David Thomas Ackles (February 20, 1937 – March 2, 1999) was an American singer-songwriter, pianist, and child actor. He recorded four albums between 1968 and 1973. deeply informs his recorded output.
David Ackles is the self-titled debut album of American singer-songwriter David Ackles. Elektra Records later reissued it with new cover art under the title The Road to Cairo. Described by music historian Richie Unterberger as Ackles' "most rock-oriented record", it garnered faint praise from Rolling Stone critic Arthur Schmidt, who complained of thin melodies but who nevertheless described Ackles as "one of the best singers I've ever heard".
Ackles combined an early-'70s singer/songwriter sensibility with a theater music background that placed him as much in the tradition of Brecht-Weill and Jacques Brel as Bob Dylan. Not only are his songs fully realized, dramatic statements, but Ackles proves himself a warm, accomplished singer. When this album got no higher than in the charts, Ackles' fans were heartbroken. Decades later, American Gothic remains one of those great albums that never found its audience. It waits to be rediscovered. Elektra Records later reissued it with new cover art under the title The Road to Cairo Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger and the Trinity covered "The Road to Cairo" shortly after the album's.
Album · 1967 · 10 Songs. David Ackles David Ackles. Listen on Apple Music.
David Ackles – David Ackles. Label: Elektra – EKS-74022. Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Monarch. This issued features the original cover, but is otherwise the same as David Ackles - David Ackles, also pressed by Monarch, with the same label format and runouts, but different cover art. Labels are formatted with the word STEREO and catalog number, etc. to right of spindle hole. Other versions have a different label layout, such as David Ackles - David Ackles. Issued in Unipak Gatefold cover.
Although virtually unknown, David Ackles was one of the best singer-songwriters of this era. With his deep voice and somber tone, Ackles was somewhat similar to Leonard Cohen or Scott Walker, but his subject matter, unlike theirs, was middle American. Ackles has also been compared to Randy Newman, which is closer to the mark in terms of subject matter, but while Newman was almost always ironic, Ackles seldom was. It's difficult to imagine them singing each other's songs. After his debut, Ackles would go on to make another album, Subway to the Country, that is in much the same vein as this one, and is similarly stunning. Both of these releases rank among the best singer-songwriter albums of their era, which is another way of saying that they are among the best ever. If you have just stumbled onto Ackles' work, you are in for a treat.
|A1||The Road To Cairo||5:11|
|A2||When Love Is Gone||3:15|
|A3||Sonny Come Home||2:56|
|A5||What A Happy Day||2:10|
|B4||His Name Is Andrew||6:04|
|B5||Be My Friend||4:42|
- Licensed From – Elektra Entertainment Group
- Marketed By – International Feel LLC
- Manufactured By – Rhino Entertainment Company
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – Elektra Entertainment Group
- Copyright (c) – Elektra Entertainment Group
- Bass – Jerry Penrod
- Cover, Art Direction – William S. Harvey
- Engineer – Brian Ross Myring*, Bruce Botnick
- Guitar – Danny Weis, Doug Hastings
- Organ – Michael Fonfara
- Percussion – Jon Keliehor
- Photography By – Joel Brodsky
- Piano, Vocals, Words By, Composed By – David Ackles
- Producer – David Anderle, Russ Miller
NotesⓅ & Ⓒ 1968 & 2013 Elektra Entertainment Group
Made in the U.S.A.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Matrix / Runout (Runout etched side A): IF - 70 A1 S-86963
- Matrix / Runout (Runout etched side B): IF - 70 B1 S-86964
|EKS-74022||David Ackles||David Ackles (LP, Album, Mon)||Elektra||EKS-74022||US||1968|
|EKS 74022||David Ackles||David Ackles (LP, Album, Promo)||Elektra||EKS 74022||US||1968|
|EKS 74022, K 42020||David Ackles||David Ackles (LP, RE, But)||Elektra, Elektra||EKS 74022, K 42020||UK||Unknown|
|7559-61595-2||David Ackles||David Ackles (CD, Album, RE)||WEA International Inc.||7559-61595-2||Germany||1993|
|CCM-312-2||David Ackles||David Ackles (CD, Album, RE)||Collectors' Choice Music||CCM-312-2||US||2002|