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Murphy, Michael James - 1987 No Kidnap Today



ARTIST: Murphy, Michael James
ALBUM: No Kidnap Today
LABEL: Home Sweet Home
SERIAL: HSHJM001
YEAR: 1987

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Michael James Murphy - lead and backing vocals, guitars, keyboards * Jerry McPherson - guitars * Bret Teegarden - bass, bass synths, percussion, synth programming * Leslie Craig Smith - keyboards, synth programming * Bobby Ginsberg & Tim Munson - synth programming * Christopher Manners - drums * Brandon Fields - saxophone * Twila Paris - duet lead vocal 'After Your Eyes', backing vocals * Brian Tankersley, Chris Christian, Valerie Howard, Tami Gunden, Cindy Cruse, Tim Miner, Luke Garrett, Lynn Sutter Adler, Robert Till, Paula Till, Danny Davis, Tim Roach, Keith Davenport, Sherri Eckert, Susan Davis, Mark Treat, Tony Ward, Mike Wilson - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 No Kidnap Today * 02 Healer * 03 Holy Is Our God * 04 After Your Eyes * 05 The Blind Lead The Blind * 06 Black Or White * 07 Secret Admirer * 08 Two Edged Sword * 09 Death Died * 10 Vigilant


Background
I was going through some old CCM releases today, and I stumbled on this little beauty. MJM is not the Michael Murphy who sang the mid 70's hit 'Wildfire'. This bloke is safely encased within the Christian rock movement. Like many acts within this genre, most of them started out as blatant Jesus Rock disciples, until modern techniques and modern sounding equipment bought them roaring into the 80's. Murphy on this fourth album, sounds like a cross between Chris Eaton and a combination of Twenty Twenty and fellow Christian AORsters Harvest. If that sounds like your gig, then read on. After three albums on the Milk And Honey label, Murphy joined the Home Sweet Home camp. Goodness, it sounds like a healthy breakfast down at the local Amish community! Helping out was renowned CCM artist Chris Christian who was the Executive Producer here, while a whole bunch of mostly Nashville based musos help out. The album jacket is a bit suss, perhaps it should've been titled 'Stranger Danger'?


The Songs
Despite sounding like a pastoral attempt at CCM, this is a quite lush atmospheric lite AOR, with plenty of washy keyboards. The lyrics and message are decidedly Christian, but don't let that put you off if Children of Bodom is your bag. The opening pair of 'No Kidnap' and 'Healer' welcome you in with layers of melody, rapturous stuff.. really. 'Holy Is Our God' reminds me of Cliff Richard's quite beautiful 'Saviour Day', the sing-a-long choir vocals is one for the Yuletide festivities. Very nice. Fellow Milk And Honey label-mate Twila Paris joins MJM on 'After Your Eyes' as a duet, a mellow affair with the sax of Brandon Fields hovering in center-field. The electric piano of 'The Blind Lead The Blind' is very lush, but lyrically is very dated. Just listen to the first line 'they call this the high tech eighties..'. Yeah right. However, the message is still relevant in the here and now. The mild AOR of 'Black And White' is a great fit for this site, while the production values of 'Secret Admirer' is so typical of the 80's. This is very similar to Chris Eaton, so much so that Mr Eaton should be demanding royalties! 'Two Edged Sword' is the 'hard rock' track of the album, which should appeal to the regulars here. The next is the slow ballad 'Death Died'. Interesting song title, though I don't think Black Sabbath would be interested in covering it. There's more Christian stand and deliver tactics on the final track 'Vigilant'. Musically akin to the Comfort Band in their mid 80's prime, and when MJM sings of 'Jesus destroying the enemy', then you'd better believe him.


In Summary
I don't have any of MJM's three prior albums, though I might be tempted to take a dip into his back-catalogue. This would be the last of his CCM/AOR albums, as he moved into the 90's taking up the reins as a Country artist, and dropping the Murphy surname to be known as Michael James within that musical space. As far as CCM/AOR goes, this is pretty good for what it is.


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#1 | gdazegod on December 06 2016 10:19:38
Michael James Murphy - 1987 No Kidnap Today
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#2 | gdazegod on December 06 2016 21:07:48
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#3 | gdazegod on December 07 2016 04:58:04
Just listening to this again, I'm thinking that there may be a little bit of Kevin Raleigh in the vocal.
 
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