Far out, Man
From page 23 of Classic Rock Magazine Christmas 2003
WELSH PSYCHEDELIC ROCKERS MAN returned to Britain from Seattle with the tapes of what would be only their second studio album since the band re-formed 10 years previously. Released on the German Hypertension label, ‘Call Down The Moon’ was a conscious return to their free- wheeling, jamming style of the 70s when they earned comparisons to Zappa, the Grateful Dead and Quicksilver Messenger Service for the quality of their musical improvisation.
The immediate previous occupants of the studio were the Presidents Of The United States Of America, a quirky trio on their way to a surprise transatlantic hit single with ‘Lump’. But neither this nor Seattle’s ‘birthplace of grunge’ status would impinge too much on Man’s music, which was intended, according to co- producer Ron Sanchez, to “have the classic Man sounds we all expect to hear”.
For guitarist/vocalist Deke Leonard, the biggest problem was America’s anti- cigarette culture. “Studio; bed; studio; bed; studio; bed. It’s rather cold, and the studio has a no-smoking policy. Without nicotine life is meaningless...” Light(en) up, boyo!