Wireless

Dedicated to the memory of Steve McMurray.
Steve McMurray
A great guitarist and a bloody good bloke.
1949 – 2014



 



Wireless
WIRELESS
1976 Atlantic Records


Wireless Wireless


Wireless
Writing Credits:
1. Spend the Night With Me (4:32)  Play song
(Wireless)
2. Old Fashioned Feeling (4:37)
(Steve McMurray)
3. Where We Ought to Be (3:38)  Play song
(Allan Marshall)
4. Lady Anne (6:28)  Play song
(Steve McMurray)
5. I Just Couldn't Believe It (3:06)  Play song
(Allan Marshall)
6. Lovin' in Return (3:44)
(Allan Marshall)
7. Chain of Fools (3:30)
(Don Covay)
8. Go Now (3:04)
(Milton Bennett / Larry Banks)
9. Love the Way You Feel (5:21)  Play song
(Allan Marshall)



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Michael Crawford • A summa cum loud graduate of the Toronto suburban basement school for lead guitar, Michael Crawford spends much of his spare time impersonating Goldie Hawn. Anything for artistic inspiration, right? Together with Steve, Michael endows Wireless with some of the finest dual guitar leads this side of cloning. Sings and writes well, too.
Allan Marshall • Bassist, singer, songwriter, master of myriad instruments and bizarre practices, Allan Marshall is the Moses of the band’s Australian contingent, having led the exodus from the land of Qantas to Canada via England. The most prolific writer in Wireless, Allan has left a trail of illegitimate songs and unwed record companies through three continents and two hemispheres. An articulate spokesman for the band when sober, more so when not.
Steve McMurray • The Australian half of the Wireless guitar equation, Steve McMurray is the silent philosopher of the band. A devout existentialist, Steve has an as yet unfulfilled desire to paddle out on a Camus trip in Algonquin Park. “Just like Champlain and Hiawatha,” he says. A certified star back home, a certified songwriter in Canada, a certified nice guy anywhere, but don’t call him “Fred.”
Glenn Beatson • Drummer and percussionist par excellence, Glenn Beatson may be number 5 in this particular program, but there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be number 1 in your hearts. A kangaroo, as noted elsewhere, Glenn is the popular type of guy who would probably be called “Ringnose” or something like that if he played in an English band. Like Allan and Steve, Glenn turned his back on stardom in Australia for the challenges of the international scene (and the delights of the North American tasty freeze).
Michael Lalonde • When Michael Lalonde joined Wireless early in 1976, the band made the quantum jump from being merely excellent to being something special. The lead vocalist and energy focus on stage, Michael served his apprenticeship for Wireless in Canadian bands, most notably Mornington Drive, where the reviews were invariably prefaced, “powerful lead singer.” A growing talent and a serious student of distaff anatomy.
   
Releases: WEA Music (LP: CA9502)
Produced By: Jack Richardson
Album Notes: Engineered by Brian Christian with technical assistance by Jim Frank.
Recorded at Soundstage, Toronto.
Mastered at J.A.M.F. by George Graves.
Jacket concept & photography by David Street.
Graphic design by Peter Lole.
Thanks to John Capek, Laurie Delgrande, Neil McDermott,
Rick McEachern, Grant Spence, Jim Campbell & Gary Muth.
Special thanks to Skip Prokop for his insight & understanding.


Wireless 1976



 



Wireless
POSITIVELY HUMAN, RELATIVELY SANE
1978 Anthem Records


Positively Human, Relatively Sane Positively Human, Relatively Sane


Positively Human, Relatively Sane
Writing Credits:
1. I Know You Know (3:27)  Play song
(Marshall)
2. No Way Out (2:53)  Play song
(Marshall / Crawford / McMurray)
3. Goodnight Ladies (3:55)  Play song
(Crawford / Lalonde / Marshall)
4. Right to Beg (4:21)
(Marshall / Crawford / McMurray)
5. What You Make It (3:39)
(Morin / Tilka)
6. The Hard Way (4:10)  Play song
(Marshall)
7. Sign Right Here (3:42)
(Marshall)
8. The Rut (4:40)
(Morin / Jensen)
9. 461 Markham (5:10)
(Crawford / McMurray / Marshall)



