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Artist:

Manning

Album:

One Small Step...

Year: 2005
Format: CD
Label: ProgRock
Genre: [Progressive Rock/Folk/Pop]
Overall Rating: 8.5
Music: 8.5
Production: 8.5


Guy Manning's seventh studio album brings a refreshing breeze of relaxed, upbeat progrock. Inspired by the original artwork of Ed Unitsky (an artist, whose art can previously be seen on albums by The Flower Kings, The Tangent, and last but not least Guy Manning). In case you aren't familiar with Manning's work, he has lately gained some recognition by being a member of the rather successful progressive rock band Tangent.

As a multi-instrumentalist, Manning has performed almost all the music on this record himself. Regardless, also other talented musicians share their musicianship on this CD... Martin Orford of IQ & Jadis fame, Laura Fowles and Gareth Harwood, to name but a few. The music on this album is emotive, and the arrangements contain tactful depth to them. Indeed a very pleasant record to which one lets one's mind journey into.

The production of this album has been handled rather well, although some sounds catched my attention unfavourably. Fortunately, this occurred very seldom. Overall, Manning's One Small Step... is a very good progressive rock record. Be sure to give it a listen.

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- MAGE (January 22nd, 2006)



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LINE-UP:
Manning, Guy: Vocals, Keyboards, Acoustic 6 & 12 String & Classical Guitars, Mandolins,
Electric Guitar, Bass, Drums & Percussion, Kitchen Sink

Fowles,  Laura: Saxophones & Vocals
Harwood, Gareth: Electric Lead Guitars
Fairbairn, Ian: Fiddle
Ashton, Rick: Additional Bass & Backing Vocals
Orford, Martin: Flute
Baskind, Simon: Drums Consultant
Producer: Unavailable
Mixing by: Unavailable
Mastering by: Brow, Paul
TRACKLIST:
Manning - One Small Step...  CD  Cover Image
01. In Swingtime
02. Night Voices
03. No Hiding Place
04. The Mexico Line
One Small Step... (Parts I-VIII)
  05. Star Gazing
  06. For Example...
  07. At the End of My Rope
  08. Man of God
  09. A Blink of the Eye
  10. God of Man
  11. Black and Blue
  12. Upon Returning

Length: 57:43
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