1975 album from the late teacher turned crooner
Ward enjoyed scant career luck, flitting between labels who weren’t sure whether they had Lindisfarne or David Essex on their hands. More than a one-hit wonder, however, he penned a handful of beautifully brittle ballads, with “Up In The World”, included here, being the finest. Covered later by Garfunkel and Cliff, it’s a delicate tale of class and sex, and thus, like most Ward, very English. Little here can match it: “Secretary” and “Gandalf” is as ghastly as you’d fear, and the title track patronises housewives. Five previously unreleased alternative takes, though, showcase his subtle, soft voice.