Listen Now

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Listen Now
Listen Now cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released23 September 1977
RecordedDecember 1975-July 1977
StudioBasing Street Studios, London; The Manor Studio, Oxford
GenreExperimental rock, Art rock, Progressive rock
Length45:57 (LP)
54:03 (2000 Virgin CD version)
LabelExpression, Polydor
ProducerPhil Manzanera
Phil Manzanera/801 chronology
801 Live
Listen Now
801 Manchester

Listen Now is the only studio album by 801, whose live debut was released in November 1976. For this release, the group was officially billed as "Phil Manzanera/801".


In 1977, hoping to capitalise on the success of 801 Live, a revised version of 801 (now known as Phil Manzanera/801) recorded and released a studio album with additional collaborating musicians including Kevin Godley and Lol Creme of 10cc, and Tim Finn and Eddie Rayner of Split Enz. Only Phil Manzanera and Bill MacCormick remain important members of the band, while Francis Monkman, Simon Phillips and Eno are treated as sidekicks. Lloyd Watson left the project altogether. Vocal duties were shared by Simon Ainley and MacCormick. Many of the same personnel were to contribute to Manzanera's album of the following year, K-Scope.

The album was first rereleased on CD by EG Records without bonus tracks and in 2000 by Virgin with three tracks previously unavailable. The "Flight 19" b-side "Car Rhumba" was rereleased on the CD version of Phil Manzanera's Diamond Head as "Carhumba". One track, "Rude Awakening", was a leftover from the original session, while the remaining two tracks ("Blue Gray Uniform" and "Remote Control") are demos recorded at PLS studios. "Remote Control" was re-recorded and ended up on Manzanera's 1978 album K-Scope.

Track listing[edit]

1977 LP track listing[edit]

Side One[edit]

  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

Side Two[edit]

  1. "¿Que?" (Manzanera) - 1:18
  2. "City of Light" (Bill MacCormick, Manzanera) - 7:09
  3. "Initial Speed" (Manzanera) - 4:44
  4. "Postcard Love" (Bill MacCormick, Manzanera) - 4:34
  5. "That Falling Feeling" (Ian MacCormick, Manzanera) - 5:15

2000 Virgin CD version[edit]

  1. "Listen Now" (Bill MacCormick, Ian MacCormick, Phil Manzanera) - 7:57
  2. "Flight 19" (Ian MacCormick, Manzanera) - 5:28
  3. "Island" (Manzanera) - 5:18
  4. "Law and Order" (Bill MacCormick, Manzanera) - 4:07
  5. "Rude Awakening" (Manzanera) - 1:10
  6. "¿Que?" (Manzanera) - 1:18
  7. "City of Light" (Bill MacCormick, Manzanera) - 7:09
  8. "Initial Speed" (Manzanera) - 4:44
  9. "Postcard Love" (Bill MacCormick, Manzanera) - 4:34
  10. "That Falling Feeling" (Ian MacCormick, Manzanera) - 5:15
  11. "Blue Gray Uniform" (Peter Wheeler) - 2:54
  12. "Remote Control" (Ian MacCormick) - 4:15


  • Martin Lawrence, Rhett Davies - engineer
  • Philip Castle - design, design concept