Mainstream (1975) ...Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music), Bill MacCormick (Matching Mole), Charles Hayward (This Heat) split up in 1972, but reformed in 1975 to record their only album (NME Album of the Month) ...
Sol Caliente ...
- Backing Vocals – Ian MacCormick
- Bass [Electric & Treated Bass], Backing Vocals – Bill MacCormick
- Cover – Nigel Soper
- Drums, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals – Charles Hayward
- Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes], Piano [Steinway Grand], Organ [Hammond & Farfisa], Synthesizer [Vcs3] – Dave Jarrett
- Engineer – Rhett Davies
- Engineer [Assistant] – Robert Ash
- Guitar [6 & 12-string & Treated Guitars], Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes] – Phil Manzanera
- Mastered By – Porky (5)
- Photography By – Richard Wallis
- Producer – Quiet Sun
- Synthesizer, Performer [+ Treatments & Oblique Strategies] – Brian Eno
- Recorded at Island Studios, London, January 1975
Bargain Classics ...
"Informed by the progressive jazz predilections of its band members — yet rooted in the distinctive textural playing of Manzanera – the album sounds like little else of its era. Imagine if Caravan rocked (a lot) harder, and you begin to get a sense of this music.
Largely dispensing both with vocals and pop song convention, the songs on Mainstream aim for the challenging end of the pool, and nearly always hit their mark. At times the songs feel improvised, and while tracks like “Sol Caliente” move in multiple directions at once, they’re carefully thought-out pieces. Manzanera’s guitar shrieks and screams while the band engages in some tricky, jazzy playing underneath. Like modern jazz, each player’s part is inventive and worth individual attention. Like prog, there’s power and fury in much of the playing. Yet like rock, it, well, rocks." ... Rocking caravans ...