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Manfred Mann's Earth Band

An R&B band that only played pop to get on the charts, Manfred Mann and its various permutations ranked among the most adept British Invasion acts in both styles. South African-born keyboardist Manfred Mann was originally an aspiring jazz player, moving toward R&B when more blues-oriented sounds became in vogue in England in the early '60s. Original Manfred Mann singer Paul Jones was one of the best British Invasion singers, and his resonant vocals were the best feature of their early R&B sides, which had a slightly jazzier and smoother touch than the early work of the Rolling Stones and Animals.

It was a couple covers of obscure girl group songs, "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" (the Exciters) and "Sha La La" (the Shirelles), that broke the group internationally -- "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" reached number one in the States, and "Sha La La" just missed the Top Ten. The Paul Jones lineup never duplicated this success, although "Come Tomorrow" and "Pretty Flamingo" were smaller hits. From 1964 to 1966, they took the approach of playing gutsy pop/rock on their singles (including the original version of "My Little Red Book") and soul and R&B on their albums, with occasional detours into jazz, Dylan (their cover of his then-unreleased "If You Gotta Go, Go Now" was a big British hit), and competent original material.

Jones left for a solo career and acting in 1966, and the group reformed around singer Mike D'Abo (Beatle friend Klaus Voormann was also in this aggregation on bass). Adopting an even more pop-oriented approach for the singles, with occasional psychedelic and progressive touches, the band ran off a string of Top Ten hits in their homeland until 1969, although the only one to hit the jackpot in the U.S. was their cover of another unreleased Dylan song, "The Mighty Quinn."

Mann dissolved the D'Abo lineup in 1969 to form Manfred Mann Chapter Three with drummer Mike Hugg, who had been in the band since the beginning. The outfit's early jazz-rock efforts were interesting, but not very popular, and Manfred steered the ship back toward mainstream rock by forming yet another incarnation, Manfred Mann's Earth Band. The heavier, more synthesizer-oriented outfit made quite a few albums in the 1970s; 1976's The Roaring Silence made the Top Ten, and featured the number one hit "Blinded by the Light" (Mann also made the Top 40 with another Springsteen cover, "Spirit in the Night"). Ironically, despite Mann's oft-proclaimed preferences for serious explorations of jazz, blues, and progressive music, it's his pop/rock recordings that hold up best, and for which he'll be remembered most. ~ Richie Unterberger
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Chance (Remastered)

1. Lies (Through The 80's)

2. On The Run

3. For You

4. Adolescent Dream

5. Fritz The Blank

6. Stranded

7. Hello, I Am Your Heart

8. No Guarantee

9. Heart On The Street

12. Lies (Through The 80s) (Single Version)

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Track List: Solar Fire

1. Father Of Day, Father Of Night

2. In The Beginning, Darkness

3. Pluto The Dog

4. Solar Fire

5. Saturn, Lord Of The Ring, Mercury The Winged Messenger

6. Earth, The Circle, Pt. 2

7. Earth, The Circle, Pt. 1

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Track List: Nightingales & Bombers

1. Spirits In The Night

2. Countdown

3. Time Is Right

4. Crossfade

5. Visionary Mountains

6. Quit Your Lowdown Ways

7. Nightingales & Bombers

8. Fat Nelly

9. As Above, So Below (Live Album Version)

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fernsland
what are the lyrics? for blinded....
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That's an incredibly long bio for a group that was annoying and got very little airtime after 1965 except for the stupid Springsteen song Blinded By the Light that everyone hates except the clowns that program the Classic Rock stations who think it is a cool song
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i have been a fan since i was 13 years old and it never gets old
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darrenmrks
s**t hot band at a s**t hot time. musicians like these don't happen that often anymore..
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isabella3698
Love these guys. have all their stuff from the 70's and 80's. Nightingales and Bombers - hands down, best album ever. Give it a listen.
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Good sound

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Pete, you have it backwards. Manfred Mann was pop. These guys are when Mann went prog later.
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no me gusta. lo siento amigo
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this is serious prog before they went pop
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kwtkdmom
LOVE this song!!! I can never hear it enough.
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Need to add "Soft Vengeance" to the discography!
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I have at least three of their albums and one is an earlier "greatest hits".
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gsebolt
Seen live in Germany in 1985 and I have to say the show was 1st Rate!
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Not a pretentious bone in their bodies.
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I'm fond of the late 70's prog rock they did.
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Jazz, Pop, R&B, Progressive Rock; if there was a successful band that exhibited symptoms of Multiple Personalitie s , Manfred Mann's Earth Band is the one.
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1 lp? that is strange, considering I have 7 on vinyl, + Chapter Three and I believe Vinylfool MM HAS AT LEAST 15 OR MORE.
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zapr5
Where is the bands info?
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MM probably has 15 albums....an d we see only one. How do incorporate those others into the library...Im a vinyl guy so there are a couple more steps I guess...
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PURE AWESOMENESS!
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GOT PHOTOS FROM GERMANY!

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