Murray Head — Restless
(Voiceprint Headcase GAH112CD, 1984/2001, CD)
by Jeff Melton, Published 2002-09-01
Murray Head is one of those few mid-60s singer/songwriters who seems at home on the silver screen as much as in a recording studio. In a career that has spanned almost four decades, it's clear that this restless soul has had much to accomplish in this life as evidenced by three new archival releases from Voiceprint. The re-issue of Nigel Lived from 1972 is reviewed elsewhere in this issue and can be considered a true classic of the period as well as in the singer/songwriter genre. In contrast, the mid-80s weren't such an unproductive period for Head since he retired to France with a crackshot group to record a series of ten light pop/radio targeted pieces. Long time friend and Caravan member, Geoff Richardson provides string accompaniment along with Simon Jeffes arrangements (both of whom were with the acclaimed Penguin Café Orchestra). Bassist Ian Maidman (ex-David Sylvian and now with Annie Whitehead) and noted drummer Danny Cummins provide a stable rhythm section for standard rock tunes. "Modern Boy" typifies the sessions with bright synth chords and blaring guitar parallel to other period works by the Fixx or Bryan Adams. "Peril in Venice" is an oddity if only due its darker scope and brooding theme. The other track that has more substance to it is "African Tourist" where the composer belies the plight of visitors who disturb the outback.
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more
Neil Peart RIP – One of rock music's defining drummers has died at the age of 67. Neil Peart's work with Rush provided one of the templates for percussion in rock, and he certainly ranks in the top ten most influential drummers of the 20th Century. Peart retired from playing in 2015 due to health issues, and succumbed to brain cancer on January 7, 2020. » Read more
Joel Vandroogenbroeck RIP – Word has reached us of the death of Joel Vandroogenbroeck, best known as one of the founders of Brainticket, He also recorded electronic music under a variety of names. He was born August 25th, 1938 in Brussels, Belgium and died December 23, 2019 in Arlesheim, Switzerland, aged 81. » Read more