Saturday, September 9, 2023
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #905
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JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #905.591.225!
SIZZLING PLATTERS OF THE WEEK: Phil Manzanera – The 801 Series (Expression/MVD Audio)
:: 801 was the Plastic Ono Band of mid-’70s progressive supergroup rock ensembles, a nebulous ever-shifting central
shaft around which revolved some of the greatest English art rock adherents ever: Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera, Eno,
Andy Mackay, Paul Thompson and Eddie Jobson; 10cc’s Lol Creme and Kevin Godley; Quiet Sun’s Bill MacCormick; Curved
Air’s Francis Monkman; and many others ranging from Tim Finn to Simon Phillips. Now, for your pleasure, Manzanera has
assembled his 801 tape archive into the following four separate live albums, all of which are on his Expression Records label
in the UK which is distributed in the US by MVD Audio.
801 Live :: When it came out in 1976, 801 Live was immediately acclaimed as being one of the greatest
sounding live rock albums ever released—and that goes double now that it’s been reissued in this definitive new
expanded dual disc edition. The first platter contains the original live album augmented by a few numbers, which were left
off the original vinyl pressing due to space limitations. The highlights include blistering versions of songs from Eno’s
first three solo albums as well as Manzanera’s own underrated Diamond Head record. The second disc finds the
live album duplicated track for track, only this time in a studio setting during a rehearsal recorded a few days before the
:: Shortly thereafter, 801 hit the road to support their new studio album—which explains why there’s a surfeit
of surefire songs from Listen Now performed, along with an unexpected Roxy cover that’s literally out of the
801 Live @ Hull
:: Getting back to mono, this excellent audience recording captures the band in a form that’s arguably even fiercer
than on the above-noted sonically superior stereo Manchester tape—which was rabid enough to begin with.
801 Latino :: If it proves anything
at all, this incongruous Latin throwdown proves that Manzanera does not live on art rock alone.
Be seeing you!