At the Roundhouse 1976 [DVD]

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In December 1976 Man, about to split, decided to give some farewell concerts at the Roundhouse in London (although they did end up coming together again in 1983). Footage from these performances forms the core of this nearly hour-long film, which also incorporates some interviews with the band, backstage scenes, and bits with roadies and fans. This wasn't Man's prime lineup, drummer Mickey Jones being the only original member, though guitarist Deke Leonard and keyboardist Phil Ryan were on their third and second stints, respectively, with the highly changeable outfit. It's a straightforward documentary, competently filmed before a highly enthusiastic audience on a stage bathed in the pale lighting effects common to the period. The six songs featured present progressive rock prone to detour-like instrumental passages and a bit of AOR, the audience going, well, bananas for the extended set-closer "Bananas." The non-stage interview footage is on the mundane side and, as seen on the 2007 DVD issue, the film itself is a bit faded (though not seriously so), making this even more of a relic of primary interest to Man's considerable cult following.