Ask Mike why it has been over 20 years since he's released an album of new songs and he'll probably tell you "some things just take time." It has been worth the wait
When reviewing his new CD, If Only For a Moment..., for Country Update, Pat Drummond called it a:
"stunning new CD .... In the context of a long and illustrious career this is a very special album and marks a welcome return to form for one of Australia's most influential country/folk legends."
If only for a Moment... was showcased last year at a sellout concert at The Basement in Sydney and the reviews for his recent performances and the new CD have been exceptional.
His songs have earned him an honoured place within the history of Australian music but it’s been a long time since Mike McClellan released a CD of new songs. A “best of” collection (Time. And Time Again) was released back in 2001 to the joy of many whose vinyl collections were wearing rapidly. However, his last release of new songs was The Heartland which came out through EMI back in 1990, so to finally have a collection of new material will satisfy the many who have asked over the intervening years about a “new album”.
You’ll still hear Song and Danceman, The One I Love and Rock’n Roll Lady on radio, along with several others from his back catalogue, but for the last 25 years or so his creative energies have been poured into his work for clients in the marketing and advertising industries and his concert performances have been limited. Now, that’s about to change with the release of If only for a moment…
A remarkable collection of new songs, produced by brilliant young keyboard player, arranger and composer Stefan Nowak, If only for a moment… will be at once familiar to those who know his past work and surprising in its contemporary stance. Always an emotionally courageous writer there are a number of songs on this new CD that are deeply moving and, for those who have heard it, among the best things he has ever written. That it sustains the exceptional quality of his much-loved early work while richly reflecting his growth as a writer is ample testimony to his enduring talent.
He returned to the road in 2011 and will continue, as he remarked recently, “for as long as I can still deliver. I love performing, always have, and Stefan reckons I’m singing better than ever.”