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Friday, December 15, 2017

Mick Greenwood - Midnight Dreamer (1974 uk, marvellous folk soft rock, 2006 remaster)



Mick returned to the UK, and more touring with bands like Soft Machine and Curved Air, and performing at the Hammersmith Odeon with Jose Feliciano. The band underwent further changes with the addition of drummer Alan Eden and ex-John Mayall guitarist, Roger Dean. Mick then spent a little time away with an ancient tribe of musicians called Jajouka in the Moroccan mountains, visited previously by Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones and Ornett Coleman, before writing material for his third album, Midnight Dreamer.

This time around, Mick was holding the reigns of producer along with his engineer Vic Gamm at Sound Techniques. This now celebrated album with Mick on vocals, piano, keyboards, electric and acoustic guitars, also features Pat Donaldson on bass guitar, drummers William A. Murray, Gerry Conway and Barry De Souza, and backing vocals from Barry St.John, Sue Glover, Liza Strike, Bonny Hamilton and Kay Garner. Also featured are Kenny Wheeler on trumpet, Chris Hughs on Tenor Sax, Graham Smith on harmonica, and a further brass section comprising Eddie Mordue, Rex Morris, Duncan Lamont, Wally Smith, Rick Kennedy, Chris Smith, Creg Bowen and Johnny Huckridge. Superb arrangements by Steve Hamilton and Richard Hewson (who arranged the strings on The Beatles’ Eleanor Rigby).

Through a chain of events, Greenwood became involved with the same record company and management as Fleetwood Mac, was inadvertently caught up in the political and legal wars of their separation, as witnessed by the tabloid coverage of the Old Bailey case. Even though the album was recognised, sadly the launch of Midnight Dreamer suffered as a result.

"Midnight Dreamer" originally released on Warner Brothers, charters Mick’s solid progression as he stepped into the role of producer/artist/writer. This celebrated album with Mick on vocals, piano, keyboards, electric and acoustic guitars, also features a star-studded lineup; Pat Donaldson, William A. Murray, Gerry Conway and Barry De Souza, and backing vocals from Barry St.John, Sue Glover, Liza Strike, Bonny Hamilton and Kay Garner.

What other talents does Mick Greenwood have up his sleeve? Not only does this album contain sensitive well written songs from across the spectrum, delivered  and performed with authority by himself and a host of top musos, but Mick has also produced with his engineer a rock solid piece of product with soul. Midnight Dreamer is a great third album by this guy. Highly recommended.
by Jonathon Teller, PlayTime Review


Tracks
1. Black Roses - 2:56
2. Captain Life - 4:09
3. Writing On The Wall - 4:25
4. Easy Street - 4:43
5. Miss Morning - 3:52
6. Lady Midnight - 3:23
7. Diana Demons - 4:36
8. Deep Water - 3:48
9. Open Road - 2:12
All compositions by Mick Greenwood

Musicians
*Mick Greenwood – Acoustic, Electric Guitars, Keyboards, Mixing, Piano, Vocals
*Gerry Conway - Drums
*Barry De Souza - Drums
*Pat Donaldson - Bass
*Kay Garner - Vocals
*Sue Glover - Vocals
*Bonnie Hamilton - Vocals
*Steve Hamiton - Brass Arrangement, String Arrangements, Vocal Arrangement
*Richard Hewson - Brass Arrangement, String Arrangements, Vocal Arrangement
*Ric Kennedy - Brass
*Duncan Lamont - Brass
*Eddie Mordue - Brass
*Reggie Wayne Morris - Brass
*William Murray - Drums
*Barry St. John - Vocals
*Chris Frazer Smith - Brass
*Wally Smith - Brass
*Liza Strike - Vocals
*Kenny Wheeler - Trumpet

1971  Mick Greenwood - Living Game 
1972  Mick Greenwood - ...To Friends (2006 japan remaster) 

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6 comments:

Alexandr Markevich said...

Thanks, Marios.

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kobilica said...

Thanks "MARIOS"...

Anonymous said...



Superb Marios, you've made my

This is a very hard to find album

Many, many thanks

Greetings Albert

Oldie said...

Link does not work !?!

Marios said...

Oldie, check "the Free Text"