- Audio CD (March 18, 1997)
- Format: Import
- Label: Msi
- ASIN: B000005RFB
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,589,283 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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As a fan of the edgier sorts of progrock, this CD qualifies as one of my prize possessions. A magical album, too bad they didn't do another--but it's doubtful they could have topped THIS sizzling slab of raw beauty.
- Here is the original album cover art (although the format here is as a small hardback book)
- You get the whole of the original album, plus,
- 4 previously unreleased demos, over 30 minutes of music (3 from 1970 by the original group, 1 from the '75 sessions).
- 8:01 minutes of the band talking about recording those demos.
- And, 50 pages of "liner notes"; photos, historical commentary, reject letters, and various album reviews.
Obviously this is a quality production and a must for Manzanera fans (or fans of British 70's prog-rock). The original album was/is great, and it's always been a bit of a mystery for me how it came about and fit into Manzanera's other work - until now! It is fascinating to discover they recorded this during the same sessions as Diamond Head (old knowledge), but coming in after that band had finished for the day and sneaking recording time without EG management's knowledge! It was to be Quiet Sun's first and only album, mostly first-take recordings without much rehearsal, after 3 years of being disbanded...Pretty amazing (and that it's still well worth listening to).
The demos here add a whole new appreciation of that creative month of January 1975. Three are from Quiet Sun's first (unsuccessful) attempts to attract a recording contract. There is a playful, adventurous quality to these demos (they also had a sax/flute player then). These early tracks all have a rough, even stiff sound, but what they may lack in technical prowess they make up for with enthusiasm and energy.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great seminal prog album that I picked up due to my interest in Manzanera's development. The whole group sounds great on this and Manzanera's early aural sculpting is a wonder!Published on November 15, 2013 by D. bernard
I always felt the blueprint for Mainstream was Frank Zappa's 1970 jazz-rock masterpiece Hot Rats. Like Frank's band, Quiet Sun was led by a guitarist with serious chops. Read morePublished on February 23, 2013 by David Lindsay
I had Phil Manzanera's Diamond Head on vinyl ; along with 801 Live; Listen Now but completely missed Mainstream ( New Zealand was a bit further away then & usually I was buying... Read morePublished on June 8, 2012 by Timur2
This is one of the best "underground" albums of the 1970s. Basically, Quiet Sun is what was then Roxy Music, minus Brian Ferry and plus some fantastic jazz players. Read morePublished on October 25, 2009 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