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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: B000MXP7EE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,560 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Only Then Will Your House Be Blessed
2. Death Have Mercy
3. Roses Given
4. The Gist Of Madhuvanti-The Thrill Is Gone
5. Coat of Mail
6. Don't Forget to Miss Me
7. A Little Cruel
8. Foxy Lady
9. Makes You Wanna Die Laughing
10. Tethered Dogs
11. Raga Not Bhariav

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Last year I came back to Canada after twenty five years of living in India, Japan and Europe… It's been a long journey and I've met a lot of great people everywhere… There have been many who've gone out of their way to get this 'Harry Manx' thing happening… I'm indebted to you. - Harry Manx Originally released in Canada in 2006. Produced by Jordy Sharp. Featuring Harry Manx on Mohan Veena, Six string lap guitar, banjo, hamonica and vocals. Track List:Only Then Will Your House Be Blessed/Death Have Mercy/Roses Given/The Gist Of Madhuvanti-The Thrill Is Gone/Coat of Mail/Don’t Forget to Miss Me/A Little Cruel/Crazy Love/Foxy Lady/Makes You Wanna Die Laughing/Tethered Dogs/Raga Not Bhariav

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By planetblues on 3 Mar. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I'd never heard of Harry Manx until recently, having come across his music by chance. This is a wonderful CD that fuses steel guitar blues with Indian music, which Manx has studied in depth. It blends own compositions with covers including BB King and Hendrix. I love Harry's version of one of my favourite Van Morrison songs, Crazy Love, even more than the original. It will probably appeal to anyone who likes (eg) Martin Simpson. The CD cover and booklet are beautifully produced and visually congruent with the music, so I'm really glad I bought the CD. Great service too from the supplier, Coda Music in Edinburgh.
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By dingbattq9 on 10 Jun. 2014
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This album is good, but a little bit on the country and western side for my liking. Saying that,I still think he is a great musician and songwriter, some of his other albums stand out better for me.
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harry is good I would recommend him to friends and people out there who want some thing a bit different
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. W. Dempsey on 12 Nov. 2014
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Super impressed by the speed of delivery and the quality of the product.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A Real Jewel 21 Dec. 2003
By applewood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Every once in a while an artist appears with their recordings full blown and mature and their sound familiar like they've been part of the collective scene for years. Perhaps because Manx is an experienced musician so steeped in the traditional music of India his playing sounds old and familiar and enveloping. I didn't consider this blues right away, in fact I didn't consider it anything but good.

While this all might sound rarified and elite, his music is actually raw and soulful, just in a subtle and graceful way. His slide guitar and Mohan Veena work is always tasteful, nicely accompanied by his capable harmonica playing and singing. His main instrument (veena) is so rich and resonant I hardly even notice he is mostly playing alone. His song selection is enjoyable (mostly originals that sound tradtional as well as traditionals that sound original). The production is simple and clean. The mood he creates is soothing and spacious and, as the title says, wise, (and as such sheds light on those moments that are otherwise). Of the 5 CD's I now have of his, this is my favorite.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Harry Manx - The new wave of jazz 12 Nov. 2003
By Kevin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I saw this gentleman in Banff, Alberta about a year ago. Let me tell you, it wasn't what I expected in a blues singer. He whips out this indian slide guitar and starts playing mississippi blues style with it. This sort of hybridized blues feel is new to me and I love it. I only wish more people would do cool stuff with indian music.
I was so impressed by his show that I had to email him to tell him. Amazingly, he wrote me back thanking me. To me, that's a musician that appreciates his audience.
Thank you Harry Manx for the beautiful music. Everyone I talk to about music now knows of you. :)
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Wise and Wiser to buy this 30 Jan. 2006
By Arthur Shuey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Wise and Otherwise

Harry Manx

Northern Blues NBM0008

An instrument prominently featured on this record is the mohan veena, used in the whole Western world by only Harry Manx and the late George Harrison. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt developed and named this hybrid slide guitar, which is a highly modified archtop guitar, played lap-style. It has 19 strings: three melody strings and four three drone strings coming out of the peg heads, and 12 sympathetic strong to tuners mounted to a piece of wood added to the side of the neck. The melody strings are on what we would consider the treble side of the neck, and the drone strings are on the bass side. The drone strings are lower in height than the melody strings to allow for unrestricted playing of the melody strings. The sympathetic strings run underneath the melody and drone strings to yet another level in the bridge. The instrument has a carved spruced top, mahogany back and sides, a mahogany neck, and a flat, fretless, rosewood fingerboard. It is under tremendous tension; the total strings pull to be in excess of 500 pounds, which creates strong tones more intensely abetted by the sympathetic strings with each note played. It is also a very loud instrument made to cut through with low amplification, like a banjo or resonator guitar.

Now you're ready for next Thursday's pop quiz on mohan veena, but that doesn't mean you're ready for Harry Manx. I think that preparation takes decades, and the right decades at that. In brief, I think that Harry Manx was born at approximately the same time rock was born and has matured with it, and that his music is for listeners who have done likewise.

The familiar covers from Wise and Otherwise, "Foxy Lady(Jimi Hendrix)," "The Thrill Is Gone(B.B. King)" and "Crazy Love(Van Morrison)" are all from the cusp of our popular music, right between the British Invasion and FM radio rock. His originals come from that same time and place, an environment in which musicians suddenly found themselves with more than three minutes per song in which to communicate with large audiences and responded with a commitment to more sophisticated messages. Without Neil Young's periodic reliance on electric amplification, Manx shares his fascination for strong visual images and ability to spin dramatic stories from them. Among the seven and a half Manx originals on this album are "Tethered Dogs," "Roses Given" and "Coat of Mail," all three rooted as strongly in sight as in sound.

Harmonica, slide guitar and banjo complete Wise and Otherwise instrumentation, all played by Manx. Vocal duties hereon are all his, too. Production values aren't the highest. It sounds as if the microphones were better than their placement in the studio, and another layer of mixing might have gotten rid of that feedback. This album is good in random rotation on a CD changer with vintage Taj Mahal, Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt and George Harrison. It is in a class with those recordings. I am very, very glad to have it.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Harry Manx 1 Oct. 2004
By Dash Elan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I first heard Harry Manx live at Australia's brilliant East Coast Blues & Roots Festival. Foxy Lady played on a banjo ! Who would have thought?

A truly great sound, well crafted originals and interesting treatments of blues and rock classics. I have hunted down and purchased all the discs and love them all. The sound of the Mohan Veena, all twenty plus strings, adds a haunting eastern gloss to a fine collection. Highly reccomended.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Manx is the cat's meow 14 Nov. 2003
By Mitchell Lopate - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you spliced Jackson Browne and James Taylor together and did a blood transfusion with Ganges River water, you'd create Harry Manx. Playing a unique 20-string Indian guitar called a Mohan Veena (in honor of its creator), lap slide guitar, and harmonica, Harry plays flawless, exotic ballads that stretch across the Asian continent from Japan to Bombay. Unless you're stone-cold comatose, here's a version of "Foxy Lady" that ought to be dedicated to Halle Berry. Jimi would be thrilled and chilled at the idea-and opportunity.
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