- Audio CD (26 May 2008)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Esoteric
- ASIN: B0016QCAJQ
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- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Maximum Darkness ~ Remastered + bonus tracks
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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?
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.
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.Read more ›
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Worth getting just for "C'Mon" alone, which is like a cross betweenMan, Brinsley Schwarz and "Careful With That Axe Eugene" with a Lizard that escaped from The... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of the great unsung bands of the seventies. Absolutely cracking album.Published 14 months ago by bobbigyp
I've always had mixed feelings about Man; like many, I tend to feel that they generally shaped up better live than in the studio. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Euromancer
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... Read morePublished on 6 Feb. 2010 by Mr. David M. Mc Michael
a good live album from man. i still prefer "all's well that ends well" though.Published on 8 Jan. 2010 by roadrunner