Long a fan favorite, Man's fourth studio album was recorded in 1971 during a harried one-week studio session that found the group having to write nearly the entire album, barring the tight and rocking "Angel Easy" and the group's multi-part masterwork "Many Are Called but Few Get Up." Frankly, the album sounds like a record that was largely jammed in the studio; the eight-minute-plus jams that close each side, "We're Only Children" and "Love Your Life," are particularly tiresome, good instrumental and lyrical ideas stretched well past their breaking points. However, besides the superior "Angel Easy" and "Many Are Called but Few Get Up," the album does include the rather wonderful "All Good Clean Fun," a showcase for pianist Clive John and lead guitarist Deke Leonard that has a delightful prog pop playfulness akin to some of Genesis' more lighthearted early moments or the daffiness of the later band Hatfield & the North. The album may be only half good, but that half is among Man's very best work.
Micky Jones (vocals, guitar)
Deke Leonard (vocals, guitar, 1968-72, 1973-76)
Terry Williams (drums, 1969-76)
Clive John (keyboards, 1968-72, 1972-73)
Martin Ace (guitar, 1969-72, 1975-76)
1 Angel Easy 4:57
2 All Good Clean Fun 4:31
3 We're Only Children
4 Many Are Called But Few Get Up 7:22
5 Manillo 5:26
6 Love Your Life
Driving drums, swirling guitars and powerful vocals, all songs in the 5 minute range with improvisational parts strongly influenced by their connections with US West Coast group Quicksilver Messenger Service. A band with humour, joy to play and staying power.
Rip from CD 256@ (full artwork included)