Midge Marsden: Travel 'N Time
By Tim Page
Midge Marsden is one of those perennial performers who's always been there, and you somehow sense always will be. 'Travel 'N Time', part of Liberation Music's acoustic series, quickly establishes a rootsey blues feel. Serving as a retrospective of Midge's career, it includes such songs as Sea Cruise dating from his sixties band Bari and the Breakaways, through to Travellin' On, penned as a TV commercial jingle by Murray Grindlay (and featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan!), but way too good to stay as such. Also here is a stunning rendition of Burning Rain with assistance from The Lady Killers, and a take of the Leadbelly classic The Midnight Special which evokes a more original feel than many contemporary remakes. A host of notable musos augment Marsden's vocals and very able harmonica. The album was engineered by Olly Harmer at Auckland's The Lab studio, then mastered by Steve McGough and Simon Lynch at Stebbings. If there's a criticism of this album, it's that the recording quality is so good it loses some of the lo-fi atmosphere of vintage blues. But then no one's gonna deliberately make a recording sound bad eh? This is a great album - Midge has still got it.