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Manfred Mann's Earth Band


Eclectic Prog

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Released in 1972, the same year as their first album, this the band's second release retains the original line up including vocalist Mick Rogers. The early trademark of a Dylan (or Springsteen) cover version is complemented by the first appearance of the band's trademark logo.

The opening "Meat" reminds us (in retrospect) that we shall have to wait a little longer for the band to reveal their true prog credentials, the song being a brash piece of blues rock in the style of bands such as Ten Years After. The basic rhythm is very pop orientated, the sort bands like Mud would become proud of. "Look around" retains much of the TYA feel, but is a slightly slower and more powerful piece with screaming synths and some fine guitar work.

"One way glass" introduces the softer side of the band, the lyrics telling a touching tale of isolation and withdrawal. The song suits Rogers voice well, complemented by a fine instrumental arrangement. There is no feature track on the album as such. At a shade over 5 minutes, "I'm gonna have you all" is the longest track. The song reverts to the upbeat blues rock of "Meat" with a similar catchy rhythm.

The second side of the album has six short songs. These range from the inconsequential, such as the Southern rock tinged "Down home", to the indicators to the future in "Wind" and the title track.

The cover of Dylan's "It's all over now baby blue" is rather at odds with the rest of the album, and is largely devoid of the transformation we have been led to expect. This acoustic rendition is pretty much faithful to the original.

In all, an enjoyable but largely undistinguished set which incorporates some pointers to the direction the band will take. Overall, the album has the feeling of being under-developed, and crying out for stronger production.

Easy Livin | 2/5 |


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