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Re: 50th Anniversary Tour - The Half Moon, Putney, 7th September
« Reply #15 on: September 11, 2018, 09:35:06 AM »
Yes there was one other with a deliberately preposterous title Martin laughed at. On the EP? Dunno, I did not buy one.

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Re: 50th Anniversary Tour - The Half Moon, Putney, 7th September
« Reply #16 on: September 11, 2018, 06:11:46 PM »
Pleased to hear it was great evening; more pleased that there were no wild life songs (kangaroos and walruses).
Had I known that I would have gone. 

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Re: 50th Anniversary Tour - The Half Moon, Putney, 7th September
« Reply #17 on: September 12, 2018, 09:52:52 AM »
I didn't spot any part of "Christians"

You could well be right. It wasn't mentioned, and I can't swear that that's what it was, but that's what it sounded like to me at the time. I'll be listening intently on Friday.

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No Christians were spotted last night. But then it was Glasgow.
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Re: 50th Anniversary Tour - The Half Moon, Putney, 7th September
« Reply #18 on: September 12, 2018, 10:33:52 AM »
" No Christians in Glasgow" - Good to meet you at Putney, Allan, how was the Glasgow gig ? ( Re. Jon's " no wildlife" comment - there was of course a Herron...) :)

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Re: 50th Anniversary Tour - The Half Moon, Putney, 7th September
« Reply #19 on: September 12, 2018, 12:14:14 PM »
Good to meet you too, Olly.

Last night was very good indeed. Same setlist as Putney but some of the songs are already feeling more lived in.

I thought the sound was better last night than it had been at Putney - the guitars meshed better together and the keys were more obvious when they were just providing colour. Malc's playing seemed more expansive too.

The crowd was somewhere between 60 and 70 (numbers, not age!) but they were enthusiastic and reacted very positively. There was some very serious Dad-dancing going on.
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« Reply #20 on: September 12, 2018, 12:55:33 PM »
What ?! musically even better ? That's fantastic - my one wish was that Malcolm's keyboards were higher in the mix, glad that has been sorted.
So, Man has fans so devoted they will travel a 600+ mile round trip to see them, when they can also see the same gig at home the following week. That is above and beyond the call of duty ! Big kudos to you !

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Re: 50th Anniversary Tour - The Half Moon, Putney, 7th September
« Reply #21 on: September 12, 2018, 03:34:40 PM »
Me and my better half did turn it into a long weekend break. It was actually rather lucky that when other dates were announced that I was able to fit in the Glasgow - our train got back at 1700.

Trying hard not to get the urge to head over to Kinross tonight!!
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Re: 50th Anniversary Tour - The Half Moon, Putney, 7th September
« Reply #22 on: September 14, 2018, 01:11:57 PM »
As for the new music, can anyone tell me how the two Martin-sung songs sound on the EP as compared with their live performances? As for Josh's new song, it wasn't Man...was it?

It's going to be fun watching people wriggling their way around reasons why they couldn't possibly like the EP.

Three songs absolutely in the classic Man style from the early seventies (pre-Phil), with a fourth from Josh and James more in line with recent releases. The two unfinished tracks do sound unfinished (unpolished perhaps, the structure's there but a little more shine is due), but one of these, Mojo Yattaken - presumably a working title as Take Me Back To The Garden Of Eden is the key line - would be my pick of the four. This shows every prospect of exploding into something spectacular live once James has played around with his solo a little more.

The two songs from this played at Putney, Manor Farm and The Flames Of Freedom feature Martin's familiar vocal style, which you either accept or don't. Perhaps a couple of fluffs that could do with fixing, but Man have always been about the occasional rough edge as well as drive and elegance. Manor Farm is very much Spunk Rock part two.

I've listened a few times and the songs are still growing on me. Encouraged. It's a bit of an elephant trap for the anti-Martin brigade.  ;D 
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Re: 50th Anniversary Tour - The Half Moon, Putney, 7th September
« Reply #23 on: September 14, 2018, 01:17:08 PM »
Thanks Jules.

