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Mandoki Soulmates - 2020 - "We Say Thank You"

(11:03; Purple Pyramid Records)


Here we have a single which is a collaboration between Hungarian-born producer, drummer and singer Leslie Mandoki and Ian Anderson. While Anderson is one of the most famous musicians and flautists in rock music, for those who have not previously heard of Mandoki he first became known for being a member of Dschingis Khan in Germany before forming ManDoki Soulmates in 1993 where he combines elements of Progressive rock with jazz. What we have here are three different versions of the same song, which is a tribute to all those who have kept everything running as part of essential services. As a retailer of more than 40 years it is nice to see shop workers recognised alongside doctors and nurses, as so many people put themselves and their families at risk to keep the world turning, many of whom who are on minimum wage. The three versions are as follows:- 1. Duet with Ian Anderson. 2. New Version with Ian Anderson and Leslie Mandoki featuring Soulmates: Supertramp saxophonist John Helliwell, multi Grammy Winner Randy Brecker (on trumpet), Chair of Berklee's Bass Department Steve Bailey, Simon Phillips (drums, along with Leslie),and backup singers: Bobby Kimball (Toto) and Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann's Earth Band). 3. Unplugged, Acoustic, Living-Room-Concert, with Ian & Leslie, Randy, Steve, John. To be honest the song is twee in the extreme, and Ianís voice is shot and strained, but that is no surprise given the issues he has been having with it for years. Mandoki has far more emotion and breadth, and it will be interesting to hear his next release. Tull fans will of course need to get this, but as one who has spent considerable money on his collection of all things connected with the band, I must say it is unlikely I will play it again.

Progtector: October 2020

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