Without an Aim… This is the album that was the reason I turned down the opportunity to join Mike Oldfield on his “Crisis” tour. I was told by several people at the time that I’d blown my chance of ever working for Oldfield again...he never asks anyone twice.
The thing was, I had booked the studio time and the musicians and I had great faith in these songs. This time we had made a demo of the whole album and my then co- writer, Pete Jackson had his own 8 track studio and we had been building towards this for about a year so I chose not to delay it and put thoughts of Mike Oldfield out of my mind.
It was, I confess, a “concept” album but I always thought of it as a “Rock Opera” kind of thing that maybe could be performed as a live event one day. The album tells the story of a singer who leaves his home town gets into a fight and end up killing a man with a knife.
He is found later, some distance away, suffering from severe amnesia and badly injured. In the months that follow our hero is “Without an Aim” (and without a name if you get my drift). After two unsuccessful brain operations he is forced to come to terms with his total loss of memory and starts to live a new life. He discovers that he can sing while working in a cardboard making factory and to cut along story short, forms a band, gets a deal and becomes a massive Worldwide star. Later, he starts to have flashbacks and realises what he has done. Here is his dilemma...to tell the truth and face the consequences, or to keep quiet and try to enjoy the fruits of his labour. I still hope that one day, this will see the light of day on a stage somewhere.
The album “Without an Aim” will shortly be released on CD, however, it will be mastered from vinyl which means that it may not be CD quality.