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Mal McCallum | Above The Wires

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Above The Wires

by Mal McCallum

Acoustic story songs, themes of love and relationship, the personal journey, moments in time.
Genre: Country: Country Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Thinking About You
4:12 $0.99
2. Above The Wires
4:51 $0.99
3. City Of Rainbows
4:41 $0.99
4. Always A Rebel
3:59 $0.99
5. Reach Out For Love
5:04 $0.99
6. Bona fide
4:38 $0.99
7. Close As Ever
4:17 $0.99
8. Princess Of The Blues
3:09 $0.99
9. Right Before My Eyes
5:35 $0.99
10. Build It On A Rock
5:52 $0.99
11. Right Beside You
4:27 $0.99
12. Back Home/Bluebird Of Happiness
6:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
Mal McCallum Some Background

I come from Auckland New Zealand, and I've been playing and singing professionally for my whole adult life.
I started off in my hometown of Palmerston North, about 100 kilometers north of Wellington, and had a band with a bunch of friends, just like many other musicians do... that was a lot of fun, back in our musical innocence. we had our own sound guy, which was pretty rare back in the 70's in New Zealand, and he actually designed and built our PA and speakers, which sounded great... the harder but cheaper alternative !! We started touring all over New Zealand, ending up in Auckland, and split up instead of recording our definitive first album!! Oh well, hindsight is a lot easier than in the heat of the moment.
I went on and made a solo album, 'The Things We Need' in 1976 which got me some session work as a singer on commercials and other records, and recorded some more tracks myself which got me a record deal over in Australia, with a New Zealand producer, and I shifted with my young family in 1978. I recorded two " LP's " for CBS Australia then, and ended up working in Australia for 13 years, based in Sydney, which was a lot of fun too. That's the one great thing about being in the music business, you get to meet lots of interesting people, and go places to work which are not always easy to get to, like the highlands of New Guinea, or Bora Bora in Tahiti, but have wonderful people waiting to enjoy themselves with you and your music. The long distance love in music is fantastic, and I have many musical friends spread all around the globe who I don't see that often, but when we get back together we pick up right where we left off...
My family and I returned to NZ in 1991, and have lived in Auckland since, and a lot of these songs are about the North Shore in Auckland, and the environment and people around me here. I like the outdoors, the beach, and my songs are generally about the journey of life, I guess, and the things and people who we rub up against on the way. My songs quite often end up being a mix of truth and fiction, reality and fantasy, a bit like a painting that depicts something real, but maybe everything that winds up in the picture wasn't right before the artist's eyes.
I suppose it's true that I've flown under the radar for most of my music career as far as fame and kudos go, but I still enjoy playing and singing, and writing, and feel I've got something worthwhile to communicate, and something that can be meaningful to other people in their own lives. My phone keeps ringing, so I must be doing some things right!!
I'm hoping to get back up to the States in 08, and to Europe as well.
Thanks for checking my songs out, and let me know what you think..
Regards, Mal



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Martin MacCauley

"Above The Wires"
Mal McCallum's “Above The Wires” is an outstanding release, with more than enough on offer to please both fans and new listeners alike. There’s no doubt that Mal knows how to deliver the goods, from his confident body language on the cd cover to the closing track, Mal never fails to entertains listeners with this collection of catchy songs, clever lyrics, exciting instrumentation ... and great singing voice!

This isn’t an album with one or two potential singles and a lot of filler material, this is a gem of a release with an abundance of clever hooks and memorable melodies. Mal takes the listener on a journey, with one track after another full of excellent vocals and brilliant musicianship with Mal providing the direction through his powerful vocals and clever lyric.

I immediately loved 10 of the 12 tracks with the remaining 2 taking a few more plays before they won me over. The album is full of potential singles but the real gem of the album in my opinion is Track 9, “Right Before My Eyes”. This is a terrific song showcasing Mal’s talents on both acoustic guitar and slide. It’s an extremely likeable song and as I listened to it I felt as if Mal was in the room with me, maybe sitting at the kitchen table playing his guitar and treating me to an impromptu performance as the coffee brewed on the stove ...

“Above The Wires”, “Build It On A Rock”, “Princess Of The Blues” & “Bona Fide” are all outstanding tracks, with “Bona Fide” offering the listener the sensation of “push and pull” much like the effect the rising tide has on a beach.

Besides Mal’s great vocal ability, the accompanying musicianship throughout the album is of the highest quality, with Mal playing some bass, percussion, all keyboards and acoustic/electric guitars along with some really cool slide guitar on a few tracks. There is also some really nice clarinet & sax playing from Lewis McCallum, terrific backing vocals from Sarah McCallum and Mal’s brother Greg plays a mean trumpet on “Above The Wires” & “Reach Out For Love”.

The album finishes with a back to back track; “Back Home/Blue Bird of Happiness” and Mal’s acoustic finger-picking is a real delight to listen to. As the track fades off, Mal’s voice is heard as he didicates the track to “Mumsy” ... a nice way to finish off this collection of catchy, well delivered songs by an extremely talented artist.