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Psychedelic/Space Rock

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Easy Livin
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3 stars Bystanders no more

This is a straightforward compilation of Man's first and second albums (Recorded for Pye records) , plus a number of interesting bonus tracks. Each album ("Revelation" and "2oz of plastic with a hole in the middle") is given its own disc, the bonus tracks being appended as appropriate.

"Revelations" is a transitional album where The Bystanders attempt to metamorphose into something more serious. The band try hard to disguise the underlying pop influences through sound effects and lavish arrangements, but with varying success. The three bonus tracks on disc one are simply mono single mixes of tracks from the album.

"2Ozs of plastic with a hole in the middle" saw the band starting to find their way, with tracks such as "Spunk box (rock)" and "It is as it must be" demonstrating how Man would increasingly rely on extended jams and strong heavy riffs.

The bonus tracks for this album are more interesting, consisting of an early version of "Spunk rock" and two extended versions of "My name is Jesus Smith". We also have an unreleased number "A sad song", a decent if rather lightweight instrumental.

In all, a cost effective way to obtain the first two Man albums plus some relevant bonus material.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |


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