Saturday, March 4, 2017
This would have been the final Man album were it not for the fact that, after a few years off, they got back together again. In 1976, the band decided to split and they decided to round things off with a few nights at the Round House in London which was pretty much their home venue despite their Welsh origins.
Those who had the good fortune to see the shows commented that the band were going out at the top. The rest of us are fortunate that, according to their contract, the band owed the record company one more album so we got this show.
Perhaps the enmity within the band drove them to this performance or perhaps the break up put them into some sort of last day of term mood. I think that you can hear a little of both of these in Deke Leonard's vocals. Especially on "Hard Way to Live."
The twin guitars of Leonard and Jones are of course a feature of the band's music but on this album you can hear that they can do the same thing with their voices as well.
The album is a mix of short snappy songs and the longer tracks that provide a platform for the band's extended guitar jams. I think that the mix between the two is just right on this album. We get some great short snappy tracks such as "Romain" and "Hard Way to Live" to go with the longer material. Of the latter, I really like the version of "Spunk Rock" here. Perhaps not the best but certainly a good performance.
This album would make a good introduction to the band. It displays a range of their musical styles and you certainly get to hear their vocals at their best too.(By John Peter O'connor's)
01."Let the Good Times Roll" (Theard, Moore) – 3:00
02."The Welsh Connection" (Jones, Ryan) – 7:59
03."The Ride and the View" (Leonard) – 6:01
04."Hard Way to Live" (Leonard) – 3:14
05."Born With a Future" (Jones, Leonard, Ryan) – 7:22
06."Spunk Rock" (Jones, Leonard, Williams, Ryan) – 8:31
07."Romain" (Ace, Jones, Leonard) – 4:58
Terry Williams – vocals & drums
Phil Ryan – vocals & keyboards
John McKenzie – vocals & bass
Deke Leonard – vocals & guitar
Micky Jones – vocals & guitar