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Monday, August 14, 2006

801 Live


ALLMUSIC SAYS: 801 provided Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera with one of his most intriguing side projects. Although the band only played three gigs in August and September 1976, this album captures a night when everything fell right into place musically. That should only be expected with names like Eno and Simon Phillips in the lineup. (Still, the lesser-known players -- bassist Bill McCormick, keyboardist Francis Monkman, and slide guitarist Lloyd Watson -- are in exemplary form, too.) The repertoire is boldly diverse, opening with "Lagrima," a crunchy solo guitar piece from Manzanera. Then the band undertakes a spacy but smoldering version of "Tomorrow Never Knows"; it's definitely among the cleverest of Beatles covers. Then it's on to crisp jazz-rock ("East of Asteroid"), atmospheric psych-pop ("Rongwrong"), and Eno's tape manipulation showcase, "Sombre Reptiles." And that's only the first five songs. The rest of the gig is no less audacious, with no less than three Eno songs -- including a frenetic "Baby's on Fire," "Third Uncle," and "Miss Shapiro"'s dense, syllable-packed verbal gymnastics. There's another unlikely cover of the Kinks' "You Really Got Me," while Manzanera turns in another typically gusty instrumental performance on "Diamond Head." This album marks probably one of the last times that Eno rocked out in such an unself-consciously fun fashion, but that's not the only reason to buy it: 801 Live is a cohesive document of an unlikely crew who had fun and took chances. Listeners will never know what else they might have done if their schedules had been less crowded, but this album's a good reminder.
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Tracks (m4a):
Lagrima
T.N.K. (Tomorrow Never Knows)
East Of Asteroid
Rongwrong
Sombre Reptiles
Baby's On Fire
Diamond Head
Miss Shapiro
You Really Got Me
Third Uncle

801

8 Comments:

Blogger Beathoven said...

Hi

Thanks for this post.I was looking for this album for a long time.
Great blog,good music.
Cheers from Belgium!

5:32 PM  
Blogger polsapene said...

Great! Thanks for leaving the comment.
Pol

6:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i was also looking for this record
saw many times at friend's houses when i was a teen but never heard
thanks
lilac

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm excited, thank you!

4:47 PM  
Anonymous boboquisp said...

Thanks for your posting of this "lost" classic. I found it here due to your generosity. bbq

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the greatest live albums of all time! The remastered reissue has some extra tracks, check on Phil Manzanera's site. He has also recently issued several other 801 live performances from that era.

9:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The download just finished... I'm outta here... gotta go spool it up!

Thanks Again

Gill

5:10 AM  

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