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Restless [Murray Head]

  • 1. When You're in Love
    2. Catching Eddie at It
    3. Modern Boy
    4. Peril in Venice
    5. Salvation (Missionary Madness)
    6. Marie
    7. African Tourists
    8. Hold Me
    9. I Don't Care
    10. Maybe Tomorrow
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): GAH114CD

  • Credits

    Personnel includes: Murray Head (vocals, guitar); Geoff Richardson (guitar, viola); Phil Palmer (guitar); Peter Veitch (keyboards); Ian Maidman (bass);
    Jaime Laine (drums).
    Recorded in London, England.
    RESTLESS is the 1984 release from British actor/vocalist Murray Head, best known for his performance of "One Night in Bangkok" from the musical CHESS. Its 10 tracks include "When You're In Love", "Catching Eddie At It", and "Modern Boy".
    Produced by Steve Nye, Restless sounds quite good and timeless for an LP from 1984, especially when compared to the horribly dated Sooner or Later (1986) or Murray Head's hit, "One Night in Bangkok," a product of the new wave. The singer was trying to regain his quickly vanishing fame, but he did not compromise his music, at least not completely. "When You're in Love" is a typical soft rock ballad, its chorus catchy yet still easy to forget. "Modern Boy" and "Peril in Venice" emulate some of the tricks Phil Collins used in his more atmospheric songs early in his solo career. But then one also finds the strange "African Tourists" and "Salvation," which includes a chorus of African voices. As usual with Head, lyrics tend to be a little nave, well-intentioned but somewhat simplistic, like in the clich-ridden Mafia song "Mario." Luckily there's the voice -- distinctive, emotional, and well-used. As the music market was more and more turning to standardization and focusing on a search for the ultimate hit single, Head kept on recording albums of intelligent pop songs, although he had to strip them down, leaving his more arty ambitions behind. That's why Restless doesn't come close to the power of 1981's Voices. ~ Franois Couture

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