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Manfred Mann's Earth Band


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3.85 | 273 ratings

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3 stars I had been looking for this album and finally I got the re-master version sometime last year with relatively "expensive" price of US$ 18. Is it worth? Well, it depends. My chief reason was actually to have one great non-prog song featured in this album: "Road to Babylon". Uh . I loved this song during my teenage times as it has great basslines with bluesy nuance. I lost my cassette on this album so I did try to find the CD even though it was not my main priority. But the song really intrigue me to have the CD. So, is it worth to pay that much for a single song? Well, I just put it this way: if it does satisfy my needs, why not?

The song starts off with a nice female chants voicing: " By the waters of Babylon. We lay down and wept and Wept for these I am. We remember, we remember, we Remember these I am" and the music flows in very soft crescendo with solid basslines and keyboard plus drumming, followed with male voice :"A golden helmet blinded minds. Among ten thousand swords. Along the road to Babylon" .oh man .this part is really wonderful! The combination of male vocals and female choral section is another interesting part. The guitar solo during interlude is also stunning. You must try this track yourself and enjoy it.

There is one instrumental track that in fact it's good and can be considered as prog rock as well: "Waiter, There's A Yawn in My Ear". I love the guitar and its combination with keyboard work performed in this track. The other tracks are also good. "Blinded by The Light" that opens the album is a good classic rock track with stunning guitar. "Singing the Dolphin Through" is another good example as well. "Questions" was once a radio hit in Indonesia. Even now some classic rock bands still cover this song. Even though I never consider the band as prog band in my book, even the Road to Babylon song, but this is a good classic rock album to have. Keep on rockin' .!

Progressively yours, GW

"A golden ocean turned to fire. And burned ten thousand ships. Along the road to Babylon. / Golden dreamer touched the sky. Alone in empty silence. On the road to Babylon" - Manfred Mann's Earth Band

Gatot | 3/5 |


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