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5.0 out of 5 stars
Man Back into the future, 17 Jan. 2009
`Back into the future' was the first MAN album I ever, heard courtesy of my mate's elder brother on it's release in 1973. It's still my favourite and has been a constant companion in one format or another for 35 yearsand it still sounds as just as awesome.. The dynamic interplay between Ryan, Jones and Lewis allied to the lock down beat of Terry Williams and Will Youatt, makes the album undeniably funky-not a phrase normally associated with early 70's guitar rock. (Lewis had only been in the line up for a few gigs prior to the Roundhouse date, which makes how successfully he slotted in even more remarkable)
Initially the track line up looks a bit odd; CD 1 is the original album ,and on CDs 2 and 3 you get the live `Cmon' and `Jam up/Spunk rock '73' again .But this time they are in their rightful place in the context of the whole Roundhouse concert with three (excellent) live takes of songs from the studio album plus a stonking version of `Bananas' and a `Life on the Road' that is infinitely superior to the studio version on `Be good to yourself.....'
To finish on CD 3, there are two `lost' studio tracks, I'm normally a bit dubious about this kind of find; they are normally lost for a good reason. But these are interesting and enjoyable in their own right and to my ears `I'm dreaming' bears at least a passing resemblance `Scotch Corner' from the band's next album `Rhino's ,winos and lunatics' .By then only Messrs. Jones and Williams remained from this line up.
Whatever your level of MAN fandom, it is well worth the money.You won't regret it.