had served him so well so far seemed to be abandoned in favour of over-elaborate arrangements which dissolved any immediacy the songs might possess. Although Clifford has said that he prefers the arrangement of Jayne which finally appeared on LP here to the version released as a single, it is a languid, dull conclusion to the first side. Up In The World is a classic (a fact recognised by the recording of the gorgeous, string-laden song by both Cliff Richard and the curly haired half of Simon & Garfunkel) and, in retrospect, Gentle is a moving love song. The title track rivals Scullery for sheer naffness although it is cleverly crafted and arranged and there are a couple of songs (Summer Solstice is one of them) that simply don't work. Least impressive sleeve design to date, too! (1975).

Star Rating: * *  (out of 5)


My comments:

I believe Clive greatly underrates this album. It presents a slight change in style as Cliff makes attempts to 'Jazz' things up a bit: very successfully too, I believe: and he presents us with what could be classed as his first true 'rock 'n' roll' song - Easy Baby - proving he can 'rock' as well as the best of them. There are only two songs on this album I don't like - Summer Solstice and For Emily. A little difficult to compare with the previous three albums due to the slight style change, but I'd rate it alongside 'Escalator' - and it is the last 'great' album Cliff makes for a while.

Marks: 8 out of 10.


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