Six is the second album by Mansun, released in September 1998 via Parlophone. It was released in the US on 20 April 1999 with an alternative running order, different artwork, and the re-recorded single version of the title track. In an interview prior to the release of Six, Paul Draper stated that the “interlude” “Witness to a Murder (Part Two)” was included to separate the album into two parts as a tribute to old-style vinyl albums.
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“Six refers to Patrick McGoohan’s character he created for himself in the 1960s TV show, ‘The Prisoner’. His character was simply known as Number 6 and he was a prisoner in a village. Of course the album title is actually referring to myself. After all the madness of ‘Attack of the Grey Lantern’ hitting number 1 in the album charts this is what I’d felt I’d become; living in hotels, airports and tour buses, a prisoner of a commercial record. I wasn’t going to compromise myself for the next one and it was going to be different, very different. No drum loops, no choruses, nothing remotely connected to what was going in the music scene or pop music of the day, certainly nothing commercial that would make me feel like that prisoner again. I didn’t know what I wanted to achieve actually. I just knew I felt like a prisoner of the whole commercial treadmill. I felt compromised. It didn’t sit right with me” – Paul Draper