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Manteca - Manteca Album

Manteca - Manteca Album Performer: Manteca
Title: Manteca
Label: 720 6WF
# Cat: AA 9071
Released: 1979
Country: Australia
FLAC album: 1032 mb
MP3 album: 1920 mb
Rating: 4.3
Genre: Jazz / Hispanic / Soul


2Oh My Stars
3I Remember
4Watermelon Man
5Lovin People
7A Brand New Love Affair
9Summer Funky Fever


  • Backing VocalsDee Baude, Joanne Vine, Sue Bluck
  • BassPaul Pooley
  • DrumsRick Whittle
  • EngineerNorbert Roth
  • FluteUew Stengel
  • GuitarLenny Parker
  • PercussionGary Ridge
  • PianoAlan Pithers
  • ProducerHarold Aspinall
  • SaxophonePaul Millard
  • SynthesizerBruce Johnson
  • TromboneNigel Crocker
  • TrumpetBrendon Darby
  • VocalsAlan Lyford


Australia's "Manteca" . Their debut album released in 1979 by the Perth Radio Station 720 6WF with the very funky version of Herbie Hancock's classic "Watermelon Man".

Recorded in the 6WF Studios, Perth W.A. October 1979


  • Recorded At – 6WF Studios
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Australian Broadcasting Commission
  • Pressed By – EMI Custom Records – YPRX1628


Comments: (1)
The debut album by West Australia’s Manteca. Recorded in 1979, the group fuses a mix of jazz, funk and rock together to form their sound. Half the albums style is funky rock featuring Alan Lyford’s vocals, which kind of sound like mid 70’s Average white band, Tower of Power etc. The other half is instrumental jazz, funk.

The albums best tracks are the instrumentals. There’s a nice cover of Weather Report’s “Birdland”, but the stand out track is their 8:45 minutes version of Herbie Hancock’s classic “Watermelon man”. Its a very funky instrumental groove that stays true to the original, kicking off with that unforgettable flute intro. Paul Pooley lays down a slow churning funk bass line and Rick Whittle drops in some fat drum to start the funk rolling. The band bring in the horns and guitar to top off the groove. Killer stuff from West Australia.

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