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Man & Myth [VINYL] [Import]

Roy Harper Vinyl
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
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  • Vinyl (29 Oct 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Pias America
  • ASIN: B00F42A036
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 313,313 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hats off... 29 Sep 2013
By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
There are already twelve reviews here, every one of them five-star. This excellent album may not need a thirteenth, but just to add my voice to the chorus of praise...

This is a really good album. I've admired Roy Harper ever since I was about 16 years old and spent hours sitting next to the record player with my guitar, lifting the needle on and off Flat Baroque And Berserk while learning Baby Don't You Grieve and others. I've not always liked what he has done since (including seeing him live where he could scarcely sit up, let alone perform), but when he's on form the man's a fantastic songwriter, composer and performer and he's really on form here.

These are classic Roy Harper songs: great chord structures, fine melodies and intelligent, thoughtful lyrics. The songs are honest, poetic and remarkably insightful in their typically Harperish sidelong, allusive way. He sings and plays with all the old finesse and passion, and he's gathered a terrific band around him (including the likes of Pete Townshend). The result is a sequence of riveting songs, excellently played and produced and reflecting on a very rich and varied life. Time Is Temporary really speaks to me especially and the epic, Greek-myth-tinged Heaven Is Here is quite outstanding, but I think every single track is very good and some are real Roy Harper classics - which is saying a lot.

I've not enjoyed a Roy Harper album as much as this since Stormcock, which I regard as a true classic. Very warmly recommended.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i have never reviewed before 24 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD
Got this album today. I have liked Roy for years but I have always felt his output was patchy with some highlights. I did not expect this to be any different. I'm truly amazed at how good this album is. a new direction all the power is still there with the maturity of a older Man. It's a work of art. I love it and feel it's a classic. Brought me to tears in parts. Well done Roy it's beautiful
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BullinaGreenMan .. 24 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD
OK.. So i finally took the plunge and after a gap of thirteen years and bought the new Roy Harper record, "Many and Myth". I must confess that I didn't have hugely high expectations - even though [for the first time in his career] the release has been nigh-on universally praised.. But to my delight after listening three times this afternoon in the office, my initial reaction is one of true amazement and delight. It's kinda weird.. It is so very different to what i expected - certainly a new direction [a very full sound; more "band" focussed] but to me also strangely kinda reminiscent of a new marriage between two of my favourite Roy recordings - Bullinamingvase and The Green Man. It is too early for me to do a track by track blow down, so these are just first impressions... The record is packed with all the usual Roy musical and lyrical tropes [and keeping with the Mumford-times, with added featured BANJO licks; imagine... For me an awesome addition to the soundscape] and yet - simultaneously - the record also seems his most original recording for years and years. And so, I guess in summary for once I find myself in agreement with those very pillars of the press that Roy so mercilessly ripped into in HORS D'OEUVRES as, after three listens, I cannot be agree that MAN and MYTH merits FIVE stars...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody does it better!! 26 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I could write forever about the extraordinary quality of this album, but that would be wasting time better used by listening to it! To my old and Roy adoring ears it's like a cross between 'HQ'and 'Stormcock', but that's probably not doing this remarkable collection of songs and poetry justice. It is quite simply exquisite. The voice has lost none of its' power, and the guitar is more beguiling than ever. Enough said- I'm off to listen to it again- I haven't stopped smiling since it arrived three days ago- you'd think I'd been at the Acapulco Gold!!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roy Harper - Enemies, strangers and exiles 23 Sep 2013
By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Roy Harper is an artist in a perennial state of prime artistry even today at the age of 72. This reviewer saw him perform in Knebworth in 1978 supporting Genesis and much preferred his short surprise set to the extended light show of Collins and crew. He delighted throughout the whole concert especially with a virtuoso performance of "One of those days in England" a song so typical of Harpers lengthy, lyrical, complex compositions. The man has been sporadically delighting us since his debut way back in 1966 but has kept his fans waiting a very long thirteen years for this new album "Man & Myth".

The good news is that this is no wait in vain. On this new album Harpers remarkable voice is still an incredibly strong instrument sometimes subtle but not without the trademark angry overtones. His songwriting still screams pure class not least since Harper has always the played the game his own way often at significant personal cost. The album starts with the brilliant storytelling of the seven minute plus "The Enemy" where that snarl heard on "Have a cigar" is in top form telling a tale of how "the lads go out drinking/ while the girls try keep an eye/but no ones on duty this side of the sky". These are songs of love, life and lust; always persistent themes which Harper has revisited time and time again without a hint of dullness. The lovely acoustics of "Time is Temporary" is splendid and a deep heartfelt reflection that has been a Harper specialty throughout his career. If anything the brilliant "January Man" is even rawer as Harper sings of how he "lost control of my emotions/tear run down my face". It is truly up there with the great Harper songs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The man does it again
Been a fan for about 40 years. The man has done it again. A superb collection of truly poetic songs rendered utilising all he has learned in a truly amazing career. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Boley
5.0 out of 5 stars return to form
Great album, classic Harper.
I first saw him in the early 80's and he's still as strong now as he was then!!!!
Published 6 months ago by tankosl
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best.
I have listened to Roy Harper since the very early days and have felt that he has offered a huge array of musical changes over the years, each one has, in their own way, been... Read more
Published 6 months ago by ERIKA L MAHON
5.0 out of 5 stars music
good cd, very much Roy harpers style of music got better the more I listened to it more for the mature listener
Published 6 months ago by mrs a cunning
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a class act
This man (unlike some alleged giants of the music scene) gets better with age, In my view this is up with his best. and by that i mean Stormcock ,go on treat yourself
Published 7 months ago by Cumbrianblue11
5.0 out of 5 stars He's done it again!
The bugger has done it again! I know Harper, I know what to expect! What a fool I am! What's this? Is it Him? Bloody hell! Read more
Published 7 months ago by redinthebed
1.0 out of 5 stars Utterly depressing.
Read the reviews on this so was looking forward to it. What a disappointment, all my wife keeps saying is Leonard Cohen and Johnny Cash are less depressing at their worst/lowest... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars 13 Years worth the wait.
A premature retirement from recording provided a chance to take stock of a lifetimes work. Live appearances gave occasional glimpses. But new songs were sorely missing. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Andy Bott
5.0 out of 5 stars THE HORNS OF WISDOM!
Jeez!!!... 5 STARS, of course! This is a COME BACK!!! (Very curious about David Crosby come back, as well... CROZ will be released at the end of January, 2014...).
Published 8 months ago by Rui Garrido Lda
5.0 out of 5 stars Roy at his best
This is for me The album of the year. Roy at his absolute best - outshines even his earlier stuff.
Published 8 months ago by MRS LYN FIELD
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