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Releases: Anthem Records (LP: ANR-1-1016).
2012 remaster on CD: Rock Candy (CANDY136).
The Anthem Years 1994 compilation from MaGaDa (CD: MAGHCD-20) with very poor sound quality.
Positively Human, Relatively Sane (Rock Candy)The Anthem Years
Produced By: Michael Tilka / A Taurus Production
Album Notes: Executive producer: Tom Berry / Anthem Records.
Recorded and mixed at Phase One Studios, Toronto, Canada.
Engineer: Mark Wright.
Assistant engineer: Robin Brouwers.
Additional vocals: Greg Grace.
Album concept and design: Paul Hodgson / Fifty Fingers.
Cover photography: John J. Wood.
Live photography: Earle Steiner.
Published by Mark-Cain Music / Brandy Music / Magnetic Movement.
Management: Ray Danniels / Vic Wilson - SRO Productions (1975) Inc.
Our crew: Greg Grace, Rick McEachren, Mike Longman.
Thanks to: Geddy Lee, Kim Mitchell, Gary McCracken, Douglas Brown, Jim Bennett, Charles Fach, The Ladies at SRO, StudioFarm, The Music & Drum Shoppes, 12th Fret, Our Ladies, Miles and Gabriel.
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Michael Crawford   Allan Marshall   Steve McMurray   Marty Morin



 



Wireless
NO STATIC
1980 Anthem Records


No Static No Static


No Static
Writing Credits:
1. Pay to Ride (2:54)
(Marshall)
2. Timekeeper (3:16)  Play song
(McMurray / Marshall)
3. Go Naked Through the World* (3:21)
(Marshall)
4. One of a Kind (3:07)
(McMurray / Marshall)
5. East of the Sun, West of the Moon (4:19)  Play song
(McMurray / Marshall)
6. Deep Heat (3:10)
(Morin / Marshall)
7. Warm Night With a ¾ Moon (3:50)  Play song
(McMurray / Crawford / Morin)
8. Friends (4:00)
(McMurray / Marshall)
9. Journey of a Possible Hero# (4:13)  Play song
(McMurray / Marshall)



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Releases: Anthem Records (LP: ANR-1-1025).
2012 remaster on CD: Rock Candy (CANDY137).
The Anthem Years 1994 compilation from MaGaDa (CD: MAGHCD-20) with very poor sound quality.
*“Go Naked Through the World” is also available on the 1996 MaGaDa collection, MaGaDa Compilation #1 (CD: MGDA40-2)
#“Journey of a Possible Hero” is also available on the 1992 collection, Bavaria's Best Vol. 6 (CD: 985242)
No Static (Rock Candy)The Anthem YearsMaGaDa Compilation #1
Produced By: Geddy Lee
Album Notes: Engineered by Paul Northfield.
Recorded December 1979 at Le Studio (Good Noise), Morin Heights, Quebec.
“Timekeeper” mixed at Sound Stage by Terry Brown.
Additional voice: Dirk.
Comrades in arms: Neil McDermott – Sound, Mike Longman – Stage.
Cover concept and design by David Cousins and Rodney Bowes.
Photography by Rodney Bowes.
Special thanks: André Perry, Mike Tilka, Diane Tyssen, Rush and crew, everyone at SRO, Tom Berry, Linda Emmerson, The Music Shoppe, The Drum Shoppe, Greg Grace, Colin Ford, Diane, Ann May, Celine, Helen and Miles and Piggy C.F.

Album review at peacedogman.com.


1. PAY TO RIDE
(Allan Marshall)
Two people ridin' on the roller coaster
Never quite feel the same
One's up, one's down
Quite hysterically they laugh and cry all the way
Two people trying to live a life together
You see it happen every day
You've got to pay to ride, you got to pay
You've got to pay to ride, you got to pay
Some people think that they're living in a circus
Others are sure it's just a zoo
Feel locked up, can't get away
While the other plays the fool for you
All in all, though life is a folly
It's the greatest show on earth, but
You've got to pay to ride, you got to pay
You've got to pay to ride, you got to pay
Pay the price boy, pay the price girl
Pay the price boy, pay the price world
You've got two people ridin' on the roller coaster
They never quite feel the same
But who is taking who for a ride
Don't matter, who cares anyway
'Cause the life we're livin' is such a gamble
You have to play a bad hand well – real well
You've got to pay to ride, you got to pay
You've got to pay to ride, you got to pay
You say it – you've got to pay to ride
Got to pay to ride, got to pay to ride
Oh pay the price boy, pay the price girl P
ay the price boy, pay the price world

2. TIMEKEEPER
(Steve McMurray / Allan Marshall)
Timekeeper's home, he waits by the phone
Turning the night into day
He says when to stop, says when to go
He rules with a heart made of stone
Timekeeper, tell it like it is
What you're going to take, and what you're gonna give
Until tomorrow, give us time to live
Time marches on in an everlasting song
Seconds ticking by, that's all we know
Where the future finds a place
For just a moment's rest, becomes the past
Oh timekeeper, tell it like it is
What you're going to take, what you're going to give
Listen timekeeper, we are tomorrow's past
Give us some time to live, don't make it go too fast
Changes in our lives, moments pass us by
Learning from each step along the way
For things misunderstood, relive memories if I could
No regrets those timeless feelings still remain
Oh timekeeper, tell it like it is
What you're going to take, and what you're going to give
Listen timekeeper, we are tomorrow's past
Give us some time to live, don't make it go too fast
Give us time to live

3. GO NAKED THROUGH THE WORLD
(Allan Marshall)
They should never know, they should never know
But someone lost their head, and let their feelings show
Seems the more you try to keep it all inside
The more you need someone in whom you can confide
Livin' dangerously, that's the safest thing that you can do
Don't hide away, oh no, pull away the mask
Go naked through the world
If you ask me why then my only reply would be
It's just the way I am, that's no alibi
Bring out the deepest fears, that you've had for all these years
I guess that's the only way to make them disappear
Livin' dangerously
That's the safest thing that you can do
Don't hide away, no, no, pull away the mask
Go naked through the world
This ain't no time to hide It's foolish pride, let it all out
But I can't save my time 'cause I know
I'll only spend it, spend it foolishly
They should never know, never know
But I had to change my tune a long time ago
Another runaway, I used to hide away
But I've never felt as good as I feel today
I'm livin' dangerously
That's the safest thing that I can do
Well I won't hide away, no, no, I'll pull away the mask
Go naked through the world

4. ONE OF A KIND
(Steve McMurray / Allan Marshall)
So many people, take life on the run
Takin' the back roads, they say it's much more fun
Some take, some steal, some'll borrow
Some get everything they need
But me I end up lost in the back streets
And someone's after me
They say I'm one of a kind, but I'm just a sign of the times
And I can't keep out of trouble
There's always something going wrong
X-rated people, their life is a crime
Some pass the sentence, some pass the time
Livin' life with imagination
Let it go and it runs wild
That's the way the whole thing started
Ever since I was a child
They say I'm one of a kind
But I'm just a sign of the times
And I can't keep out of trouble
There's always something going wrong
Quite a performance, caused quite a scene
I got cast as the villain, that's a mystery to me
I don't need no tragedy
I won't need no introduction, the part I play is me
They say I'm one of a kind
But these days that's real hard to find
And I can't keep out of trouble
There's always something going wrong

