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Manfred Mann's Earth Band


Eclectic Prog

2.74 | 67 ratings

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3 stars A gap of almost 10 years betwen this one Soft vengeance released in summer of 1996 and Masque from 1987, diffrent decades, diffrent aproach , musicaly. This album sounds mature, mid tempo almost all the time, fine arrangements, very skilfull musicians, but not in the way of show of all the time how strong and good I am, subltle arrangements define this album. I realy like this album, ok is quite diffrent then the predecesor Masque, this is more on rockier side, the progressive elements are all over the place but melted in other way then before, almost a calm album , toying in places with AOR sound, but not very proeminent like other bands. After so many years some of the fans and not only could not expect very much from the master MM, but here it is a solid album, ok far from being a masterpiece, but very enjoyble for sure from capo al fine.Some intristing keybords here, that from the first note anyone will recognize the master. Again cover versions, A Rolling Sones one , Playing with fire here sounds quite ok to me, The Complete History Of Sexual Jealousy is very refreshing to my ears, I don't understand why is so bad view this piece, Tumbling Ball. Noel McCalla voice fits ok in this kind of sound, he appear few years earlier on Plain music from 1991 also a Manfred Mann album but not under Earh Band this time. The rest of the musicians are in ok form, Roger , Thompson the veteran on drums from Jethro Tull early years Clive Bunker did a good job. So , a pleasent album all the way, not so well trieted here, the ratings and overall note is quite low, but the album sounds ok, even great in places, so why complaining from my side, I like it , I'm a big fan of the band and have almost all they released, minus a copule of live albums, so this one stands ok in my collection, is not a completionists item for sure. 3 stars easy, good album but not realy something of an intrest if you don't know MMEB before works.
b_olariu | 3/5 |


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