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Say It Ain't So (1975) - Murray Head


    Featuring »

Murray Head

    Tracklisting »
Say It Ain't So JoeLyrics available
  Running Time: 4:41
Boy On The BridgeLyrics available
  Running Time: 3:51
Boats AwayLyrics available
  Running Time: 4:20
When I'm YoursLyrics available
  Running Time: 4:08
Someone's Rocking My DreamboatLyrics available
  Running Time: 2:47
She's Such A DragLyrics available
  Running Time: 4:21
Never Even ThoughtLyrics available
  Running Time: 5:05
Silence Is A Strong ReplyLyrics available
  Running Time: 2:53
Don't Forget Him NowLyrics available
  Running Time: 4:30
  Comments: "Anon" is listed for Harmonium on this track. It's unknown who that is.
You're So TastyLyrics available
  Running Time: 3:32
    Guest Appearances »

John Altman, Brian Brocklehurst, Vicki/Vicky Brown, Chilli Charles, Gerry Conway, Jim Cregan, P.J. Crotty, Alun Davies, Billy Day, Mick(e)y Finn, Anthony Head, Anthony Healey, Brother James, Charles/Chas (Jeremy) Jankel/Jankle, Brian Johns(t)on(e), Tony Kaye, Pam Keevil, Glen(n) LeFleur/Le Fleur, Bruce Lynch, Sue/Suzanne Lynch, Noel Norris, Ann Odell, Morris/Maurice Pert, Simon Phil(l)ips, Graham Preskett, Nick(y) South, Lisa/Liza Strike/Streic, The Tropic Isles, Pete(r) Thompson, Arthur Watts, Bob Weston

    Released »

1975

    Format »

Domestic Vinyl/CD Album

    Other Appearances »
Murray Head (Songwriter), Leon René (Songwriter), Otis René (Songwriter), Emerson Scott (Songwriter), Bob Weston (Songwriter), Eckford/Stimpson (Sleeve Design), Gered Mankowitz (Cover Photography), Sean Wellband (Cover Photography), Paul Samwell-Smith (Produced By), Robin Black (Engineered By), Martin Levan (Engineered By), Robin Black (Mixed By), Mike Bobak (Mixed By), Martin Levan (Mixed By), Ann Odell (Strings Arrangement), Ann Odell (Strings Arr.)

    Record Label »
A&M Records/Island Records

    Catalogue Number »

4558 (A&M US LP) ISLP 9347 (Island UK LP) 9101 655 (Island France LP) 201 219 (Island Germany LP) 842 452-2 (Island CD)

    Running Time »

39:31

    Liner Notes »

Recorded and mixed at Morgan Studios, Willesden

Mastered at Sterling Sound, New York

With love and thanks to Suze, Robert Alan, Ringe, Robert Weston & Derek Ash.

Island CD Reissue Notes:

(P) (C) 1975 Island Records Ltd.

Island CD Reissue Notes:

Island Masters

All rights reserved. Unauthorised copying, reproduction, hiring, lending, public performance and broadcasting prohibited.

BIEM/STEMRA

Compact Disc Digital Audio

ISCD 89

LC 0407

PY 899

0 422 7

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It is so
Review written by John Fitzgerald, May 18th, 2005

Impressively the liner notes to "Say it ain't so" states that Weston plays on every song here and he co wrote and even does a rare vocal on "Silence is a strong reply" which starts freshly with signature Weston guitar harmonics and slide guitar slips throughout this catchy sing a long though it does tend to get a little repetitive but it ends just when this feeling kicks in. This album is mostly acoustic songs though we do get the engaging left turn once in a while, most obviously on the rocking "She's such a drag" which is out of
step with all else here but you don't mind when you hear Weston's great electric guitar slide and picks in action. Head shrieks his way through the vocals towards the end and he's obviously not fitting for rockers (sounding vocally like a cross between Nick Drake and Steve Winwood) but this is remedied by memories of Weston's harmonics at the beginning and the humorous little school girl like nag vocals in the middle section of the track. Also, there's the faithful cover of the nugget from 1936 called "Someone's rocking my dreamboat" which starts with a soft acoustic guitar finger tapping feel then growing in to full blown New Orleans style jazz horns swing and mope while the glee chorus sways. The rest is vital though, the opening "Say it aint so Joe" is a haunting acoustic piece which builds to a howling end, "Boy on the bridge" is the next most electric tune here as it starts with electric piano tinkles which then leads in to a muddy mid tempo but likable funk laden electric guitar work section, "Boats away" is a pleasant strumming repeater, "When I'm yours" is a nice Simon and Garfunkel sounding folky acoustic ballad, "Never even thought" is a weaving builder of acoustic guitars, piano/light keys and vocals, the drums and bass do eventually arrive but it still remains light, probably the quietest song on the album overall. "Don't forget him now" is also a highlight, strong electric bass is used as the rhythm here which really adds useful tension and this track deserves the attention it grabs from you. The closing "You're so tasty" is admittedly typical 70's sounding romantic mush but at least it's a good example of that field and Murray has good chemistry with backing vocalist Vicky Brown on this one who steps up here to help out. This has been recognized as an important album in Head's career and I'd say it is an important album in Weston's career as well as though I've only pointed out a few highlight examples, his most positive musicianship attributes come through all over the place on this record.

    Comments »

Though many of these tracks are listed as being from a musical - 'Atlantis'", this specific musical in question never seems to have materialized.

    Last Modified »
2011-03-24
    Tracklisting »
Discography entry submitted by Steve Fairhead, Jeff Kenney & Marty Adelson.