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Re: 50th Anniversary Tour - The Half Moon, Putney, 7th September
« Reply #24 on: September 14, 2018, 04:24:48 PM »
It's a bit of an elephant trap for the anti-Martin brigade.  ;D

I don't think there is an "anti-Martin brigade" per se - more of an "anti-Martin continuing to use the Man name".

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Re: 50th Anniversary Tour - The Half Moon, Putney, 7th September
« Reply #25 on: September 14, 2018, 04:33:56 PM »
QED
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Re: 50th Anniversary Tour - The Half Moon, Putney, 7th September
« Reply #26 on: September 15, 2018, 12:03:21 PM »
We all had a great time. It was so grand to meet up with new faces for the first time and faces I have known for quite sometime. Still can't believe I have seen Blown Away Live now...all these years ...last time I saw Man perform a track I'd never seen live before was Daughter of the Fireplace when they played The Worcester Park Tavern.

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Re: 50th Anniversary Tour - The Half Moon, Putney, 7th September
« Reply #27 on: September 28, 2018, 12:43:05 AM »
Late, and after seeing Son of Man at the Dagenham Roundhouse, my thoughts on Man's 50th at the Half Moon, Putney. I agree with all that Jules wrote in his excellent review, so I'll just try to add a bit of additional colour. The band pulled out an ace for the album launch in 2015 by having BJ Cole on board, a legend and last seen with the Man family with Deke and the Helps at the Patti in 72. They have done it again by bringing Malcolm Morley back into the fold. For how long I wished that would happen, but had no realistic hope that would happen, given that he hadn't been playing with Ken and Richard for years. Opening with the first track on the first album, then moving into Sudden Life, was, as Deke might have said, as poignant as fuck. There seemed a real sense of occasion, they were as tight as anything, and no long fiddling about between numbers, a hallmark of the Manband. Josh on more lead vocal duties than on previous tours, all good. Josh stage left, Rob stage right ; one has a white tele with black scratch plate, the other a black tele with white scratch plate. I like to think that this is a very subtle nod to Deke. I hope so. James seemed to be having a lot of tuning issues with his, and after the switch to the jazzmaster ( I think) early on, he never switched back. Two new songs, Manor Farm ( because they rehearsed/ recorded at Manor House) and Holy Flame of Freedom. Then Malcolm took centre stage with his acoustic for Blown Away, which Man played when Malcolm was with them, and available in a great version on You Tube only, I think. Rob played it like the You Tube Man version, not the original Helps. Rob somehow managed to play Deke's constant wah wah rhythm and Micky's solos. Rob was working flat out all night long, seemingly playing Micky's AND Deke's parts, as Jules noted, I think. Then Josh moved onto keys to sing a new one of his; "too much too soon ". You know, there were years in the 80s when Man didn't play any new songs from one year to the next, they were atrophying - this is all good. For the encore of Many are called, Josh and James came out first and built up the song on their guitars - that was a really nice touch. It was a fabulous gig, the band had a real sense of occasion. The audience loved it.  Negatives? Malcolm's keys could have been higher in the mix, but I see from Allan Heron's review of Glasgow that this was fixed. I think there was an opportunity missed; No songs from Reanimated Memories, but if they had played Martin's  "Ballad of Billy Lee" it linked straight back to Help Yourself who recorded it in 1973 but which wasn't released until the "5" album in the noughties. I would have dropped Chimes of Midnight for that. We had the " Big 5 ", also played by Son of Man last Saturday. Martin payed a fitting tribute to his ( almost lifelong) friend Deke, before playing Hard Way to Live as the last encore, which I don't think has featured in Man sets very often since the 76 tour. Interestingly, Son of Man played this too. It just shows you can't keep a good Leonard tune down...

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Re: 50th Anniversary Tour - The Half Moon, Putney, 7th September
« Reply #28 on: September 30, 2018, 11:41:17 AM »
Good to see Rob getting some credit at last. He's often overlooked  ;D
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« Reply #29 on: September 30, 2018, 12:45:35 PM »
Good to see Rob getting some credit at last. He's often overlooked  ;D

I echo that.  ;D