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Neil Murray: "The way I play stays with me whatever which bass I use"

16. August 2019: Something from Nothing CD + DVD available from Amazon

Bassist Neil Murray talks about his approach to playing bass live and in the studio, and how he joined Whitesnake. The interview is available on the new Fluffy Jackets documentary DVD Something from Nothing.

Neil Murray talks about his life and career in music. This image is taken from The Fluffy Jackets' blues-rock documentary "Something from Nothing", released in 2019. (Image courtesy of The Fluffy Jackets).

"There is no such bass that will do everything" explains Neil Murray; "Sometimes I think 'if I get this new bass I will sound different' but usually I don't. The way I play stays with me whatever which bass I use".

Though he states his preference to record live in the studio, Neil Murray has also embraced new recording techniques. "I quite often get sent stuff to play on" comments Murray; "and sometimes I prefer that. If I want to go one round on it; I can. And if I want to do twenty runs at it; I can. Whereas if you are in a studio, it might be somebody else telling you 'you have to do another fifty takes of this' and you think 'kill me now' ".

Originally of Scottish decent, Neil Murray has previously played with A-list bands such as The Brian May Band, Black Sabbath and Gary Moore. As an in-demand session musician he has also recorded or played with Queen, Fastway, Joe Satriani, Peter Green, Cozy Powell, Michael Schenker, John Martyn, Ian Gillan and John Lord to mention a few.

He is most known as a founding member of Whitesnake though. His stint in Whitesnake subsequently led him to join other 'snake-related bands over the years, including M3 (with Whitesnake mates Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody) and Company of Snakes (also with Marsden/Moody). He currently plays with Snakecharmer (who also had Moody playing with at one point).

In the new Fluffy Jackets documentary, Neil Murray tells the story on how he joined Whitesnake in the 1970's; "Career-wise, one thing has naturally followed another" says Murray; "Because I had played with Bernie before, he then invited me to help out once Whitesnake started out."

Neil Murray can be heard playing bass on two tracks on the new Fluffy Jackets album, namely the single "Everything must change" and "Wrong before". Also in the documentary interview, Neil can be seen talking about his work on the previous Fluffy Jackets' releases, including the self-titled EP (independent, 2007) and the award winning Fighting Demons album (Cargo Records, 2014).

The Fluffy Jackets
would like to thank Alex Bhinder, Adam King and the wonderful film crew at Plasma Music Television (Hemel Hempstead, UK) for their invaluable help in capturing this conversation, from eleven different camera angles.

You can read more about Neil Murray HERE.

The Fluffy Jackets feat. Manny Charlton - Something from Nothing

The nine new tracks on Something from Nothing are “all killer, no filler”, as the saying goes. Five originals and four covers make up this album, showcasing a tribute to Glen Campbell’s “Better Place” (featuring Alison Cooper) and a brand new single “Give me Something”. The accompanying documentary highlights The Fluffy Jackets history along with exclusive interviews, live performances and four new music videos. Something from Nothing is available as a limited-edition Digipack (CD & DVD release) via Cargo Records. The album will also be available on all digital outlets including iTunes, Deezer, Spotify, YouTube, Google Play Music and Amazon.

The track listing is as follows:

Disc 1: The Album (CD):

  1. The Fluffy Jackets Something From Nothing album coverBetter place (duet with Alison Cooper)
  2. Give me something
  3. Everything must change
  4. John the revelator
  5. Welcome to the shoot-them-up
  6. Tongues wag
  7. Wrong before
  8. Heaven only knows
  9. 44 blues

Disc 2: The Documentary (DVD):

  1. “Something from Nothing” movie trailer
  2. The start of The Fluffy Jackets
  3. Hey Porter (music video)
  4. The first releases: “2007 EP” & “Fighting Demons”
  5. Creating “Something from Nothing” at Madmento Studio, Spain.
  6. Everything must change (music video: Alternate Radio Edit)
  7. Manny’s Dobro used on 'Vicky' & 'Give me Something'
  8. Give me something (music video: Alternate Radio Edit)
  9. The left of the rack: studio equipment
  10. Manny Charlton’s guitars
  11. Manny’s pedal show
  12. Helge’s guitars
  13. Gibson Flying V featurette
  14. Helge’s pedals and amplifiers
  15. Manny Charlton (Nazareth) interview, pt. 1
  16. Manny Charlton (Nazareth) interview, pt. 2
  17. Neil Murray (Whitesnake, Snakecharmer) interview
  18. Manny & ‘The Big 3’ (Les Paul, Stratocaster & Telecaster guitars)
  19. Let’s do it again (outtakes)
  20. Better Place: Credits (music video feat. Alison Cooper)

Digital Release with Bonus tracks

The iTunes release include two bonus tracks: a cover of Johnny Cash's "Hey Porter" and a radio edit of "Everything Must Change".

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The Fluffy Jackets first appeared on the London scene with a self-titled EP in 2007, but it was not until 2014 that they made a dent in the charts with the debut album «Fighting Demons». Recorded at the legendary Sun Studio by multiple Grammy Award winning engineer Matt Ross-Spang, the outing won the Blues Hour’s «Best Studio Album of the Year» award and also earned the band their first international hit in «Why Don’t You Smile». The slow blues was made particularly memorable for featuring a sizzling guitar solo from Nazareth guitar legend Manny Charlton, backed up by bassist Neil Murray (Whitesnake) and Jerry Lee Lewis‘ drummer Rob Hall (The Killer Band). The band has just completed the anticipated follow-up. Released by Cargo Records UK, “Something from Nothing” will be available as a limited Digipack consisting of a nine track CD album and a two-hour DVD documentary film.


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