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Manfred Mann's Earth Band


Eclectic Prog

3.71 | 161 ratings

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5 stars This is my favorite one from the Chris Hamlet Thompson era. While there are some things on The Roaring Silence that they never did again, this album is overall more consistant, and has a more cohesive feel. There are some absolutely stunning Dave Flett guitar solos and Thompson vocal parts, and I love how every song starts out seeming like a regular pop or rock song, and then turns progressive at just the right moments. This is most effective on "Drowning On Dry Land/Fish Soup", a soaring 6/8 song that makes great use of the backgound singers that suddenly drops into a dark, slower jam in 4. The band gets into a great grove on "Martha's Madman", and the two live tracks might seem kinda normal at first, but they're puntuated by stellar solos, and even the light "California" is haunted by Mann's weird (in a good way) moog bending. "Circles" is a nice unique way to start things off, and "Chicago Institute" has some interesting guitar work and thought provoking lyrics about the evils of mental institutions. An album of all great songs with a very nice flow.
7headedchicken | 5/5 |


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