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


Manfred Mann's Earth Band


Eclectic Prog

4.06 | 306 ratings

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Dan Bobrowski
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3 stars This disc was one of my favorites. Time Is Right still rocks and sounds fresh today. Underated Mick Rogers plays some very tasteful guitar solos, no flash, but very emotional. He also has a great voice. The strangest part of this disc and it's follow up, The Roaring Silence, is the inclusion of cover tunes by Springsteen and Joan Armatrading. Hit material, no doubt, but the other tunes suggest a band very capable of writing for itself. Curious?

As Above So Below features the taped sounds of German Bombers flying over Surrey during WWII, as the person was attempting to record the voices of a flock of Nightengales. Hence the album title, yet one wonders why the tapes weren't used on the song Nightengales and Bombers? The 4 instrumental workouts have a high level of interplay between Mann and Rogers. Prog humor in Fat Nelly. Visionary Mountains is the MMEB equivalent of Floyds Great Gig in the Sky.

A great mix of well crafted tunes and blistering instrumental fusion work-outs.

Dan Bobrowski | 3/5 |


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