Header

MASQUE

Manfred Mann's Earth Band

Eclectic Prog


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Manfred Mann's Earth Band Masque album cover
2.29 | 44 ratings | 10 reviews | 2% 5 stars

Collectors/fans only


Write a review
Buy MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND Music
from Progarchives.com partners
Studio Album, released in 1987

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Joybringer (2:25) **
2. Sister Billie's Bounce (2:13) *
3. What You Give Is What You Get (2:31)
4. Telegram To Monica (5:34) **
5. Billie's Orno Bounce (3:10) *
6. Couple Of Mates (from Mars and Jupiter) (3:17)
7. Neptune (Icebringer) (1:05) ***
8. Rivers Run Dry (3:01) ***
9. Hymn (from Jupiter) (3:54) **
10. We're Going Wrong (3:56) ***
11. Planets Schmanets (2:37)
12. Geronimo's Cadillac (4:40)

Total Time: 38:22
PRODUCED BY: MANFRED MANN EXCEPT * CO-PRODUCED WITH HARD TIMES PRODUCTION.
** PRODUCED BY MANFRED MANN AND STEVE FORWARD.
***PRODUCED BY MANFRED MANN AND MICK ROGERS.

Re-Mastered 1999 (4 Bonus Tracks) Mann 016
13. Telegram To Monica (3:09)**
14. Joybringer (extended version) (3:15)**
15. Geronimo's Cadillac (7" single) (2:54)
16. Geronimo's Cadillac (extended version) (5:30)

Lyrics

Search MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND Masque lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND Masque tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- John Lindwood / drums
- Manfred Mann / keyboards, trumpeton
- Maggie Ryder / vocals
- Mick Rogers / vocals, guitar

+ Guy Barker / trumpet (5)
- Chris Batchelor / trumpet
- Durban Betancourt / bass
- Mark Feltham / Harmonica
- Frank Mead / saxophones
- Anthony Moore / programming (3)
- Danny Newman / vocals, bass (4)
- Andy Pask / bass
- Ian Porter / Emulator
- Linda Taylor / backing vocals
- Tommy Willis / guitar

Releases information

Lp/Cd. 10 Records DIX 69 / Re-Mastered 1999 (4 Bonus Tracks) Mann 016

Thanks to ProgLucky for the addition
and to easy livin for the last updates
Edit this entry

MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

Buy MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND Masque Music


ChanceChance
Extra tracks · Import
Creature Music 2011
Audio CD$10.61
$9.10 (used)
The Best of Manfred Mann's Earth BandThe Best of Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Import
Wea Int'l 1996
Audio CD$5.65
$0.01 (used)
Manfred Mann's Earth BandManfred Mann's Earth Band
Extra tracks · Import
Creature Music 2011
Audio CD$9.83
$8.83 (used)
Solar FireSolar Fire
Import
Creature Music 2011
Audio CD$10.60
$9.60 (used)
WatchWatch
Extra tracks · Import · Remastered
Imports 2005
Audio CD$35.00
$18.99 (used)
Messin'Messin'
Import · Remastered
Creature Music 2011
Audio CD$10.50
$13.27 (used)
Glorified MagnifiedGlorified Magnified
Remastered · Extra tracks · Import
Creature Music 2011
Audio CD$10.67
$13.99 (used)
Angel StationAngel Station
Import
Creature Music 1999
Audio CD$9.23
$7.90 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
[LP] Manfred Mann's Earth Band,Budapest Live (Bronze) 1 St Ger US $5.54 Buy It Now 29m 40s
[LP] Manfred Mann's Earth Band,Watch (Bronze) UK 1978 US $12.17 Buy It Now 29m 44s
MANFRED MANN's Earth Band - Very Best (2CD 2006) ROCK US $11.29 [0 bids]
34m 48s
Manfred Mann's Earth Band Nightingales & Bombers Japan Orig. LP INSERT NM US $19.99 [1 bids]
1h 8m
[LP] Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Chance (Bronze) {NM} 1 St UK BRON 529 OIS US $19.38 Buy It Now 2h 39m
[LP] Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Budapest (Live) (Bronze) {NM} Club 40 381 6 OIS US $13.62 Buy It Now 3h 6m
Manfred Mann's Earth Band-Questions/Spirit in the Night-WBS 8355 VG 45 US $2.99 [0 bids]
US $3.99 Buy It Now
4h 23m
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND s/t 1972 CD 10 tracks Cohesion COMMECD 6 US $14.99 [0 bids]
4h 30m
Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Solar Fire (Remastered) [CD New] US $28.33 Buy It Now 6h 28m
LP MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND Nightingales & Bombers 1st GERMANY, MINT- US $24.20 [15 bids]
6h 28m
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND "YOU ANGEL YOU" 45 RPM US $4.49 Buy It Now 7h 29m
MANFRED MANN`S EARTH BAND - questions 7" single 1976 US $3.21 [0 bids]
7h 31m
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND "ANGEL STATION" 8 Track! Brand New!! Sealed US $5.00 Buy It Now 7h 47m
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND "WATCH" 8 Track! Brand New!! Sealed US $5.00 Buy It Now 8h 5m
LP MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND - THE ROARING SILENCE (BRONZE ILPS 9357) 1976 UK US $16.05 Buy It Now 8h 11m
Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Davy's on the road again 7" Single US $3.23 [0 bids]
9h 42m
Solar Fire by Manfred Mann's Earth Band *New CD* US $10.77 Buy It Now 9h 43m
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND-ANGEL STATION-Anthony Moore/Slapp Happy-PROMO vinyl LP US $9.98 Buy It Now 10h 55m
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND Joybringer VERTIGO 1973 VG+/EX US $1.60 [0 bids]
11h 15m
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND Roaring Silence LP SEALED US $16.43 Buy It Now 12h 25m
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH - THE BEST OF MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND - NEW CD US $5.57 Buy It Now 15h 29m
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND - SOMEWHERE IN AFRIKA - ARISTA RECORDS LP US $8.00 Buy It Now 17h 44m
@ CD Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Masque / 10 RECORDS 1987 ORG US $19.99 Buy It Now 21h 26m
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND - BOOTLEG ARCHIVES 1-5 NEW CD US $41.89 Buy It Now 1 day
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND WITH CHRIS THOMPSON going underground 12" 3 trk extend US $8.45 Buy It Now 1 day
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND - California - Excellent Con 7" Single Bronze BRO 48 US $6.42 Buy It Now 1 day
Manfred Mann's Earth Band~Sealed US LP Angel station 1979 Pop Rock US $17.52 Buy It Now 1 day
