Before Your Very Eyes

Before Your Very Eyes

by Deke Leonard

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Before Your Very Eyes

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/17/2000
Label: Point Uk
UPC: 0604388414024
catalogNumber: 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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