Man - ' Live At The Padget Rooms, Penarth'
(Esoteric / Cherry Red) Cat. No: ECLEC2014
From Aural Innovations #38 (Jan 2008)
Recorded at a concert by Man that took place on April 8, 1972. Sound quality is quite good with sort of a raw edge to it. Turns out that this 2-CD import is an expanded reissue of the original album. A few years ago, ' Live At The Padget Rooms' was reissued as a single CD title, but this Esoteric pressing adds three more tracks onto the album's already existing cuts. Don't think I've ever seen a live record to get expanded by twice it's initial length. Appears that you get the entire show here. Starts off with the twenty-three minute Man jamming classic "Spunk Rock", it sounds just so ' 70's-ish. "Many Are Called, But Few Get Up" has a rather good heavy vibe to it and "Angel Easy" brings the band right back to what they do second best - playing fine blues rock. The first of course is displaying their ability to create superb psychedelic rock and roll. "H. Samuel" is another epic - clocking in at nineteen minutes, the later half of this song would possibly make a good soundtrack to a suspense movie. "Romain" brings to mind some almost southern fried rock and "Daughter In The Fireplace" is another one of Man's steady rockers, that sound better especially when performed in front of a live audience. Heard an interesting story about this album when it first came out. That it was a budget-priced lp that had a limited release of just 8,000 copies. It sold out in a very short time and after that, it became somewhat of a collector's item. Enjoy this full length live concert recording. As for live albums go, this is one of the better reissues I've heard in sometime now. Personally, I believe I liked disc two better. But both discs will likely spend plenty of time in your current rotation stack like it will mine. Essential.
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Reviewed by Mike Reed