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Mancini, Nan (and JDB) - 1979 It's A Mans World

ARTIST: Mancini, Nan (And JDB)
ALBUM: It's A Mans World
LABEL: Windsong
SERIAL: BXL-1-3498
YEAR: 1979


LINEUP: Nan Mancini - lead vocals * Bobby Bunten - guitars * Chris Darway - keyboards * Fran Smith Jr - bass * David Mohn - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Teenage Love Affair * 02 Midnight Show * 03 Talk Of The Town * 04 Help (Is On Its Way) * 05 Mans World * 06 Rock And Roll Blues * 07 Unkind Boy * 08 People Say

JDB stands for Johnny's Dance Band, a Philadelphia based group who released two albums, the second 'Love Wounds, Flesh Wounds' produced by Jon Bon's uncle Tony Bongiovi and Bob Clearmountain. Like Baby Grand, Johnny's Dance Band had a major deal but couldn't break out of the local Philly scene, although they did play some pretty big shows opening for Leo Sayer, Procol Harum, Orleans, Gamma and Patti Smyth. By the time their third and final album 'It's A Man's World' was released, lead vocalist Nan Mancini, her name and ample physical attributes were now out front and star of the show.

The Songs
The problem with this third record is the typical bar band material. Now according to what I've read, the group's management meddled in the material on the first couple records. I'm not sure if that was the case here, but if they didn't, they should have. The albums opener 'Teenage Love Affair' is bouncy new wave with a mundane chorus sounding like Blondie on a bad day while 'Midnight Show' is an ugly disco cash-in with Mancini's endless teasing 'Let's do it' wearing thin after a while. Usually I like a pop/AOR/disco mix, but this just doesn't do it for me and I won't even bother with 'Talk Of The Town' or 'Help (Is On The Way)' which are so poor; I can't believe they didn't motivate Windsong to pass on the record entirely. 'Man's World' is interesting and definitely single material as well as the best song on the album which drops even further in quality, if that's possible, on the remaining three cuts.

In Summary
After 'It's A Man's World' flopped, the band carried on into the early 80's when they smartly packed it in. According to Mancini, money and 'artistic fulfillment' were the reasons the group split and I can understand both, especially the latter as this record is nothing to be proud of. Oh yeah, train spotters will recognize the name Fran Smith Jr. from his work with The Hooters which I'm guessing in his mind had to be a major step up the ladder from this aural mess.

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#1 | gdazegod on February 09 2009 03:04:02
She kinda looks like Sandra Bullock on the cover jacket. This lot sounded promising, but weren't able to deliver.
#2 | super80boy on January 28 2013 04:59:33
I've had this for probably 7-8 years, but after reading your review I pulled it out and gave it a spin again. If your really into female led pop rock with new wave and disco influences, this one is for you.
#3 | gdazegod on January 28 2013 06:38:20
Is there a download of this anywhere? I know someone who's after a copy.. ?
#4 | reyno-roxx on January 28 2013 07:48:08
Man, I used to know Bobby Bunten. He kept his involvement in this band quiet! He was playing keyboards for Britny Fox on tour back in 1988/89.
#5 | gdazegod on January 28 2013 07:57:43
Hence the Philly connection.. lol!

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