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Mantras for Madmen [CD]

Harry Manx Audio CD
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Harry Manx has been dubbed an "essential link" between the music of East and West, creating musical short stories that wed the tradition of the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas. His unique sound is bewitching and deliciously addictive to listen to.

Harry forged this distinctive style by studying at the feet of the masters, first as a sound man in the blues clubs ... Read more in Amazon's Harry Manx Store

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  • Audio CD (24 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Harry Manx
  • ASIN: B000BITT1M
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,449 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  5. A Single Spark 4:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Your Sweet Name 3:210.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  8. It Makes No Difference 3:590.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. It Takes a Tear 3:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Nothing Fails Like Success 3:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Talkin' Turban 2:320.99  Buy MP3 

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"In gratitude I send these songs, these blues mantras out in dedication to the Divine Madmen who have heard existence itself whisper through their own voices and who in turn translated that sound into music. Those whose ways have inspired art and culture for so many centuries. And for what reason?... Because music is a great journey to be part of." - Harry Manx Released in Canada in 2006. Produced by Jordy Sharp Harry Manx on Mohan Veena, Six String Lap Guitar, Banjo, Harmonica and Vocals Track list:Where Fools Die/Tijuana/The Point of Purchase/Never The Twain/A Single Spark/Your Sweet Name/Afghani Raga/It Makes No Difference/Don't Take His Name Away/It Takes a Tear/Nothing Fails Like Success/Talkin' Turban

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Another set of songs, performed an recorded the Manx way. Music from east and west, folk and roots, a shot of blues feeling and - very important - a perfect audiophile recording. Another pearl for the lovers of mostly acoustic string music. HARRY MANX - voc/gtr/lap slide gtr/bjo/mohan veena, JOHN REISCHMAN - mand, BILLY MENDOZA - bass, GEOFF HICKS - drums. Special guests: STEVE MARRINER - hca (ex-JW-JONES BLUES BAND), plus vocalists.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music 27 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is my first Harry Manx album. His CD was playing through the PA at an Eddi Reader gig, oddly enough, and there was something of a discussion in the audience about who it was. Nobody knew, but finding out later was easy enough because the song 'Don't Take His Name Away' had really struck me and it was easy to Google.

So Harry Manx is a bit of a well-kept secret. Which is a surprise because that song alone is worth the price of the album and is surely worthy of radio play. It's a really strong, well-resolved song with a great hook, great harmonies, and that hard to define 'quality' that great songs have.

Luckily the rest of the album is largely up to the same standard. Manx's use of the Mohan Veena makes him stand out of the crowd of course, and it's surprising how comfortably his clean, Canadian blues sits with traditional Indian music. Who knew?

I really love it when the two are combined, like in the terrific 'A Single Spark'.

Production is sparkling and polished. Quite a few songs have a sassy, almost 'pop' feel to them, but the album avoids being over-produced. Harry's smoky, slightly rough-edged voice ties everything together with authority (although his elongation of single-syllable wor-hords gray-hay-yates occasionally).

You get a really nicely designed CD package too that makes it well worth getting the real CD and not downloading it from you know where.

This is one of the best CDs I've bought for ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 1 May 2013
By Foxman
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The review below says it all. I happened across a track on an internet radio station so made a note of the name. Got this album and so glad i did.
Its not my usual taste, but all i can say is give it a go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars exotic, yet strangely timeless 17 May 2006
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While most musicians are content to work within the accepted boundaries of their chosen style, lap-slide guitarist Harry Manx likes to color way outside the lines. His crayons? Soulful, raspy vocals, poetic lyrics, and the whining drones and mysterious melisma of Indian music. In addition to picking Hawaiian-style flat-top à la David Lindley, Ben Harper, or Kelly Joe Phelps, Manx plays the mohan veena-a 20-string archtop developed by Indian slide wizard Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. East/West fusions can sometimes sound forced or awkward, but Manx-who studied with Bhatt for five years-dodges that bullet. On Mantras for Madmen, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, tamboura, tabla, and haunting female voices swirl seamlessly around intricate slide melodies, creating an exotic, yet strangely timeless sound. Drawing from blues, ragas, and the story-telling heritage of British Isles folk music, Manx conjures songs that are as bewitching as they are unique.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wise words and cool tunes 28 Mar 2007
By Androo - Published on
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I guess the most obvious way to differentiate Harry Manx from his peers is his use of Indian instruments, and in paricular the Mohan Veena. Well, actually what's unique and very refreshing is the way he integrates those sounds into a fusion of Blues and Americana that remind me of some of the other artists I love, but also stands out from them.

For all the exoticism of the instrumentation, Harry's songs are actually pretty accessible, and like the best songs are a bit mysterious in their actual meaning but give you a feeling that he's really saying something. Don't Take His Name Away is a terrific song about life and death and memory. I wonder who it's about.

Another standout song is A Single Spark, which has the trademark Indian sound mixed with an emotive blues sound and an intriguing, memorable lyric.

There's not a bad song on the album, though It Takes a Tear, a duet with a singer who's not really interesting enough, comes closest to being one you might want to skip past.

I like the production, even though it sounds at times almost too clean and bright for Blues. The production favours the sound of the Indian instruments, and the couple of instrumentals using those instruments sound fantastic.

On the whole, one of the best albums I've heard for some time. I can see I'll be enjoying this one for years to come.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another level for Harry 19 Jan 2006
By M. Gordon - Published on
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I've been listening to Manx' blues ever since I caught him in concert here in New Mexico. "Road Ragas" being my favorite until this new release which really showcases his talent at writing songs, let alone the unique Indian instrument (I would write the name but would slaughter the spelling-a sitar/guitar cross)he plays them to. Don't let Mantra in the title sway you into thinking this is true sanskrit mantra (which I also listen to) but I think it is his way of honoring his unique East/West style and he does have a terrific sense of humor which also prevails in his songs. Good go Harry-come back to New Mexico soon!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blues with an "Indian touch", Earthy and exotic 8 July 2009
By Steven I. Ramm - Published on
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Blues with an "Indian touch", Earthy and exotic

I had never heard of Harry Manx before this years Arts Presenters Conference in New York but many friends said "you have to see this guy!". They were sure right. Manx only played a short 20 minute "showcase" but I was hooked and followed up getting a few of his CDs. This one - Mantras For Madmen" is, by far my favorite.

I must admit that I'm not a big fan of Indian (as from India, not Native American) music, whether it is from one of the Shankar family members or Bollywood. But Manx uses traditional Indian instruments in a non-traditional way. He evokes the earthy blues sounds of American folk musicians but tweaks that too. His voice has a worn quality that makes the songs even more appealing.

I play this CD nearly weekly and haven't tired of it yet! If you haven't heard Harry before, start with this CD and have a happy exploration! You'll be glad you did! (I sure am!)

Steve Ramm
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it and Love Harry Manx 9 Jan 2007
By Lana J. Follansbee - Published on
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I love this CD, I love Harry Manx, he is so blusey and his voice and music is undescrible, I recommend this CD for every blues lover and sitar music lover. Highly recommended.
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