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Man At The Roundhouse 1976 (Voiceprint/Music Video Distributors DVD)


Picture: C†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: D†††† Main Program: C+



I had barely heard of the South Wales/Welch band simply known as Man and for a very long time, but as the world of DVD continues to unearth interesting gems here and there, Man At The Roundhouse 1976 is a fine (if short) half-hourish program that shows the group behind the scenes talking, touring and playing.By this time, they had moved to then-MCA Records (now Universal Music) after establishing themselves at the Pye and United Artists labels and weíre on the verge of breaking up.


This, in effect, was from the farewell tour for the Welsh Connection album and captures a band that had much talent to the point that two of the members (John McKenzie & Phil Ryan) wanted to go onto other projects.With their combination of Blues, Country-Rock and even Psychedelic and Progressive Rock elements in their work, including the following:


1)     Let The Good Times Roll

2)     7171-551

3)     Babe, Iím Gonna Leave You

4)     Címon

5)     Born With A Future

6)     Bananas



The best thing about this program is that it makes you want to hear more of their work, especially before they reunited in 1983.Their run began in 1968 and they are yet another great act of the time that is in deeply overdue need of rediscovery.


The 1.33 X 1 image is from material shot on film (like 16mm) but is a videotaped copy (analog PAL format?) and is a bit dull throughout.Hope a print can be dug up for Blu-ray sometime.The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is a bit better, but can sometimes be rough.There are no extras.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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