LP Manfred Mann's Earth Band ?- Chance 1980 Germany press EX/EX US $15.00 Buy It Now 1 day
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND Chance 1980 CLASSIC ROCK LP US $15.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Nightingales and Bombers by Manfred Mann's Earth Band (CD, Jul-1996, Cohesion... US $12.00 [0 bids]
US $16.00 Buy It Now
1 day
Solar Fire by Manfred Mann's Earth Band (CD, Jul-1996, Cohesion (UK)) US $14.00 [0 bids]
US $19.00 Buy It Now
1 day
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND 1976 (RACING CARS) Concert Programme US $14.50 [0 bids]
1 day
Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Solar Fire [CD New] US $13.74 Buy It Now 1 day
Manfred Mann's Earth Band "Watch" LP Rare Russian Press US $12.00 [0 bids]
1 day
Manfred Mann's Earth Band "Nightingales & Bombers" LP Rare Russian Press US $12.99 [0 bids]
1 day
manfred mann's earth band - nothing ever happens cd US $9.99 Buy It Now 1 day
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND-THE ROARING SILENCE-LP VINYL BRONZE ILPS 9357/1976 US $4.82 [0 bids]
1 day
Manfred Mann's Earth Band "Somewhere in Africa" Vinyl Record Great Condition US $6.99 Buy It Now 1 day
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND Somewhere in Africa, vinyl LP, 1983, VG+/VG- US $4.99 Buy It Now 1 day
manfred mann's earth band lp the roaring silence bs 2965 vg+/m- US $7.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Manfred Mann's Earth Band Watch LP Record Album 1978 US $5.00 [0 bids]
US $6.50 Buy It Now
1 day
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND 'Chance' UK 1980 BRONZE 12" 1ST PRESS LP - EX/EX! US $8.05 [0 bids]
1 day
Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Somewhere in Afrika / 1983 Arista LP NM US $14.99 [0 bids]
1 day
Manfred Mann's Earth Band SOLAR FIRE CD UK 5019148619079 Creature Music new US $7.48 [0 bids]
1 day
Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Watch - Play Graded - VG/VG+ US $4.00 [0 bids]
1 day
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND: Blinded By The Light/Starbird No.2 (rock vinyl 45) US $10.00 Buy It Now 1 day
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND: Lies (Through The 80's)/Adolescent Dream US $10.00 Buy It Now 1 day
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND: Spirit In The Night/Questions (rock vinyl 45 Canada) US $10.00 Buy It Now 1 day
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND: You Angel You PROMO US $14.00 Buy It Now 1 day
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND: California/Bouillabaisse US $14.00 Buy It Now 1 day
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND: The Good Earth (vinyl LP in shrink) US $18.00 Buy It Now 1 day
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND: Somewhere in Afrika (vinyl LP) US $18.00 Buy It Now 1 day
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND: The Good Earth rock US $11.00 Buy It Now 1 day
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND - "Get Your Rocks Off" LP 1973 ORIG 1st US PRESS US $22.88 Buy It Now 1 day
Manfred Mann's Earth Band ?"Nightingales & Bombers" 1975 Vinyl 12" Record US $0.99 [0 bids]
1 day
Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Runner / Where Do They Send Them 45 1983 VG+ US $1.49 Buy It Now 1 day
Manfred Mann's Earth Band by Manfred Mann's Earth Band *New CD* US $9.77 Buy It Now 1 day
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND ROARING SILENCE EXYUGO LP US $27.99 Buy It Now 2 days
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND-"Runner" b/w "Where Do They Send Them"-45rpm-Excellent US $1.25 [1 bids]
2 days
Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Roaring S.. PROMO EMPTY BOX Japan Cd Mini Lp Replica US $90.00 [0 bids]
2 days
Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Angel Station Japan Cd Mini Lp Replica Album US $35.00 [0 bids]
2 days
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND (Signed) Soft Vengeance, 1996. Mint- US $24.18 [0 bids]
2 days
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND The Roaring Silence 1977 Warner LP EXC- w/lyric sleeve US $6.00 Buy It Now 2 days
