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Uncut DECEMBER 2005 - by Nick Hasted
PHIL MANZANERA: 50 MINUTES LATER
6PM follow-up from Roxy guitarist.
Kicking off with a brace of Swinging London flashbacks that namecheck UFO and IT, this at times recalls George Harrison's Beatlesesque Cloud Nine in its determined nostalgia. Far more interesting are collaborations with one of that scene's key figures, Wyatt, and old mucker Eno. 50 Minutes Mas Tarde, especially, combines oxygen-mask breath, jazz piano and Wyatt's fragile cornet and voice to open-ended effect. Like the tango noir Desaparecido , it also invokes Manzanera's Latin American past. The undefined experiments and flat-footed rock-outs don't really I cohere; a task for the reactivated Roxy, you'd like to think.