Tuesday, September 15, 2009


found 801 live on vinyl at doc's today. 801 was a roxy music offshoot band put together by phil manzanera and brian eno while roxy was on hiatus in '76. they played three shows; the third was recorded and released. (in albany, brian quigley had been a big fan of manzanera's diamond head alb; i remember stephen gray used to call him "philman zanera," to my great amusement. stuart bell, who was a big eno fan, played this a lot when we shared the bottom floor of the now-demolished house at collinwood and sanguinet the first half of '79.)

this was the first live album where all the instruments except the drums were recorded direct to the board. it's definitely my fave roxy-associated thang, and my fave eno except for maybe before and after science. i love the version of "tomorrow never knows" and didn't realize until just now that the little fillip i always used to play when we did this song at the wreck room jams was stolen from this record. (thanks, philman.) the second side, with eno's "baby's on fire" and "miss shapiro" and phil's "diamond head," is boss. i also like their cover of "you really got me" better than van halen's, but you knew that.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

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4:39 AM  
Blogger Grubbermeister said...

Definitely a keeper, there. Phil and the guys are just awesome!

9:59 AM  

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