Murray Head

Nigel Lived

Nigel Lived

Original Release Date: 1972

Original Label: CBS

 

• 100% Analog Mastering From the Original Master Tapes!

• Mastered by Kevin Gray At Cohearent             Audio

• Double 45-RPM LPs for Extreme Sound Quality

• Dead Quiet 180-Gram Vinyl Pressed At       RTI

• Old Style Gatefold Jacket + Authentic 8-Page Book Printed By Stoughton

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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 & 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. 

 

Mastering Notes

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

Nigel Lived was mastered directly 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. As THE master tapes can no longer be found in Sony's vaults in the US or the UK (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 early on made the decision that Nigel's re-release had to be a double LP set at 45 RPM to preserve the magnificent sonics Murray, Phill and Co. put on tape and make the best-sounding Nigel possible. Nigel's original vinyl release was very challenging to cut with side 1 at over 22 minutes and side 2 at an amazing 27 minutes of run time! There's no doubt, especially on side 2, that levels had to be dropped, and the bass had to be filtered on the original LP. Our 45 RPM cuts required no comprimises of any kind, so people today can hear Nigel at his best on his 45th birthday!

 

                                             

You know those songs that come up on the radio when you’re driving and you crank up the volume to 11 and sing your lungs out? That’s the spirit of what Intervention’s (Re)Discover Series is all about! Taking these FM classics and presenting them in “like you’ve never heard it before” sound quality so you can get that same blast of energy and excitement on your hi-fi at home. The hallmark of this series will be 100% analog mastering from real analog tapes. Combining superior master sources with the truly full-range mastering chain at Cohearent Audio and RTI’s dead quiet vinyl pressing means that you’ll hear these FM staples with power, majesty and musical detail like it’s the first time. (Re)Discover these sonic treasures with us!

 

 

Release Notes

Format: 180-Gram Double 45s Pressed at RTI

Jacket: Old Style "Tip On" Gatefold Jacket + Book Printed By Stoughton on Heavy Stock

IR Catalog: IR-014

UPC: 684334915775

Manufacturer: Intervention Records

Original Label: CBS

Original Release Date: 1972

Release Date: September 2017

   

TRACKS

Side 1 Side 3
1) Pacing On The Station 1) Why Do We Have To Hurt Our Heads?
2) Big City 2) Pity The Poor Consumer
3) Bed & Breakfast 3) Dole
Side 2 4) Nigel, Nigel
1) The Party 5) Miss Illusion
2) Ruthie Side 4
3) City Scurry 1) Religion
4) When You Wake Up In The Morning 2) Junk