1971 – Sweet Sweet Love – Russell Morris
After the shock waves of the mighty ‘The Real Thing’ had abated Morris’s follow up singles maintained a quality that saw him constantly charting. Eschewing the abstract psychedelia of his biggest hit Morris composed great songs and in ‘Sweet Sweet Love’ a devastating tune. From a tender vocal/acoustic guitar intro through an expert key change from Dmin to E to D (not something the listener would notice) Morris kicked his ballad up several gears into a riff-based rocker before pulling back again into the ethereal starting point. The ‘Na na na na, na na na naaaa’ outro is pretty much stuck in the head of anyone who has an interest in Oz music prior to the 80s. Morris had a melancholy, yearning in his voice, both optimistic and vulnerable. With other hits like ‘Wings Of An Eagle’ he created a set of unique songs in just two years which have made a critical mark around the world. Morris hasn’t stopped recording or playing for nearly fifty years.
Michael Witheford is a freelance writer and author. He has been published by RAM, Juke Magazine, On The Street, Beat, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, the Launceston Examiner, The Melbourne Sunday Sun, Melbourne Times and various periodicals. His novel Buzzed was published by Penguin in 2002.
He wrote songs, played bass guitar and sang in the Fish John West Reject and ARIA nominated Lust In Space, among many bands.
He now lives in Tasmania and is working on a memoir and personal account of the Tasmanian and Melbourne Music scene in the ‘80s and ‘90s.