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Phil Manzanera “The Music 1972-2008” (Expression Records)

From what I’ve read elsewhere, this two-disc set (+ a bonus DVD) isn’t as complete as it should be. I can’t agree or disagree with that statement due to the fact that I’m not familiar with Phil Manzanera’s music or his career. So, I couldn’t say what’s important and what isn’t. However, I don’t believe my opinion…or the opinion of any other writer…should matter all that much because Phil picked the tracks to include on this release. When an artist is the one who decides what tracks best sum up their career…well…you can’t really argue with that…can you? So, it’s obvious that these tunes are important to him and that should make this a release worth checking out. Disc one covers the 70’s and 80’s and includes songs from Roxy Music and his solo work. The second disc covers more of his solo work and the DVD features a somewhat informative documentary about his career as well as some other footage. It’s a nice package and there’s a lot to take in. Obviously, a lot of time and effort was put into this release and, if you’re a fan, this will probably be an album that you’ll appreciate.

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