Welsh rockers Man had some success in the late 1960s and early ’70s, turning out noodling rock jams. By 1976, though, Mickey Jones was the only founding member of the group left. He was joined by guitarist Deke Leonard (then on his third stint with the band), drummer Terry Williams, bassist John McKenzie and keyboardist Phil Ryan. Despite a couple years together with this roster, they all decided to part ways, and put together a farewell tour (nevermind that they would reform in 1983, actually) which culminated with a trio of shows in December of 1976, at the Roundhouse in Chalk Farm.
Unfortunately for Man fans, this newly released concert disc, running 52 minutes in total, doesn’t offer up the full set, but rather just six tunes from the band’s relative heyday — “Let the Good Times Roll,” “7171-551,” “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You,” “C’Mon,” “Born with a Future” and “Bananas.” On the plus side, there is plenty of interview footage interspersed between the musical numbers. Draining pints together, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of drama or acrimony to the split; McKenzie just says there’s been “spilt milk,” and everyone is interested in pursuing different musical avenues. (In a moment of somewhat unintentional amusement, Ryan says that he wants to be in a band with three female singers.) Manager Barrie Marshall and road manager David Hall also pop up talking about their work with the band; the former seems kind of drained, like he’s watching the promise of a mortgage payment go up in smoke. Finally, there’s also a bit of rehearsal and backstage footage, with Jones stretching and warming up, and Ryan letting loose with a shimmery keyboard riff, and explaining that “people on certain substances like that kind of thing.”
Housed in a regular-sized, clear Amray case and presented on a region-free disc, this DVD plays in full screen, and the video — a combination of 8mm and 16mm, I’d say — is well-worn, and certainly not the title’s strongest selling point. The stereo audio, however, is strong and consistent, both in the performance segments and during the interview chats. Apart from a short essay by Jon Kirkman on the inside sleeve of the DVD cover, there are unfortunately no supplemental bonus materials here, though, further making this title of interest only to a small niche audience. To purchase the disc via Amazon, click here. C+ (Concert) C- (Disc)