Classic Jellyfish Music Revisited

Roger Joseph Manning Jr – The Land of Pure Imagination

I should write more about this, but the fact is, some of you folks will dig this, and others won't. So I guess I'll just try to sum up a little, to give you an idea of what I'm pushing.

Roger Manning, the extraordinary keyboardist and 'the other' vocalist of the late lamented early 90s pop band Jellyfish, has been making a lot of different music in the last couple of decades, particularly since Jellyfish folded. The music was brilliant, but the market just wouldn't accept them, though they had a healthy legion of fans. Since then, they've become a cult fave, and former members have regrouped in various configurations to work on one another's solo and side project efforts.

However, Jellyfish itself is gone, as former drummer/lead vocalist Andy Stuermer practically disappeared from commercial music after producing a few pop albums for other people you've never heard of. So, much of what has come from the various post-Jellyfish projects has been equally polished and intelligent pop and rock music, but none of it has had that too clever 60s-70s steeped musicology junkie flavour to it.

Until now.

As I said at the top, this may not be for you, but it's dead clever. You should give it a shot. There is some wonderfully cool stuff on this album. I am SO getting my hands on it.

Lee Edward McIlmoyle,
in Limbo, in a state of bliss

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