Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Budapest Live CD (album) cover


Manfred Mann's Earth Band


Eclectic Prog

2.93 | 52 ratings

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Prog Reviewer
2 stars To play a rock concert in Budapest in 1983 was not a common thing I guess. And to record a live album from such a session, even less. But the Mann did it!

But apart from this anecdotal remark, while one listens to this (short) live record, one comes to the feeling that very little here is of great interest. Several pop-rock songs well played of course but the best ones were already featured on their first live album ("Wired" recorded in Boston in 1977).

These are the very good opener "Spirits In The Night" and "Blinded By The Light".

Both "The Mighty Quinn" as well as "Davy's." were already featured as well and apart for the latter one, these versions do not bring any new musical angle. Straight forward and simple rock song structure.

The live rendition of "Redemption Song" (a second tier Bob Marley's song) has little to do with the very much "African" mood of their studio version ("Somewhere In Afrika" album) and the "Police" cover "Demolition Man" has never been a fave of mine.

My conclusion is that this album is hardly essential. For die-hard fans only. Two stars.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password


Social review comments () BETA

Review related links

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives

Donate monthly and keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever.