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Founded in 2016

This is a project founded by GUY MANNING with MAREK ARNOLD (saxes, keys), Dan MARSH (bass) and Sean TIMMS) (keys, backing vocals). Their album "On Track" was recorded from demos of Guy Manning who is the main composer for the music and the lyrics. The album was made with the help of plenty of guest musicians who have recorded some parts in various studios around the world. The music is very accessible mixing prog, jazz and world music with some nice instrumentation including sax and flute.


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3.93 | 31 ratings
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 On Track by DAMANEK album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.93 | 31 ratings

On Track
Damanek Crossover Prog

Review by Kingsnake

5 stars When I put on this album, the first thing I thought was: "hey, this sounds like Unitopia and United Progressive Fraternity".

When I looked at the personel, I saw it's the same guys. I like this kind progressive rock very much. I know Guy Manning from UPF and Marek Arnold and Sean Timms from Unitopia and UFP. I especially like the percussion (also a guy from Unitopia) and the saxophone

The songs are romantic and have a pop/soul kind-of vibe, like Talk Talk, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tears for Fears and Paul SImon.The music is somewhere between intelligent pop, jazz (even jazzfunk), world, rock and progrock. Because pop isn't what it's used to be, I love that progrock musicians fill the gap with this kind of prog-pop.

I think I will play this record a lot, like I played Unitopia and UFP.

 On Track by DAMANEK album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.93 | 31 ratings

On Track
Damanek Crossover Prog

Review by CeeJayGee

4 stars I was very sorry to hear that Manning had been disbanded. Their last album The Root, the Leaf & the Bone was most enjoyable and Margaret's Children is high up in my favourite albums. So I was very pleased to hear that Guy Manning has returned with a new band Damanek and a new album On Track. On Track is a delightful album of crossover prog. All eight tracks have strong melodies and I love the jazz influence and instrumentation throughout. The lyrics are powerful with important messages, particularly on Believer-Redeemer and Dark Sun. This band and this album deserve greater recognition and I look forward to hearing more in the future.
 On Track by DAMANEK album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.93 | 31 ratings

On Track
Damanek Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

4 stars

Damanek is a new project from Guy Manning, where he has been joined by Dan Mash (bass), Marek Arnold (sax, clarinet, keyboards) and Sean Timms (keyboards, banjo, backing vocals) and then on top of that there are quite a few guests including Nick Magnus and Phideaux. Guy had disbanded Manning, and was then invited to join a new band called United Progressive Fraternity to which he also then brought in Dan and Marek. After the release of the debut album Guy started writing for the second, only for the band to fold, so he decided to start a new one to use the songs, and asked Dan and Marek to be involved, hence the name (DAn, MANning and MarEK), with Sean joining later.

I have long been a fan of Guy's music, and spent a very pleasant evening with him in his studio some dozen years or so ago, and have enjoyed all albums he has been involved with from PO90 through Manning and The Tangent, so I knew I was going to enjoy this right from the off, and that was indeed immediately the case. Guy has an innate sense of melody, and his songs are always enjoyable on first hearing, with strong arrangements and a feeling that every note is in exactly the right place, played on the right instrument. This is commercial symphonic pop influenced classic crossover progressive rock that oozes class and confidence in equal measures. I can't pick a favourite as all eight songs are simply superb. This may be a debut release, but all the guys involved have been around the scene for some time and it shows. Let's hope it's not long until the next one.

Thanks to rdtprog for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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