Looking for You (Rods HOT 2) 1980 UK *
Keith Howard’s admirable rock/folkrock custom seems to have a much more down-to-earth quality than the typical male solo lps found on labels like Dovetail, Grapevine, Myrrh, etc. That’s because Looking For You sticks with basic rock instrumentation (acoustic and electric guitars, piano, bass, drums, occasional synthesizer) while avoiding ccm tendencies. Keith was a member of The Advocates, who had two fine albums on Dovetail in the mid ‘70s. Actually most of his old band is in here helping out, though the end result doesn’t really sound like The Advocates. This is folkier and more homemade, with no organ or polished harmonies. Definite British feel though. All Keith-written originals like ‘Planter Of Seeds’, ‘Ever Seen A Grown Man Cry?’, ‘Coming Again’, ‘The Prisoner’ and ‘Eskimo’, the latter a convicting song about the negative effects of forcing cultural changes on the newly converted. My favorite chorus: “somethin’s goin’ on in the space between my ears”. Same miniscule label as Driver’s You Better Take It. 500 pressed. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
This one was on Heavenly Grooves. Tracks:
01. This Could Be The Day 02. Planter Of Seeds 03. Ever See A Grown Man Cry 04. Space Between My Ears 05. Two Roads 06. Coming Again 07. Nothing Between 08. Eskimo 09. Looking For You 10. The Prisoner 11. Looking For You (Reprise)