Manfred Mann's Earth Band - On The Road [CD New] US $8.74 Buy It Now 2 days
Manfred Mann's Earth Band - 40th Anniversary Box Set [CD New] US $169.58 Buy It Now 2 days
Manfred Mann's Earth Band [CD New] US $12.73 Buy It Now 2 days
Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Don't Kill It Carol 7" US $6.45 Buy It Now 2 days
Manfred Mann's Earth Band 45 LIVING WITHOUT YOU / TRIBUTE inst. ~ VG+ US $6.00 Buy It Now 2 days
Manfred Mann's Earth Band 45 SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / AS ABOVE SO BELOW ~G+ TO VG- US $1.50 Buy It Now 2 days
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND the roaring silence BRON 357 A3U/B1U uk LP PS EX/EX US $15.79 Buy It Now 2 days
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND watch BRON 507 A2/B1 uk bronze 1978 LP PS VG/EX US $14.50 Buy It Now 2 days
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT manfred mann's earth band 45 US $3.99 [0 bids]
2 days
Manfred Mann's Earth Band Somewhere in Afrika 1983 record AL8/8194 (S) US $8.00 Buy It Now 2 days
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND ticket stub 1979 HAMMERSMITH Odeon US $16.11 Buy It Now 2 days
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND ticket stub 1978 RAINBOW THEATRE US $16.11 Buy It Now 2 days
the roaring silence LP, MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND,Very Good, vinyl record,Vinyl, US $8.49 Buy It Now 2 days
Manfred Mann's Earth Band Blinded By The Light/Starbird No. 2 45 (C143) US $0.49 [0 bids]
2 days
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND~SOLAR FIRE~12"VINYL LP~1973~BRONZE~GERMAN PRESS~EXCELL US $8.05 [0 bids]
2 days
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND - 40TH ANNIVERSARY NEW CD US $233.40 Buy It Now 2 days
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND NEW CD US $19.57 Buy It Now 2 days
Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Messin' CD 1973 Dr. John Bob Dylan Covers NEW US $8.66 Buy It Now 2 days
1973 Manfred Mann's Earth Band ?"Solar Fire" Polydor Records PD 6019 US $9.99 [0 bids]
2 days
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND Chance 1980 CLASSIC ROCK LP VG++/VG++ US $10.00 Buy It Now 2 days
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND Blinded By The Light VG 45 RPM US $0.49 [0 bids]
2 days
Manfred Mann's Earth Band Solar Fire Prog Rock Psych Import 12" 33rpm Vinyl Lp US $19.99 Buy It Now 2 days
MANFRED MANN`S EARTH BAND-LP-1976-AUSSIE BRONZE LABEL RELEASE-CAT NO L-38384-EXC US $7.90 [0 bids]
US $11.41 Buy It Now
2 days
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH - CHANCE [MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND] - NEW CD US $11.58 Buy It Now 2 days
Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Watch [CD New] US $13.69 Buy It Now 3 days
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND don't kill it carol BRO77 7" VINYL RECORD VG 30 US $9.66 Buy It Now 3 days
Manfred Mann's Earth band-The roaring silence, LP, record, Blinded by the light US $4.99 Buy It Now 3 days
PROMO 1978 Manfred Mann's Earth Band "California" Mono/Stereo 45 US $1.99 Buy It Now 3 days
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH - MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND - NEW CD US $13.49 Buy It Now 3 days
Manfred Mann's Earth Band(7" Vinyl)Davy's On The Road Agian-Bronze-UK-Ex/Ex US $9.66 Buy It Now 3 days
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND - BLINDED BY THE LIGHT / STARBIRD NO.2 (WBS8252) US $1.99 [0 bids]
3 days
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND Davy's On The Road Again 7" Vinyl US $3.95 Buy It Now 3 days
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND Blinded By The Light 7" vinyl US $4.84 Buy It Now 3 days
Watch by Manfred Mann's Earth Band (CD, Jul-1996, Petbrook Ltd (UK)) US $8.00 [0 bids]
US $12.00 Buy It Now
3 days
Odds and Sods: Mis-Takes and Out-Takes by Manfred Mann's Earth Band *New CD* US $31.47 Buy It Now 3 days
Manfred Mann's Earth Band /Criminal Tango +4 CD NEW US $14.99 Buy It Now 3 days
Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Chance [CD New] US $13.85 Buy It Now 3 days

