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Diamond Head

In Roxy Music’s heyday, Phil Manzanera’s bizarre guitar work was as crucial to the trailblazing group’s identity as Bryan Ferry’s mannered vocals. For his delightful 1975 solo debut, Manzanera brought along some of his bandmates, but left the singing to assorted guests. Diamond Head‘s instrumental selections reflect Manzanera’s Latin American roots, inventive playing, and progressive leanings; the rest owe more to his collaborators’ input. Brian Eno’s two songs (”Miss Shapiro” and ”Big Day”) are excellent examples of his all-too-rare vocal efforts; Robert Wyatt’s Spanish delivery of ”Frontera” is another highlight. B+

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