5. EAST OF THE SUN, WEST OF THE MOON
(Steve McMurray / Allan Marshall)
You lost the feel 'cause you just can't deal
With the way I am, you can't understand
You feel uncertain 'cause I'm dropping the curtain
And it's just scene one, but it must be done
What can I say, in your own special way
You gave me a thrill, I love you still
Reflections, illusions, the endless confusions
Are on my mind, most of the time
It's not the things that you said girl, or you did
It's the way that we are girl
'Cause we live in a strange world, now I know I must be on my own girl
Thanks for the love, but now I'm somewhere
East of the sun, west of the moon
You know I'm somewhere, east of the sun, west of the moon
What can you do except to leave right on cue
When it's all been said, got to look ahead
Remember the faces, the mood of the places
Elusive days, your little ways
It's not the things that you said girl, or what you did
You should know that by now girl
'Cause we live in a strange world, always will
But you've kept me up girl
So do it all well, I'll set a new course
East of the sun, west of the moon
You know I'm somewhere, east of the sun, west of the moon

6. DEEP HEAT
(Marty Morin / Allan Marshall)
I don't know how you did it but you did it well
Sweet desire, left her spell, it always comes with a rush
And when that thrill comes alive it keeps me movin'
Deep heat when you've got me, yeah
You won't let go, it always comes with a rush
Holds me, always goes right through me
Won't sleep tonight, better take somebody home
When it hits me, grabs me, oh I just want a taste
I just can't wait, I'm in a terrible state
It always comes with a rush
And I fall in head first, what do you want me to do
Won't sleep tonight, better take somebody home
Wild night, won't sleep tonight
Won't stop for nothin'
Deep heat when you've got me, yeah
You won't let go, and you got me
You won't sleep tonight, better take somebody home

7. WARM NIGHT WITH A ¾ MOON
(Steve McMurray / Michael Crawford / Marty Morin)
Through numbered days the river winds its way
Where it all ends up he simply never knew
All through his life, the water keeps on running through
The waters clear, it slowly disappears
To a place in time so very far away
He's never seen the end
He feels he will, but he knows not when
Now as the years slipped slowly into fears
Many questions asked but no answers found
Searched everywhere
He had to know so he ventured down
And now his past came blinding with a flash
The scenes went by, they shout and say
That the love in your life, give or take, it slips away
The currents flow but never let him know
That his course is destined for a deeper blue
The night is growing dim, another life is wearing thin

8. FRIENDS
(Steve McMurray / Allan Marshall)
I have searched everywhere, I've wondered where you've been
I've been lookin' very hard for you
I've been runnin' from myself, faster than time itself
Keeps me busy, tell me, how are you?
You know sometimes I wonder, I'm up then I'm under
But I'll never give up, never give up, no, no
Never give up on this
I heard somewhere that you've been living, right off the wall
Is that true? I feel about the same
No I've been entertaining thieves, they really stole the show
If you read the reviews I'm sure you'll know
It's so good to see you again, let's go and tie one on
You've got a deal I've been runnin' around, most of the time
Runnin' around, for a dollar and a dime
I'm just doing what I want to – most of the time
But I'll never give up, never give up, no, no
Never give up on this, I love it too much, I do
You got one eye on the women, the other one's red my friend
But through my haze, I still can see them shine
You been runnin' around, most of the time
Runnin' around, for a dollar and a dime
I'm just doing what I want to – most of the time
But I'll never give up, never give up, no, no
Never give up on this

9. JOURNEY OF A POSSIBLE HERO
(Steve McMurray / Allan Marshall)
Thunder turned silent, the crying died down
A man at arms, motionless, lies on the ground
The quest always daring, a heart made of gold
And through generations the tales will be told
From where do they come, they make history unfold
Are they brave once too often, savage or bold?
The valour of those who don't know when to quit
Some lived it real well, some died of it
They're the journeys of the possible heroes
There's been kings and pharaohs, now the pyramids are tombs
The boxing champ's fortune is licking his wounds
The stadium cheers as their champions let fly
Some Hollywood heroes we'll never let die
They're the journeys of the possible heroes, where do they go?
It's the twentieth century and life starts to race
The White House went shady, men soared into space
We can't all be heroes, who'll be waving the flags
My history book's full of the ones we've already had
They're the journeys of the possible heroes


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