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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Jazz-Rock, 5 Mar 2009
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Mark Shackelford "mark shackelford" (Worthing, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mainstream (Audio CD)
A proper band (not just Mr. Manzanera) who really gel on this wonderful throw back to the last days of that wonderful blend of jazz and rock - the likes of Soft Machine, Nucleus, Isotope come to mind, along with the of-the-wall bands like Hatfield and the North or Egg.
Excellent musicians and even some hummable tunes. A delight to have this out on CD (my LP disappeared many moons ago) - and certainly brings a smile with the track names...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quiet Sun, 10 Sep 2009
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L. Woods - See all my reviews
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Had it on vinyl; great to get it on CD. Definitive Manzanera pre-Roxy Music - excellent!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solar Flares, 4 Mar 2010
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Cratedigger (Loughborough, Leicestershire, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Phil's phun band - oh that there was more.
Crimson & Mole fans who don't know this record should remedy that gap asap.
Recorded at the same time as Diamond Head (!), but more avant-jazzy-improv.
Original cover art would have been nicer, blown up sun to fill CD cover is lazy.
Maybe it's become a red giant !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Masterpiece., 16 Jan 2014
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An absolute masterpiece by some very talented guys. Age has not changed anything about this album. The sound is still as fresh as when I first purchased it in the seventies.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The last gasp of progressive rock, 11 Jun 2004
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M. G. James - See all my reviews
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On a break from Roxy Music--and while also recording Diamond Head--Phil Manzanera reformed his high school prog rock band Quiet Sun, which had suffered cruel rejection at the hands of record company execs (the letters are reprinted on the CD liner).
Mainstream should answer all your questions about progressive rock--was it a majestic fusion of jazz, rock and classical music? Or just a bunch of public schoolboys twatting about? Yes, and oh, yes.
In many ways Mainstream represents the end of an era (or "an ear", as Robert Wyatt might have it). The whole prog rock bandwagon was crashing and burning like the R101. Genesis had just promoted Phil Collins to front man, Yes and ELP had started releasing triple LPs, and a whole slew of lesser bands, from Caravan to Gentle Giant were facing financial if not artistic bankruptcy. Manzanera himself was about to pen the "Rock Follies" soundtrack. And in a few short months punk would have rendered a whole generation of music completely unlistenable. And yet...angry, passionate talents like Wyatt and Quiet Sun's drummer Charles Hayward would re-emerge as a kind of Bolshevik old guard to the new wave, Hayward with the seminal and still startling This Heat. After nearly 30 years, this is well worth dusting off--though it would have been nice if the original Quiet Sun demo could have been squeezed on this all too brief CD.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mummy AND Daddy, 7 Oct 2006
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Paul (London, England) - See all my reviews
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I loved this album when I was in my teens (partly because nobody else had heard of it, if I'm honest). I am still humming and hah-ing over whether to buy it again, so I'm not well placed to review it properly. Nevertheless, I had to point out that the full title of track 5 is "Mummy was an asteroid, Daddy was a small non-stick kitchen utensil". That alone has to make it worth buying.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums ever made, 5 Mar 2007
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More than thirty years on, this album sounds as fresh and stunning as ever. Perhaps my all-time favourite album that can stand repeated playing.

Shame they couldn't add the original demos (featured on Manzanera's "Rare Ones" CD); also a shame that they've messed up the banding compared with the vinyl version - it still plays in the same order, it just means that the track numbering changes in the wrong place.
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