Man - Live at the Rainbow (1972)
I'm very happy someone asked for this album to be re-up. A way to celebrate the great underrated musician Micky Jones was. In this short-lived version of Man, he was in charge of the leadership and this has always been my favorite period of the band (sorry for Deke Leonard but that's my humble opinion). So here it is, captured during the Be Good To Yourself tour. And never forget Man. Catch it here.
I just learned that Micky Jones died last March. Quite late indeed but I knew he had brain tumour for years and didn't go anymore on the Man main page. Cos' Micky Jones was one of the 2 leaders of the Welsh band Man, (the other being Deke Leonard) one of my fave bands, and a great composer, guitarist and singer, and, if I judge by the various testimonies (here, there, or there), a great man too. My fave period of the long Man story is actually the short one during which Deke Leonard had quitted the band, between 1972 and 1973. Micky Jones was therefore the only captain of the ship and conducted the band in long sets of semi-instrumentals that are as exciting today than at the times they were composed. No many bands have succeeded in that difficult exercise. This is during this period this concert was recorded. Actually the LP (a bootleg) could have been entitled Be Good To Yourself At Least Once A Day Live since the setlist is the same than this studio album, my fave of the band. It's the quintessence of what US west coast sound mixed with brit rock could produce. And don't forget Terry Williams on drums, one of my 5 fave drummers of all times (with BJ Wilson, Ian Paice, Stuart Elliott and Dale Crover).