Friday, August 9

Murray Attaway - Delirium (unreleased studio album) + bonus

unreleased solo album by former Guad Diary frontman
studio recording (sound quality Ex-; might be from a multi-gen. source, but it still has impressive sound quality)
Murray in the 1990s
photo by mixtapehero
Murray in the 2000s
photo by Shelia McIntosh via Flickr

WHAT'S THIS? This was to be Murray Attaway's second solo album, but for reasons unknown to me, it remains unreleased. To my ears, it sounds similar to his first solo album In Thrall (which I love), so I'm guessing the decision not to release it was unrelated to its artistic merits, which are considerable. The great Don Dixon produced.
REPERCUSSION: At the dB's now-defunct message board, Peter Holsapple referred to a recording session "that Murray did later on with Bill Bonk on bass and guitar, Will [Rigby] on drums, me on assorted instruments and Don Dixon producing and I believe playing bass. I couldn't tell you whether those recordings ever got released, but Murray, ever the sly dog, was sending around tapes of the songs calling the collection 'How I Spent My Thirties'." ROB SEZ: I have no reason to think this is not that very recording.


BIG THANKS to lilpanda for sharing this one with the fans

1. Prince Charming
2. Curve of the Earth
3. If the Walls Could Talk 
4. The Sun at Dusk
5. You Are There
6. Heroes In the Water
7. Long Hard Ride
8. Delirium
9. I Had an Answer
10. In a Dream
11. Free at Last

In their heyday, on the waterfront

Guad Diary interview with live tracks
"SoundCheck" Local TV arts program
Athens, GA
May 16, 1998

audio rip from video source (sound quality Ex-)

1. Part A
2. Part B

This has 3-4 great live songs from a show in Athens, GA interspersed with segments of a rather random and disorganized interview. Apologies for the lack of tracking and setlist; I just felt a little lazy this week...
MP3@320 (snag this also if you want the bonus stuff, which is only available in lossy format)

Go to AllMusic to learn more about the music of Murray  Attaway HERE and Guad Diary HERE


  1. Thank you for this! I'm really enjoying this recording.

    Sounds a lot like Guadalcanal, except for the drumming. Jon Poe is a unique drummer; his playing reminds me of Keith Moon without the excess. Poe makes orchestral noises on a kit a third the size of Keith's.

    But I digress. This is one great (non) album. It is a symptom of the disease that fell upon the US record industry that this was not released.

    Both Murray Attaway and Jon Poe (and all of GD, actually) deserve to be stars.

    1. First comment on this post! Thanks for chiming in, Logan.

      I agree with your comments, but also believe Attaway picked some great musicians to play on this album, per what I wrote in the post...

    2. I played on those sessions, and I agree it is a real shame this record was never released. To my knowledge, Geffen Records didn't think they could get it on radio/MTV and opted to cut him from the label -- but kept the masters so they couldn't be commercially released. Typical Major Label move. Yes Don Dixon was the producer (and bassist). Peter and I stayed at a condo near the studio for a week and were always up late talking. Maybe these recordings can be heard somehow. Thanks for bringing them to light.

    3. Hello Bill - Thanks for your comment and shedding a bit more light on the sessions. Staying up late, chatting with Peter -- sounds like fun to me!

  2. Hi, thanks for Delirium! Do you have "In Thrall"? If yes, could you please upload it? I cant find it anywhere!

    1. Hello Anonymous. Glad you're enjoying this one. I'm afraid this blog does not post officially-released material. The good news is that you can find Attaway's In Thrall very cheaply at places like Amazon (at last check, they were selling used copies of the CD for pennies plus shipping).

  3. Thanks so much for posting this! I'm a big fan of "In Thrall" and this is an amazing, shoulda-been released follow-up.

    1. You're welcome, T.W. I agree this should've been officially released! Stupid Geffen Records... 8-(


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