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Κυριακή 7 Ιουλίου 2013

Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Solar Fire 1974

Manfred Mann's Earth Band biography
As MANFRED MANN (the 60's R & B group) was dwindling down, their leader moved on with drummer Mike Hugg to form Chapter 3 for two albums released on Vertigo label produced by Hiseman of Colosseum fame. The lack of success forced the two to fold and try another formula. The new group will be named EARTH BAND and will at first do average RnR but with each new album, the progressive elements will gain in importance that by SOLAR FIRE they had become an Art-rock band.

But MMEB will always be remembered for their arrangements of SPRINGSTEEN and DYLAN covers than for their own good material. In particular with SPRINGTEEN's first album, MMEB will do three mega-selling cover: "Spirits In The Night", "Blinded By The Light" and "For You". They managed to survive the late 70's by adapting their sound and in the 80's will make strong political statement against Apartheid in Manfred's country of origin, South Africa, where he could not come back. MMEB is still touring nowadays.

Hugues Chantraine, BELGIUM

1.  Father of Night
2.  Solar Fire
3.  In the Beginning
4.  Earth the Circle pt 1
5.  Saturn (-Mercury)
6.  Earth the Circle pt 2
7.  Pluto the Dog


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