Sunday, August 16, 2009

Quiet Sun - Mainstream (1975)
"This sole album is one one those UFDisc that make the proghead so happy in his ever-ending search for 70's gems. Phil Manzanera reformed Quiet Sun as a way of letting off steam from the Keyboard-dominated Roxy Music. Although the album has divided credits and all Quiet Sun members shine , clearly the star here is Manzanera : his searing fuzzy guitars soars above the rest of the album.

Sol Caliente is a real classy track and augurs most of the rest of the album , excellent Canterbury fusion but with a definite rock edge. Bargain Classics has typical Canterbury keyboard with spacey guitars: a must hear. The Mummy track is the highlight with a flying guitar solo followed by a superb Jarrett KB solo that is leaning towards his more famous jazz namesake. The only down remark is the last track (unfortunately also the longest) : it is the only sung track (and not really well either, IMHO) but also is rather tedious and over- long.

Too bad because this last track is the sole reason for not getting that fifth star. To some extent , this is the most accomplished album that Manzanera ever played on , and certainly the one where he shows most his abilities at guitar histrionics. His 801 venture is not quite up to par with this gem. A real must for for everyone. " (Sean Trane

1. Sol Caliente (7:35)
2. Trumpet With Motherhood (1:47)
3. Bargain Classics (5:49)
4. R. F. D. (3:22)
5. Mummy Was An Asteroid..... (6:01)
6. Trot (5:14)
7. Rongwrong (9:29)

Charles Hayward / drums, percussion, keyboards & voices
Dave Jarrett / keyboards
Phil Manzanera / guitars, keyboards
Bill MacCormick / bass & voices
Brian Eno / synthesizers, treatments and oblique strategies


Part 1__Part 2



Anonymous Anonymous said...

muchas gracias! ubique

2:42 PM, August 16, 2009  
Blogger GarColga said...

You're welcome, anon!

1:32 PM, August 19, 2009  
Blogger Rockhopper said...

This is definately the ultimate of Manzarenas guitar works ... and another one of "The Great GarColga Collection of Unearthed Gems" ;-)

Thanks, and keep on rocking!

4:49 AM, August 21, 2009  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi Rockhopper - been a while!

5:05 AM, August 21, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Always loved this album. Found it by accident just browsing the stacks in the late '70's!

Thanks for the post!


10:10 PM, September 04, 2009  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hello Monschau you're welcome and thanks for the comment!

2:05 PM, September 05, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


11:21 AM, November 20, 2009  
Blogger GarColga said...

You're welcome, anonymous!

3:19 PM, November 20, 2009  

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