Phil Manzanera

Phil Manzanera is an English musician, songwriter, and producer who emerged as the guitarist of  Roxy Music. Between 1972 and 1982, he recorded eight studio albums with the band. Pre-fame, he played in Quiet Sun, which reformed for the 1975 album Mainstream.

In 1976, he brought Kiki art-rockers Split Enz to the UK and produced their Chrysalis release Second Thoughts.

Manzanera debuted as a solo artist with the 1975 Island release Diamond Head, followed by the 1977–78 albums Listen Now and K-Scope, both recorded with Enz frontman Tim Finn and 10cc alumni Kevin Godley and Lol Creme.


Early Life

He was born Philip Geoffrey Targett-Adams on January 31, 1951, in London to a Colombian mother and an English father who worked for the British Overseas Airways Corporation. Phil spent his youth in Columbia, Cuba, Hawaii, and Venezuela.


Diamond Head

Phil Manzanera released his debut solo album, Diamond Head, in April 1975 on Island (UK) and Atco (US). Side One features two instrumentals (“Diamond Head,” “The Flex”) and co-writes with singers Robert Wyatt (“Frontera”), Brian Eno (“Big Day”), and John Wetton (“Same Time Next Week”). Side Two has two instrumentals (“East of Echo,” “Lagrima”) between the Eno-sung “Miss Shapiro” and the closing “Alma,” co-written and sung by “Frontera” third-writer Bill MacCormick.

1. “Frontera” (4:02)
2. “Diamond Head” (4:30)
3. “Big Day” (3:44)
4. “The Flex” (3:32)
5. “Same Time Next Week” (4:45)

6. “Miss Shapiro” (6:40)
7. “East of Echo” (5:45)
8. “Lagrima” (2:27)
9. “Alma” (6:48)

Recorded December 1974 – January 1975
Studio Island Studios (London)


Listen Now

Phil Manzanera released his second solo studio album, Listen Now, on September 23, 1977, on Polydor.

1. “Listen Now” (Bill MacCormick, Ian MacCormick, Phil Manzanera) – 7:56
2. “Flight 19” (Ian MacCormick, Manzanera) – 5:33
3. “Island” (Manzanera) – 5:20
4. “Law and Order” (Bill MacCormick, Manzanera) – 4:06

5. “¿Que?” (Manzanera) – 1:18
6. “City of Light” (Bill MacCormick, Manzanera) – 7:09
7. “Initial Speed” (Manzanera) – 4:44
8. “Postcard Love” (Bill MacCormick, Manzanera) – 4:34
9. “That Falling Feeling” (Ian MacCormick, Manzanera) – 5:15

Recorded December 1975-July 1977
Studio
Basing Street Studios, London
The Manor, Shipton-on-Cherwell


K-Scope

Phil Manzanera released his third album, K-Scope, in 1978 on E.G. and Polydor.

1. “K-Scope” Manzanera (4:32)
2. “Remote Control” Ian MacCormick (2:37)
3. “Cuban Crisis” Manzanera, Bill MacCormick (6:02)
4. “Hot Spot” Manzanera, Ian MacCormick (5:02)
5. “Numbers” Manzanera, John Wetton (3:29)

6. “Slow Motion TV” Manzanera, Bill MacCormick, Simon Ainley (3:12)
7. “Gone Flying” Manzanera, Bill MacCormick (4:27)
8. “N-Shift” Manzanera (5:33)
9. “Walking Through Heaven’s Door” Manzanera, Bill MacCormick (6:52)
10. “You Are Here” Manzanera (3:20)

Recorded March–May 1978
Studio Sun Park Studios, Surrey


Discography:

  • Diamond Head (1975)
  • Listen Now (1977 • Phil Manzanera / 801)
  • K-Scope (1978)
  • Primitive Guitars (1982)
  • Wetton Manzanera (1987 • Wetton Manzanera)
  • Crack the Whip (1988 • Manzanera Mackay)
  • Mato Grosso (1990 • Phil Manzanera & Sérgio Dias)
  • Southern Cross (1990)

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