CD Nowhere [S.F. Seals] (CD 1155512),
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Nowhere [S.F. Seals]

  • 1. Back Again
    2. Don't Underestimate Me
    3. 8's
    4. Janine's Dream
    5. Still?
    6. Day 12
    7. Winter Song
    8. Baby Blue
    9. Demons on the Corners
    10. Missing
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 89

  • Credits
    ProducerGreg Freeman; Barbara Manning

    S.F. Seals: Barbara Manning (vocals, guitar); Brentley Pusser (guitar); Melanie Clarin (drums); Alex Behr, P.F. Naclario, J.C. Hopkins, Matt Stahl, Mad V. Dog, Greg Freeman, Seymour Glass, Jay Paget.
    Recorded at Lowdown Studios, San Francisco, California from November 10-21, 1993.
    Recording information: Lowdown Studio, San Francisco, CA (11/10/1993-11/21/1993).
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Alex Behr; Melanie Clarin; Brently Pusser; Jay Paget; J.C. Hopkins; Matt Stahl.
    Best known as a solo artist, singer/songwriter Barbara Manning has been a member of several groups over the years, the most promising of which were the San Francisco Seals (or SF Seals). Manning's mutual love of baseball and the Bay Area was reflected in the name, taken from the minor league Pacific Coast team that lasted until 1957 (and included Joe DiMaggio prior to his celebrated stint in the Yankees). Nowhere, spelled out on the recording as "Now Here," is the first of two full-length albums the SF Seals released before calling it quits a couple of years later. As with many of the projects with which Manning has been involved, it features a number of tasteful covers, most notably Badfinger's chiming "Baby Blue" and Faine Jade's Zombies-sounding "Don't Underestimate Me" (how's that for obscure?). The material all works quite well, with the exception of "Demons on the Corners," eight minutes of ambient noise that would have made more sense as a bonus or hidden track. It threatens to derail the entire mostly pop-oriented enterprise, but is followed by the brassy "Missing," which ends the set on a strong note -- almost as strong as the exuberant "Back Again" which opens it. ~ Kathleen C. Fennessy

  • Critic Reviews
    Alternative Press (9/94, p.83) - "...[Barbara Manning's music] always had an open, endearing quality about it that made it seem a little childlike--not childish. So it's pleasant to catch up with her again in this band..."
    NME (Magazine) (7/2/94, p.43) - 6 - Good - " the midst of such haphazard zealousness...beneath the barrage of esoteric ticklings, SF Seals do manage to play it straight on several occasions..."
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