1975 Murray Head – Say It Ain’t So

Say It Ain’t So is a solo studio album by Murray Head. It was released in 1975 on A&M Records. The album was produced by Paul Samwell-Smith, and the album features sleeve photography by Gered Mankowitz.

Say It Ain’t So, Joe” is a song written and performed by Murray Head. The song was released on Head’s second studio album Say It Ain’t So, and was also released as a single in 1975.

According to Head, he wrote the song about fallen heroes. He re-released the song in 1995 on the album When You’re in Love, and he wrote the following comment in the liner notes:

“Say It Ain’t So, Joe” was provoked by a seventies documentary on Richard Nixon prior to his resignation. The presenter was asking the editor of a small town newspaper outside Washington, how, in the face of conclusive evidence and proof, his readers could still show such undying support for the president they elected. The editor likens the situation to a scandal in the twenties, when Joe Jackson, the famous baseball player, was rumoured to have taken a bribe to sink his team in the final of the World series. His fans hung around the stadium chanting “Say it ain’t so Joe”.

The song is about heroes and their “Clay feet’. It is also a plea from myself to the kind of ‘Joe Public’ who in fear of losing face, refuse to relinquish their faith in a fallen idol.

The song is on an album, which has sold over a million copies and was produced by Paul Samwell-Smith, who recently decided to re-record the song. Shortly afterwards I was watching another documentary on the O.J. Simpson case and they showed a note pinned to his gate on which was written “Say it ain’t so Joe”. Two days later a friend, just returned from L.A., rang me to tell me they’d seen placards with that same old phrase. The occasion seemed apt for a re-release.

Tracks

1  Say It Ain’t So Joe (Murray Head) 4:39
2 Boy On The Bridge (Murray Head) 3:50
3  Boats Away (Murray Head) 4:19
4  When I’m Yours (Murray Head) 4:08
5  Someone’s Rocking My Dreamboat (Emerson Scott; Leon Rene; Otis Rene) 2:47
6  She’s Such A Drag (Murray Head) 4:21
7  Never Even Thought (Murray Head) 5:05
8  Silence Is A Strong Reply (Murray Head; Bob Weston) 2:52
9  Don’t Forget Him Now (Murray Head) 4:30
10  You’re So Tasty (Murray Head) 3:30

Media

Musicians

1 Say It Ain’t So Joe

BassBruce Lynch
DrumsGlenn Lefleur
PercussionChilli Charles
PercussionBrother James


2 Boy On The Bridge

BassNicky South
DrumsSimon Phillips
GuitarMickey Finn
OrganCharles Jankle
SynthesizerAnn Odell


3 Boats Away

BassBruce Lynch
DrumsGerry Conway
Background VocalsAnthony Head
Background VocalsPam Keevil
Background VocalsSue Lynch


4 When I’m Yours

BassArthur Watts
OrganBilly Day
Background VocalsAnthony Head


5 Someone’s Rocking My Dreamboat

BassBrian Brocklehurst
DrumsPete Thompson
GuitarMickey Finn
PianoTony Kaye
TromboneAnthony Healey
TrumpetNoel Norris
Background VocalsAnthony Head
Background VocalsPam Keevil


6 She’s Such A Drag

BassNicky South
DrumsSimon Phillips
GuitarMickey Finn
Background VocalsLiza Strike
Background VocalsVicky Brown


7 Never Even Thought

BassBruce Lynch
DrumsGerry Conway
PianoAnn Odell
SynthesizerAnn Odell
PercussionBrother James
PercussionChilli Charles
PercussionGlenn Lefleur


8 Silence Is A Strong Reply

MandolinGraham Preskett
PercussionMorris Pert


9 Don’t Forget Him Now

BassNicky South
DrumsPete Thompson
GuitarMickey Finn
Fender RhodesMurray Head
Background VocalsAnthony Head
Background VocalsSue Lynch
Background VocalsVicky Brown


10 You’re So Tasty

BassNicky South
DrumsPete Thompson
GuitarMickey Finn
Fender RhodesBrian Johnston
Background VocalsVicky Brown

Liner Notes

Producer – Paul Samwell-Smith
Engineer – Martin Levan, Robin Black
Mixed By – Martin Levan, Robin Black (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10)
Mixed By – Mike Bobak (Track 4)

Photography By – Gered Mankowitz

Glass Mastered At – Nimbus
Mastered At – Sterling Sound
Phonographic Copyright (p) – A&M Records, Inc.
Produced For – Silven Productions Ltd.
Manufactured By – PolyGram Group Canada Inc.
Distributed By – PolyGram Group Canada Inc.
Distributed By – A&M Records Of Canada Limited
Manufactured By – Cinram