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Welsh Connection [Deluxe Edition, Double CD]

Man Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (29 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Double CD
  • Label: Esoteric
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,231 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. The Ride and the View 5:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Out of Your Head 4:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Love Can Find a Way 5:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Welsh Connection 7:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Something Is Happening 6:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Car Toon 5:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Born with a Future 7:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. I'm a Love Taker (Bonus: B-Side) 2:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Let the Good Times Roll (Live at the Keystone) 2:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. 7171 551 (Live at the Keystone) 5:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Hard Way to Die (Live at the Keystone) 6:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Welsh Connection (Live at the Keystone) 8:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Something Is Happening (Live at the Keystone) 6:580.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. The Ride and the View (Live at the Keystone) 5:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Out of Your Head (Live at the Keystone) 5:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Born with a Future (Live at the Keystone) 7:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. C'mon (Live at the Keystone)17:22Album Only
Listen  5. Many Are Called, But Few Get Up (Live at the Keystone)11:32Album Only
Listen  6. Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You (Live at the Keystone) 5:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. A Hard Way to Live (Live at the Keystone) 3:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Romain (Live at the Keystone) 6:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Bananas (Live at the Keystone)10:18Album Only

Product Description

Product Description

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of Man s classic 1976 album Welsh Connection . Recorded in 1976 following Man s departure from United Artists records, the album saw a new line-up of the band featuring Micky Jones (Guitar / Vocals), Deke Leonard (Guitar, Vocals), Phil Ryan (Keyboards / Vocals), John McKenzie (Bass) and Terry Williams (Drums). Featuring tracks such as The Ride and the View , Out of Your Head , Something is Happening and Born With a Future , the record reached the UK Top 40 and was to be Man s last studio album of the 1970s. This Esoteric Recordings edition has been newly remastered from the original master tapes and features the bonus track I m a Love taker , along with the entire recording of Man s concert at The Keystone, Berkeley, California on 9th August 1976. The concert also saw guest John Cipollina from Quicksilver Messenger Service join the band on the last four songs of their set. The set also features a lavishly illustrated booklet with new essay

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Disc: 1

1. The Ride and the View
2. Out of Your Head
3. Love Can Find a Way
4. The Welsh Connection
5. Something Is Happening
6. Car Toon
7. Born with a Future
8. I'm a Love Taker
9. Let the Good Times Roll
10. 7171 551
11. Hard Way to Die
12. The Welsh Connection
13. Something Is Happening

Disc: 2

1. The Ride and the View
2. Out of Your Head
3. Born with a Future
4. C'mon
5. Many Are Called, But Few Get Up
6. Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You
7. A Hard Way to Live
8. Romain
9. Bananas

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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The Welsh Connection re-introduced Phil Ryan to the line-up (here writing, singing and playing keyboards) and new bass player John McKenzie, who brought a new technical facility to the role. This last studio album of the 1970s often divides fans, with its added ingredients of smooth jazz-rock and a little pop to the usual Manband mix. Bookends The Ride and the View and Born With A Future are the best known tracks but there is plenty of strong material and great performances here, only slightly let down by McKenzie's rather weak Love Can Find A Way.

The remastering is a huge improvement on the appalling 1997 Eagle Records version, which sounded as if it had been mastered from a dodgy vinyl copy. Instruments and vocals sound well-balanced with no distortion on my Mission speakers - the volume just needed a little cranking beyond the usual level to reveal the subtle power behind the intricate production. Now you can hear the late Micky Jones take the Manband out on a real high with his best vocal performance ever on Born With A Future.

The 1976 concert performance included here (from Berkeley Keystone) is stupendous. The Manband were always a world class live act and this outing was no exception. In front of a rather excitable audience, the band play for their lives and the 5 live versions of material from Welsh Connection demonstrate a degree of energy and confidence that could have served them well in the future, had they not decided to break up shortly afterwards. John Cipollina of Quicksilver Messenger Service joins the band for the last 4 numbers and makes a probably more significant contribution than on his previous outing with the Manband a year earlier. Although presented in mono, the sound quality is very good with all contributions audible at all times.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 'sorted' mix 18 Aug 2013
Format:Audio CD
Sublime re- working of an album that has stood the test of time.
The keyboard/guitar balance has been re-worked -a masterful job.
Even if you already own this, the re-mix makes it sound like a new album.
Do yourself a favour, buy it, turn it up loud and enjoy the ride and the view.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The live album makes the difference. 7 Mar 2014
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Man were always a better live band than studio band, and this, their final studio album was not their finest although it had it's moments. Here the album has been remastered and has had a concert from California from soon after this release incorporated. It is true that the concert is available as a CD and the concert is on the rather dodgy "The Live Adventures of Man". Here, however you have the two in a single package of far better quality, which as far as I'm concerned pushes the rating of the original album (three and a half stars perhaps) up to a full five stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars better than it seemed at the time 27 Sep 2006
By freewheeling frankie TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The annoying copying of reviews of one edition of an album to another on this site - PLEASE stop doing this, Amazon - means I can't create the separate review that the Esoteric reissue deserves - I can only do it justice by rewriting my existing review of the Point CD. So a review partly devoted to the bonus live recording added to the Esoteric version will also be found attached to all the earlier versions. All that need be said of these earlier versions is as follows: DON'T BUY THEM - they are all mastered from vinyl (and not very well at that) whereas the Esoteric version is properly remastered from the original tapes and is augmented by a high quality live recording of a complete concert. What follows is therefore now a review of the Esoteric edition:

This was Man's last studio album before they split at the end of 1976. Another album, another line-up: keyboardist Phil Ryan, who had been with the band in the Be Good To Yourself/Back Into The Future days of 1972-73, returned, and new bassist John McKenzie, late of Global Village Trucking Company, joined the core trio of Micky Jones, Deke Leonard and Terry Williams. McKenzie was by some distance the most technically gifted, funky and versatile bass player Man had ever had but his style was also utterly different from his predecessors and helped to crystallise the band's evolution, already brewing over the previous couple of studio albums, into a far more concise and song-based band. This didn't go down that well with some fans and I was quite underwhelmed by the album myself when it came out. This wasn't helped by the fairly weedy mastering of the LP - several of the songs were far more impressive live, despite not being the kind of jamming vehicles a lot of their earlier songs were.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking 11 Mar 2014
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This is a much better album than I remembered from the 70s

Man tightened up the songs and arrangements to make a much more accessible album than normal, no long winded jams on this one

Deke Leonard, in the liner notes, mentions Phil Ryan’s playing as being too polite but for me it’s a mature, reasoned performance from Mr Ryan that helps to bring a hitherto undiscovered quality to the table for Man

Deke still gets his quota of rockier numbers but these are tight, concise and memorable

Mickey Jones provides an all round excellent job

If you’re still wanting the jams and loose side of Man this is still evident in the live performance included.
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