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Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Messin' [Aka: Get Your Rocks Off] CD (album) cover


Manfred Mann's Earth Band


Eclectic Prog

3.19 | 139 ratings

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3 stars This album is a clear indication of the album(s) to come.

When you listen to "Messin'", some close links with "Father." can't be ignored (even if a bluesy feeling can be felt). But since we are flirting with the best of the man (Manfred), I can't really complain. Great guitar, harder attack: a great opening number. By far their best song so far in their career (more to come).

"Buddah" features some good organ and guitar play during the second half, which is saving the track. Another one of my fave (with the opening number) is "Cloudy Skies". A straight forward guitar-oriented song. No shouts in here, a pure and wonderful instrumental piece of work which is extremely catchy.

Guitar heroes lover, be ready to listen to the next one. A great rock moment, for sure. Almost as passionate as the great Carlos (Santana of course). Cloudy Eyes is a fantastic song. Another highlight.

The same joyful mood is felt during "Sad Joy". Another hymn to guitar. This is of course not to annoy me. This is another of the very good tracks from this album. Even if the backing vocals could have been somewhat more convincing.

It is of course not the fully blues oriented "Black & Blue" that is going to maitain the quality level of this album, which was significantly high so far (four stars). The poor closing song is downgrading this album to the three stars level.

Some great songs, a few average ones and a poor one. Still, a good album.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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