FORD THEATRE













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F O R D  T H E A T R E


Progressive Rock Group
Near Boston MA 1968-69
Two Albums on ABC Records




Personnel:
HARRY PALMER songs, guitar
JAMES ALTIERI bass, vcl* (A)
JOHN MAZZARELLI keyboards, vcls
JOEY SCOTT lead vocals / bass (B)
ROBERT TAMAGNI drums, vcls
ARTHUR 'BUTCH' WEBSTER lead guitar


+WALLY MAGEE cowriter, strings A (Theme)
 BERT DeCOTEAUX arr B
 JOHNNY PATE arr B#02
 BILL SZYMCZYK narrator B




ALBUMS:

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(A) TRILOGY FOR THE MASSES
(ABC ABCS 658) September 1968


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(B) TIME CHANGES
(ABC ABCS 681) Fall 1969


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From A Back Door Window/Theme For The Masses
     (ABC 11118) 1968
Wake Up In The Morning/Time Changes
     (ABC 11192) 1969
I've Got The Fever/Jefferson Airplane
     (ABC 11227) 1969



Newsflash Dec 2007: original promo film unearthed! "Wake Up In The Morning" (thanks to Mike Dugo)






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All Music Guide Ford Theatre made a couple of psychedelic albums for ABC in the late '60s that were average period pieces, but respectable on that modest level. In their use of winding minor-key melodies, hard rock guitar-organ interplay, extended guitar soloing, and earnest, ambitious lyrics, they were similar to other Boston psychedelic bands of the time, but more authentic. They were not one of the bands gathered up and promoted as part of the Bosstown Sound hype, for one thing.

Ford Theatre evolved out of the Boston band the Joyful Noise, and were signed by Bob Thiele of ABC Records after Thiele had been contacted on their behalf by a DJ at Boston's WBZ. Thiele produced Ford Theatre's first album, Trilogy for the Masses, which was centered around two lengthy multi-sectioned pieces, "101 Harrison Street (Who to Belong To)" and "From a Back Door Window (The Search)." Their second and final album, Time Changes, was constructed around more conventionally-timed pieces, and was an early production by Bill Szymczyk, who went on to produce the Eagles. Ford Theatre guitarist Harry Palmer is the uncle of underground cult musician R. Stevie Moore.

–Richie Unterberger





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Numerical list of all other 1968-69 ABC Records albums


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