Diamond Head album cover
Diamond Head

Phil Manzanera

Island Records

Phil Manzanera’s debut solo album in 1975 is almost a Roxy Music album in essence – literally the only member from that band’s contemporary lineup who didn’t appear was Bryan Ferry. Split between vocal and instrumental numbers throughout – guest singers included another Roxy veteran and regular collaborator, Brian Eno, as well as Robert Wyatt, John Wetton and Quiet Sun bandmate Bill MacCormick – Diamond Head’s sleek, easy feeling readily showcases Manzanera’s stirring guitar on songs like the title track and the concluding “Alma.”

Ned Raggett

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