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Sunday, December 11, 2022

Michael Murphey - Blue Sky Night Thunder (1975 us, tremendous country smooth rock, 2017 japan remaster)

Blue Sky - Night Thunder is one of the great albums completed by cowboy singer Michael Martin Murphey in the '70s, when he was simply known as Michael Murphey and his career was just beginning. He wrote or co-wrote every song on this recording. Fans will find many of their old favorites on this gold album, including his big hit "Carolina in the Pines" and maybe his most popular song of all time, "Wildfire." This album originally appeared on the market in 1975, but was re-released on compact disc in 1990. 

Murphey first drew plenty of public attention as a songwriter, and earned a name for himself writing songs for country singer Kenny Rogers. Murphey was soon rubbing elbows with artists like John Denver and Willie Nelson. Listeners will spot the influences of many singers on Blue Sky - Night Thunder, but that doesn't cover the sound and talent of the main man behind each song, Michael Martin Murphey.
by Charlotte Dillon

1. Wildfire (Larry Cansler, Michael Murphey) - 4:48
2. Carolina In The Pines - 3:58
3. Desert Rat - 3:55
4. Wild Bird - 2:25
5. Blue Sky Riding Song - 3:34
6. Medicine Man (Jac Murphy, Michael Murphey) - 3:53
7. Secret Mountain Hideout (Jac Murphy, Michael Murphey) - 4:01
8. Without My Lady There - 2:37
9. Night Thunder - 2:48
10.Rings Of Life (Gary Phillip Nunn, Michael Murphey) - 3:23
11.Wildfire (Larry Cansler, Michael Murphey) - 3:36
All compositions by Michael Murphey except where indicated

*Michael Murphey - Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano
*John Mceuen - Banjo
*Jerry Mills - Mandolin
*Sam Broussard - Guitar
*Richard Dean - Guitar, Background Vocals
*Jac Murphy - Keyboards
*Tom Scott - Saxophone
*Michael McKinney - Bass, Background Vocals
*Harry Wilkinson - Drums
*Tracy Nelson - Background Vocals
*Jeff Hanna - Background Vocals
*Jimmy Ibbotson - Background Vocals

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