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Man-Child Import

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1992 digitally remastered edition of one of the best regarded of all the keyboard wizard's solo albums.
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  • Audio CD (June 23, 2000)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Bmg Europe
  • ASIN: B000026OWF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,360 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Man-Child" may not be filled with as many hooks as "Headhunters", "Sextant", or "Thrust", but it is still an essential record for fans of Herbie or true electronic funk. "Hang Up Your Hang Ups" has one of the best get-you-going intros with its incessant guitar. As expected, Herbie has a lot of sound effects that he puts to good use, maybe not as crazy as "Headhunters" but spacey nonetheless. This is more of a commercially inclined record, but it still has its share of tempo changes and showcases. Stevie Wonder blows out an amazing harmonica solo on "Steppin' In It" and there is a killer bass solo on "The Traitor". The album ends with "Heartbeat", a dark tune that alternates between a brooding stomp and a funky shuffle; it closes the album on a somber note.
Each song averages 8-9 minutes. There are a multitude of players on this record and its evident by the busy styles you hear. Worth checking out if electric funk is your thing.
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Herbie Hancock is just one of those people who have so much talent that it sort of "oozes" out of them, if that's not too weird. I first heard this album, and my favorite song from it, "Steppin' In It," when I was about 16 or 17, when it first came out, and I find out now that I like it just as much or maybe more, because I have better equipment to hear it through. There are only 6 songs on the CD, and they are all pretty groovy, if you ask me, despite the fact that they are all dated, and came out during the height of the fusion and disco era.

It is obvious what makes music "dated," but I don't think it is obvious what makes music "sound dated." And I think that Herbie has the facility for making music that lasts and lasts. Don't get me wrong; there won't all of a sudden be a lot of deejay's playing this stuff. But that doesn't mean there shouldn't be, in my humble opinion.

Just to try to substantiate my enthusiasm a little, I think one thing that makes this an entertaining listen is the sheer number of instruments that Herbie plays on it, as well as the contributions from so many other musicians, including, among others, Wayne Shorter, Harvey Mason, Paul Jackson, Bennie Maupin (who plays something called a "Saxello," whatever that might be), and a whole host of other musicians that I don't have the patience to try to name... So there's just a lot of interesting sounds to hear. And as I said before, there is a "seventies vibe," to the album, but it's a pleasant one.
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Easily my favorite recording by Herbie Hancock and that includes the Mwandishi years. Why? Well sure it's funky and even danceable but there is a hint of the mysterious in this just like those Mwandishi records. Even though this one is also drenched in analog synthesizers there is also a lot of horn playing - even horn ensemble playing. The horns and the guitar It gives it more of an organic sound than Headhunters and Thrust - both superb releases by the way. There's just something about this one I love. Wayne Shorter guests on Soprano playing in a style very similar to the very first Weather Report release. Not sure why Man-Child did not get the remaster treatment we were treated to with Headhunters and Thrust... Maybe they felt it just didn't need it? I dunno. Still sounds GREAT to me. Buy buy buy.
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Ok, Headhunters gets the hype, and it deserves hype. Still, Man-Child contains arguably some of Herbie's greatest moments. Enough for my money, in fact, that it is my favorite Herbie album. I can appreciate the earthy, sophisticated groove of Thrust and the cerebral, spacey explorations of Sextant and the Mwandishi recordings. However, no Herbie fusion album simultaneously impresses, entertains, and funkifies as well as this album. With the exception of two tasteful, but slightly misplaced tracks, Man-Child incorporates everything that a good fusion album should (and I've heard plenty of mediocre fusion). The four up-tempo tracks alone more than make up for the two missteps. What sets Man-Child apart in my mind are the ferociously fast-paced changes. The beat and the entire band shift directions effortlessly, whereas sometimes the rhythm section members are the only ones employing constant changes on other Herbie albums. Another outstanding attribute of Man-Child is the style with which Herbie plays the keyboard stacks. Polyrhythms and richness seem to predominate Man-Child's atmosphere more consistently and more successfully than on Headhunters, Thrust, or any other Herbie 70s album. And I've heard them all! Suffice it to say that Man-Child, for all the respect it receives, deserves still far more.
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Man, i had a hard time finding out at which TIME some of these pieces were at! The 'accent' of the beat is always where you least expect it. And i suspect 2 or 3 layers of beats are happening within various sections of the band. So, this is HIGHLY sophisticated funk with jazz solos with funk/jazz arrangements. Hancock explores even more the James Brown 'invention' of placing instruments in a whole new rhythmic scheme, taking it to another level! Recommended!
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IF its archetypical 70's straight ahead funk your after, with some muted guitar - this is the album for you. What a genius. I like most of Herbie - his jazz and his earlier funk periods are my favourites. I don't like rap that much, but I didn't even mind rockit. This though is a great album and id even say a move away from the more jazz pent up funk like headhunters.
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