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Live, released in 1976

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Lagrima (2:31)
2. T.N.K. (Tomorrow Never Knows) (6:14)
3. East Of Asteroid (4:59)
4. Rongwrong (5:03)
5. Sombre Reptiles (3:26)
6. Baby's On Fire (5:03)
7. Diamond Head (6:21)
8. Miss Shapiro (4:20)
9. You Really Got Me (3:23)
10. Third Uncle (5:12)

Total Time: 46:32

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Line-up / Musicians

- Phil Manzanera / guitar
- Brian Eno / vocals, keyboards, synthesiser, guitar, tapes
- Lloyd Watson / slide guitar, vocals
- Francis Monkman / Fender Rhodes, clavinet
- Bill MacCormick / bass, vocals
- Simon Phillips / drums, rhythm box

Releases information

Recorded in the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the Island Mobile, 3rd September, 1976.

LP: Island L-36061

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4.17
(53 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(40%)
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Review by Dick Heath
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Jazz-Rock Specialist
5 stars Phil Manzanera escapes the restrictions of Roxy Music with a real gem and a great line-up of guests. In fact, the album is more a reunion of Manzanera's former band Quiet Sun and other friends. Musically this steers through the overlapping territory between prog/rock/pop, played extremely well (and remember this is live album from the early 70's). Tunes range from the covers (brilliant work outs of the Kinks "Really Got Me" and Lennon's/ Beatles "TNK" - Phil Collins' variant is sad in comparison), tracks from the only Quiet Sun album, early Eno and Manzanera's first, "Diamond Head". One of many surprises is that Eno sings, and with his pleasant even if limited half octave range, adds something to the better known tunes. Eno provide some of the keys, but the main man here is Francis Monkman, between Curved Air and Sky. Bill MacCormack on bass is between Quiet Sun and Matching Mole. And this is the first album on which we were exposed to the talents of Simon Phillips the drummer (who now ranks with Dave Weckl and Dennis Chambers as one of the most in-demand sessionists), there is nothing to fault - and is he 18 years old here? Phillips gives a thundering underpinning to all the tunes here.

The very best of Manzanera. Other of his albums may have individual tunes that surpass in quality, (e.g. Robert Wyatt singing "Fronteria" in Spanish) or have guests like Godley &Creme or the Finn brothers (between Split Endz and Crowded House), but for a complete and satisfactory package provided on every track of one album and from a tight line-up, "801 Live" cannot be beaten.

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Posted Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Review by soundsweird
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4 stars I save 5-star ratings for favorite all-time albums; otherwise, I'd award it to this classic. I only wish I had picked up the re-release CD with extra tracks. These guys were firing on all cylinders; I hate to say it, but there MUST have been some studio tweaking and/or re- recording done on this, because it just sounds too good to have been done live. Many of the familiar tunes are played at a faster tempo than the studio versions, and I dare say that some of the covers rival or even surpass the originals. I much prefer this version of "Rongwrong" to the one on Quiet Sun's "Mainstream". The Beatles cover "T.N.K." got a lot of airplay in the 70's, and I heard many people say that they preferred it over the original. I also remember some magazine (Rolling Stone?) stating that it was the best- sounding live rock album ever made at that time. With all the great musicians aboard and all the great songs, you cannot go wrong buying this album.

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Posted Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Review by erik neuteboom
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4 stars Here is, between the floods of Dream Theater and Franz Zappa reviews, an amazing, often overlooked progrock album. All eleven songs on this live record are based upon the sparkling chemistry between the different musical styles from six outstanding musicians.The one moment the focus is on wonderful, very moving electric guitar play from Phil Manzanera ("Diamond head"), the other moment, you're blown away by agressive bass work and cynical vocals ("Miss Shapiro"). The cover "You really got me" (from The Kinks) has been given an extra dimension, it sounds very lush and elaborated. The final song "Third uncle" is a very dynamic goodbey, what a rhythm-section featuring Simon Phillips and Bill MacGormick (also vocals). The contribution on keyboards from Eno and Francis Monkman are often exciting and Lloyd Watson (also vocals) delivers some great slide guitar. AN EXCELLENT ALBUM!

