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Michael Manring Toward the Center of the Night album cover
3.09 | 4 ratings | 1 reviews | 25% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1989

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Life in the Trees (4:40)
2. A Way With Birds (2:42)
3. Geometry (3:03)
4. Near (4:05)
5. Cats Go Forward (3:39)
6. Blue Orleans (3:40)
7. Renegade Intellectuals (3:58)
8. The Moving Darkness (2:18)
9. Magnets (3:20)
10. Far (1:35)
11. The Precise Moment of Dusk (5:50)
12. A Brief History of the Wind (4:07)

Total Time 42:57

Line-up / Musicians

- Michael Manring / bass, keyboards, piano, percussion, vocals
- Coco Roussel / Drums
- Paul McCandless / woodwinds
- Jane Scolieri / vocals
- Tom Miller / Percussion (1, 4, 11)

Releases information

Windham Hill, WH 1083

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(25%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(0%)
Good, but non-essential (75%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
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SPECIAL COLLABORATOR RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams
3 stars As almost all the Wyndham Hill catalog, I think this album, more than JR/F can be defined as New Age.

I have purchased it when it was released because in that period I was into new age music and I wasn't disappointed at all.

The distinctive element of this album is that there are no guitars. All the melodies are played by bass while the other instruments gives it a jazzy background. The music is relaxing and peaceful, like new age is used to be, and this is the contact point that I see between this kind of newage and prog.

Said so, there are some highlights of playing skills in tracks like "Geometry". I don't know if there's overdubbing. If not it's one of the greatest bass solos I've ever heard.

In few words, was this a newage site I would have given it a high rating because this album is good. But honestly I don't see how it can be considered progressive and this means that the rating can't exceed the 3 stars.

I think Michael Manring has later released something more progressive, but this definition doesn't apply to this album.

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