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3.43 | 59 ratings | 4 reviews | 15% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1969

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Prelude / The Storm (12:24)
2. It Is As It Must Be (8:30)
3. Spunk Box (5:52)
4. My Name Is Jesus Smith (4:06)
5. Parchment And Candles (1:52)
6. Brother Arnold's Red And White Striped Tent (5:06)

Total Time: 37:50

Bonus Tracks on 2009 reissue:
7. My Name Is Jesus Smith (Alternative Version) (5:14)
8. A Sad Song (Grasshopper) (5:16)
9. Walkin' The Dogma ("Spunk Box" Demo) (6:07)

Line-up / Musicians

- Micky Jones / lead guitar, vocals
- Deke Leonard / guitar, harmonica, piano, percussion, vocals
- Clive John / organ, piano, guitar, vocals
- Ray Williams / bass
- Jeff Jones / drums, percussion

Releases information

LP Dawn ‎- DNLS 3003 (1969, UK)

CD Repertoire Records ‎- RR-4025-C (1989, Germany)
CD Esoteric Recordings ‎- ECLEC 2128 (2009, UK) With 3 bonus tracks

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(15%)
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Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
3 stars Tony Hatch rages as Man touches his harpsichord

Man's second album was released in 1969, the same year as their debut. In an effort to emphasise the serious nature of their music, Pye records moved Man to their new Dawn label. Ironically, the album title is a flippant description of the physical make up of an LP record.

Relying more and more on instrumental prowess, the opening "Prelude/The storm" is an ambitious scene setter with clear delusions of grandeur. Things continue to build towards a seemingly limitless crescendo before easing off to an altogether more relaxing, almost ambient phase. As we move into "It is as it must be" (originally to be titled "Shit on the world" till the record company took fright), we begin to uncover what would become the essence of the band. Here we have a heavy, bluesy guitar driven riff laden number with the first vocals of the album. Apart from that brief vocal excursion, the track is primarily an elongated jam featuring lead guitar and harmonica.

In another example of wonderful incompetence, the record company took exception to the title of the third track. It was therefore changed from "Spunk rock" to "Spunk box" (a record company employee misunderstood the instructions and changed the wrong word!), although the former title has prevailed over time. In view of the way this track has been extended and developed in the live arena, the version here may sound a little tame. It remains though one of Man's signature numbers.

"My name is Jesus Smith" is the most commercial track on the album, reverting to the Bystanders (from whom Man evolved) light pop rock style with pleasant harmonies. Midway through, the song bizarrely transforms into a hoe-down style country piece.

"Parchment and candles" was reputedly performed on a harpsichord belonging to producer/song writer Tony Hatch, who took exception to the band using it without his permission and threw an Elton John style tantrum. The piece itself is a brief reflective instrumental, quite unlike what we have come to expect from Man. The album closes with a Budgie like romp through "Brother Arnold's red and white striped tent". Not a particularly memorable track by any means, but fine all the same.

In all, an album which sees Man starting to find a clear direction, while still experimenting with a few disparate styles. An enjoyable excursion.

Review by Nightfly
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars By this, their second album Man were starting to get more adventurous and the longer tracks were starting to appear, side 1 of the original vinyl version only has 2 tracks for example.

Prelude and The Storm pretty are pretty much one track, Prelude opening with tympani, organ and some harmonies, no words, just ahs if you catch my drift before giving way to piano which segues into The Storm. Slowly strummed guitars and seagull effects build up with the introduction of further instrumentation and effects on this more or less ambient piece into something that replicates a storm. It gradually fades into something more structured, sweetly picked acoustic and electric guitar, light drum work and those ah vocals are back. What this part has to do with a storm beats me, perhaps the calm after the storm is over? We then revert to the theme introduced at the start of The Storm. Unfortunately it hasn't stood the test of time too well and I can't see the current incarnation of Man being in any hurry to resurrect it.

It Is As It Must Be is better. Heavy bluesy psychedelic rock is the order of the day. It's a bit repetitive until it speeds up midway but the band start introducing longer guitar solos which are a staple of later Man songs.

Side 2 kicks off with Spunk Box, later to be known as Spunk Rock in its numerous live appearances. Much shorter here than it ever was live but it's still a lively bluesy rocker.

My Name is Jesus Smith is more commercial and has an American West Coast feel to it, where Man have drawn much influence from over the years. It's a bit weak but fortunately not too long.

Parchment and Candles is a twee instrumental which could have easily sat on their first album and it sounds very dated with it's 60's style harpsichord so prevalent on many 60's songs. It could easily be a soundtrack to one of those 60's TV shows like Randall and Hopkirk.

Brother Arnold's Red and White Striped Tent is better. It's another bluesy rocker which like Spunk Box and It Is As It Must Be looks towards the future development of the band but ultimately lacks the spark of future work.

Overall then 2oz of Plastic With a Hole in the Middle sees Man bridging the gap between their more commercial 1960's psychedelic tinged debut and with what was to come in the 70's, the American west coast influenced psychedelic jam band. As a result it's quite experimental in places, some of it works, some doesn't but it's a step in the right direction even if the overall results were less than spectacular. 2 stars.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Recent acquisition on the Man back catalogue on vinyl has proved that one of the greatest bands to emerge from Wales had a) a big list of albums and b) the quality of them is fairly consistent blending good with mediocre tracks on a regular basis. The arrival in the post on "2 Ozs. Of Plastic Wi ... (read more)

Report this review (#1031844) | Posted by malcra | Wednesday, September 11, 2013 | Review Permanlink

5 stars A vast improvement from their debut platter. Still heavily influenced by their west coast pysch peers, the performances have tightened and great experimental ideas were flowing. The LP starts with the magnificent Prelude/The Storm - which lasts for over 12 minutes (Please note that track time ... (read more)

Report this review (#110385) | Posted by kingdhansak | Friday, February 2, 2007 | Review Permanlink

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