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Posted Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
3 stars 3,5 stars really!

Impressive line-up for this second version of Quiet Sun. Yes Manzanera and McCormick rejoin to do yat another album after the superb QS's Mainstream, but augmented with Monkman (Curved Air), Phillips and Eno (already present on Mainstream). However this album is not quite as inspired as Mainstream (which was anything but...) as the Canterbury music as been replaced by a solid pop with prog leanings, still with that great Manzanera fuzz guitar, but little else..... except for the reprise of Rongwrong which IMHO was the worst QS track albeit abriged from 9 to 5 mins.

The not easily recognizable the Beatles cover starts things off rather interestingly and is quickly followed by the best track on the album East of Asteroid (easily the most powerfull track on the album) but Eno composition take over with the good Sombre Reptile , and the not that good Baby's on Fire both reminiscent of Roxy. Another highlight is Diamond Head but the Kinks reprise is clearly one of the worst I heard, and the album finishes on a good note with Eno's Third Uncle rather power poppish.

Not indispensible and certainly less interesting than Quiet Sun , this album is still worth a spin. Too bad the following and last album was a bit of a bore and lost all energy.

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Posted Monday, August 22, 2005

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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4 stars Excellent live album by this one shot project led by legendary prog icon Brina Eno. I was caught by surprise when I saw it being released in Brazil: I could not believe so many stars in the cast! Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music), Francis Monkman (Curved Air) and Bill McCorminck (Quiet Sun) in the same line up? Wow! And the music inside does justice to their fame! Also I must note that although drummer extraordinaire Simon Philips was not very well known at the time (he was only 18), he was already one of a hell fine prog drummer (any doubts just listen to the wonderous East Of Asteroid and see how few drummers could actually pull off the kind of drumming this song demands).

801 live may not be perfect and I think the CD version would benefit with some extra tracks (I believe they played more than the 10 songs included on the original vinyl release). But it´s great! There are many highlights: their interpretation of the Beatles Tomorrow Never Knows is absolote awesome, one of the best Beatles covers I heard. Sombre Reptiles is better thean the studio version and I onlyt wished they played a little longer (I loved the way is started from merging at the end of the previous track, Rongwrong). Diamond Head and Third Uncle are other ones that I like the live renditions here more than the original ones.

The only real downside of this album is their version of the classic Kink´s track You Really Got Me. But stil I think it´s allright, it doesn´t bother me since it´s a short one. 9 out of 10 is an excellent score anyway! The album may be a little short for taday´s standards, but it is worth every note in it.

Very well done, played and produced. What a night for the fortunate ones who were there! Highly recommended

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Review by Evolver
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5 stars I recall that sometime in the eighties, in the record store I managed, I read in one of the mainstream music journals that this album was "thr greatest live album ever recorded". Is that so? Not in my opinion. But for an album like this to garner the praises of one of those industry stooges was quite a feat.

Despite the high praises mentioned above, this is one fantastic album. The band on this night was incredible, led by spectacular performances by the rhythm section of Simon Phillips and Bill MacCormick. The songs are great, nearly all much better than the studio originals. And even the cover songs, The Beatles' Tomorrow Never Knows and The Kinks' You Really Got Me are show stoppers.

My only complaint is that instead of playing the Quiet Son songs East Of Echo and Mummy Was An Asteroid, Daddy Was A Small Non-Stick Kitchen Utensil (there's a song title for you) in their entirety, they blended them into East Of Asteroid.

I own both the original and expanded editions. While the extra songs Golden Hours and The Fat Lady of Limbourg are good, they are not quite as good as the rest of the album. But I'm not complaining.

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Review by snobb
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5 stars Great live debut of short-lived Phil Manzanera (ex-Roxy Music) project. Almost all-stars line- up,including Brian Eno,Bill MacCormick (Quiet Sun), Francis Monkman (Curved Air,Sky),Simon Phillips (played everywhere) and Lloyd Watson on slide guitar.

From the very first sounds you feel what a great music is! Very rich bass line, melodic, but never too sweet songs, very intelligent Manzanera's guitar line. Mid-tempo songs with perfect vocal. A bit dreamy atmosphere. The music itself is mix of bass driven jazz fusion, some art- rock and some early Eno (before ambient) pieces. Alltogether sounds fantastic!!!

