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Manfred Mann’s Earth Band — Solar Fire

Manfred Mann's Earth Band — Solar Fire (30 November 1973/1985)

        Manfred Mann’s Earth Band — Solar Fire 
••–   Manfred Mann’s Earth Band are an English rock band formed by South African musician Manfred Mann. The band’s hits include covers of Bruce Springsteen’s “Blinded by the Light” and “Spirit In The Night”. After forming in 1971 and despite a short hiatus in the late 1980s/early 1990s, the Earth Band has continued to perform and tour through the present.
Location: London, England
Album release: 30 November 1973
Recorded: The Workhouse, Old Kent Road, London, 1973
Record Label: Bronze, 610 590–222 / Ariola
Duration:     36:57
Tracks:
1. Father Of Day, Father Of Night     9:55  Dylan
2. In The Beginning, Darkness     5:23  Mann / Rogers / Slade
3. Pluto The Dog     2:51  Mann / Rogers / Slade / Pattenden
4. Solar Fire     5:17   Mann / Rogers / Slade / Pattenden
5. Saturn, Lord Of The Ring / Mercury, The Winged Messenger     6:33   Mann
6. Earth, The Circle Part 2     3:25   Mann
7. Earth, The Circle Part 1     3:50   Mann
Personnel:
••–   Manfred Mann — organ, mellotron, synthesiser, vocals
••–   Mick Rogers — guitar, vocals
••–   Chris Slade — drums
••–   Colin Pattenden — bass guitar
With:
••–   Irene Chanter — backing vocals
••–   Doreen Chanter — backing vocals
••–   Grove Singers — backing vocals
Credits:
••–   Doreen Chanter Vocals (Background)
••–   Irene Chanter Vocals (Background)
••–   Fin Costello Design, Photography
••–   Bob Dylan Composer
••–   Laurence Latham Tape Operator
••–   Manfred Mann Chapter Three Producer
••–   Manfred Mann Composer, Keyboards, Producer, Synthesizer, Vocals
••–   Peter Miles Percussion
••–   John Pantry Engineer
••–   Colin Pattenden Bass, Composer
••–   Mick Rogers Composer, Guitar, Vocals
••–   Paul Rutherford Trombone
••–   Chris Slade Composer, Drums
••–   Dave Stephens Engineer
Review by Richard Foss;  Score: ****
••–   Fans of muscular progressive rock will love Solar Fire, a concept album loosely designed around cosmology. The album opens with the majestic "Father of Night, Father of Day," which has the drive and complexity of a prime King Crimson track. As unlikely as it may seem, the track was controversial in Mann's native South Africa because of the "Father of black, father of white" line, implying that apartheid might not extend to infinite space. The album moves on to the progressive rock/jazz fusion of "In the Beginning, Darkness," a swinging, even funky track that benefits from soulful vocals by Doreen Chanter and Irene Chanter of the Grove Singers. The same duo contributes to the title track, a slow piece that begins with a fairly standard rock structure and incorporates a massive progressive jam in the middle. The instrumental suite which follows is a showcase for the combination of angular, sometimes slightly dissonant guitar with fluid keyboard work, and the band rocks straight through with stately grace. Once again, one is reminded of early King Crimson, which was about the only other group to turn out complex, shifting instrumentals of this quality. The album closes with the strange "Earth, the Circle, Pt. 1," which begins almost like a nursery rhyme, switches to a jazz shuffle, and fades out as an odd combination of the two. The album was groundbreaking when it was released and is still a delightful listen. If you like the hard–edged side of Manfred Mann, this may be your favorite album. ••–   http://www.allmusic.com/
Awards:
Billboard Albums
••–   1974   Solar Fire   The Billboard 200     #96
Website: http://www.manfredmann.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Manfred-Manns-Earth-Band/32182478112
MMEB Booking Agent:
Please contact:
Alec Leslie
Consolidated
P. O. Box 87
Tarporley
Cheshire
CW6 9FN
England
tel: +44 (0)1829 730 488
fax: +44 (0)1829 730 499
email: alecconsol@aol.com
Discography:
••–   Manfred Mann Chapter Three (1969)
••–   Manfred Mann Chapter Three Volume Two (1970)
••–   Manfred Mann’s Earth Band (1972)
••–   Glorified Magnified (1972)
••–   Messin’ (1973)
••–   Solar Fire (1973)
••–   The Good Earth (1974)
••–   Nightingales And Bombers (1975)
••–   The Roaring Silence (1976)
••–   Watch (1978)
••–   Angel Station (1979)
••–   Chance (1980)
••–   Somewhere In Afrika (1982)
••–   Live In Budapest (1984)
••–   Criminal Tango (1986)
••–   Masque (Songs And Planets) (1987)
••–   Plains Music (1991)
••–   Soft Vengeance (1996)
••–   Mann Alive (1998)
••–   2006 (2004)
••••  40th Anniversary Box Set (2012)
Albums on this Box Set:
••••  1972 – Manfred Mann’s Earth Band (38:18)
••••  1972 – Glorified Magnified (41:52)
••••  1973 – Messin’ (41:09)
••••  1973 – Solar Fire (37:17)
••••  1974 – The Good Earth (38:08)
••••  1975 – Nightingales And Bombers (38:06)
••••  1976 – The Roaring Silence (39:55)
••••  1978 – Watch (39:17)
••••  1979 – Angel Station (38:48)
••••  1980 – Chance (39:44)
••••  1982 – Somewhere In Afrika (37:41)
••••  1984 – Live In Budapest (41:58)
••••  1986 – Criminal Tango (37:37)
••••  1987 – Masque (Songs And Planets) (39:13)
••••  1991 – Plains Music (37:19)
••••  1996 – Soft Vengeance (54:04)
••••  2004 – 2006 (48:16)
••••  2011 – Leftovers (72:51)
••••  2011 – Live In Ersingen 2011 (67:01)
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