Geoff Mann - In One Era

Monday 1st August 1994
Geoff Mann - In One Era

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Cyclops 004

Reviewed by Andy Long

Geoff had always wanted to package his two solo albums onto one CD and had even come up with the title, it's sad that it never happened until after his death but it's great to see that it has finally happened. The two albums in question are 1984's 'I May Sing Grace', originally on Food For Thought, and 1985's 'Psalm Enchanted Evening' originally released on Geoff's own Wobbly Records. Not having the original vinyl any more I was dead chuffed to get hold of this, being a bit of a completist where Geoff Mann is concerned. Both albums show the immense creativity of a man who could conquer a miniscule recording budget and produce some superb prog rock. Keith Gould contributes some wickedly inventive bass to the 'Grace' album and both feature the famous ghastly green Gibon guitar of Dave Mortimer, who stayed with Geoff to later form The Bond. Geoff's lyrics stretch from homelessness ("Picadilly Square") to materialism ("Green Paper Snow") to worship ("Creation"). The live favourite "Dance" is here in it's original form and the album closes with "Flowers" - 11 and a half minutes of prog heaven. The CD booklet contains photos of Geoff circa '84-'85 as well as some of his own artwork. Sadly one track from each album had to be cut for the sake of time, but nevertheless this is well worth

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