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Manta Ray
     

Manta Ray

by Nan Vernon
 
Nan Vernon was discovered by the Eurythmic's Dave Stewart and sang backup as one of his Spiritual Cowboys on Stewart's 1990 release. Although that record did little commercially, Vernon did parlay her high-profile acquaintance with Stewart into a record deal and released Manta Ray in 1994, through Stewart's Anxious Records. Vernon is

Overview

Nan Vernon was discovered by the Eurythmic's Dave Stewart and sang backup as one of his Spiritual Cowboys on Stewart's 1990 release. Although that record did little commercially, Vernon did parlay her high-profile acquaintance with Stewart into a record deal and released Manta Ray in 1994, through Stewart's Anxious Records. Vernon is solidly in the female, alternative rock camp, however, her keen sense of melody, articulate writing, and pristine vocals make it more memorable than many other such releases. "Motorcycle" kicks things off with a percolating road tale driven by grinding guitar, but the most of the material is of a more introspective nature such as the dreamy "Tattoo Tears," "No More Lullabies," and the gorgeous afterlife ballad "The Big Picture," all delivered in a breathy fashion. None of it added up to much attention from music fans, which is unfortunate because Manta Ray is a better than average debut.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/28/1995
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0075596176323
catalogNumber:
61763

Tracks

  1. Motorcycle  - Nan Vernon
  2. Tatto Tears  - Nan Vernon
  3. Elvis Waits  - Nan Vernon
  4. No More Lullabyes  - Nan Vernon
  5. Big Picture  - Nan Vernon
  6. Lay Down Joe  - Nan Vernon
  7. While My Guitar Gently Weeps  - Nan Vernon
  8. Iron John  - Nan Vernon
  9. Treasure  - Nan Vernon
  10. Fisherman  - Nan Vernon
  11. Johnny's Birthday  - Nan Vernon
  12. Manta Ray  - Nan Vernon

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nan Vernon   Primary Artist,Guitar,Strings,Harmonium,Keyboards,Vocals
Martin Chambers   Percussion,Drums
Alex Gifford   Saxophone
James Hallawell   Guitar,Strings,Keyboards
Jonathan Perkins   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Olle Romo   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Andy Ross   Guitar
Matthew Seligman   Bass
Ian Stanley   Keyboards
Simon Stewart   Guitar
Nick Hunt   Background Vocals
Chris Sheehan   Guitar
Jimmy Taylor   Guitar
Andy Wright   Keyboards
Chris Bell   Percussion,Drums
Neil Taylor   Guitar

Technical Credits

George DeAngelis   Programming
James Hallawell   Sound Effects
Clive Martin   Producer
John Reynolds   drum programming
Olle Romo   Producer,drum programming
Ian Stanley   Programming,Sound Effects,Producer
Nan Vernon   Producer
Chris Sheehan   Producer
Andy Wright   Programming
Phill Brown   Producer

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