Before Your Very Eyes

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
The fatal flaw of the Welsh band Man is that they couldn't quite decide if they wanted to be Ducks Deluxe or Hawkwind; the balance between pub rock and prog is actually quite interesting on their first several albums. Recorded in 1979, after pub rock had mutated into a strain of the British new wave, it's clear which side ex-Man lead guitarist Deke Leonard is on. Produced by Martin Rushent and featuring fellow travelers like Rockpile's Billy Bremner and Dave Edmunds alongside Leonard's Man accomplices Terry Williams and Martin Ace, Before Your Very Eyes is a terrific collection of 14 power-popping rock & roll songs with a loose, convivial spirit akin to Rockpile's own...
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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
The fatal flaw of the Welsh band Man is that they couldn't quite decide if they wanted to be Ducks Deluxe or Hawkwind; the balance between pub rock and prog is actually quite interesting on their first several albums. Recorded in 1979, after pub rock had mutated into a strain of the British new wave, it's clear which side ex-Man lead guitarist Deke Leonard is on. Produced by Martin Rushent and featuring fellow travelers like Rockpile's Billy Bremner and Dave Edmunds alongside Leonard's Man accomplices Terry Williams and Martin Ace, Before Your Very Eyes is a terrific collection of 14 power-popping rock & roll songs with a loose, convivial spirit akin to Rockpile's own albums, Graham Parker's work with the Rumour, and even the young Elvis Costello. The loose, horn-charged R&B shake of the potential hit "Marlene" and the jangly, nervy "Map of India" are particular highlights, but the whole album is just swell, and deserves far more than the near-total oblivion it received when it was released in 1981, a full two and a half years after it was recorded. The Voiceprint CD adds two tracks.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/2000
  • Label: Point Uk
  • UPC: 604388414024
  • Catalog Number: 114

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Deke Leonard Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Dave Edmunds Vocals, Background Vocals
Ken Moore Vocals
Martin Ace Bass, Hand Clapping
Ron Aspery Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Billy Bremner Vocals, Background Vocals
Doreen Chanter Vocals
Dave Charles Drums, Vocals
Martin Drover Trumpet, Saxophone
Ron Francois Bass
Billy Haynes Vocals
Lenny Macaluso Guitar
Anton Matthews Vocals, Background Vocals
John McKenzie Bass
Chris Mercer Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Malcolm Morley Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Chris Parren Organ, Keyboards
Virginia Peck Hand Clapping
Martin Rushent Vocals, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Vicky Silver Vocals
Terry Williams Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Kenny Moore Vocals
Jan Stevens Hand Clapping
Technical Credits
Dave Edmunds Arranger
Deke Leonard Liner Notes
Aldo Bocca Engineer
Laurence Burridge Engineer
Dave Charles Producer, Engineer
Lenny Macaluso Brass Arrangment
Virginia Peck Contributor
Martin Rushent Producer, Engineer
John Pasche Cover Art
Jan Stevens Contributor
Brian Griffin Cover Photo
Anne Roseberry Brass Arrangment
Laurence Burrage Engineer
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