11-25-08 Phil Manzanera
I never had the same trouble with Phil Manzanera that I did with Eno albums – for one, Robert Wyatt was on “Diamond Head”, the debut Manzanera solo album!
CD DIAMOND HEAD kami ARCANGELO JPN ARC-7288
LP DIAMOND HEAD ISLAND
LP 801 LIVE (Various artists) ISLAND UK ILPS 9444
On CD as a part of a Kevin Ayers collection
CD LISTEN NOW kami ARCANGELO JPN ARC-7290
LP LISTEN NOW POLYDOR
CD K-SCOPE kami ARCANGELO JPN ARC-7291
LP K-SCOPE POLYDOR
LP PRIMITIVE GUITARS EG
LP GUITARISSIMO EG
CD MANZANERA ARCHIVES - RARE ONE EXPRESSION
Which has material pertaining to their first solo albums
And to this list, I supposed you could add Quiet Sun “Mainstream” (which I have on both LP and CD) – genuine ‘progressive rock’.
If I bought “
After “K-Scope”, I sort of gave up on P.M. – I recall that “Primitive Guitars” was an album of instrumentals and “Guitarissimo” was a collection. However, I have been getting his newer solo works (the ones on Hannibal / Rykodisc) and enjoying them.
I can reconcile buying Phil Manzanera solo albums while ignoring Brian Eno and Bryan Ferry solo albums. I never heard anybody go ‘over the top’ when talking about the Manzanera LP’s; the fandom thereof seemed dignified. I listened with open ears, and liked what I heard.
It was also via the Phil Manzanera albums that I heard Random Hold, an amazing British progressive rock band. Their debut record was produced by Peter Hammill, and featured members of Phil Manzanera’s band.
I do not think I will write about the 5 x Bryan Ferry solo albums that I have, I have not heard them enough to really know of any nuances worth writing about (it’s the first 5, FYI).
Coming next week, next month...."Rock Album Best 100" from the Japanese "Record Collector Magazine 25th Anniversary" special issue.