Much Acclaimed '70s Treasure Finds Its Place
This was Howard's debut album, released by CBS in early '75. Recorded at Abbey Road and Apple Studios, produced by Tony Meehan and Paul Phillips, engineered by Beatles chaps Peter Bown and Phil McDonald. It's an eclectic mix of styles, full-on tragi-ballads like Goodbye Suzie and Gone Away, camp renditions of Ferry/Coward-esque numbers Maybe Someday In Miami and Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, the naughty postcard Family Man, lovely pop cabaret like the title track, the jazz-inflected Spellbound and the Bee Gees-like Missing Key. The demos are interesting, especially Pearl Parade, Werewolves and the divine Small Town, Big Adventures, nice additions to a much-overlooked at the time album and now much acclaimed '70s treasure.