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Jack Ashford - I'll Fly To Your Open Arms

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Jack Ashford's "Hotel Sheet" album recently crept into an S.S. thread so I thought I'd go back to it and have another listen. I wanted to hear "This Ain't Just Another Dance Song" again 'cos it's got the same backing track as "Paybacks's A Drag" by the Smith Brothers. Sadly it still doesn't quite cut it - unfortunately it still sounds a bit too contrived........

But there's another track on the album called "I'll Fly To Your Open Arms" which is nothing short of brilliant. Wow. What a record!!! Pure Detroit

brilliance and Jack's in fantastic vocal form. One of the best records I've heard this year. Anyone else heard this?

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Hi Ian

Yes it's a great track. Have played it out quite a few times over the years in Manchester. Think either Alan Darker or Dave Hulston also used to play it out in Manchester too.

Cheers

Phil

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"I'll Fly" is quite well known amongst us little LP collectors Ian, great track, always the killer cut from the LP for me.

Roger

Wow, LOL. You're the last person I expected to leap in here Rog!

I bought the album from Spin-Inn when it came out but can't remember listening to this track especially. Until now. Sounds absolutely breath-taking hearing it with fresh ears.

Phew, I didn't imagine it then......it really is that good LOL....laugh.gif

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Hi Ian

Yes it's a great track. Have played it out quite a few times over the years in Manchester. Think either Alan Darker or Dave Hulston also used to play it out in Manchester too.

Cheers

Phil

Yep, there's a few tracks like this that weren't quite right at the time but sound oh so good now. I always quite liked Ronnie McNeir's "Now She's Gone" off his Prodigal album but it was a step too far at the time. Come to think of it, I haven't dug that out for a while either LOL.....

I think there's gold in some of those albums. It's difficult to believe that I've had the bloody album for 35 years and only just latched on to this track. Love it and what a vocal performance from Jack! Everything I wanna hear on a record!

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Jack Ashford's "Hotel Sheet" album recently crept into an S.S. thread so I thought I'd go back to it and have another listen. I wanted to hear "This Ain't Just Another Dance Song" again 'cos it's got the same backing track as "Paybacks's A Drag" by the Smith Brothers. Sadly it still doesn't quite cut it - unfortunately it still sounds a bit too contrived........

But there's another track on the album called "I'll Fly To Your Open Arms" which is nothing short of brilliant. Wow. What a record!!! Pure Detroit

brilliance and Jack's in fantastic vocal form. One of the best records I've heard this year. Anyone else heard this?

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Played it out before.

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Jack Ashford's "Hotel Sheet" album recently crept into an S.S. thread so I thought I'd go back to it and have another listen. I wanted to hear "This Ain't Just Another Dance Song" again 'cos it's got the same backing track as "Paybacks's A Drag" by the Smith Brothers. Sadly it still doesn't quite cut it - unfortunately it still sounds a bit too contrived........

But there's another track on the album called "I'll Fly To Your Open Arms" which is nothing short of brilliant. Wow. What a record!!! Pure Detroit

brilliance and Jack's in fantastic vocal form. One of the best records I've heard this year. Anyone else heard this?

Ian D biggrin.gif

Played it out before.

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"I'll Fly" is quite well known amongst us little LP collectors Ian, great track, always the killer cut from the LP for me.

Roger

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Good call though Ian, always been a killer dancer :yes:

Cheers

Steve

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Why?

I just didn't equate you with liking a Jack Ashford album for some reason - probably on the basis it could be construed as being too Northern for a lover of contemporary Modern Soul. Also it's not a particularly great album hence the surprise. That track is a standout though.....

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Jack Ashford's "Hotel Sheet" album recently crept into an S.S. thread so I thought I'd go back to it and have another listen. I wanted to hear "This Ain't Just Another Dance Song" again 'cos it's got the same backing track as "Paybacks's A Drag" by the Smith Brothers. Sadly it still doesn't quite cut it - unfortunately it still sounds a bit too contrived........

But there's another track on the album called "I'll Fly To Your Open Arms" which is nothing short of brilliant. Wow. What a record!!! Pure Detroit

brilliance and Jack's in fantastic vocal form. One of the best records I've heard this year. Anyone else heard this?

Ian D biggrin.gif

Too much hassle to drag my copy out at the mo but isn't there also a track using the same backing as "There can be a better way" by the Smith Brothers ?

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Is it listenable anywhere?

JACK ASHFORD - I'LL FLY TO YOUR OPEN ARMS - MAGIC DISC -

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Thanks for the sources everybody, it's a great track and a good beat for the main rooms I'd have thought.

I've not seen t'other thread, what label and year is it.

Does anyone else prefer 'Payback's A Drag' to 'There Can Be A Better Way' like me, or am I missing something?

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I've not seen t'other thread, what label and year is it.

Its 1977 on Magic Disc LP Hotel Sheet - title track also released on a twelve .

Ive spun ' Ill Fly To My Open Arms ' on and off for ten tears to NO dancefloor reaction. Only ever heard one othe rdj play it in last three years Gouch @ Wilton all nighter. It' s one sleeping giant for those with taste .

Prices fluctuate madly from £30 up to £175 ( yes honestly ) !! Ive only ever had two copies of the LP in last 20 years , but have had , and sold copies of the 12" title track at least ten times.

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Its 1977 on Magic Disc LP Hotel Sheet - title track also released on a twelve .

Ive spun ' Ill Fly To My Open Arms ' on and off for ten tears to NO dancefloor reaction. Only ever heard one othe rdj play it in last three years Gouch @ Wilton all nighter. It' s one sleeping giant for those with taste .

Prices fluctuate madly from £30 up to £175 ( yes honestly ) !! Ive only ever had two copies of the LP in last 20 years , but have had , and sold copies of the 12" title track at least ten times.

Hi Glyn

We played this quite a few times at The Orwell (usually early doors to empty dance floors too ohmy.gif )

I first heard it at Thorne by Andy Whitmore if I remember?

Always been one of those 'one day this will be massive' tunes.....so maybe this time eh?

I've sold 5 or 6 copies in the last few years but not had one for a year or so now!

Hope you're well mate

Cheers

Steve

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