Saturday, September 10, 2022
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #852
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JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #852.591.225!
SIZZLING PLATTERS OF THE WEEK: Phil Manzanera –
The 801 Series (Expression/MVD Audio) :: 801 was the Plastic Ono Band of mid-’70s progressive supergroup rock
ensembles, a nebulous ever-shifting central shaft around which revolved some of the greatest English art rock adherents ever:
Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera, Eno, Andy Mackay, Paul Thompson and Eddie Jobson; 10cc’s Lol Creme and Kevin Godley;
Quiet Sun’s Bill MacCormick; Curved Air’s Francis Monkman; and many others ranging from Tim Finn to Simon Phillips.
Now, for your pleasure, Manzanera has assembled his 801 tape archive into the following four separate live albums, all of
which are on his Expression Records label in the UK which is distributed in the US by MVD Audio.
801 Live :: When it came out in 1976, 801 Live
was immediately acclaimed as being one of the greatest sounding live rock albums ever released—and that goes double
now that it’s been reissued in this definitive new expanded dual disc edition. The first platter contains the original
live album augmented by a few numbers, which were left off the original vinyl pressing due to space limitations. The highlights
include blistering versions of songs from Eno’s first three solo albums as well as Manzanera’s own underrated
Diamond Head record. The second disc finds the live album duplicated track for track, only this time in a studio
setting during a rehearsal recorded a few days before the gig.
801 Manchester :: Shortly thereafter, 801 hit the road to support their new studio
album—which explains why there’s a surfeit of surefire songs from Listen Now performed, along with an
unexpected Roxy cover that’s literally out of the blue.
801 Live @ Hull :: Getting back to mono, this excellent audience recording captures
the band in a form that’s arguably even fiercer than on the above-noted sonically superior stereo Manchester tape—which
was rabid enough to begin with.
Latino :: If it proves anything at all, this incongruous Latin throwdown proves that Manzanera does not live on art rock
Be seeing you!