Recorded live, album looks more as studio recording. Sound quality is perfect and music complexity is at the level of studio work. Lp's side A is absolute gem. Second side is good, but not so concentrated. But all album is great!

For me this work, near UK debut album, is two albums illustrated greatest progressive rock level somewhere in late seventies.

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Review by Slartibartfast
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4 stars I will not ever forget my first encounter with this album. It was on 8-track. Putting the medium aside it made a huge impression on me. I was just getting into Roxy Music and this one has Phil Manzanera and Brian Eno on it as the primary artists. If you don't care for Bryan Ferry's earlier vocal stylings, not to worry, he's not here. This is pretty much an Eno/ Manzanera affair. Eno is also very prominent and for the remastered version, there are extra tunes are from Brian Eno's solo albums.

You get a couple of covers. The Beatles Tomorrow Never Knows and the Kinks You Really Got Me done quite well. Brian Eno may have had enough of Roxy, but he kept working with Phil and they did make some really good music. This album was one of their best collaborations. When it comes to live albums where the tracks distance themselves from their originals, this one can't be beat.

"When things get bad, I can always turn into a cloud, if the wind will blow me there."

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Review by Matti
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3 stars Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera had this short-lived side project with Brian Eno (ex-Roxy at the time). Others involved in the concert in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, September 1976, were keyboardist Francis Monkman (Curved Air, Sky), bassist Bill MacCormick (Matching Mole, Quiet Sun) and dummer Simon Phillips. These names make one expect a lot, but I can't help I don't share the enthusiasm with previous reviewers here. [There was one thing I felt totally unnecessary in the package I borrowed: it was an extended edition with an extra disc featuring the rehearsal (of the same set) in Shepperton Studios. Jesus, who cares. That of course shouldn't have affected to my reception of the live album itself, but it may have, in terms of frustration, having expected more of various material.]

Agreeably the repertoire is very many-sided, from Manzanera's biting guitar pieces and instrumental jazz-rock (mainly from his solo album which I haven't heard) to three ENO songs - already familiar to me, and IMHO not among his best - and two 60's rock covers ('Tomorrow Never Knows' and 'You Really Got Me'). On the other hand this diversity means some sort of directionlessness. Maybe I felt too strongly that this band lacks its OWN profile in material instead of taking stuff from here and there. Maybe they could have been called Phil Manzanera & Friends or something, if they were just a live project. It's inevitable that the other musicians - except Eno for his own songs - are in much lesser role than Manzanera in musical direction. For example I wished to hear more of Monkman's excellence.

Surely this is a noteworthy set if you dig Manzanera and live albums in general, but to me this was rather unnecessary; I'm not that much into live albums. Actually I would have preferred to hear the Manzanera solo album in question, or Quiet Sun, to find out what kind of music he makes outside Roxy Music. By all means don't let my attitude affect yours. By the way, also in allmusic.com this release is praised (4,5 stars).

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Review by Sagichim
COLLABORATOR Eclectic Prog Team
4 stars Let's just play!!

It seems like phil manzanera and brian eno had a good time playing together in roxy music , so why not putting a new band together?? collecting some friends and musicians led to the rise of 801. before cutting their sole album this live show was released , and what a show it is!! it's a slight problem having a concert when you haven't really wrote any songs , so what can you do? if you are a talent bunch you can just play!! what ever you feel like.

So what's presented here is a mix of some cover songs ( tomorrow never knows , you really got me ), some of phil's songs ( diamond head ) and some quiet sun songs ( lagrima , rongwrong ). i'm not familiar with every song's origin but i know about half of them there are some great energies spent in this show and you can find a well organized band playing together . actually not all the songs are in the same high quality , but i'll have to mention T.N.K is good , turning the original song from psychedelic to a groovy energetic rock song, i really like the start , you can never recognize the song before the vocals join in. "east of asteroid" is a different jamy kind of version for "mummy was an asteroid..." out of the quiet sun album and is totally awsome!! "baby's on fire" , " diamond head" and "third uncle" is also to good mention with fiery guitar from manzanera great rhythm and great solos. i like the upbeat moments more than the slow parts which sometimes get me feeling not bored but waiting for something to happen , although "diamond head" is my favourite. "third uncle" ends this album with a great bang ,amazing stuff.

