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Bond, The - 1988 Prints Of Peace

ARTIST: Bond, The
ALBUM: Prints Of Peace
LABEL: Marshall Pickering
YEAR: 1988
CD REISSUE: CD Reissue as 'Peace Offering' 1996, Cyclops CYCL 042 (with bonus tracks)


LINEUP: Geoff Mann - vocals, electric & acoustic guitars, drum programming, percussion, keyboards * Dave Mortimer - electric & acoustic guitars * Steve Ridley - keyboards, drum programming, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Gateway Into Heaven * 02 Sob Stories * 03 High Ground * 04 Seriously Siblings * 05 Don't You Wait * 06 Stranded * 07 Looking For Love * 08 Table Talk


In his short 37 years, the late Geoff Mann left a lasting legacy of not only great music with Twelfth Night and solo work, but as an individual who stood up for and lived his Christian faith while retaining artistic and creative integrity. Following his conversion to Christianity, Mann departed Twelfth Night in 1983, released a series of pop and prog albums on his own and as the A Geoff Mann Band as well as becoming an ordained priest into The Church of England. His life touched many in the progressive community including my own, having to special order via snail mail all the A Geoff Mann Band and Twelfth Night albums in the ancient pre-internet days and only to learn of his 1993 passing in Kerrang! magazine a couple months after the fact.

The Songs
Mann formed The Bond in 1985 as a three-piece while still studying for the priesthood and raising a family which I imagine had to be exhausting but he pulled it off, releasing two back to back albums on the Marshall Pickering label (yeah, me neither), 'Won By One' in 1987 which actually got a decent review in Kerrang! from some guy named Derek Oliver(!) and a year later 'Prints Of Peace' which I think is the better album by a lamb's tail. Sound-wise some might be thrown off by the Roland drum machine and lyrically it's very much what you'd expect from a man of God in the making with a handful of decent cuts on display. 'Gateway Into Heaven' is fantastic hook-drenched synth-pop with Mann's vocals coming across like an unusual mixture of The Human League's Philip Oakey and Peter Hammill. Both 'Sob Stories' and 'High Ground' are firmly set in the classic neo prog style although pride of place definitely goes to 'Seriously Siblings' which recalls Geoff's best work with Twelfth Night and was even included on the collectable late 80's Steve Wilson financed 'Double Exposure' various artists 2-LP set. Unfortunately, the record's remaining tracks are a tad lacklustre in comparison, good and tuneful but not nearly as memorable.

In Summary
The much-missed Cyclops label reissued 'Prints Of Peace' on CD with a clutch of 'Won By One' demos with the title 'Peace Offering' and while long deleted, copies are still pretty easy to find as is most of the Geoff Mann catalog which hopefully will be the case for many years to come.

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