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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.[3] Described by music historian Richie Unterberger as Ackles' "most rock-oriented record",[4] 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".[5]

David Ackles
Studio album by
ProducerDavid Anderle, Russ Miller
David Ackles chronology
David Ackles
Subway to the Country
Professional ratings
Review scores
Rolling Stonepositive [1]
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]

Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger and the Trinity covered "The Road to Cairo" shortly after the album's release. In the early-1970s, Spooky Tooth and The Hollies would cover "Down River."

Track listingEdit

All songs composed by David Ackles.

  1. "The Road to Cairo" – 5:16
  2. "When Love is Gone" – 3:20
  3. "Sonny Come Home" – 2:59
  4. "Blue Ribbons" – 4:37
  5. "What a Happy Day" – 2:14
  6. "Down River" – 3:57
  7. "Laissez-Faire" – 1:36
  8. "Lotus Man" – 2:49
  9. "His Name Is Andrew" – 6:11
  10. "Be My Friend" – 4:48



  1. ^ Schmidt, Arthur (28 September 1968). "David Ackles". Rolling Stone. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ The Road to Cairo at AllMusic
  4. ^ David Ackles at AllMusic
  5. ^ Schmidt, Arthur. (September 28, 1968). David Ackles. Rolling Stone. Accessed November 11, 2007.