How much prog is it? i would say not prog at all but deffintely not straight forward rock . they are a highly skilled band with great driving enrgies , songs are with a slight jamy feel with good keys , amazing guitar and that's what makes it a prog related offer.

4 star is a proper rating.

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Posted Monday, February 20, 2012

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This was a Phil Manzanera side project that did three live gigs in August / September of 1976. This album captures one of those nights where the band was firing on all cylinders. And what a lneup ! The core of this band was in the QUIET SUN band that released their one record the year before (1975) and included Manzanera, Eno and MacCormick. That same core lineup was also in Manzanera's first solo album called "Diamond Head". Of course Eno and Manzanera were in ROXY MUSIC together as well earlier. Add Simon Phillips on drums, Francis Monkman (CURVED AIR) on Fender Rhodes and Lloyd Watson an slide guitar. All of these songs were previously known to me which was cool. Three and a half from "Diamond Head", one and a half from QUIET SUN's "Mainstream", three from three different Eno solo albums and then two covers. One from THE BEATLES and one from THE KINKS. I have to say the Fender Rhodes and bass work are fantastic, and i've always liked Manzanera's guitar work. Eno is on vocals (and other things) and does a really good job.

I should mention that most of these songs blend into one another. "La Grima" from "Diamond Head" features Manzanera doing his thing on guitar and it's impressive. "T.N.K. (Tomorrow Never Knows) is THE BEATLES cover and they make it sound different enough from the original to make it interesting. The rhythm is catchy and how about the bass playing. Killer sound before 5 1/2 minutes as it gets more intense. "East Of Asteroid" combines two songs. One from "Mainstream" called "Mummy Was An Asteroid..." and from "Diamond Head" "East Of Echo". The drumming is prominant early on then it settles but not for long as the guitar comes in lighting it up as the drums stampede. It settles again as we get some raw guitar and electric piano. So freaking good. "Rongwrong" is from QUIET SUN's "Mainstream". Atmosphere and a beat to start and it will close the same way. Vocals and a fuller sound inbetween. "Sombre Reptiles" from Eno's Another Green World" is next and it sounds amazing when it picks up and gets fuller.

"Baby's On Fire" is also from ENO but from "Here Comes The Warm Jets". Lots of energy and the guitar rips it up 2 minutes in. "Diamond Head" has some tasteful guitar early on then it all gets heavier. Love the electric piano 5 minutes in. "Miss Shapiro" is from "Diamond Head" as well. Just a killer instrumental intro. Vocals before 2 minutes. Love the guitar in this one. "You Really Got Me" is a cover of THE KINKS popular song and well done. "Third Uncle" ends it from Eno's Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)". It sounds like PINK FLOYD until it kicks in to an uptempo groove. The guitar is killer. Vocals after a minute. Lots of energy and the bass is incredible.

For me this is a high 4 star album. Highly recommended to Eno, Manzanera and ROXY MUSIC fans.

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Posted Monday, May 21, 2012

Review by tarkus1980
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4 stars Phil Manzanera and Brian Eno always brought out the best in each other, so it shouldn't be a tremendous surprise that they'd make a really good live album together around their primes. Roxy Music was on hiatus, and Brian hadn't done much lately except for helping Manzanera out on a solo album and on another side project (a band called Quiet Sun), so when they got the urge to form a temporary band and play a small handful of shows, there was nothing to stop them. 801 (named after the chorus to "The True Wheel," obviously) only played 3 shows, but they decided to record the last one, and an album made from the recordings was released a couple of months afterwards. It's often praised as one of the absolute greatest live albums of all time, and while I definitely wouldn't go that far, it's one that I enjoy and respect plenty.

