This album was recorded between January 7th and January 12th 1974 at the Friends Meeting House, Frenchay Common, Bristol. I would like to thank all the people who were involved, directly and indirectly.
My sincere thanks to Ian A. Anderson who produced, engineered, mixed and generally kept the whole affair from running on the rocks. To Andy Pay for his brilliance and versatility on so many tracks. To John "Nosebleed" Land for keeping everybody in tune. To John Turner for his very presence. To lan Hunt for his electric contributions. To Brendan Whitmore and Dennis O'Rourke of Crossbreed for coming down from London just to play on a track each. To Dave Doyle and Dave Herbert of Heavy Shamrock for spending their lunch breaks in the studio. To Andy Leggett for dropping in. To Mike Evans of Stackridge and his amazing violin. To my mate Norman Lamputt, a great artist in more than one sense, who hung some of his remarkable paintings in the studio for the week. To Denis Clixby of St. Ives for the use of his shirt. To Dave Mason for taking the cover photo, and Plastic Dog Graphics for doing the layout. To anybody who buys this record.
AS I ROVED OUT
Noel Murphy - Vocals & guitar; Andy Pay - Guitar; John Land - Whistle; John Turner - String Bass.
Could be dedicated to John Peel, Adrian Henri or any other ageing raver to whom the phrase "fifteen year old" brings on the goose-pimples.
Noel Murphy: Vocals & Guitar; Andy Pay: Mandolin; John Land: Whistle & John Turner: String Bass.
A song from the repertoire of Christy Moore whose band PLANXTY are my favourite Irish group. I believe Christy got this song from Mike Harding—who happens to be a raving lunatic.
LOVE IS PLEASING
Noel Murphy: Vocals & Guitar; John Turner: String Bass; Dennis O'Rourke: Fiddle & Andy Pay: Bouzouki.
A bit of yer actual nostalgia. This was the first song I ever heard the Dubliners sing back in 1959.
ME AND BOBBIE McGHEE
Noel Murphy: Vocals & Guitar; John Turner: String Bass- Ian Hunt: Lead Guitar; Mike Evans: Fiddle & Andy Pay: Mandolin.
Pete Ryder encouraged me to listen to KRIS KRISTOFFERSON some years ago. I enjoy singing this song, but find spelling "KRISTOFFERSON" is as difficult as pronouncing it on stage!
THE CURRAGH OF KILDARE
Noel Murphy: Vocals & Guitar; Mike Evans: Violin & John Turner: Bowed Double-Bass
This song took a long time to come right for us. It was my fault because I was so knocked out by Mike Evans' violin playing that I kept forgetting the words.
THE FLOWERS OF EDINBURGH/CHIEF O'NEILL'S FAVOURITE
Noel Murphy: Guitar; Andy Pay: Mandolin; Dave Herbert: Mandolin; John Turner: String Bass & Dave Doyle: Spoons.
The GINGER BAKER of CLIFTON, the REV. DAVE DOYLE, spoons his way through these two tunes, which feature Andy Pay and Dave Herbert duetting on mandolines.
Noel Murphy: Vocals & Guitar; Andy Pay: Tenor Banjo; John Land : Whistle & John Turner: String Bass.
This has always been a great favourite in the clubs and is dedicated to the "KOP" end at our own club at the White Bear, Hounslow.
Noel Murphy: Vocals & Guitar.
My Mum is always asking for this song, so here it is. Never mind if the old voice sounds a bit knackered on thisthe fellow in the song doesn't seem to be in great shape either!
THE LEATHER BOTTLE
Noel Murphy: Guitar; Andy Pay: Mandolin; John Land: Whistle & John Turner: String Bass.
We love this tune—so we did it.
THE LIMERICK RAKE
Noel Murphy: Vocals; Andy Leggett: Recorder & Andy Pay: Guitar.
I can relate to this song very easily because I totally go along with this man's philosophy and life-style. Maybe somebody will brand me a "male chauvinist thingy" for this song, but I'm bent really!
THE OLD MAN'S TALE
Noel Murphy: Vocals & Guitar; Andy Pay: Mandolin; John Turner: String Bass & Ian Hunt: Lead Guitar.
Ian Campbell's classic song. I first heard Nigel Denver sing it. Ian Hunt plays the guitar solo.
MEET ON THE LEDGE
Noel Murphy: Vocal & Guitar; Andy Pay: Acoustic Guitar; Ian Hunt: Lead Guitar; John Turner: Electric Bass & Backing Vocals: Lady Fred, Dave Herbert, John Land, John Turner, Andy Pay, Noel Murphy.
The song that ends all the Murphy gigs. Then we slowly sink to the floor and kip on the empties.
IS LOVE PLEASING
Andy Leggett: Baritone Sax; Brendan Whitmore: Tenor Sax & John Land: Clarinet.
Wellyou cannot have that sort of talent lying about in the studio without using it. The title is by Chris Broscomb.