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Product details

  • Audio CD (26 May 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Esoteric
  • ASIN: B0016QCAJQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,207 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. 7171 511 (Live At The Roundhouse 26/5/75)11:20Album Only
Listen  2. Codine (Live At The Roundhouse 26/5/75) 7:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You (Live At The Roundhouse 26/5/75) 6:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Many Are Called, But Few Get Up (Live At The Roundhouse 26/5/75)13:51Album Only
Listen  5. Bananas (Live At The Roundhouse 26/5/75)11:24Album Only
Listen  6. C'Mon (Live At The Keystone)23:56Album Only
Listen  7. Romain (Live At The Keystone) 5:00£0.99  Buy MP3 

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MAN Maximum Darkness CD

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dale Michelsohn on 18 May 2008
Format: Audio CD
Around the time of the release of this fine album, I remember going into Virgin records little shop in Birmingham and browsing through the vinyls. I cam across the section labelled MAN. One of the shop assistants had hand written "the best band in the land" under the artist name. This intrigued me so I browsed the many albums which seemed to fill that section. Maximum Darkness jumped out at me with the wonderful guitar cover and the title. I took a chance and bought it.
It's a mind blowing live album and is the pinnacle of Man's career as a live touring outfit which suited them better than in the studio. I saw Man perform 3 times over the years.
If you are not familiar with Man and want to chance it, then buy this cd. Maybe you will say' the best band in the land' too?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Steve Keen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Aug. 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As a studio band, I never considered Man to be anything out of the ordinary, and generally don't play their studio albums any more. As a live act, they were almost unsurpassed, certainly in the days I was getting to see them regularly.

Some of their gigs were legendary: some like Greasy Truckers and Padget Rooms have recently been reissued in their almost complete glory - even those who do not like digital reproduction will have to admit that it at least gives the ability to release entire two hour concertsworth of music where on vinyl it was only feasible to get about forty to eighty minutes out, if that.

Other legendary gigs are of the "You had to be there" variety; one, possibly apocryphal tale had the band handing round a joint on stage when suddenly the lights went on and the police and their dogs streamed into the hall, only to find that the object of their labours had mysteriously disappeared.

One I would definitely have loved to be at was the one at Chalk Farm, captured on this particular recording, in May 1975. This is partly because I had heard the stories of how Cipollina's contribution had been so bad that it had to be rerecorded by Micky Jones, so I would have liked to know for myself how true that was.

Despite the edits, for many years the original was my favourite Man album, rough, rambling and rocking, so when the reissues started I began to buy them up (well, the live ones anyway), all the time hoping that Maximum Darkness would come along soon.

Finally, here it is!

I'm guessing that most readers of this review will be familiar with the original recording, so to those I'd just advise no additional expectations of the first five tracks. How do you surpass perfection? For the rest of you, see comments above.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By John Peter O'connor VINE VOICE on 16 Jun. 2000
Format: Audio CD
In the seventies, Man seemed to be on a mission to go through as many line ups as they released albums. While they didn't quite acieve that, this live album sees the unique combination of a set of established band members with a special appearance from the late John Cipollina best known as a member of "Quicksilver Messenger Service".
One interesting aspect of this was that Man went from being a band with two lead guitarists to being one with three. Still they managed this without total disintegration though this album does not really give a full impression of the live line up. It was subject to a lot more post concert studio work than most live albums.
The CD kicks off with a Deke Leonard number 7171-551 which, as is normal for his compositions, it is at the harder end of the spectrum of Man's music. I think that this is the highlight of the album, everthing is really tight and together. This is followed by a couple of non-Man songs which were introduced by Cipollina. The first, Codine is a powerful song anyway and the band do a particularly good job on their version. This is followed by "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" which is OK but sounds some way from the Man that I like.
The last two songs, "Many are Called, but Few Get up." and "Bananas" are well established in the Man live set. The version here of the first of these is not my favourite. It is not so well focussed as the one on the "Padget Rooms" CD. However, I really like the version of "Bananas" here.
All in all, I think that the 1999 party tour is a better live albun than this but it still has a lot of great songs.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Mcclure on 17 Jan. 2007
Format: Audio CD
At the time this was seen by many as the live Man album for those of us who were not quick enough to get Live at the Padget Rooms, Penarth, which was a very limited edition LP that sold out very quickly. That album is now, thankfully, available of CD (ASIN: B000024VH5) and is the cooler of the two to have but this, I think is the better album and represents some of the best aspects of this ever changing band. There are excellent versions of 7171 551 and the version of Many Are Called... here is better

I do have very fond memories of both this and the Padget Rooms album as my brother had that album and I later got this one. It is a shame that this band is not more widely appreciated
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. David M. Mc Michael on 6 Feb. 2010
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I went down to the Roundhouse that long ago night, if I remember correctly Barry Melton (of Country Joe & the Fish) opened for Man with J Cippolina ( who was definitely a 'special guest' rather than a potential permanent member), I remember the live sound as being unbalanced , I could not hear Cippolina very well and assume that any overdubs that Micky Jones might have applied were not because of Cippolina's inadequacy as a guitarist but because everyone else had their amps turned up higher. The gig continued long after the tube had stopped for the night and me and my mate tried hitched a lift back to Wembley in a Rolls Royce. I can't remember if I 'phoned in sick the next morning.
There are better Man albums than this and better Q. M. S. recordings available but as my interest relates to my personal history I bought it.
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