Be Good to Yourself at Least Once a Day ~ Remastered plus bonus tracks-deluxe edition Deluxe Edition
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MAN’s importance in the history of Welsh rock music cannot be understated. Fusing the worlds of psychedelia, blues, rock and roll and West Coast inspired rock, they were simply one of Britain’s most original groups of the 1970’s. Along with label mates HAWKWIND, MAN were true champions of the “underground” spirit. Esoteric Recordings are proud to undertake the reissuing of MAN’s entire legacy for United Artists continuing with their 4th album, hailed by many as their defining moment, released in November 1972. The reissue features fully restored artwork and is expanded by 25 minutes featuring two previously unreleased “live in the studio” tracks recorded in June 1972 and liner notes exclusively penned by MAN guitarist and raconteur DEKE LEONARD. The time is right to re-experience the musical ages of MAN!
Top Customer Reviews
The mood is mellow, laid back and irreverent. The music always seems to be on the way somewhere progressing rather than repeating.
Throughout the album, the guitar of Micky Jones works well with the keyboards of Phil Ryan as they trade lead melodies. This was the latter's first album with the band and it is remarkable how well the whole group fits together.
"C'mon" and "Keep on Crinting" almost seem to be a single piece and they start the tradition of the band to perform a variety of extended versions of the former track. "Bananas" and "Life on the Road" are more distinct as songs but they fit well into the mood of the album. The lyrics are generally upbeat and light hearted with no attempt by the band to take themselves particularly seriously.
If you are new to the band, this album really should be your first purchase. If you are an established fan that this is an essential part of your collection.
By 1972 British rock music was at something of a crossroads. It was the year the Stones released the darkly brilliant "Exile On Main Street", that Bowie put out "Ziggy Stardust" and Roxy Music's first camp offering emerged both heralding the glamour years. It was also the year that Yes and Emerson Lake and Palmer had some of their biggest hits and that the aforesaid Hawkwind discovered that they had a "Silver Machine". But which was the true path? Out and out degenerate rock and roll? Or higher musicianship and the enlightened highway to the triple concept album?
Probably without thinking about it, Man skilfully trod a middle way. They were one of the few bands next to the Allman Brothers to be able to sustain an extended jam in an intelligent yet spunky way. On "Be Good To Yourself" their pieces, although often based round simple little riffs, featuring the interlocking guitars of Micky Jones and Clive John, are also full of inventive musical touches (often thanks to keyboards player Phil Ryan).Read more ›
Opener C'mon has been in their live set ever since - its structure of fast, urgent and extremely positive song sections bracketing a slower spacy psychedelic middle section suitable for endless jamming variation, not to mention its considerable quality as a song, ensured that. It segues straight into Clive John's inspired instrumental Keep On Crinting, which keeps up the psychedelia quotient with some excellent synth and keyboards from Phil Ryan and then a superb guitar solo from Micky Jones, initially majoring in fuzz and wah before the rhythm drops out for an amazingly psychedelic spiralling slo-mo guitar duet and Terry Williams finally returns for an unexpected drum outro. Bananas is another Manband live standard, a great tune featuring a silly lyric about fruit and herbs and a very fine selection of rock'n'roll riffs, an extremely pretty middle section and finally a return to the riffage. The original album ended with the shuffle boogie of Life On The Road, a fairly close cousin of their earlier and enduringly popular song Romain.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I first heard this whilst at Sheffield Uni during the '70's. I still love Bannanas but the rest sounds a little dated now.Published 11 months ago by zen rockman
With its elaborate laminate gatefold sleeve and gorgeously illustrated pop-up "Map Of Wales" inner (which is reproduced both sides as a separate sheet and housed in a pouch... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mark Barry
Their best album. Yes it's rather hippy and 'doped-out' but it has a great feel to the ensemble playing and a great atmosphere. Read morePublished 20 months ago by J. Franks
BRILLIANT ALBUM OF A ROCK BANDS MUSIC THAT LIVES ON AND WILL DO FOR YEARS TO COME AND WILL BE FOR
Aside from king crimson, man were the most inconsistent of bands for me - ranging from the totally brilliant to the incredibly bland. Read morePublished on 10 Dec. 2012 by John Seaton
Could some one please tell me what is the quality of the Mp3 recording. i think i mean bit rate 256 etc?Published on 20 Nov. 2012 by Paul Segieth
and a fitting tribute to this band.
My one gripe is who ever remastered this recording really hated the drummer as he is so far back in the mix he sounds as if he is in... Read more
Previously had on tape and binned it. So decided to get it on CD. Great music to my ears once again.Published on 4 Mar. 2010 by C. Black