Fricke's Picks: Man


The golden age of Man — the Welsh band founded in the late Sixties and still going — was 1971-74, the peak of the prog-rock stoners' spin on the double-helix guitars of Quicksilver Messenger Service. Half a dozen albums from that period are back in print, in deluxe bonus-track editions on the Esoteric label, including the studio LPs Man (1971) and Be Good to Yourself at Least Once a Day (1972). Live at the Padget Rooms, Penarth is a two-CD extension of a defining '72 concert release, taped at an old Welsh ballroom, and 1974's Rhinos, Winos & Lunatics now comes with a bonus disc of a '74 gig at L.A.'s Whisky A Go Go. The indispensable Man, though, are on a three-CD reissue of Greasy Truckers Party (EMI), originally a '72 double LP recorded at a benefit show in London that year. Space rangers Hawkwind and pub-rock soldiers Brinsley Schwarz also play rough-delight sets (the latter with future pure-pop icon Nick Lowe on bass), but Man guitarists Micky Jones and Deke Leonard steal the night in "Spunk Rock," "Bananas" and "Romain" with twin treble spirals and wah-wah exchanges that seem to rise — and shine — forever.

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David Fricke

Rolling Stone senior writer David Fricke has more than 10,000 albums in his New York apartment. His first record review for the magazine was Frank Zappa's 'Sheik Yerbouti' (RS 290).

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