Automatic ManAutomatic Man

Label:Island Records – ILPS 9397
Vinyl, LP, Album, Embossed Cover
Style:Art Rock, Jazz-Rock, Prog Rock


A1Atlantis Rising Fanfare
Written-ByBayeté (2)
A2Comin' Through
Written-ByBayeté (2)
A3My Pearl3:41
A4One And One
Written-ByBayeté (2)
Written-ByBayeté (2)
Written-ByBayeté (2)
B1Right Back Down
Written-ByBayeté (2), Lou Casabianca
B2There's A Way5:15
B3I.T.D. Interstellar Tracking Devices
Written-ByBayeté (2), Lou Casabianca
B4Automatic Man
Written-ByBayeté (2), Lou Casabianca
B5Atlantis Rising Theme
Written-ByBayeté (2)

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Comes with embossed cover and printed inner sleeve and 10x10 inch poster w. the cover art.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched, variant 1): 24 ILPS 9397 A1 EG RAYS
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched, variant 1): 13 ILPS 9397 B1 EG RAYS
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched, variant 2): 21 ILPS 9397 A1 EG RAYS
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched, variant 2): 19 ILPS 9397 B1 EG RAYS

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Automatic Man (LP, Album)Island RecordsILPS 9397Canada1976
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Automatic Man (LP, Album, Stereo, Terre Haute Pressing)Island Records, Island RecordsILPS 9397, ILPS-9397US1976
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Automatic Man (LP, Album)Island Records, Festival RecordsILPS 9397, L 35949Australia1976
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Automatic Man (LP, Album, Stereo)Island Records, Island Records27446 I, 27.446 ISpain1976
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Automatic Man (LP, Album, Embossed Cover)Island Records, Island Records27 446 XOT, ILPS 9397Germany1976


  • Vinylfreund123's avatar
    I agree, an underrated prog-rock pearl.
    Recommended music. Plus the pressing and sound engeniering are amazing. (I had to check whether loudness was on ...)

    The stranger I find the second record, which I cannot recommend.
    • Malapilusa's avatar
      Edited one year ago
      I just became captivated by this highly underappreciated record. In the process of digging for more info, I found a very interesting post by Lou CasaBianca on YouTube. I'll paste it here for historical relevance... His daughter posted that Lou passed away on August 27, 2021.

      I'm Lou CasaBianca. I have been a singer, songwriter, and producer since I was 17 working out of the Brill Building in Manhattan and performing in the tri-state NYC Metro area. I'm the co-producer, co-writer, and manager of the original Automatic Man album project. I worked with Bayete’ Todd Cochran for two-years in developing an album of original music under the name “Band of Angels” before any of the other eventual band members joined the project. With leadership and inspiration provided by partnering with Michael Shrieve (who had just left Santana), we went on to collaborate on the formation of the Automatic Man project.

      In November 1975, I negotiated the actual record deal with Chris Blackwell the founder/CEO of Island Records. We were in such deep agreement about the potential, that I also was able to simultaneously close an additional amazing contract with Chris in re-purposing what was to be the next Stomu Yamashata album, as a joint project called “GO” featuring Stomu, Steve Winwood, Michael Shrieve, with guests Al DiMeola and Klaus Schulze, among others.

      For clarity sake, Pat Thrall was the guitar player on the Automatic Man album and contributed to vocal backgrounds. He had nothing to do with the creation of the preproduction of the original project recordings as he is joined the band after the primary creative development done by Todd Cochran and myself. Specifically, Automatic Man is the name of an original short story and character I wrote years long before the project inception. I wrote the lyrics and lead vocal melodies for Automatic Man (album title and band name), Right Back Down and There’s Away.

      I sequenced the tracks on the album. I found the artist (the late Dwain Zerio) and did the art direction front and back cover artwork for the album and graphic design and branding for the band/project. The band, the legendary engineer/producer Keith Harwood (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones) and I co-produced the music on the album and Keith and Chris Kimsey mixed it.
      All the while simultaneously working with Michael Shrieve, Stomu, Steve Winwood and Island Records in co-executive producing the Go album. Kudos to Michael’s super-human effort, creative capacity and bloody hands as the rhythmic backbone co-spiritual inspiration on both projects.

      I’ve seen other Pat the “zsnake” YouTube posts and frankly don’t get the reason for his apparent toxic anger. It's sad to see his clear lack of appreciation for the opportunity we created for him to be a contributor to two amazing projects. In the spirit of collegial transparency, I decided to set the record straight. Todd, Michael and I created an amazing platform for him to showcase his incredible guitar talents. These projects literally took him off the streets of Oakland to London, Montreaux, and eventually around the world — and as a platform for his best work, it served to help him secure other projects and opportunities.

      God Bless all the original members, road crew and the production and management team that Todd, Michael, Richard Shrieve and I assembled to co-produce these still quite amazing projects. Many thanks to Chris Blackwell, Lionel Conway and the Island Records staff for their vision and intrepid support. And special gratitude and thanks to the fans who were there and/or subsequently have discovered this music and its unique place and special contribution to music and cultural revolution of the ’70s. Peace & Blessings. Namaste
      • Superlucer's avatar
        Totally underrated album. I was a huge classic/prog rock buff for a while and never heard of these guys. It's a shame that there aren't any high quality rips of it or even ways to stream it on spotify or such. Highly recommend to anyone!



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