Listen Now

Listen Now

by Phil Manzanera
     
 

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 outingSee more details below

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/08/2000
Label:
Emi Europe Generic
UPC:
0724384927622
catalogNumber:
8492762
Rank:
50255

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Phil Manzanera   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vocals
Eddie Jobson   Piano,Keyboards
Tim Finn   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Francis Monkman   Synthesizer,fender rhodes
Simon Phillips   Percussion,Drums
John White   Tuba
Simon Ainley   Guitar,Vocals
Mel Collins   Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Lol Creme   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Rhett Davies   Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Animal Sounds
Brian Eno   Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards
Kevin Godley   Percussion,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Alan Lee   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Billy Livsey   Clarinet,Keyboards,Wind,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Bill MacCormick   Bass,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Wurlitzer
Ian MacCormick   Harmonica,Vocals
Dave Mattacks   Drums
Eddie Rayner   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Eddie Jobson   Contributor
Phil Manzanera   Producer
Lol Creme   Contributor
Rhett Davies   Engineer,Contributor
Philip Casile   Cover Design
Martin Lawrence   Engineer

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