Maximum Darkness

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Maximum Darkness
Live album by Man
Released September 1975 (September 1975)
Recorded live at The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, 26th May 1975 with the Manor Mobile
Genre Psychedelic rock, Progressive rock
Length 50:15
Label United Artists Records
Producer Man
Man chronology
Slow Motion
Maximum Darkness
The Welsh Connection
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
DPRP 6/10 stars[2]

Maximum Darkness is an album by the Welsh psychedelic/progressive rock band Man and was released on the United Artists Records label September 1975. It was the second complete live album released by the band, and featured John Cipollina as special guest.[3] Rumours that Micky Jones had to over-dub Cipollina’s guitar, as it was out of tune, before the album could be released,[4] are greatly exaggerated. Only one track, "Bananas," had to have his playing removed/replaced, per Deke Leonard: "Everything ... which sounds like Cippolina is Cippolina."M. Jones tribute The album spent 2 weeks in the UK album chart, peaking at No 25.[5] It was the band's last release on United Artists, before moving to MCA Records.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "7171-551"   Deke Leonard 11:05
2. "Codine"   Buffy St. Marie 7:40
3. "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You"   Darling, Bennett, Bredon 6:30
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Many Are Called But Few Get Up"   Martin Ace, Clive John, Micky Jones, Leonard, Terry Williams 13:40
2. "Bananas"   Jones, Phil Ryan, Williams, John 11:20

Bonus tracks[edit]

Esoteric Recordings ECLEC 2061 (2008)
  • "C'Mon" (23:56)
  • "Romain" (5:00)

Both tracks recorded live at The Keystone, Berkeley, California in April 1975.[2]


  • Micky Jones – Guitar, Vocals
  • Deke Leonard – Guitar, Vocals
  • Terry Williams – Drums, Vocals
  • Martin Ace – Bass, Guitar, Vocals




  1. ^ "allmusic ((( Maximum Darkness > Overview )))". Retrieved 2009-12-01. 
  2. ^ a b Hughs, Mark. "CD & DVD Reviews". Dutch Progressive Rock Page. Retrieved 2009-12-01. 
  3. ^ "Manband Archive - Music". Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  4. ^ Buckley, Jonathan; Ellingham, Mark, eds. (1996). Rock: The Rough Guide - Man (1st ed.). London: Rough Guides Ltd. pp. 539–540. ISBN 1-85828-201-2. 
  5. ^ Chart Stats for Man Albums Retrieved 14 August 2009.