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Manfred Mann's Earth Band


Eclectic Prog

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Easy Livin
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5 stars Madman drummers, bummers, Indians in the summer!

This is where it all came together for MMEB.

Fired on by a huge hit single with their interpretation of Bruce Springsteen's "Blinded by the light" (a seam they would mine successfully again in the future) they produced their finest hour on album. The full length version of "Blinded.." kicks off the album, featuring a magnificent keyboard solo by Manfred Mann. While the song clearly has a pop rock basis, the lengthy middle section strengthens the prog credentials, a true prog hit single!

"Singing the dolphin through" includes female vocals and a sax solo, yet still represents fine melodic prog rock. The first side of the LP closes with "Waiter there's a yawn in my ear". Despite the irritating title, it's a magical jam session recorded live, featuring Mann's keyboard work.

Side two of the album is just as good, including "Road to Babylon" and "This side of paradise", two similarly structured pieces of mid-paced prog, featuring strong melodies and fine instrumental work. The albums closes with the simple but beautiful "Questions". Chris Thomson's distinctive vocals never sounded better. As a whole the songs on this album lend themselves perfectly to his gravel voice and slightly bluesy style of delivery.

If you only ever listen to one MMEB album, this has to be the one.

Easy Livin | 5/5 |


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