If there's any significant issue with the album, it's that the band was a little short on material, and the album (about 48 minutes, and even the deluxe edition, which I don't have, is only about an hour) reflects this. Despite the fact that I file this under Brian Eno in my collection, three of the tracks are from Manzanera's solo album Diamond Head and two are based on material from Mainstream (the Quiet Sun album), and while the Manzanera- based tracks are good on the whole, they're not quite compelling enough for me to call them great. The best tracks from this group are "Diamond Head," an atmospheric and kinda jazzy instrumental (where the guitar is heavily treated to sound like a synth), and "Miss Shapiro," an up-tempo borderline glam-rock number with Eno's vocals going like it's 1974 and he's making Tiger Mountain again. The opening "Lagrima" is basically just an extended introduction (not a bad one, but it's clearly just walk-on music), "East of Asteroid" is a fairly interesting dose of astral-prog (not much like anything from solo Eno or from Roxy Music, that's for sure) that features some nice twists and turns, and "Rongwrong" has guitar and synth parts that make it sound like a leftover from Another Green World but doesn't have an especially compelling vocal part. Overall, this chunk isn't bad, but it doesn't really seem like the main feature.

The rest of the album consists of three solo Eno tracks and two covers. The big surprise from the Eno group is "Sombre Reptiles," which sounds essentially the same as in the original and yet much more fluid and lively, and it works much better in a live context than I'd have ever imagined. "Baby's On Fire" is great but not quite as great as the original (no matter how good Manzanera's solo is, it can't live up to The Greatest Guitar Solo Of All Time), but the closing "Third Uncle" is a blazing glam-rock monster, with Eno snapping out the lyrics in his inimitable way and Phil firing out his solos and riffs in a way that once more reminds me why he's one of my favorite guitarists. If you can listen to this version of "Third Uncle" while jogging and not feel compelled to run a mile-per-hour faster than usual, I don't understand you.

Meanwhile, the covers are fantastic. The first one is of "Tomorrow Never Knows," where only the basic vocal melody is preserved (with Eno singing) and the music is almost like a space-jazz deconstruction of the original, and while it doesn't have all of the goofy tape loops and sound effects stuffed into it, what's here is great. The other cover is of "You Really Got Me," coming out of "Miss Shapiro," with Eno's synth bloops working in perfect tandem with the growling guitar riffs, and the moment where the crowd is faded into the mix (the crowd is usually mixed completely out) and you can hear them going nuts is intoxicating.

All in all, the material isn't perfect, but it's really good overall, and the production of the album (for various technical reasons this is one of the best-sounding live albums made to this point) makes the good material sound really great. Any serious fan of Eno should own this, and it's a great reminder of how much material with Eno on vocals could rock out back in the day.

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5 stars Short lived and fascinating, 801 burned briefly but brightly in the (northern) summer of 1976 then disappeared. The band brought together Brian Eno, late of Roxy Music, pal Phil Manzanera, Roxy guitarissimo, Simon Phillips (whose diverse list of drum credits deserves a dedicated article), Fran ... (read more)

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5 stars The year was 1978. My first year of college. Ah, the memories. One of those was being introduced to progressive rock, I'm sure like many, with my first introduction to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. But that's a different review. At some point, I don't remember when, where or why, I picked u ... (read more)

Report this review (#765084) | Posted by tboyd1802 | Tuesday, June 05, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars We are the 801...We are the central shaft... 1. Lagrima:::::::::::Opens the album with a train sound_perhaps the train from the Diamond Head album cover_which reminds me of the opening to David Bowie's Sation To Sation album released in 1976. Then Manzanera starts to play the solo, which is t ... (read more)

Report this review (#126084) | Posted by Jake E. | Saturday, June 16, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars A live showpiece. How often do you see a band who issues a live album before issuing a studio album. Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music) and Brian Eno headline a group that includes the first appearance of Simon Phillips on drums, Francis Monkman (Sky) on Keyboards, Bill MacCormick (Manzanera's Quie ... (read more)

Report this review (#29456) | Posted by | Thursday, October 07, 2004 | Review Permanlink

5 stars The most interesting side project from Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera, 801 played for a very short time, and 801 Live came forth. 801 Live is a captured performance of what they thought was the best night of the few gigs they played. Everything fell into place. Well, it would be surpri ... (read more)

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