Jim Ford Harlan County LP
Reissue Of Country-Funk Classic On Vinyl LP!
Remastered From The Original Master Tapes!
Here's how it went down: Jim Ford, a musically minded country boy from rural
Kentucky heads to the Golden State with dreams of making it. Making the scene in
Los Angeles, he befriends and writes songs for such artists as Bobby Womack
("Harry Hippie"), Aretha Franklin, P.J. Proby, The Temptations, and even appears
on Sly & the Family Stone's There's a Riot Goin' On. He eventually hooks up with
legendary session players Dr. John, Jim Keltner (John Lennon), and
(Elvis Presley) and books into the equally legendary Wally Heider Recording
Studios to cut an album of blue-eyed country-funk and soul. The year is 1969.
What came next was a series of missed opportunities, burned bridges, and a few
decades lost to drug abuse. And what's left? Harlan County.
Released in 1969 on the minor label Sundown Records, Harlan County simply fell
through the cracks between monster selling titles by The Beatles, Led Zeppelin,
and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Despite being allied with some of the biggest
names in the business and a deft musical touch, Ford never struck gold as a solo
artist and eventually left the often cutthroat music business for a quieter life
at the turn of the 1980s.
"Jimmy Ford is the baddest white man on the planet," said Sly Stone of Jim Ford,
and listening to Harlan County today who's to argue? Needless to say, Light In
The Attic Records are honored to re-release these ten country-funk gems on wax
with Ford's original cover artwork, beautifully re-mastered audio, extensive
liner notes by Kurt Wolff (The Rough Guide to Country Music), and rare photos.
Fans of Charlie Rich, Tony Joe White, Lee Hazlewood, and Bobby Charles, please
take note. Harlan County is a revelation to deep music heads and for the
previously converted, an opportunity to revisit one of the California studio
scene's crowning glories. To quote the title of Wolff's booklet essay, "Jim
Ford's Music Will Kick Your Ass And Blow Your Mind."
"Jimmy Ford is the baddest white man on the planet." – Sly Stone
"Jimmy was a beautiful cat, one of the most creative people that I've ever
met." – Bobby Womack
• Vinyl LP
• Remastered from the original master tapes
• Original cover artwork
• Gatefold jacket
• Extensive liner notes by Kurt Wolff
• Rare photos
1. Harlan County
2. I'm Gonna Make Her Love Me
3. Changin' Colors
4. Dr. Handy's Dandy Candy
5. Love On My Brain
6. Long Road Ahead
7. Under Construction
8. Workin' My Way To L.A.
10. To Make My Life Beautiful