Mark Mansfield | It Happened One Evening

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It Happened One Evening

by Mark Mansfield

Retrospective blend of chamber pop, lo fi, and progressive rock, recording spanned some years, the first group of songs were recorded in Hollywood in the late 70s, the balance in Washington, DC, in the mid-80s. Remixed and newly mastered.
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1. It Happened One Evening
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2. The Flying Dutchman
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3. Hold On, Be Strong
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4. You're Too Much for Me
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5. The Underworld
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6. Marie
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7. Sad to Blue
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8. Time Isn't Ever Enough
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9. If It's So Easy
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10. Song of Songs
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Released June 2010, on Lucid Veil Records: 10-song CD titled "It Happened One Evening" -- a retrospective blend of chamber pop, lo fi, and progressive rock, the recording spanned some years, the first group of songs being completed in Hollywood, the balance later in DC. Remixed, sequenced, and mastered this year. Musicians playing on songs recorded in Hollywood included Peter Case (The Plimsouls, The Nerves), Patrick Jones (The Red Rockers), and Glen Laughlin (The Dickies).

From Roctober Magazine, October 2010:
"(Lucid Veil) Mark is the man! Dramatic story songs, or story-like songs with madrigal like singing and sax or harmony or keyboard flourishes that make this fall somewhere between lo-fi Phil Spector drama and outsider art."

From Sea of Tranquility, September 2010:
"sounds like Al Stewart and dare I say, at least on 'The Flying Dutchman,' a bit like Roy Orbison. . . . memorable film-score-like sax solos on the title track and 'Song of Songs.'"


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Dale Nickey

Mark Mansfield - It Happened One Evening
This is Mark Mansfield’s second solo release and is the finest collection in his canon, which includes his under-appreciated and under-promoted solo debut "Love’s Final Round". Mansfield has also released multiple albums under the band name, "The Redeemers". This new album contains recordings that predate all his previous releases. The album serves as an anthology of his earliest studio recordings from the 70s and early 80s. Additionally, it’s a prequel that documents Mr. Mansfield’s eclectic tastes before he fully immersed himself in 60s-style garage rock and country; all that being said, the thematic cogency of the songs confers on "It Happened One Evening" the gravitas of a standalone album.

The CD's initial songs recorded in Hollywood boast a studio band that included future Plimsouls' main man, Peter Case; Dickies' guitarist, Glen Laughlin; and future Red Rockers' drummer, Patrick Jones. The later songs, recorded in Washington, DC, were cut solo with Winwoodian efficiency and polish. The final result is a Proustian remembrance of things past -- more than simply a collection of pop ditties, "It Happened One Evening" is a progressive song cycle that gains sustenance from that potent elixir, containing equal parts romance, innocence and hope, though never entirely absent the chill evening mist of mortality. 

The title cut, which also opens the CD, establishes an atmosphere of autumnal twilight ambiance that pervades the entire project. Starry-night keyboards and earnest Anglo-tinged vocals evoke a dark pastel shade of melancholy that is both of its time and timeless. This is chamber pop from someone who had their life changed by the Beatles. And while the album never descends into slavish imitation, one cannot help but note swatches of Al Stewart and the Beau Brummels woven into the tapestry. Reinforced is the notion that sad songs are the most beautiful and can be attractively packaged with deft songcraft and a bearable lightness of being. The finest cut on the album is "Sad To Blue" (inexplicably buried seventh in the running order). It has an eerie, atmospheric vibe that carries the faintest whiff of Bryan Ferry’s earliest, spookiest, piano balladry. And, in a perfect galaxy, the lilting, sourball confection "The Underworld" would be a crossover MOR hit.

This attractively packaged and expertly remastered CD deserves a wider audience and more media attention than it will probably get. However, those who still bring any degree of imagination to their music listening will be greatly rewarded by "It Happened One Evening".