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Ford, Dwayne - 1981 Needless Freaking



ARTIST: Ford, Dwayne
ALBUM: Needless Freaking
LABEL: Sefel
SERIAL: SEF-1003
YEAR: 1981
CD REISSUE: 2002, Epic (Japan), EICP-7052 * 2010, Epic (Japan), EICP 1429 (remastered)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Dwayne Ford - vocals, keyboards * Steve Lukather, Jay Graydon, David Bendeth, Mike (Perry) Francis - guitars * Neal Stubenhaus, Mike Porcaro, Dennis Pendeth - bass * Jeff Porcaro, Mike Baird, Barry Keane - drums * Keyboards - David Foster - keyboards * Saxophone - Earl Seymour - sax * Patricia Gallant - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Lovin' And Losin' You * 02 Am I Ever Gonna Find * 03 Stranger In Paradise * 04 The Hurricane * 05 Midnight Ride * 06 There's A Life In Me * 07 The American Blues * 08 The Best Will Survive


Background
Years ago, late in the evening I would tune-in to Canadian AM radio stations. Back then, many of these stations bypassed 'Canadian content' rules by playing nothing but the latest in Canadian rock and pop in 3 to 4 hour segments after most listeners were watching TV or already in bed. This was how I first heard about Ian Thomas, Harlequin, Streetheart, Shari Ulrich, Good Brothers, Toronto and many more. Those were the days..


The Songs
The single from this album 'Stranger In Paradise' I first heard on a station from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan that kept fading in and out, but what I heard intrigued me. Of course when the DJ came on I lost the station completely, so it took me a few more evenings to find out it was a Canadian by the name of Dwayne Ford! I was persistent back then, but wasn't able to pick-up the record until a couple years later on a trip to Canada. 'Needless Freaking' is one hell of an album. Of course Jeff and Mike Porcaro as well as Steve Lukather play on the album and on 'Lovin' And Losin' You' and 'Midnight Ride', the similarities to Toto are striking. Having said this, Dwayne Ford found his own voice with this album even throwing in some anti-war commentary on 'The American Blues' which is as appropriate now as it was in 1981.


In Summary
This album has a big following among west-coast fans more than likely because of the Toto connection and David Foster playing keyboards, but 'Needless Freaking' rocks a little bit harder than most albums from that genre and is worth checking out no matter what your musical preference.


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#1 | rostoned on May 21 2008 12:09:52
unsure if this was originally released only in Canada or in US and europe too at the time (it's quite hard to find on LP these days!). Anyone? In any case I don't know where the cover shown here comes from since the original Canadian LP (on Sefel records) has a cool cartoon cover which portraits Dwayne reading a newspaper and relaxing in a bath tube but then something potentially very dangerous happens...
Ah and Dwayne not so powerful but classy voice and tone reminds me a lot the late Van Stephenson!

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#2 | Eric on May 21 2008 17:59:49
Never released on CD in the US.
#3 | Eric on May 21 2008 18:00:57
LP-Sorry!
#4 | gdazegod on May 21 2008 22:08:43
The cover is Japanese, if I recall.
#5 | rostoned on May 25 2008 21:18:35
the cover above should come from the japanese CD reissue, but it's still very unclear if this had a (re)release in 1982 in canada (and europe) on Epic.... I listened to this platter a lot during the last few daze, here's my 2 cents. A side is FANTASTIC: chock full of splendid songs, brave and interesting arrangements, top playing and memorable melodies! It's a mortal sin that none of these potential hits were covered later by other artists (or were they?). Second side is less breathtaking:
#6 | richardb on July 23 2010 22:22:54
A fine album, some scintillating stuff from Lukather. 'Am I ever gonna find your love' and 'Midnight ride' are minor AOR classics.

Richard B
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#7 | Emda on August 01 2010 14:40:14
Wonderful album, my copy comes from Epic 1981 Canada
#8 | machoman on October 10 2010 11:13:01
Fantastic album that should appeal to anyone on this site. The cover comes from the japanese reissue in 2002 on Epic and the sound on this one is excellent. Dwayne Ford had a new cd out in 2007 entitled Some day that's worth checking!
#9 | gdazegod on December 25 2012 03:34:21
Yes, I probably should change the album covers around..
 
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