When I was exploring the library music relating to space I was shocked to see there were some Francis Monkman albums I had missed out on, amongst them one entitled Tempus Fugit. And it turned out to be quite something!
In fact, in the annus mirabilis of 1978 he made or perhaps contributed to no fewer than 5 records.
Do we remember who he was? I actually had to look it up, I thought he was with one of those generic british early proggers, it was actually the prolific band Curved Air he was a member of, which was too commercially watered down for my taste, and I guess after they disbanded he got into the library music scene, how gratifying that must have been for him... at least it is for us now!! At times he sounds like some watered down Lasry, and I think overall, he doesn't quite approach the variety that Hawkshaw was able to put forth in his library oeuvre... but he does come close here.
The astonishing composition called Daredevil (e.g. Evil Knevil, for those who remember!)
From Pictures, Slow Wave is simply stunning as a soft composition:
From Classical Concussion, check out the Sheer Release, like wow:
Of course the Island Universe from Predictions is very very Hawkshaw-like:
Oh how I miss so much that synthesizer sound that made one note alone sound like a whole orchestra, no, more even, a whole galaxy!
What the heck, I'll throw in all I have from him...
The Great Monkman on keys and guitar: