Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
John Wetton - Wetton Manzanera [Aka: One World] CD (album) cover


John Wetton

Prog Related

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Bookmark and Share
2 stars Well,that's not Prog at all,not even Neo or Prog-somehow-Related.This is acessible Pop- Rock ,and only closing track has something Proggish (mainly due to changing speed of the song). On the good side we hasve excellent producing and playing, Wetton's charming voice (love it in KC, UK, Asia and other records where it appears!) and very nice melodies - pretty chessy though ;-) .On the bad side we have everything that wasn't mentioned in "the good side" part. Definetely for fans only - I love Wetton's voice,but NOT when he sings something too much cheesy. Honorable mention - "Suzanne"! (name me another progger who makes such ballads!)
Report this review (#107162)
Posted Thursday, January 11, 2007 | Review Permalink
2 stars I never saw this album in the record shops of my city. I only knew about it after reading a review of the album in one Rock magazine in late 1987. At that time I had ASIA's "Astra" album, which I bought in late 1986, an album which I did't like very much. So, I think that I really didn't have enough interest then to go to the record shops to find this album there to buy it, thinking that it could be similar to "Astra".

This album was recorded because John Wetton one day went to record some demos to Phil Manzanera's studio (as Wetton said in one interview). Manzanera showed to Wetton some of the music of one unfinished song that he composed and which Wetton then completed. That song became "It's Just Love", the first song which appears in this album. So good were the results for them that Wetton and Manzanera agreed to record a full album together. Wetton, who at the time still had a record deal with the Geffen label (after the split of ASIA after their unsuccessful album titled "Astra" from 1985) was allowed by that record label to record this duet album with Manzanera. This album was released by Geffen.

Having Alan White from YES on drums, Wetton and Manzanera recorded an album which is "very eighties" in musical style and production, full of Rock Pop songs and ballads, more influenced by the musical style of ASIA than from ROXY MUSIC's musical style. Manzanera's "atmospheric" guitars are very present in this album, with a few solos played by him, and with his guitars almost always sounding in the same way. There are a few keyboard parts, but their role is more as support in all the songs in this album. So, the main role in this album is for Wetton's very good lead and backing vocals (with some help from Manzanera on backing vocals). The songs are "very ASIA" in musical style, and I wasn't wrong: some of them are very similar in style to some of the songs from the "Astra" album, but with less keyboards and more guitars. Alan White's drums playing is good, but the songs are very Pop Rock in rhythms and his style of playing the drums really becomes not very recognizable in some parts. As other albums from the eighties, there are some use of reverberation in the drums and in the general sound of the album.

Best songs in this album: "Every Trick in the Book", "Keep on Loving Yourself", "Suzanne", "Do It Again", "Have You See Her Tonight ? "

After this album, which was unsuccessful in the popularity charts, Wetton returned to ASIA (asked by Geffen) for a reunion between 1987 and 1991, first recording some songs in the recording studios and later on tour.

Report this review (#1481471)
Posted Monday, November 2, 2015 | Review Permalink

JOHN WETTON Wetton Manzanera [Aka: One World] ratings only

chronological order | showing rating only

Post a review of JOHN WETTON Wetton Manzanera [Aka: One World]

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives

Donate monthly and keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever.