Exposé Online banner

Murray Head — Sooner or Later
(Voiceprint Headcase, GAH112CD, 1986/2001, CD)

by Jeff Melton, Published 2002-09-01

Sooner or Later Cover art

1987 was another year of soul searching for the artist as he linked with ex-Gong guitarist Steve Hillage to produce a series of electronic pop songs with an electronic slant. "Lana Turner" is one of those songs that referenced film stars (like Kim Carnes' "Betty Davis Eyes") to great effect but fell on deaf European ears. Hillage is responsible for nearly all the instrumentation as well as arrangements for each piece in a lucrative effort similar to what he also did for artists such as Cock Robin, Robyn Hitchcock, and Simple Minds. It's clear that the overall package itself is closer to Rupert Hine or the Fixx than other artists of the day. Geoff Richardson donated a song of his own for singer to cover: "Paper Thin," a reflective piece that reminds me of many of the Brooker/Reid compositions for Procol Harum. Two bonus tracks have been added to the original LP, to pad out the disc: including "Picking up the Pieces," a pop ditty that relies on a bouncing rhythm section and catchy hook. The album can also be looked upon as a pre-cursor to Hillage's System 7 techno work that would sadly later pre-occupy him fulltime.


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 25, 2001 releases, 1986 recordings

Related artist(s): Steve Hillage / System 7, Murray Head, Geoffrey Richardson

Latest news

2021-02-14
SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more

2021-02-10
Chick Corea RIP – The sad news has reached us that Chick Corea has Returned to Forever, so to speak. The innovative keyboardist and composer died on February 9 at the age of 79. With a career that spanned from the 60s until shortly before his death, Corea touched many listeners with the incredible variety of music he produced in his lifetime. » Read more

2021-01-18
Asia Minor Third Album on the Way – On January 29, AMS records will be releasing the long-awaited third album by classic Turkish-French band Asia Minor. Released last year in Japan, this will be the widespread debut of Points of Libration. The album features original members Setrak Bakirel (vocals, guitar) and Eril Tekeli (flute, guitar). » Read more

2020-12-09
Harold Budd RIP – Harold Budd, one of pre-eminent American composers of avant-garde and minimalism, has died of complications from the coronavirus. Budd came to prominence in the 70s, championed by Brian Eno on his Obscure Records label, with music that blended academic minimalism with electric jazz and electronic music. Much of Budd's best known work was done in collaboration with other artists, including Eno, Daniel Lanois, Robin Guthrie, Andy Partridge, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, and many others. » Read more

2020-11-20
25 Views of Worthing Finally Gets Released – A while ago, we wrote about the discovery of a "long lost" Canterbury-style gem by a band called 25 Views of Worthing. And now we're pleased to find out that Wind Waker Records has released their music on an LP. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Kaipa - Angling Feelings – What is Roine Stolt doing? First he leaves The Tangent and now he's flown the coop from Kaipa, a band he helped form in 1975. I can only guess he's focusing his efforts on getting Flower Kings...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues