I was asked by my friends at 24 Hour Service Station to record a song for their project, Ceremony – A New Order Tribute, released February 20, 2010. I covered “All Day Long” for the 32 track double CD honoring the music of New Order and dedicated to Tony Wilson:
A portion of the proceeds from record sales will benefit the Salford Foundation Trust’s Tony Wilson Awards, established in memory of Tony Wilson, the founding father of landmark independent record label Factory Records, who died of cancer in 2007. The trust will benefit children and young people who can demonstrate a special talent or ambition in the arts or creative skills.
“John Ralston flips “All Day Long” into a classic ballad format wallpapered with shimmering guitars”
“John Ralston’s similarly rootsy interpretation of “All Day Long,” another highlight, driven by electric piano, Hammond organ, and acoustic bass guitar, sounds like The Band in 1973 backing a low-key singer from mid-1990s Madchester.”
“The best offerings from Ceremony are the “rockier” tracks, which owe more of a debt to Joy Division than to New Order. The standouts include John Ralston’s version of “All Day Long” (off of 1986’s Brotherhood) which has a country tinge to it”