A pair of sweet albums from the Morrissey/
Mullen team – back to back in a single set! First up is Life On The Wire – a great set from the group co-led by guitarist Jim Mullen and reedman Dick Morrissey – the latter of whom was a player involved with plenty of jazz rock projects at the start of the 70s, but who works here in a great blend of fusion and soul! There's lots of room for both leaders to solo on the set, but the record also features some nice vocals from Carol Kenyon – who brings in a strong current of soul to match the vibe of the instrumentation – in a way that makes the whole thing a very strong Brit equivalent of some of the best American soul/
fusion sessions from the late 70s. Titles include "Takin Time", "Life On The Wire", "Makin Waves", "Brazil Nut", "Come & Get Me", and "Running Out Of Time". It's About Time has the duo of Jim Mullen and Dick Morrissey hitting plenty of soulful modes – working in a style that's much more late 70s funky fusion than you'd guess from the date of the record –complete with soulful vocals from Tessa Niles! The singer replaces Carol Kenyon, who worked on the group's last record – but the approach here is very much the same – tight, but never slick – with lots of nice funky currents on cuts that include "I Pull The Strings", "Above
", "So So Fine", "Ounce Of Bounce", "It's About Time", and "Stop & Look Around".