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Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Nightingales & Bombers CD (album) cover


Manfred Mann's Earth Band


Eclectic Prog

4.07 | 325 ratings

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3 stars Inspired by a World War II-era tape the band had come across of birdsong rudely interrupted by a flyover of bombers, Nightingales and Bombers leads off with one of the Earth Band's competent prog-pop reworkings of Bruce Springsteen songs (in this case, Spirit in the Night) and follows it up with a range of prog instrumentals and songs. Fat Nelly manages to combine a music hall sense of humour with keyboard-heavy prog performances in a great little match - the sort of combination ELP were always trying (and failing) with their comedy numbers - whilst the instrumentals proved that the Earth Band were a competent enough prog powerhouse in their own right. A real eye-opener if, like me, you've only heard Manfred Mann's various singles before tuning into this one, but at the same time in terms of the wider prog scene it's hardly an essential cornerstone of 1970s prog.
Warthur | 3/5 |


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