Disc three of the “Under the Covers” CD singles series features the 1960’s R.G. Ford song “Crosscut Saw”. After listening to Eric Clapton’s version Michael Charles developed a strong fondness for the song. Once again MC worked his magic and turned out another cool entertaining version of another hand-picked original. The bonus cut Jimmie Cox’s “Nobody Knows You When You Are Down and Out” is recognized by MC and many of his fans as the cover tune that is the closest to being one of Charles’ very own. Although already recorded and appearing on the My Shadow CD the song’s significance to MC is why we chose to include it in the “Under the Covers” CD single series and share this rare live version with you. We salute and credit Mike King of Kansas City, Missouri for Crosscut Saw’s sleeve photography.
After performing the songs on this Single for years, with that special MC twist, time has come for this artist to pay tribute to the original writers and their songs.
After Midnight is the first of the “Under the Covers” series of singles, and in this release MC honors JJ Cale for penning the infamous “After Midnight”, likewise Eric Clapton for turning After Midnight in the giant success it is. Charles admits After Midnight is unquestionably one of his favorite songs of all time!
As with all the releases in the “Under the Covers” series, After Midnight will come packaged with a bonus cut. A live impromptu version of Otis Rush’s All Your Love is the chosen MC recording to compliment the After Midnight single. And as an added bonus to thank his following and to mark the series truly a release for his fans, the artwork is designed solely with pictures taken by his audience at his live performances. After Midnight's sleeve photography taken by Lynn Ritchey.
The 2006 CD release, I’m Nobody’s Fool, celebrates the reunion of this Australian born artist, Michael Charles and his long time producer, Greg Williams of Dex Audio Melbourne Australia. Greg engineered and co-produced most of Charles' earlier recordings from 1985 to 1992, and now the two of them rejoined efforts to create what may be Charles’ most flavorful release thus far. Michael's albums always highlight his prolific song writing, but in I'm Nobody's Fool, his guitar takes over . This album is probably the closest you'll get to him and his live sound on stage.
It truly felt like "Simple Day Living" back then driving down the highway like in that punchy "M C Shuffle". As time goes by we all have to start facing the harder things in life as Michael did when he lost his Dad at the early age of twenty one. Determinded to keep going for his Dad he faced turmoil within his family and himself but his heart and mind reminded him daily of his "War Hero".
Changing and desperate times faced this very sensitive artist but he found strength and "Started Again". He decided as we all should to "Keep Walking" because if you keep the faith and never give up "You Can Have It (If You Want It)".
Love plays a huge part in all of our lives and so it was with MC. "You're the Woman Who Made My Day" and "Broken Hearted Again" probably tell that story. In "M C Shuffle (Part Two)" Michael tries hard to recapture the spirit, but can't help crying out loud "Why didn't they see?" "That Part of Me"?"
So many losses in one's life and so many things "Gone (But Not Forgotten)". Maybe wondering about the idea of "Passion Without Love", we believe he still does seem to feel that there is someone who really knows the meaning of the words "So Much Of Me In You".
He closes the door in "Backdoor Blues" but will surely"Keep Walking".
"Crawling on the Floor" and "Fooling Around" are radio cuts for promotion of "My Shadow" and the 7" vinyl version of "She's My Woman" and previously unreleased alternate mix of "I Am the One" promote "The Wind". Also included is a bonus cut which is a previously unreleased edit mix version of "Long Way to Go".
Grown to be one of Michael Charles’ most loved albums by audiences all over the world, My Shadow, now emerges in 2010 newly re-mastered and enhanced to perfection by Greg Williams of Dex Audio, Australia.
A Moonlight Label, Newmarket Music release, part of the Dex Audio remasters, features the original 1996 My Shadow album with two bonus cuts and a computer accessed video.
A must for those of you who treasure the original album and for those of you who are new to Michael Charles’ musical catalogue. Hear the Intensity. Feel the magic. See the Energy.
"Everlasting Love" was written in the hospital as Michael visited his grandmother during her last couple hours of life.
The very moving lyrics are based upon her final thoughts to her beloved grandson. The tracks "Trouble", "Feel the Magic", "Long Way to Go", and "All the Dreams and All the Past Times", were songs which appeared on the album "Try Another Key" but because of dissatisfaction with his former record company Charles chose to re-record them and his intention is to re-record the rest of "Try Another Key" in the future.
This release is available on vinyl, audio cassette, and also on CD which was re-released for the United States in 1996 with two bonus cuts.