Voices

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All Music Guide - François Couture
Recorded and released in 1981, Voices predates Murray Head's commercial breakthrough, "One Night in Bangkok." This is a very English album focused on gentle, intelligent acoustic pop songs. No wonder it went by unnoticed at a time when punk rock and new wave monopolized the attention of the media. Members of Fairport Convention and Caravan accompany the singer, along with longtime collaborator Alun Davies, pop producer Rupert Hine, and guitar hero Jeff Beck. But of all these musicians, the Fairport Convention connection had the biggest influence on the album's sound. Pieces like "Last Daze of an Empire," "Old Soho," and "Going Home" all bear the British folk signature ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - François Couture
Recorded and released in 1981, Voices predates Murray Head's commercial breakthrough, "One Night in Bangkok." This is a very English album focused on gentle, intelligent acoustic pop songs. No wonder it went by unnoticed at a time when punk rock and new wave monopolized the attention of the media. Members of Fairport Convention and Caravan accompany the singer, along with longtime collaborator Alun Davies, pop producer Rupert Hine, and guitar hero Jeff Beck. But of all these musicians, the Fairport Convention connection had the biggest influence on the album's sound. Pieces like "Last Daze of an Empire," "Old Soho," and "Going Home" all bear the British folk signature of the group -- except that they are propelled by Head's powerful vocal delivery. "She's Doing Time on the Line" shares affinities with Peter Blegvad's universe, while "Children Only Play Do You Remember?" foretells Head's Québec hit "Comme des Enfants Qui Jouent." And "How Many Ways" conjures up the image of Cat Stevens during the first verse, the singer sounds like he deliberately imitates Stevens. Because of its delicate moods, careful arrangements, and strong cohesion, Voices ranks high in the singer's discography, at its top beside Say It Ain't So, and it deserves a fair place in the music library of any fan of the folk singer/songwriter genre. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/2003
  • Label: Headcase Uk
  • UPC: 825947114524
  • Catalog Number: 108

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Murray Head Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Clifton Davis Choir, Chorus
Jeff Beck Electric Guitar
Gary Taylor Acoustic Guitar, Bass
Richard Thompson Electric Guitar
Alun Davies Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Vibes
Rupert Hine Harmonica, Piano
Simon Nicol Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Dave Pegg Bass, Mandolin
Jeff Allen Drums
Dyan Birch Vocals
Pat Donaldson Bass
Anthony Head Choir, Chorus
Simon Jeffes Bass
Bruce Lynch Double Bass
Dave Mattacks Percussion, Drums
Chris Mercer Saxophone
Trevor Morais Drums
Andy Newmark Drums
Maurice Pert Percussion
Morris Pert Percussion
Geoffrey Richardson Acoustic Guitar
Paul Samwell-Smith Vibes
Stephanie Spring Drums
Peter Veitch Organ, Synthesizer, Violin, Accordion, Keyboards, Electric Piano, fender rhodes, Roland Synthesizer, Barrel Organ
Christopher Warren-Green Violin, Cello
Nigel Warren-Green Violin, Cello
Norman Zulu Choir, Chorus
Sue Lynch Voices
Paul Whittaker Guitar
Steve Fletcher Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Leah Mabuza Choir, Chorus
Steve Spring Drums
Nicola Kerr Voices, Choir, Chorus
Bob Weston Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Technical Credits
Murray Head Composer
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