Review: Out of Darkness – The John Williams Syndicate

The John Williams Syndicate
Out Of Darkness
Wulfun Records

John Williams’ career spans an incredible seven decades as a record plugger, producer, songwriter, journalist and recording artist and he is well known for his spell as the head of A&R. Having collaborated with just about anyone who is anyone on the music scene, he’s now come up with an excellent offering utilising the vocal talents of some of those who he’s worked with. Ten numbers written or co-written by Williams make this a very enjoyable listen. The ageless Petula Clark joins Williams on the beautiful ballad New Flag with Claudia Bruüken leading on Luminescent and Don’t Give Up On Me. Williams’ superb guitar and keyboard work give this collection of largely love ballads, a throbbing but haunting feel and his vocals have not suffered the ravages of time. As expected, the song writing is of the highest quality none more so than on the opening track Loud and Clear which he co-wrote with Iain Matthews. A 32 page booklet contains a self penned biography, all lyrics and a set of paintings by Tim Hobart. File under easy listening.

By John Roffey

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