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Audio CD, Import, November 4, 2003
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Francis describes this album as, "a collection of songs that I wrote during a turbulent period of my life. They describe the lonely transition that we all must make from the final chapters of youth into full psychological adulthood. After fulfilling the accomplishments of my youth I am now able to present to the world Francis Dunnery, MAN".

About the Artist

The group It Bites was Francis Dunnery's passport into London and to a record company deal back in 1985. The band's weird time signatures and lack of visual artifice were the antithesis of the preceeding years of make-up and confused sexuality.

The band had a hit with almost their first single "Calling All The Heroes" and spent the next 4 years trying to rid themselves of the millstone it had become. The debut album "Big Lad in the Windmill" was followed by "Once Around The World (1988) and the epic "Eat Me In St Louis" (1989) and the posthumous live album when the band split "Thank You and Goodnight".

Francis retreated to the USA where he toiled producing a debut solo album "Welcome To The Wild Country" which only saw the light of day in Japan.

Dropped by Virgin, Francis took stock of his life and utilised his superb guitar skills playing back-up for many well known artists. It was while playing guitar for Robert Plant that he was spotted by Plant's manager Bill Curbishley who quickly recognised his songwriting talents. Four solo album's later, Francis has managed to use his unique guitar talents to good effect on such diverse releases as Lauren Hill's "Miseducation of Lauren Hill" and the multi-platinum rebirth of Santana with "Supernatural".

Francis discovered in 2000 that his gigs were selling out and he returned with a bigger tour that autumn. The songs that had been swirling around in his head for the last four years finally found substance when he completed the recording of his new album "Man" which was only available mail order and at gigs.

1. I'm in Love
2. Flower Girl
3. Me and Franciene
4. Yonder Mountain
5. Hold Out Your Heart
6. Blinded by the Memory
7. In the Garden of Mystic Lovers
8. Wounding and Healing
9. The Ava Song
10. The Only Thing
11. Hometown
12. Close My Door

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 4, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Aquarian Nation
  • ASIN: B0000DIJRT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #574,879 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lee Armstrong HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
For me, Dunnery's solo career has eclipsed his years with "It Bites." "Man" is another excellent addition to his catalog. "I'm In Love" is simply a lovely classic with Dunnery's voice soaring on the wings of love as he sings "I'm in love," we seem to fly with him. This track spent quite a bit of the summer at the very top of my personal top ten and will doubtless be one of my favorite tracks to which I was introduced this year, "Venus is my lover & she's come to set me free, like a melancholy rumor that your body won't let go, the beginning of your living and the end of all you know, I'm in LOVE!" CLASSIC! "Flower Girl" is another blockbuster track with Dunnery's addictive catchy melody and some Asian musical inflections, "I got some weeds in my mind that need pulling that I don't have the courage to face, I got some roses in the corner of my eye, think I'll move them to a different place." "In the Garden of Mystic Lovers" is another delightful track with a call & response chorus, Dunnery's energetic strumming, and the utter abandon in his voice, "There's a fire that keeps on burning in the hearts of all the world, a little girl keeps on smiling & her face just says it all." "The Ava Song" has Dunnery's classic build and great vocals. "Man" is a complete delight, one not to miss. Bravo!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bettak30 on April 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the most original artists I have heard in many years. From his website writings, I would question whether he would want fame, but his music certainly deserves a lot more attention. His Wounding and Healing is powerful and the fusion of acoustic and electric guitar is masterful. I am trying to wear out my CD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris J. Previti on July 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Francis Dunnery, after having been through the normal "star-making machine" now has his own label where he can call the shots. I have to say, he is one hell of a shot-caller. Not confined by the "have to have a hit or hit the road" dictum any longer, he's free to create music that's melodic, ethereal, compelling and just downright great. This CD is packed with melodies that'll stick in your head long after you hit the power button. The production is crisp and his guitar playing is masterful. Take my word, if you're looking for something new to check out, this is definitely worth getting. I swear you won't be sorry.
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