Each of the following links provides a sound clip in Real Audio format. If you don't have a Real Audio player, visit their site to get one.
So... the quality of these sound clips is by no means wonderful, something like a mono AM radio broadcast. But if you haven't heard them before, it will at least give you some idea of what the Man band sound like. I've upgraded the original files using a newer version of the encoder, so the file lengths are a little larger, but sound quality is perceptibly better. Each file is between 90K and 120K, and provides 40-60 seconds of music.
Incidentally, I have been asked more than once about providing mp3 clips... I've decided against this, since, as mp3 quality is closer to CD quality, I have reservations about the possibility of the band being denied income. Should the Man band ever become multi millionaire tax exiles who don't care about the odd CD purchase, I'll think again.
The Winter 98 Tour revealed some amazing changes to the set list. Two of the revived tracks included are Brother Arnold's Red And White Striped Tent from 2 ozs of Plastic, (the sixties!), and Manillo, from Do You Like It Here Now.
Eddie Waring is from the Xmas at the Patti album, originally a real rarity on vinyl; it's essentially Help Yourself plus Deke. One for lovers of the wah-wah.
The band's first studio album of the 90's was The Twang Dynasty, and the memorable riff of A Feather on the Scales of Justice is so good, I can't understand why it was dropped from the live set.
Man's finest album of the 70's is generally thought to be Rhinos Winos and Lunatics, which is where Taking the Easy Way Out Again is taken from.
Slow Motion came out later the same year (1974) and had an overall darker mood; Grasshopper is especially melancholic.
Welsh Connection was the final non live album of that decade; Ride and the View alone survives in today's live set, but in a much altered form - this original is mean and moody, rather than the current vigourous version.
A perennial favourite is Spunk Rock, sometimes heard these days as a third or fourth encore. This version is from the All's Well live album that marked the band's farewell to the 1980's.
Finally, a Deke solo piece which became a Man staple - 7171-551, here as heard on Maximum Darkness in 1975.