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Albums Of The Week: Man | Life On The Road – On Air 1972-1983

Tune in to 224 minutes of live fare from the beloved Welsh psychedelic proggers.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Formed in 1968, Man earned well deserved praise for a series of wonderful albums issued between 1969 and 1976. Their U.S. West Coast influenced sound also gained them a loyal following on the live circuit where their instrumental prowess was given room to shine.

Initially enjoying success in Germany, by 1972 Man had begun to enjoy success in Britain and from 1972 they recorded a series of acclaimed sessions and live concerts for BBC Radio One, had a BBC TV documentary made about them and appeared on the influential TV series The Old Grey Whistle Test.

With ever changing lineups throughout the 1970s, Man disbanded in 1976 after a farewell concert at The Roundhouse in London (a location of some of their legendary concerts). They reformed in 1983, appearing at The Reading Festival that year and would go on to record a further series of excellent albums and undertake extensive touring.

Life On The Road is a four-CD, two-DVD box featuring three complete sets recorded for BBC Radio One’s In Concert series between 1972 and 1975, along with a further 10 session tracks recorded for Sound Of The ’70s, John Peel and Bob Harris, two tracks recorded live in 1976 for Radio Trent and the band’s set at Reading Festival in 1983. All the tracks have been remastered from the original master tapes.

The DVDs feature previously unreleased appearances from the Old Grey Whistle Test and the recently discovered 28-minute BBC-TV documentary filmed in 1973 titled Man’s Seven Inch Record, along with the Farewell At The Roundhouse show from 1976.

Completed by an illustrated booklet featuring a new essay, this release captures various lineups of Man at their finest and is a truly special collection by a wonderful band.”