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4.26 | 17 ratings | 4 reviews | 29% 5 stars

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1994

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. 'Eh!' (feat Peter Nicholls) - Sob Stories (5:30)
2. Pallas - What In The World (5:31)
3. Iq - Apathetic And Here, I... (7:27)
4. Galahad - The Ceiling Speaks (6:09)
5. Marc Catley & Paley's Watch - Certainly (5:39)
6. Flap (feat Peter Nicholls) - Down Here (9:21)
7. Eden Burning - His Love (3:49)
8. Pendragon - Human Being (6:55)
9. Jadis - Never Mind (5:58)
10. Twelfth Night - Piccadilly Square (6:29)
11. Clive Nolan & Alan Reed - Love Song (7:49)

Total Time 73:51

Line-up / Musicians

- Peter Nicholls
- 'Eh!'
- Pallas
- IQ
- Galahad
- Marc Catley & Paley's Watch
- Flap
- Eden Burning
- Pendragon
- Jadis
- Twelfth Night
- Clive Nolan
- Alan Reed

Releases information

SI Music Wobbly records : SIMPly 50/ WOB 002
Verglas VGCD020
InsideOut SPV 085-41452 CD

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(29%)
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Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars Geoff Mann was a painter, musician and priest, who died of cancer before he reached 37 years of age. He was also a husband and father of two boys and a girl, and this record is dedicated to his family. He was a man who released 15 albums, wrote and performed in plays, wrote a book, was on national TV, had major exhibitions of his paintings, and became a Vicar. You know you can see from his lyrics as time went on that he had this love for God that could not be hid. This is probably the most emotional record I have ever listened to, and the performers on this tribute album were all personal friends of Geoff, who have either worked or recorded with him, and they put their hearts into this record. There are some beautiful photos in the detailed booklet as well, not only of all the performers who took part, but of Geoff and his family, of him at church preaching, a great one of him on stage with TWELFTH NIGHT after he had left the band singing with Andy Sears with their arms around each other. But it's his music that is even more touching than his story and will live on as a reminder of who he was and what he stood for.

The first song "Sob Stories" is done by his old band EH!, who he played with some time after he left TWELFTH NIGHT, and Peter Nicholls does a great job on vocals on a song that stays true to the original. "What In The World" is done by PALLAS, and is fairly heavy at times with theatrical vocals. "Apathetic And Here, I..." is done by IQ, and the first 3 minutes is all instrumental before we get to one of the highlights on the album with Peter singing accompanied by acoustic guitar that quickens as light drums come in and Peter's vocals get more emphatic, and a terrific guitar melody ends the best song so far. "The Ceiling Speaks" a fan favourite is performed by GALAHAD, and although it doesn't reach the heights of the original, it is a great cover. "Certainly" is done by MARC CATLEY & PALEY'S WATCH, and is a slow paced song with acoustic guitar, flute and female vocals.

FLAP does "Down Here" with Peter Nicholl's on vocals, this song boasts meaningful lyrics and the focus are the keys and vocals. EDEN BURNING does "His Love" a mellow tune about God's love, with flute, organ, acoustic guitar, vocals and percussion all being part of this beautiful and emotional song. PENDRAGON covers "Human Being" incredibly well, with over a minute intro of keys and guitar before the vocals of Nick and the drums come in. There is an emotional guitar solo that is not only the highlight of this song, but one of the highlights of this record. JADIS does "Nevermind" and it's so tastefully done, Gary's vocals are so warm and his guitar playing is inspiring. Martin Orford does a great job on the keyboards too. TWELFTH NIGHT performs "Picadilly Square". And then lastly Karl Groom plays guitar and Clive Nolan and Alan Reed sing on "Love Song" and I can honestly say there are no words that can properly convey the emotion of this song.

Review by kev rowland
5 stars On 5th February 1993, the Rev. Edmund Geoffrey Mann B.A. (Hons) passed away, suffering from cancer of the colon. He was only 36 years old. To say that both his life and death affected many people is something of an understatement. Many people (myself included) feel that Twelfth Night were one of the greatest ever prog bands and that with Geoff as lyricist and lead singer they produced one of the classic studio albums of all time in 'Fact and Fiction'.

When Geoff died I contacted many people and asked for their thoughts, attempting to turn #17 into a tribute. Peter Nicholls (IQ) had this to say at the time. "I can't believe it's happened. I can't begin to understand why such a courageous and compassionate person as Geoff should be taken from us. I can't make any sense of it at all. Anyone who knew Geoff, whether it was for five minutes or five years, was touched by him, by his creative energy, his humanity, his zest for life. It was impossible not to be swept along by his boundless enthusiasm. He put people instantly at ease with his honesty and approachability. Whatever the gift is, Geoff had it. I never heard anyone say a bad thing about him. Everyone who knew him liked him. That in itself is quite an achievement. I miss hearing Geoff's laugh, I miss his warmth, his friendship, I miss him popping around for a cup of tea, I miss his smile and his sense of humour, I miss his voice, I miss seeing him play live, I miss him being dotty over a new CD. There's so much I miss about him and I'm not alone because he really did touch so many people's lives. He was a rare and special man, an inspiration to us all."

A decision was taken for bands that had worked with Geoff to perform on a tribute CD, with each album allowed one song (apart from 'Fact' which produced two). Peter Nicholls turned up in various guises, most notably on the IQ version of "Apathetic and Here, I". This is probably the version that Geoff would have enjoyed most as they took a short number and made it an epic. Galahad attempted to capture the raw energy of the Twelfth Night opener "The Ceiling Speaks" and managed to inject a strong keyboard element into what was originally a guitar-dominated song. Twelfth Night even reformed for a passionate "Piccadilly Square", but to my ears the band that dominates proceedings, hearing it again after all these years, is Jadis with "Never Mind". They turn the song into one of their own, unlike Pendragon who fall down badly on the bass solo in "Human Being".

Now re-released on Verglas, this is the same as the SI album, apart from the fact that this version is readily available. A great booklet, a fitting tribute to a man, who according to Andy Labrow "was just like any other ordinary man who performed at Reading Festival, featured on Radio 1, became a vicar, wrote and performed plays, had major exhibitions of paintings, released 15 albums, appeared on national TV and wrote a book. He also found time to be a loving husband, and father of three children". Perhaps the final words on Geoff should go to Peter Labrow "How can someone who left so much of worth also leave such a void?"

Originally appeared in Feedback #62, May 01

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5 stars I absolutely do not like the work of TWELFTH NIGHT!! Repeatedly tried understand group TWELFTH NIGHT. He does not. Do not like it and that's it, they do not like and work groups: Aragon & galahad & first cd Chaneton. But this very tribut and loved. Maybe because of the higher-tier areas neoprogres ... (read more)

Report this review (#805985) | Posted by Jihnik1958 | Saturday, August 18, 2012 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Tribute albums are usually only for fans, but in this case you donīt have t be a Twelfth Night or Geoff Mann fan to enjoy this CD. Alright, no all the tracks will appeal to everyone, but there is a real gem that shouldnīt go unoticed: "Down Here". The shame is that Flap was a band formed ONLY ... (read more)

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