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


Manfred Mann's Earth Band


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5 stars You Are... One only as to listen to the track You Are, from the album Angel Station, to realise exactly what an album Nightingales & Bombers realy is. And I can honestly say with all my heart that this album and the one before it namely The Good Earth, are by far the best 2 albums this band ever produced. Both albums are solid, and when I say solid I mean that there is not 1 bad track on either of these albums. There is a lot of peeps out there, who will still say to this day that Solar Fire is this bands best output. But to me it's nowhere near as solid as the 2 albums, I have mentioned here.

I myself have every album this band as produced, apart from the compilation albums, because I dont believe in purchasing them type of albums, sepecially when you can make your own 10 times better. Manns Earth Band to me collapsed in the 70's, many years ago now, and I guess the reason why I still purchase there albums is living in hope, that once again some day they will make another great album such as Nightingales & Bombers. I myself have come to the idea that this will never happen in my own heart, but one can always hope. It's rather like the lottery, if you dont have a go, you don't have any hope or believe at all.

To me the earth band really died in 1978 when they made the album Watch. Now i can probably see a lot peeps saying who is this guy, and what the hell is he talking about. the simple fact here is that I am talking about commercialism. And that comes at an hevty price. Watch was the first real album that made this band, more successful than any of it's predessesors. And it's because of this limelight is the way the band prefered to go, because for 1, it made money and 2 it kept the limelight so to speak. Now to me whether this is a good thing or bad thing, is very hard to put into prospective. Because for 1, if the band already had money, go out and do what you want to do, and believe in as regarding the music side, and keep the fans they had happy. But unfortnately, they wanted more, and decided to go with option 2 which was the limelight. Now don't get me wrong here, because allthough Watch was a very commercial album, it was far from a bad album at all. But the band had simply gone from prog back to the very basic pop music to which they started out with in the first place.

To sum up Nightingales & Bombers, it is by far the most prog album this band ever made, and as for the words You Are, which came from the album Angel Station. I will now complete. You are the time between solar fire and the silence. And the time to me, between both of them albums produced the best 2 prog albums this band ever made.

intruder369 | 5/5 |


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