Mantis (23) ‎– Mantis

Sweet Plum ‎– MA 952
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 I Don't Ever Want To Get Married
Arranged By – Mantis (23)Written-By – Christine Williams, Rick Elger
A2 Communique
Arranged By – Mantis (23)Written-By – Christine Williams, Martin Swerdlow, Rick Elger
A3 Walking Away
Arranged By – Mantis (23)Written-By – Rick Elger
A4 What Does It Take
Arranged By – Mantis (23)Written-By – Martin Swerdlow
A5 Fred
Arranged By – Mantis (23)
B1 Hollywood Eyes
Arranged By – Mantis (23)Written-By – Rick Elger
B2 National Blues
Written-By – Rick Elger
B3 Take Me Back
Arranged By – Mantis (23)Written-By – Rick Elger
B4 Eyes Of Fire
Written-By – Christine Williams, Martin Swerdlow

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Album comes in a foil front cover with the stylized black jacket font & artwork design by Carole Risch taken from the lower half of M.C. Escher's 1935 artwork etching "Dream" sans background.

'Reproduction of M.C. Escher's "DREAM" courtesy of the M.C. Escher Foundation' is printed in black text along the bottom spine of the record sleeve.

Tracklist on back of jacket differs from label arrangements.

Martin Swerdlow plays a patchboard synthesizer and various keyboards.

Liner notes: Special Thanks to The Swinging Shepherd

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched): 50.249/253-2 SNG
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched): 50.254/257 SNB
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): MA 952 50.249/253
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): MA 952 50.254/257

Other Versions (2 of 2) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
PROGAOR09 Mantis (23) Mantis(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) PROGAOR PROGAOR09 UK 2020 Sell This Version
SOCD24 Mantis (23) self-titled(CDr, Ltd, RM) Super Oldies SOCD24 US 2018 Sell This Version


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December 6, 2018
This os Mark Bajona. I would like to set the record straight pertaining to what we members played in mantis. Martin Swerdlow played keyboards and a patchboard synth and conducted the band.
Daniel Hutchison played drums
Philip Acker played bass
Mark Bajona played Guitars
Rick Elger sang and played harmonica
Christine Williams sang.

If this message reaches the seller of my album please contact me as o had my only album stolen and sold to a collector named Golan. I will buy my own album if i have to.


December 1, 2017

Obscure Canadian rock band Mantis released their eponymous debut in 1973 brings together a rather edgy collection of pop/rock, giving it an interesting synth sound in parts making for an interesting early crossover addition. Their one and only album was released on Sweet Plum Records.
One former member, Mark Bajona, contributed these memories about his old band:
“I auditioned for the band in Toronto and passed the test, I was 19 at the time. From there I was flown out to Montreal to practice with the band before recording songs at RCA studios in Toronto, which at that time was on Mutual Street. We also used Moe Koffman and Guido Bassa for our orchestrated parts. Martin Swerdlow conducted the orchestra with his musical stick just like any big time conductor. We played a few gigs in Montreal and Toronto but then broke up and I’ve never seen the guys again. I went on to do other projects but not prog.”..