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Man - 1970 - Man
Opa-LokaDate: Friday, 23 May 2008, 17:38 | Message # 1
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Man - 1970 - Man

Track List :
01. Romain 6:11
(Ace/John/Jones/Leonard/Williams)
02. Country Girl 3:08
(Ace/Leonard)
03. Would The Christians Wait Five Minutes?
04. The Lions Are Having A Draw 12:52
(Ace/Jones)
05. Daughter of the Fireplace 5:11
(Leonard)
06. Alchemist 20:41
(Ace/John/Jones/Leonard/Williams)

Line-up :
- Micky Jones / guitars, vocals
- Deke Leonard / guitars, piano, vocals
- Terry Williams / drums, percussion
- Martin Ace / bass, acoustic guitar
- Clive John / organ, piano, guitar, harpsichord, vocals

The group that has been called the Welsh answer to the Grateful Dead actually earn the nickname on this album. There are definite similarities, including both bands' evident affection for American country and roots music, sprightly rock tunes, and extended and rambling instrumental jams. The example of the last on this album is rather self-indulgent; {"Would the Christians Wait Five Minutes? The Lions Are Having a Draw"} has little going for it besides its title and a nice crescendo near the end. The other extended track, "The Alchemist," is at least interestingly weird, sounding like the band has been listening to lots of old horror movie scores before going into the studio for a long jam session. Other cuts here are essential to Man fans, such as the frantic rockabilly tune "Daughter of the Fireplace," in which the band seems to be channeling Jerry Lee Lewis and "Country Girl," which could have been cut in Nashville instead of Swansea. Man was definitely exploring musical boundaries on this album, and even if every cut isn't successful, it is still a fun listen.
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Richard Foss, All Music Guide

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Biography
Man was one of the most promising rock bands to come out of Wales in the early 1970s. Along with Brinsley Schwarz, they helped establish the core of the pub-rock sound, but they played louder and also had a progressive component to their work that separated them from many of their rivals. The group originated as a Four Seasons-cum-Beach Boys vocal outfit, based in Swansea, Wales, called the Bystanders, who began experimenting with a tougher, more progressive sound on stage. They were encouraged to pursue this direction, and Man was formed -- Micky Jones (lead guitar, vocals), Deke Leonard (guitar, vocals), Clive John (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Ray Williams (bass), and Jeff Jones (drums).

Their first release, Revelation, issued in 1969 on Pye, was a concept album that yielded a successful European single, "Erotica," which contained the sound of an orgasm and thus failed to chart in England. Their second album, 2 Ozs. of Plastic With a Hole In the Middle, showed a slightly new direction for the band, with a nearly live-in-the-studio sound and more creative interplay between the guitars, that some critics compared to early Quicksilver Messenger Service and other West Coast bands. Deke Leonard, in particular, whose playing was heavily influenced by Mick Green of the Pirates, became the star of the group by popular acclaim.

Their contract with Pye Records ended in 1969, and the group signed with United Artists-Liberty, with a new rhythm section, consisting of Terry Williams on drums and vocals and Martin Ace playing bass. Their third album, Man, was a critical success, and their follow-up, 1971's Do You Like It Here, Are You Settling In, yielded several popular concert numbers.

In February 1972, the group appeared at the Greasy Truckers' Ball, a benefit concert held in London that was taped for posterity, alongside Brinsley Schwarz and Hawkwind. Their performance was so impressive that United Artists chief Andrew Lauder (who was also responsible for helping the post-Roy Loney Flamin' Groovies get their sound together) encouraged them to do a full live album. The result was Live at the Padget Rooms, Penarth, the band's breakthrough album, even though it was originally released in a limited-edition pressing of 8000 copies. The album became a much-sought collector's item in England, and suddenly the group had the attention of most of the record-buying public.

Unfortunately, it was at after the release of that album that Deke Leonard decided to exit the lineup to pursue a solo career, which he launched with the successful album Iceberg. Man was making a reputation for itself, their next album Be Good to Yourself at Least Once a Day yielding some good songs ("Bananas"). At that point, Pye released a retrosepctive of their first two albums, while the group's current lineup began shifting again -- Deke Leonard was back for Rhinos, Winos and Lunatics, and Slow Motion led to the group's first American tour. They followed this up with their first serious misstep, a hook-up with Quicksilver's John Cippolina as producer for what proved a disappointing album, Maximum Darkness. The Welsh Connection, released by MCA in 1976, marked the end of the original group's history, although they did get one more album out, entitled All's Well That Ends Well.

During the 1980s, Micky Jones reunited the group and those interested members (including Deke Leonard) and found a steady living on the pub-rock circuit. Meanwhile, Terry Williams went on to join Rockpile and Dire Straits. Interest in Man was strong enough to justify the release of a compilation, Perfect Timing -- The UA Years, in 1991. In the mid-1990s, Beat Goes On began reissuing Man's individual albums and Deke Leonard's solo work on compact disc.
~Bruce Eder, All Music Guide

 
progged63Date: Sunday, 07 September 2008, 01:50 | Message # 2
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Gooooood!!!!
 
spidyspidyDate: Tuesday, 17 February 2009, 19:04 | Message # 3
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Great!
 
ethernineDate: Tuesday, 03 March 2009, 04:28 | Message # 4
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nice

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joe88Date: Wednesday, 04 March 2009, 10:34 | Message # 5
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Hi,
Man at that time was really hard working. I am impressed.

Joe

 
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