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Dick Morrissey / Jim Mullen

Life on the Wire & It's About Time

  • Type CD
  • Label Vocalion
  • UPC 0765387851729
  • Catalog number 2CDSML 8517
  • Release date 18 December 2015
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About the album

Life on the Wire

1: LIFE ON THE WIRE (Mullen; Hamill) 
2: TAKIN’ TIME (Critchinson) 
3: FACE OF A CHILD (Mullen; Hamill) 
4: COME AND GET ME (Mullen; Hamill) 
5: BRAZIL NUT (Gorrie) 
6: SHIPS THAT PASS IN THE NIGHT (Mullen; Hamill)
7: MAKING WAVES (Critchinson) 
8: RUNNING OUT OF TIME (Morrissey; Hamill) 

Personnel:
Jim Mullen (guitar)
Dick Morrissey (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute)
Carol Kenyon (vocals)
Tony Beard (drums)
Chris Fletcher (percussion)
John McKenzie (bass guitar)
John Critchinson (keyboards)
Danny Schogger (synthesizer)


It's About Time...

1: STOP AND LOOK AROUND (Bailey) 
2: IT’S ABOUT TIME … (Mullen; Niles) 
3: OUNCE OF BOUNCE (Mullen; Niles) 
4: SO SO FINE (Mullen) 
5: OL’ SAX AND CAPTAIN AXE (Mullen) 
6: BLADERUNNER (Vangelis) 
7: WHY DOES IT ALWAYS HAPPEN TO ME? (T & R Niles)
8: I PULL THE STRINGS (T & R Niles) 
9: DO I DO (Wonder) 
10: ABOVE THE CLOUDS (Mullen; Niles)

Personnel:
Jim Mullen (guitar)
Dick Morrissey (tenor sax, soprano sax)
Tessa Niles (vocals)
Neal Wilkinson (drums)
Chris Fletcher (percussion)
Joe Hubbard (bass guitar)
Damon Butcher, Jess Bailey (keyboards)
String section led by Gavin Wright
Brass section led by Guy Barker

Morrissey Mullen was one of the UK’s premier jazz-funk outfits of the late 1970s and ’80s, enjoying both critical and commercial success at a time when bands such as Shakatak, Freez, Light of the World and Level 42 were also emerging from Britain’s nascent jazz-funk scene. Saxophonist Dick Morrissey and guitarist Jim Mullen met in the mid-1970s thanks to their mutual friendship with various members of the Average White Band. In 1976 they were invited to New York by the AWB ostensibly to work on some music, but instead it resulted in the first Morrissey Mullen album, Up (Atlantic Records, 1977), with backing by the AWB. Returning to Britain Morrissey Mullen recorded one album for EMI’s Harvest label (Cape Wrath, 1979) before signing to independent label Beggars Banquet and recording a series of albums throughout the 1980s that are arguably their best. Their second and third albums for Beggars Banquet, Life on the Wire (1982) and It’s About Time … (1983), are compiled here and both offer shining examples of the band’s lyrical yet driving brand of jazz-funk. Carol Kenyon appears on the Life on the Wire album and her smooth-as-silk voice is featured on the up-tempo groove of the title track and Come and Get Me as well as the beautiful ballad, Ships that Pass in the Night. 1983’s It’s About Time … was produced by Richard Niles and features his then-wife, Tessa Niles, on vocals, and once again Dick Morrissey and Jim Mullen’s brilliant musicianship is at the heart of it all. Among the titles are keyboardist Jess Bailey’s Stop and Look Around, Jim Mullen’s Ounce of Bounce, Ol’ Sax and Captain Axe and So So Fine plus a jazz-funk remake of Vangelis’ Bladerunner love theme (which was included on the album because Dick Morrissey had played on the film soundtrack).

Digitally remastered. Booklet includes a liner note by Dick Morrissey’s brother, Chris.

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