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Firebird V11

Phil Manzanera Audio CD
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Phil Manzanera is one of the UK's best-known musicians and record producers, having shot to prominence in the early '70’s as the lead guitarist with the seminal band, Roxy Music. He is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading guitarists and is in much demand both as a performer and record producer.

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  • Audio CD (10 Nov 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Expression
  • ASIN: B001I51UUA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,622 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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An explosion of musical inventiveness, created by Phil Manzanera, one of the UK’s great musicians and guitarists, in collaboration with ex-Quiet Sun and This Heat’s avant garde drummer Charles Hayward, top Polish classical/jazz pianist Lezek Mozdzer and renowned bassist Yaron Stavi from Gilad Atzmon’s Oreint House Ensemble. This ambitious musical endeavour is inspired by the red and white Gibson Firebird V11 guitar, his signature guitar and one that Manzanera has had a 35 year musical partnership with. The Firebird V11 album has its origins in a chance meeting at Gatwick Airport. Manzanera explains: “I was standing in the security queue and the man in front of me turned round and said “hello Phil”, it was Charles Hayward, school friend, drummer on our 1975 Quiet Sun album. who I hadn’t seen for 20 years. We agreed that it would be great to work together on another music project. Around this time Gibson Guitars called me about a signature guitar ‘inspired by Phil Manzanera’ and of course it had to be my Firebird V11: I bought it in 1973 and it featured on Roxy Music’s second album cover, ‘For Your Pleasure.’ With Charles Hayward on drums, bassist Yaron Stavi was recruited to the project, with the final place in the quartet taken by Leszek Mozdzer, the celebrated Polish pianist. In addition to his own compositions, Manzanera asked that the three musicians each contribute a piece of music, as was ex-Quiet Sun alumni Bill MacCormick, with one track, ‘Mexican Hat’ improvised in the studio. The seven track album was recorded in one week at Manzanera’s Gallery Studios in June 2007. Firebird V11 continues in the tradition of Quiet Sun and the instrumental side of the 801 Live project. MacCormick and Haywards’ tracks were in fact written in 1970 for Quiet Sun’s ‘Mainstream’ album, but until now, were never recorded.

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2008 instrumental album from the Roxy Music guitarist ... named after his trademark Gibson guitar!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Phil's best album for years 13 April 2009
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One of Phil's best albums ever: this is a return to PM in heavier, instrumental mood. Intelligent, thoughtfully crafted, introspective pieces, Phil's beautiful guitar work blends with a hint of jazz piano and, of course, a hint of Latin American colouring.

People who like Manzanera's albums like "Primitive Guitars" or the Quiet Sun project should love this: it really is a first-rate issue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Huge positive surprise 22 Sep 2012
By opd
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I really didn't know what to expect here. Manzanera has never released a poor album. I was skeptical when I saw the cover. The music however was a huge upturn. The album contains wonderful rock with elements of psychedelia and jazzy parts. Wonderfully played by wonderful musicians.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FIREBIRD V11 20 Jun 2009
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Phil Manzanera a brilliant Guitarist. Not his best Solo outing, but as a Fan I would buy anything produced by this very talented musician from I believe Argentina. His music has that say Latin flavour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Guitarist's Holiday 4 Dec 2008
By Robert Carlberg - Published on Amazon.com
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Named after his signature guitar, Phil's latest continues his recent trend of meaty, intelligent, 3-dimensional albums which bear repeated listening to suss out everything that's going on. Drumming is by the great Charles Hayward (sounding better than ever!), bass by Israeli Yaron Stavi and piano by the Polish Lezek Mozdzer. Two tracks here were written thirty years ago for 801 (but never recorded). Snippets of sound effects, radio broadcasts and candid conversations pepper the mature tunes and largely-instrumental musical soundscapes, giving a truly cinematic sweep to the album.

One gets the impression, listening to this, that Manzanera has reached the position in his career where he can make any damn music he WANTS to make with whomever he wants to work and he doesn't have to give two hoots about commercial concerns.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back 5 July 2009
By Peter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I was not sure whether to buy this one as I felt that Phil Manzanera's last few albums had been patchy, but I am glad that I did. He has got three things right.
Firstly, he seems to have realised that many of us out there want to hear his guitar -not his singing. Secondly, he has surrounded himself with a tight group of musicians that all contribute without dominating. Thirdly, he has found a theme - the Firebird guitar, that enables him to go back to his roots and this release evokes the heady days of Quiet Sun and Diamond Head. His guitar work is top form as ever, although a bit more mellow, supported by some really punchy keyboards and a strong rhythm section. Great to see Charles Hayward back with Phil.
It is an instrumental album, with the odd piece of spoken word - eg a segment of an old film on 'A few minutes'. The only track that doesn't really convince is the jam ' Mexican Hat' but that can be forgiven, given the strength of the rest of the material.
Hopefully he can get the same musicians around in a year or so and bring out a sequel.
5.0 out of 5 stars Manzanera, Firebird VII 13 Nov 2012
By Mark McCarron-Fraser - Published on Amazon.com
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Great album! It's reminiscent of "Quiet Sun," but also more modern. As usual, Phil let's all of the musicians have a chance to stretch out and strut some stuff. I only wish that it were twice as long.
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