Murray Head - Nigel Lived

Double 2LP 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Remaster

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Nigel Lived is the debut studio album by British actor and singer Murray Head, originally released in 1973 via CBS Records in the UK and Columbia Records in the US.

Nigel Lived is a concept album that tells the story of Nigel, a young singer who arrives in London seeking to make a career in the music business. His early optimism gives way to disillusionment, struggle, and finally heroin addiction.

This album followed Murray Head's acclaimed appearance as Judas, a leading role on the recording of the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, and his subsequent 1971 hit single "Superstar".

The supporting musicians include the Giles brothers of Giles, Giles and Fripp, a group that evolved into King Crimson.

The original vinyl release came in an elaborate package, with a lyric sheet featuring pages from Nigel's diary to depict the course of his gradual disintegration.

Check out the tracks:  Pacing On The Station”; “Big City”; “Bed & Breakfast”; “Nigel, Nigel’; “Junk”; and “Intervention Records Interview with Murray Head”.

This double album 2LP record set is a 2017 reissue on 180 gram audiophile vinyl at 45 RPM housed in a gatefold sleeve with 8 page booklet, pressed in the US via Intervention Records.

 

About The Album:

The source of information for this album is from the Intervention Records website.

Murray Head's Nigel Lived is a ground breaking 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!

 

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
  • Original Label: CBS
  • Original Release Date: 1972
  • Release Date: September 2017

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Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

Success:

A1

Pacing On The Station

4:52

A2

Big City

3:24

A3

Bed & Breakfast

2:25

B1

The Party

3:11

B2

Ruthie

3:18

B3

City Scurry

1:50

B4

When You Wake Up In The Morning

3:05

Failure:

C1

Why Do We Have To Hurt Our Heads

3:09

C2

Pity The Poor Consumer

2:25

C3

Dole

2:58

C4

Nigel, Nigel

2:10

C5

Miss Illusion

2:15

D1

Religion

4:43

D2

Junk

8:46

SKU 684334915775
Record Label Intervention Records
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number IR-014
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 22 September 2017
Original Release Date (Year) 01 January 1972
Barcode # 684334915775
Shipping Weight 0.7100kg
Shipping Width 0.015m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.001479m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, 45 RPM, Gatefold Sleeve, Booklet, Reissue, Remastered Audio, 45th Anniversary Edition
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Folk Rock
Genre Progressive Rock
Format VINYL LP

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