Nigel Lived

Nigel Lived

by Murray Head

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Recorded in the summer of 1972 and released the following year, Nigel Lived is Murray Head's first solo LP. A rarity for this singer, it takes the form of a concept album. A songwriter found the diary of a stranger and wrote songs out of some fragments. The booklet reproduces pages of the fake diary along with the lyrics, weaving a believable fiction that helps in distancing or objectifying the autobiographical nature of the songs. They are split between the "success" and "failure" sides of the LP and tell the story of an artist (actor? singer? -- both would apply to Head) who leaves his small hometown, comes to the "big city" to make it, and, after an initial encouraging period, watches his life fall apart. Head is surrounded by an impressive cast of session musicians from folk, rock, and jazz realms, including Caravan flutist Jimmy Hastings, jazz clarinetist Tony Coe, and original King Crimson drummer Michael Giles. The whole album seems to foretell Chris DeBurgh's Spanish Train and Other Stories, especially because of the daring arrangements (a Gregorian choir and a steel drums ensemble in "Religion"). Other comparisons would include Shawn Phillips and Cat Stevens' records around the same time. Head still had to write a memorable song like "Say It Ain't So, Joe," but despite the lack of shining moments, Nigel Lived makes a solid and surprisingly uncompromising album. And "Junk" is the longest, weirdest song this singer ever recorded.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/06/2018
Label: Intervention Records
UPC: 0684334915782
catalogNumber: 2
Rank: 67104

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Murray Head   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar
Tony Coe   Clarinet,Saxophone
Henry Lowther   Trumpet
Clive Chaman   Bass
Jim Chester   Clarinet,Oboe,Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Ray Cooper   Percussion
Nick DeCaro   Accordion
Barry DeSouza   Conga,Drums
John Donnelly   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Friendly Sisters   Background Vocals
Martin Fry   Tuba
Kay Garner   Background Vocals,Voices
Sue Garner   Background Vocals,Voices
Michael Giles   Percussion,Drums
Peter Giles   Bass
James Harpham   Contrabass Recorder
Jimmy Hastings   Clarinet,Saxophone
Spike Heatley   Double Bass
Skaila Kanga   Electric Harp
Chris Mercer   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Electric Saxophone
Cozy Powell   Drums
Graham Preskett   Mandolin,Electric Violin
Michael Rennie   Strings
Frank Ricotti   Conga,Bass Marimba
Jack Rothstein   Strings
Fiachra Trench   Piano,Conductor,Flugelhorn,Pipe organ
Mark Warner   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Tommy Whittle   Clarinet,Saxophone
Dave Wintour   Bass
Chris Neil   Harmonica
Timothy Bond   Choir Master
Peter Robinson   Organ,Piano,Electric Piano,Prepared Piano,Electric Clarinet
Philip Chen   Bass
Miguel Barradas   Steel Drums
Glenn Le Fleur   Drums
Dave Charman   Trombone
Chris Karam   Tabla
Sonny Garner   Background Vocals,Voices

Technical Credits

Murray Head   Composer
Nick DeCaro   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Phill Brown   Engineer
Sue Ellis Jones   Artwork,Cover Design

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