More places to buy MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND music online Buy MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND Masque ratings distribution


2.29
(44 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(2%)
2%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(2%)
2%
Good, but non-essential (39%)
39%
Collectors/fans only (48%)
48%
Poor. Only for completionists (9%)
9%

MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND Masque reviews


Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
2 stars Planets schmanets

The official Manfred Mann's Earthband website describes "Masque" as the sequel to the 1973 album "Solar Fire". Quite how this definition is arrived at is not explained. There were some eight albums in between and there is little musically to tie the two together. Whereas "Solar fire" was a very complete album with a clear concept and all the tracks knitting together, "Masque" is a diverse collection of styles and sounds. Mick Rogers, who sang on "Solar fire", is firmly back in the lead vocal role here, having shared the duties on the previous "Criminal tango" with Chris Thomson.

There is certainly an enjoyable vocal reworking of "Joybringer", a piece which appeared on some but not all versions of "Solar fire", to kick things off. We also have some variations on "Planets" themes, but these are interspersed with songs which are quite at odds with any such concept. The rather jarring diversity of styles is immediately apparent on the following instrumental "Sister Billies bounce", an out and out jazz piece with brass lead. This is one of a pair of tracks, Charlie Parker's "Billies bounce" theme reappearing later on "Billies orno bounce", another jazz workout with a swing flavour and big band style.

While there are none of the customary Dylan or Springsteen covers we are instead treated to a radical interpretation of The Jam's "Start", re-titled "What you give is what you get". Maggie Ryder guests on lead vocals for this fine but woefully brief rendition which inexplicably fades midway through the instrumental section. Cream's "We're going wrong" is the second of the covers, Rogers vocal delivery being uncannily like that of Jack Bruce. The final cover closes the album. Michael Martin Murphey's "Geronimo's Cadillac" is probably best known through Cher's version, Maggie Ryder doing a passable impersonation of the ex Mrs Bono. The song tells the tale of how the native Indians were misled by false promises and broken treaties.

"Telegram to Monica" is a basic power ballad, written and sung by another guest vocalist Danny Newman. Mick Rogers offers a similar ballad with "Rivers run dry", his pleasant vocals giving the track an appeal on a pop level.

Apart from "Joybringer", the planets themes are located in the latter half of the album, "A couple of mates" bringing together "Mars" and "Jupiter" in a jazz styled improvisation. The brief "Neptune" which follows is a very soft, largely superfluous vocal piece. "Hymn (from "Jupiter") is recognisable as the "World in union" theme from the Rugby Union world cup, this instrumental rendition finally allowing Mann to take centre stage on keyboards. "Planets Schmanets" (silly title) is a gentle improvisation which once again fades far too soon, remaining substantially under-developed.

At under 40 minutes, the album is very short for a CD era release, reflecting the under-developed nature of many of the tracks. This would be MMEB's last album for almost 10 years. In retrospect, it describes a band desperately searching for a direction they feel comfortable with, and which will suit the mood of the times. In the end, it has to be said that they did not accomplish that objective.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

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

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to Easy Livin (BETA) | Report this review (#153951) | Review Permalink
Posted Monday, December 03, 2007

Review by ZowieZiggy
PROG REVIEWER
1 stars THE SOLAR FIRE IS NOT SHINING ANY LONGER

This is the last album of the Mann's second incarnation. And actually, they should better have called it quit before this one.

It is a very painful and useless work full of pop-rock-easy-listening music (well not that easy to listen to actually). Mann offers a bit of everything here (except great or even good songs).

Some orchestrations with "Hymn", some pure jazzy and fifties oriented song ("Sister Billies Bounce"- one of the weakest of the whole - and its counterpart "Billies Orno Bounce"), some syrupy ballads "We're Going Wrong" (which I confirm) and "What You Give Is What You Get" (considering this, I'm afraid that they won't get a lot.), and the third one "Rivers Run Dry" is just as insipid as the other two.

What else? An inconsistent and ambient brass instrumental track: "Planets Schmanets" (even if the spacey short second part is a little better), boring electro beat tunes like "Geronimo's Cadillac" (this one is particularly unbearable). And "A Couple of Mates" doesn't go anywhere (sax part is hard to digest).

So what's left? Very little, I'm afraid. I like moderately the opener "Joybringer" (which was apparently available on some versions of the great "Solar Fire", but not on my old vinyl copy). Pleasant rock ballad with some good synth work.

The longest track of this work is just average. At least "Telegram To Monica" features some good vocals and the melody is catchy. But it is not very much in line with their best material. But this was a loooooong time ago.

