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Phil Manzanera had no problem filling his mid-'70s downtime away from Roxy Music. His guitar graced some 20 albums, like John Cale's Fear, Eno's Here Come the Warm Jets, and Nico's The End. This outing from his all-star side group is slicker than his 1976 live debut album, but no less worthwhile; some 16 musicians are credited. The sound is sleek and sophisticated; even lyrics aren't exempt from creative twists, as shown on "Listen Now"'s glistening jazz-pop -- which cleverly juxtaposes its title against a bouncy "now, now, listen" chorus. The song also questions how people are living life in a repressive society, even as "Law and Order" and "City of Lights" ponder its breakdown. Other songs visit more personal turf. "Flight 19" details a young man's angst-filled reaction to his lover's injuries, "Postcard Love" dismisses the perils of on-road romances, and "That Falling Feeling" takes a more wistful look at how people grow apart -- over a gliding Manzanera guitar part. (Yet another sly twist shifts the chorus from "Can't you feel it moving in?" to "You can feel it moving in.") Three totally different instrumentals round out matters. The best one is the lilting "Island," anchored by a climbing Bill McCormick bassline, as Manzanera unleashes his full array of guitar-altering devices. "Initial Speed" and "Que?" take more of a jazz/fusion tack; they're different snapshots of Manzanera's graceful, intelligent guitar style. This album's one of the most absorbing entries of Manzanera's lengthy career.
© Ralph Heibutzki /TiVo

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1
Listen Now (2000 Digital Remastered)
00:07:56

Mel Collins, Saxophone, Unknown, Other, AssociatedPerformer - Kevin Godley, Percussion, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Livsey, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Phillips, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Manzanera, Composer, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Mattacks, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bill MacCormick, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - William MacCormick, Composer - Ian MacCormick, Composer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Ainley, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2000 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2000 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2000 Virgin Records Limited

2
Flight 19
00:05:28

Eno, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Godley, Chorus, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Finn, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Phillips, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Lol Creme, Chorus, Unknown, Other, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Manzanera, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Jobson, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Manzanera, Composer - Bill MacCormick, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Simon Ainley, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - I MacCormick, Composer

(C) 2000 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2000 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2000 Virgin Records Limited

3
Island (2000 Digital Remastered)
00:05:18

Eno, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Phillips, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Manzanera, Composer, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Jobson, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Bill MacCormick, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 2000 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2000 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2000 Virgin Records Limited

4
Law And Order
00:04:07

John White, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Livsey, Clarinet, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Manzanera, Producer, Guitar, Hammond Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Mattacks, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Manzanera, Composer - Bill MacCormick, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Simon Ainley, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - W MacCormick, Composer - Alan Lee, Chorus, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2000 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2000 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2000 Virgin Records Limited

5
Rude Awakening (2000 Digital Remastered)
00:01:10

Phil Manzanera, Composer, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Mattacks, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bill MacCormick, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 2000 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2000 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2000 Virgin Records Limited

6
Que?
00:01:17

Rhett Davies, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Phillips, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Manzanera, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Manzanera, Composer - Bill MacCormick, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 2000 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2000 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2000 Virgin Records Limited

7
City Of Light (2000 Digital Remastered)
00:07:06

Eno, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Rhett Davies, Unknown, Other - Phil Manzanera, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Mattacks, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bill MacCormick, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - William MacCormick, Composer - Ian MacCormick, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Ainley, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2000 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2000 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2000 Virgin Records Limited

8
Initial Speed (2000 Digital Remastered)
00:04:45

Mel Collins, Soprano Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Phillips, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lol Creme, Unknown, Other - Phil Manzanera, Composer, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Francis Monkman, Keyboards, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Bill MacCormick, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 2000 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2000 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2000 Virgin Records Limited

9
Postcard Love
00:04:27

Eno, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Phillips, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Manzanera, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Jobson, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Manzanera, Composer - Bill MacCormick, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Simon Ainley, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - W MacCormick, Composer

(C) 2000 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2000 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2000 Virgin Records Limited

10
That Falling Feeling (2000 Digital Remastered)
00:05:12

Eno, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Finn, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Phillips, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Rayner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Manzanera, Composer, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bill MacCormick, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ian MacCormick, Composer - Simon Ainley, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2000 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2000 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2000 Virgin Records Limited

11
Blue Grey Uniform (2000 Digital Remastered)
00:02:54

Paul Thompson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Manzanera, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bill MacCormick, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Simon Ainley, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - P Wheeler, Composer - Dave Skinner, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2000 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2000 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2000 Virgin Records Limited

12
Remote Control (Psychedelic Version)
00:04:27

Paul Thompson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Manzanera, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bill MacCormick, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Simon Ainley, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - I MacCormick, Composer - Dave Skinner, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2000 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2000 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2000 Virgin Records Limited

Album Description

Phil Manzanera had no problem filling his mid-'70s downtime away from Roxy Music. His guitar graced some 20 albums, like John Cale's Fear, Eno's Here Come the Warm Jets, and Nico's The End. This outing from his all-star side group is slicker than his 1976 live debut album, but no less worthwhile; some 16 musicians are credited. The sound is sleek and sophisticated; even lyrics aren't exempt from creative twists, as shown on "Listen Now"'s glistening jazz-pop -- which cleverly juxtaposes its title against a bouncy "now, now, listen" chorus. The song also questions how people are living life in a repressive society, even as "Law and Order" and "City of Lights" ponder its breakdown. Other songs visit more personal turf. "Flight 19" details a young man's angst-filled reaction to his lover's injuries, "Postcard Love" dismisses the perils of on-road romances, and "That Falling Feeling" takes a more wistful look at how people grow apart -- over a gliding Manzanera guitar part. (Yet another sly twist shifts the chorus from "Can't you feel it moving in?" to "You can feel it moving in.") Three totally different instrumentals round out matters. The best one is the lilting "Island," anchored by a climbing Bill McCormick bassline, as Manzanera unleashes his full array of guitar-altering devices. "Initial Speed" and "Que?" take more of a jazz/fusion tack; they're different snapshots of Manzanera's graceful, intelligent guitar style. This album's one of the most absorbing entries of Manzanera's lengthy career.
© Ralph Heibutzki /TiVo

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