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3.13 | 4 ratings | 1 reviews | 25% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1986

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Welcoming (6:21)
2. Huge Moon (3:46)
3. Almost April (3:31)
4. Unusual Weather (3:30)
5. Sung to Sleep (3:58)
6. Thunder Tactics (2:35)
7. Longhair Mobile (3:45)
8. Homeward (3:11)
9. Not Even the Summer (3:16)
10. Sightings (5:35)
11. Big Feelings (3:13)
12. Thunder Tactics (Reprise) (0:39)
13. Manthing (3:12)*

Total Time 46:32

Line-up / Musicians

- Michael Manring / Bass, percussion, piano, cello, synthesizer, vocals
- Kurt Wortman / Drums (6, 11, 12)
- Michael Hedges / Guitar and composer (13)
- Bruce Martin / Marimba (6, 12)
- Steve Bloom / Percussion (1, 8, 10)
- Bob Read / Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Piano, Synthesizer, Vocals, Percussion

Releases information

Windham Hill, WH 1044
Reissued on CD in 1990 with one bonus track.

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MICHAEL MANRING Unusual Weather ratings distribution

(4 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(25%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(25%)
Good, but non-essential (50%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by octopus-4
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams
3 stars It was in the 80s. Prog seemed to be almost dead and internet was far to come so I turned into newage and Wyndham Hill artists for a while.

Michael Manring was one of the first that I have approached, also because a not on the album's sleeve was saying "There are no frets in this album". Also it features another big Wyndham Hill's artist that's the great guitarist Micheal Hedges, died in a car crash in 1997.

The music here is newage. It's good quality music, easy jazz, chill-out, it has all the good characteristics of the best newage things. It sometimes reminds to Pat Metheny, like the vocals on "Huge Moon", but I don't know how this excellent bassist is landed on PA.

If you like fretless bass (there was a lot of Fenders in the 80s) and jazzy chillout music this is a great album, I still listen to Manring sometimes and I still like him, but it doesn't fit into the 4 stars defintion because it says "any prog rock music collection".

It's a good album, anyway but it can't have more than three stars.

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