Sorry, Mann. I don't like this album at all. Your weakest effort. By far: one star.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

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

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to ZowieZiggy (BETA) | Report this review (#166671) | Review Permalink
Posted Monday, April 14, 2008

Review by snobb
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars This Manfred Mann's EB album is last in line of his active period, his last work in eighties as well. Next album will be recorded almost after decade, but they would never return to form for few decades after.

The album contains strange mix of light jazzy pop, rock and r'n'b songs, with slight world touch in moments. Vocals (male and female) both are not bad at all, and some arrangements sound pleasant. Many sunny jazzy winds, keyboards, slightly African drumming... Many compositions are influenced by pop-rock from 60-s or even earlier pop-songs. Almost everywhere you can find short pleasant music there.

But the main problem is the album in whole is bulky, has no direction and in fact is a collection of raw, unfinished songs. Production is terrible as well, so during the listening you feel like some demo versions or raw musical ideas are demonstrated.

I believe that musical material on this album is better than the final product. But in the form it was released the album can hardly attract even band's fan. And it's pity, but extensive later releases will be even worse.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

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

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to snobb (BETA) | Report this review (#269252) | Review Permalink
Posted Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Review by b_olariu
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars Masque is a very unnoticed and unfairly underrated Manfred Mann's Earh Band album, realy, at least for me. Released in 1987 as 13th studio album, Masque got the reputation over the years as the worst MMEB album they ever done, a thing that I'm not agree at all. Ok I understand that they embrace the pop elements for somne couple of years back, but Masque is not a bad album at all. If anyone will search on their official web site, they will see that Masque is considered a continuation or It represents the completion of the original project started back in 1973 with Solar fire album. These two album are hardly compare to each other even by die hard fans, I'm a big fan of MM and I got to say that this is indeed a continuation of Solar fire but in diffren manner, ok the atmosphere , the songs, arrangements are diffrent and more on pop side because between the albums almost 15 years, musicaly the direction is changed , is a natural thing after all. Some cover versions again featuring here, but this time no Dylan or Spreingsteen, among other the best to me is Cream's - We're going wrong - very fone and well done cover version. The pieces that are written by the members are ok, even great, pop elements interluded very ok with some jazzy and spacey keybords the define MM sound, quite progressive moves apper here and there , I like the keybords how run on the scale, very fine moments for me. I considered Masque better then Criminal tango, both had same atmosphere almost, is more diverse and has some moments of greatness, realy I don't find anything unpleasent here only maybe Masque is more a collection of songs then Solar fire who has a very solid concept behind, diffrent decades diffrent musical views by the musicians. 3 stars for sure, to me was a pleasent ride this album, realy.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

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

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to b_olariu (BETA) | Report this review (#486747) | Review Permalink
Posted Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Review by ClemofNazareth
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk Researcher
3 stars This album was certainly not a return to form or even a new direction for the Earth Band, coming as it did near the end of the active recording period of the group's existence. And really this wasn't much of a band anymore. Even though Mick Rogers had returned to the fold with the prior year's 'Criminal Tango' release, there were no other remaining original members save Manfred Mann himself. Drummer John Lingwood was still around since joining the band in the late seventies, but otherwise the lineup consists almost exclusively of friends, acquaintances and studio musicians.

On the positive side the sound here is at least somewhat different than the bland 80s tripe Mann had been pushing out for the past decade. There is a recurring jazz theme interwoven with Holst-inspired space themed tunes that hearken back to the band's excellent 'Solar Fire' release from the early seventies, and even the more staid numbers are at least bolstered by professional and sometimes even mildly interesting musicianship. Vocalist Maggie Ryder and a host of brass players give some depth and range to what would otherwise have been little more than another synth/guitar dominated album.

There are a few different track listings depending on which release of the album you get your hands on. The most common is the original CD issue which opens with a redone version of the old Earth Band tune "Joybringer", one of the original 'Solar Fire' Holst- inspired songs and the closest the album would come to anything resembling classic Earth Band. The instrumental "Hymn" provides another example of the sort of spacey, keyboard-driven sound that made 'Solar Fire' so appealing, although the overall mood is much more subdued here and this is actually one of the shorter songs on the album.

