Quiet Sun – Mainstream

      Ted Mills: ‘ Phil Manzanera’s pre-Roxy Music group never got to release their first attempt at an album, but in a break from Roxy in 1974, Manzanera regrouped the band and put out this effort: Quiet Sun – Mainstream, recorded at the same time as his solo extravaganza, Diamond Head. Here, Manzanera disappears into the art rock group dynamic, the album is a selection of progressive jams which feature some tasty guitar work, complex rhythmic structures, and the always reliable bass work of Bill MacCormick. There is a certain dryness to the whole proceeding, a holding back, a lack of warmth, but perhaps it this is from over half the tracks sounding so much better a year later as part of 801’s Live, including “Sol Caliente,” “Mummy Was an Asteroid, Daddy Was a Small, Non-Stick Kitchen Utensil,” and especially “Rongwrong.” Here the Charles Hayward song sounds like a university common-room joke, with its name-dropping of “reading Shoenberg in the bath” and such. Compared to the lush arrangement and rewritten lyrics of the Brian Eno-sung 801 version, Quiet Sun sounds like one album away from brilliance.’

 

Quiet Sun – Mainstream Tracklist

  1. 0:00 Sol Caliente
  2. 7:34 Trumpets with Motherhood
  3. 9:21 Bargain Classics
  4. 15:09 R.F.D.
  5. 18:32 Mummy Was an Asteroid, Daddy Was a Small Non-stick Kitchen Utensil
  6. 24:34 Trot
  7. 29:51 Rongwrong

Personnel:
– Charles Hayward / drums, percussion, keyboards & voices
– Dave Jarrett / keyboards
– Phil Manzanera / guitars, keyboards
– Bill MacCormick / bass guitars & voices

With:
– Brian Eno / synthesizers, treatments and oblique strategies
– Ian MacCormick / voices

Quiet Sun - Mainstream

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