Murray Head - Nigel Lived


Intervention Records



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Hybrid Stereo SACD

Hybrid Stereo SACD

• Artist approved 45th Anniversary Edition
• Mastered Direct-to-DSD by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from the original master tapes!
• Plays in all CD Players
• Super Jewel Box with authentic 8-page booklet

45th Anniversary Edition of Murray Head's groundbreaking 1972 classic!

Murray Head's Nigel Lived is a groundbreaking classic and one of the boldest, most daring and inventive albums of all time. Recorded by the great recording engineer Phill Brown, Nigel Lived is from the golden era of all-analog recording, a sonic and musical masterpiece that every music lover and audiophile simply must have.

In Spring of 1972 Murray Head was just 25, coming off amazing success on the stage and screen, when he recorded his debut album, Nigel Lived. And Nigel isn't just any album, it's an ambitious, experimental album full of great songs that required stunningly diverse recording techniques and instrumentation on every track. There are beautiful acoustic works that draw a straight line to Murray's later albums like "Ruthie" and "When You Wake Up In The Morning," there are straight-up rockers and amazingly innovative tracks like "Religion" and the sprawling "Junk."

Nigel's story arc unfolds as a three-act play in which Nigel leaves a small town for the big city, finds love and success before crashing into addiction and despair. The background locations, characters and scenes change sonically throughout as Nigel was a adventurous and pioneering effort in blending studio recording with an incredible array of location recordings captured all over London's West End.  

In the same way that films today operate on the "found footage" motif, Murray's ahead-of-its-time conceptual treatment for Nigel consisted of hand writing a "diary" for Nigel that was then "found" by Murray, who put Nigel's life to song. It's a brilliant narrative tool that allowed Murray to weave aspects of his own rich experiences in the whirlwind of late 60s London into the songs. Murray saw great success, making a splash on stage in "Hair" and on-screen in films like "The Family Way" and John Schlesinger's avant-garde "Sunday Bloody Sunday." And he saw the depths working in a drug-addiction clinic and watching friends disappear into and eventually succumb to heroin.

Nigel Lived is driven by Murray's tremendous energy, and the songs are witty, intense, achingly beautiful and exceptionally well-recorded.

This reissue would not have been possible without the overwhelming generosity of Phill Brown, who introduced Intervention Records to Murray and supplied the master tapes. Thanks Phill!

Nigel Lived on CD/SACD was mastered from recording engineer Phill Brown's 1/4" 15-ips analog tapes from 1972. Phill was gracious enough to let Intervention and CoHEARent Audio's Kevin Gray cut directly from these beautiful-sounding tapes to DSD. As THE master tapes can no longer be found in Sony's vaults in the US or the U.K. (Sony bought CBS and its assets), Phill's 1972 tapes are the de facto "original master tapes."

The sound quality on these tapes is a revelation, with deep but tuneful bass, sweet highs, gorgeous vocals and VERY WIDE dynamics! Murray and the musicians put so many fascinating sounds and textures down, and the tapes are simply stunning!

Intervention is very proud that people today can hear Nigel sound his very best on his 45th birthday!

1. Pacing On The Station
2. Big City
3. Bed & Breakfast
4. The Party
5. Ruthie
6. City Scurry
7. When You Wake Up In The Morning
8. Why Do We Have To Hurt Our Heads
9. Pity The Poor Consumer
10. Dole
11. Nigel, Nigel
12. Miss Illusion
13. Religion
14. Junk

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