Other than "Joybringer" and the Charlie Parker jazz tunes the other songs worth noting include a nostalgic and moody remake of the Cream song "We're Going Wrong" and another Paul Weller tune "What You Give is What you Get (Start)", originally titled simply "Start!" when Weller wrote it for the Jam in the late seventies. The only other interesting oddity is a decent but somewhat out-of-place version of the Michael Murphy Native American tribute "Geronimo's Cadillac", made famous by Cher (Bono) but interestingly enough also resurrected by the Europop band Modern Talking who turned it into Top-10 single throughout much of Europe around the same time 'Masque' was recorded.

This isn't much of an improvement over the three previous Earth Band albums but at least it was a bit more interesting and the three remaining members do appear to have at least tried to do something more than crank out yet another glossy soft-rock album. For that I'm going to be a bit generous and slap three (out of five) stars on this one, but expectations should be tempered for anyone who is familiar with the band from their seventies heyday. Worth a listen but certainly not something that reflects a Renaissance of the Earth Band sound.

peace

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

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

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to ClemofNazareth (BETA) | Report this review (#585427) | Review Permalink
Posted Friday, December 09, 2011

Review by historian9
FORUM & SITE ADMIN GROUP Site Admin / JRF Team
3 stars Maybe I'm crazy but I like this one; keep in mind that I can be sucker for 80's music so take the 3 star rating as very generous. The link between "Masque" and the album "Solar Fire" isnt't made up and it does exist; it is serious reworking of some older material that was conceived at that time but shelved for later. "Masque" is a lot of stuff, jazzy, pop, r'n'b, but even some light space rock repackaged for the more commercial market, instrumental like "Hymn" for example. As MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND goes, I can see how this one can be a major disappointment and very different style but I think that if it were some other maybe crossover artist it would be rated higher. I really don't have that need to trash this album even though it's not rock like we were used to, it's still a very decent pop rock album. Which reminds me, some point of comparison to actual music can be instrumentals that PHIL COLLINS made on his early solo albums, and there is plenty of world music elements (percussion mostly). Also, "Joybringer " is a very nice rendition of one of their earlier songs, if only a little too short. Not really for the fans who like only the classic period but decent pop rock for anyone who is looking for it.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

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

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to historian9 (BETA) | Report this review (#663965) | Review Permalink
Posted Sunday, March 18, 2012

Latest members reviews

3 stars Wow. Reading the reviews makes me sad. MMEB is one of those groups constantly reinventing music. One would expext that progrock-enthousiasts would embrace these kinds of experimental pop-records. I think this album is very good and even consistent poprock-album. A lot happens here, there's ... (read more)

Report this review (#1164110) | Posted by Kingsnake | Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | Review Permanlink

1 stars Let me set this straight: Neither am I one of those who think that Manfred Mann's Earthband "need" Chris Thompson in order to make me ( or any other listener ) happy, nor am I holding an aversion against anything that's "POP". I think that - live in Concert at least - MMEB were truly best with Noel ... (read more)

Report this review (#634894) | Posted by rupert | Thursday, February 16, 2012 | Review Permanlink

2 stars Well at some stage I have to agree here with Curry69's review, and even go as far to say that this is MMEB's worst album to date. According to the MMEB's website, they dubbed this album as Solar Fire MK2. Well I can honestly say that's the biggest over statement, I have ever heard from any ban ... (read more)

Report this review (#125369) | Posted by intruder369 | Sunday, June 10, 2007 | Review Permanlink

2 stars This is the 13th Earthband Album. I have to say, I don't like it very much. Chris Thomson is not the problem, but this album is far too soft and has a lack of interesting songwriting components too be voted "good"... ... (read more)

Report this review (#27981) | Posted by | Sunday, May 23, 2004 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND "Masque"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

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

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

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

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 0.45 seconds