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Vinyl, January 1, 1977
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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
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  • ASIN: B000LY5DKC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By loce_the_wizard VINE VOICE on September 5, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Any completist or progressive rock fan will want to investigate the "solo" recordings of Phil Manzanera, the sublime guitarist best known for his work with Roxy Music.
This recording, a bit dated now in some of its conventions, is still a good one either for focused listening via the headphones or for cranking up on solo trips. After his stunning solo debut "Diamond Head" snaked its way to the top of the British music charts, Manzanera assembled another all-star set of crack musicians to deliver this sometimes paranoid glimpse into a world gone mad.
"Listen Now," the title track, telegraphs the plotline of a sci-fi movie or novel against a sinister-sounding bass-drum line. "Flight 19" crackles with excitement as Manzanera proves again why he is one of the top ten rock guitarists. "Law and Order" recounts a world where freedom has been surrendered for safety, asking the same tough questions on many lips since September 11, 2001. "Island" and "Postcard Love" represent the more ethereal side of things.
Bill and Ian MacCormick provide solid support as both players and songwriters, Eno and his replacement in Roxy Music, Eddie Jobson, are both on-board, as are Tim Finn and Eddie Rayner from Spitz Enz, the great New Zealand band that later morphed into the superb Crowded House. Super session players like Simon Phillips and Dave Mattacks on drums, Frances Monkman on keyboards, and the ubiquitous Mel Collins on reeds plus Creme and Godley (former 10cc brain trust) and you have one stellar lineup.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 11, 1999
Format: Audio CD
After 801 Live, I wasn't expecting this at all. More subdued - different vocalist (who IS Simon Ainley, after all?) - and less...simple...in structure than the live record (how complex is "You Really Got Me" anyway?).
But, like all great records, this one becomes great after repeated listenings. Took a dozen or more runs through it and now it's become another of my favorite 10 records ever. There's not a bad cut on it. It's got Godley and Creme, Eno, Simon Phillips - what more do you want from a great record?
A Must Have. Seriously.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Floyd Ian Slipp on March 25, 2004
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I just can't help but add my two cents' worth on how important this recording is. If for no other reason than the stellar, open production of this classic, you should hear how someone who's definitely NOT a musical household name puts together a brilliant set of tunes with a brilliant set of musicians in brilliant arrangments and then records it brilliantly. Is this enough? Sure. Buy the record and hear for yourself one of the reasons why Roxy Music influenced so much of today's younger talent. Manzanera's playing is, to me, at its best on this album. Like Dizzy Gillespie said about Miles Davis, "Man, it's not about the notes he play, it's about the notes he DON'T play."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By loce_the_wizard VINE VOICE on June 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Any completist or progressive rock fan will want to investigate the "solo" recordings of Phil Manzanera, the sublime guitarist best known for his work with Roxy Music.

This recording, a bit dated now in some of its conventions, is still a good one either for focused listening via the headphones or for cranking up on solo trips. After his stunning solo debut "Diamond Head" snaked its way to the top of the British music charts, Manzanera assembled another all-star set of crack musicians to deliver this sometimes paranoid glimpse into a world gone mad.

"Listen Now," the title track, telegraphs the plotline of a sci-fi movie or novel against a sinister-sounding bass-drum line. "Flight 19" crackles with excitement as Manzanera proves again why he is one of the top ten rock guitarists. "Law and Order" recounts a world where freedom has been surrendered for safety, asking the same tough questions on many lips since September 11, 2001. "Island" and "Postcard Love" represent the more ethereal side of things.

Bill and Ian MacCormick provide solid support as both players and songwriters, Eno and his replacement in Roxy Music, Eddie Jobson, are both on-board, as are Tim Finn and Eddie Rayner from Spitz Enz, the great New Zealand band that later morphed into the superb Crowded House. Super session players like Simon Phillips and Dave Mattacks on drums, Frances Monkman on keyboards, and the ubiquitous Mel Collins on reeds plus Creme and Godley (former 10cc brain trust) and you have one stellar lineup.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ on December 20, 2009
Format: Audio CD
801 was basically a name Phil Manzanera used when working with fellow members of Roxy Music and other progressive rock pals. Their 801 Live was a space improvosation funk album that is one of the best side projects of any era.

Listen Now is different: not so spacey or improvasational, the whole record mines a creamy jazz funk condenced into tight songs. These numbers are melodic, and, despite the compact length of the numbers, bubble with interesting chord changes.

The album is sophisticated without being slick, streemlined without being predictable. These guys were some of the best in rock. If you can picture a funkier, more obtuse 10cc--in the way songs are turned into consious art pieces-- this is what Listen Now sounds like.

I don't need to tell you what to do next. The album does.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Quirino on August 8, 2000
Format: Audio CD
More great sounds from Roxy Music guitarist Manzanera. One of his main strengths, of course, was to select just the right kind of performers to back him up and it's that quality of judgment you hear on all of his fine E'G albums (Diamondhead, 801 live, Listen Now, K-Scope) of the era. Listen Now is just as winning thanks to key players like Dave Mattacks and Simon Phillips (drums), Bill MacCormick (bass and a buddy from Manzanera's Quiet Sun recording), Kevin Godley and Lol Creme (then one-half of 10 CC), the ever ubiquitous Mr. Brian Eno, Tim Finn and Roxy violinist/keyb-guy Eddie Jobson (to name but a few!). From the slow-riffing charms of the title track (which morphs into smooth big-band styled horns courtesy Mel Collins towards song's end) to the nervy, edgy prog-fusion of "Initial Speed", the quiet synth backing of "Island" to Lol & Kev's backing vocals on "Flight 19", this album is a bold mix of progressive, commercial, new wave and fusion-jazz styles into an impressive whole that rewards repeated plays. Each listen will uncover new sounds. This album's been with me since its initial 1978 release. Roxy Music fans will definitely want to check this one out!
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