Alan Murphy was one of Britain's best-loved session
guitarists throughout the 70s and 80s. Famed for his work on Kate Bush's Never
for Ever, The Dreaming and Hounds of Love, Murphy went on to record with Go
West on their self-titled 1985 debut LP also performing with Joan Armatrading,
Mike and the Mechanics and Scritti Politti but to name a few.
Murphy's reputation as the most accomplished of guitarists
landed him an invitation to join Level 42, after the departure of Boon Gould,
where he allegedly laid down all the guitar parts for the 1988 album Staring at
the Sun in just one day.
Along with a live album from Wembley Arena a year later,
this was to be amongst his final recordings. Weakened by the AIDS virus he
tried so fearlessly to conceal from his colleagues and bandmates, Murphy passed
away due to Pneumonia in 1989 at Westminster City Hospital, a stone throw from
Westminster School, where he was educated.
any short breaks from performing and recording with Bush, Murphy would indulge
in cover versions in his local pub for relaxation. Along with Felix Krish
bass, Tony Beard
on drums and Richard Cottle
on keyboards, Murphy formed the Stapleton Allstars
at the Cricketers, near the Oval cricket ground in London.
Such was the musical accomplishment of each of the members of the group, that
it was not long before they composed an album worth of Fusion material of their
own. Lo and behold, SFX