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4 stars Smooth and elegant

801 is a project formed by ex Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzarena , he released a single album under this name in 1977 named Listen now. To tell the truth I 've realy enjoy this album a lot, great release, smooth and elegant compositions, even for some many listners are kinda pop in aproach. To me is art rock with progressive rock elements, that for sure, very fine pieces, not to mention that on this album are top notch musicians who needs no introtuction, Simon Phillips, Edie Jobson, Mel Collins (Caravan, Camel), Bill MacCormick (Quiet Sun), Kevin Godley (from later Godley & Creme), Brian Eno, etc. The music is very well arranged, great playing, intriguing lyrics, with a jazzy atmosphere sometimes, and other times more art pop, but always shining each musician. I like a lot the title track Listen now, solid playing, fine passages, another worthing and excellent track is the instrumental Islands, beautiful, great guitar by Manzarena over some fantastic contribution to the rest of the musicians, brilliant. The whole album is to me great, not a weak moment and I've enjoyed to the max this release. Warm compositions, mostley mid tempo, but with a good doze of great musicianship and inventive passges. Another thing worth mentioning is the cover art, made by Philip Castle based on an idea of I. Mac Cormick, one of my fav btw, and goes hand in hand with the music. I don't quite understand this low rating, realy, not a masterpice of prog rock, but for sure a very worthy album, and is quite unknown to many. 4 stars easy, one of the most pleasent albums I've heared from late '70's.

b_olariu | 4/5 |


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