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Manfred Mann's Earth Band


Eclectic Prog

3.04 | 85 ratings

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3 stars Yeah, this is a lot more standard rock'n'roll than their later albums, but there are some progressive moments, like the instrumentals, and it's been a while since I've actually heard the album since an unnamable number of people have temporarily destroyed my life, but it seems that I recall there being some progressive elements in the Dylan cover, as well. I will update my review once I get to hear it again. Standouts to me were always "Prayer", and "Living Without You", one of those great pop songs this band hardens up and brings to life and light so well. They've already established their long running formula of mixing good covers with originals, Mick Rodgers' abrasive gutiar and vocals are already present, and if you're unfamiliar with those aspects of their music, it may take a few tries to get used to, but they're very lovable aspects, once accustomed. There isn't a whole lot of keyboard compared to where they would go later, but Manfred Mann does give us some awfully strong doses of moog when those moments do arrive on the excellent instrumental, "Sloth", in the fadeout of "California Coastline" and at least one track on the second side, if I remember correctly. The last two songs sound like they were recorded very badly, almost in a completely different studio, or year even, but they are nevertheless very enjoyable, especially the humourous "Part- Time Man." Another very high point is the instrumental, "Tribute", and I don't know who it's meant to be a tribute to, but if I had guess going by the sound of the music, I'd say it was a tribute to both The Doors and Pink Floyd. Good music, this.
7headedchicken | 3/5 |


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