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    Posted: February 01 2017 at 08:52

Deke Leonard: Rock band Man's guitarist dies, aged 72Cry

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Do You Like It Here Now, Are You Settling In? is one of my favourite albums. it does not have a weak track and Many Are Called, But Few Get Up is very special. Deke Leonard's Iceberg were almost identical to Man and the 717155I track is another standout track for me.

As has been noted elsewhere, Man/Iceberg did not always capture their live energy on the studio albums, so their BBC In Concert and radio sessions are among their best work. I hope the BBC will release this material before Man are all but forgotten.
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I have always had a hard time with the music of Man, but Deke's guitar has always been the high point for me on their recordings.  Yet another sad loss. Cry
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Man were one of those bands (like Hawkwind) who i just saw so many times and Deke was such great guy and such a unique guitarist (as well as a fantastic raconteur!); along with the late Micky Jones, Man made some of the most unique (and ok, not always very 'Prog' but definately different! Zappa's respect for their guitar playing says it all) guitar playing of the 1970's. The Rockpalast TV concert from around 1975, doing Dekes 7171-551 just shows the fantastic chemistry between them. Very, Very sad.. RIP DekeCry
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That's a pity Cry
I saw MAN live several times, once I had a beer with him at the bar in the aftermath ...
Guitarist on uncounted albums, I loved his books too ... bye bye Deke

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Hi,

Been wanting to review the book that Deke put together about the band in its waning days, but in many ways, it is so sad, that it was not exactly one of those books that one would want to review to give it glowing looks. 

However, it had magnificent laughs and moments in it, and almost on that alone it was worth reading, were it not for a few folks that ripped off the band silly, and they are not in jail and should be.

If I have favorite moments of this band, they were really good in LA with the new bass and keyboards (Whaley and friend), and opened for Hawkwind in the show called Space 1999 in a small venue that was OK for Man, but too small and obviously too loud for Hawkwind, and we had to leave less than half into it.

Of all the pieces of theirs, I keep coming back to the long version of "C'mon" in the Back Into the Future" album and its magnificent vocals and yodels by Micky and the choir with it ... an absolutely astounding live moment, the kind that one will rarely, if ever, catch. Musically, it is one of the nicest things vocally I have ever heard.

Great lines everyone, by Deke, there is only one that needs to stands up ... "... we have a guest with us today ... he don't know the notes and neither do we!"


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Nightfly Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 03 2017 at 13:28
Oh bollocks, that is sad news! Man have always been a favourite of mine and Deke's dry sense of humour that came across so well in his books was hillarious. RIP Deke.

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