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Manfred Mann's Earth Band

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(1971 – present)

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band is a British group formed in 1971 by Manfred Mann, a South African born keyboard player best known as a founding member and namesake of 60s group Manfred Mann. After the demise of that older band, Mann went on to write advertising jingles. At the same time he continued to work in the group format. Initially he formed Manfred Mann Chapter Three, an experimental group that evolved into Manfred Mann’s Earth Band.

The Earth Band was, from a pop perspective, almost deliberately contrary, but combined the stylistic approach of progressive rock with Mann’s keen ear for melody. Mann’s interest in English 20th century classical music saw him re-create Gustav Holst’s Planets Suite, garnering an unlikely UK hit with a version of the “Jupiter” movement that had lyrics added and entitled “Joybringer”. Their 1973 album The Good Earth tapped into ecological concerns, a recurring theme in Mann’s music in later years, and had a free gift of a piece of land in Wales with each album sold.

The membership of the Earth Band was relatively informal; Mick Rogers originally performed lead guitar and lead vocal duties before being replaced by Chris Thompson on vocals and Dave Flett on guitar. Drumming duties were fulfilled by Chris Slade, who was later to be a member of AC/DC and Asia in a long and varied career which perhaps can be summed up by his being released by AC/DC despite being, according to the rest of the band, the best musician in the band.

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  • slimdrow

    and not last)

    26 Jul 6:17pm Reply
  • Mop66

    First 2014 shout!

    5 Feb 3:37pm Reply
  • Ge_dutra

    que sonoridade bacana...

    24 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Tenozuma

    What version of the albums am I meant to get? :/ There's different track orders

    16 Jul 2013 Reply
  • AnatXP

    I love MMEB ♥

    5 Jun 2013 Reply
  • k_naruchiha94

    OMG they're so underrated, with Bruce Springsteen's cover as their most played song.

    19 May 2013 Reply
  • Kali0str0

    GOING UNDERGROUND!

    2 May 2013 Reply
  • jazzthieve

    Spotify playlist: Classic Rock

    4 Apr 2013 Reply
  • luckystoned

    this is good stuff ^^

    19 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Lubricio

    Great concert in Oslo last night with Chris Thompson! Fantastic versions of many MM-songs :)

    15 Mar 2012 Reply
  • mylos_77

    Blinded By The Light!!!

    11 Mar 2012 Reply
  • IconOnHorizon

    Fantastic band!

    6 Mar 2012 Reply
  • sl8221958

    Like many bands, the radio hits are the least interesting, while the deeper album cuts can get nicely creative. Some songs I hate (Mighty Quinn) others are eternal favs (Joy Bringer, The Good Earth, Starbird). Sometimes they sore to the heights of Yes, sometimes they sound like 70's radio rock filler music.

    23 Feb 2012 Reply
  • manpages

    I don't think that those who love progressive rock for being musically complicated and having infinitely diverse melodies will find anything interesting in Manfred Mann. I was deeply disappointed.

    18 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Xylvanya

    If you like the music of Manfred Mann maybe it´s possilbe you like XYLVANYA: "Imperial Crowen" „Climbing“ or „Ex-Mannequin“ or „Horizont (III) or "Gewitter-Regen" or "Erinnerungen an meinen Vater" or "Trust (Piano-Version)" or "Norwegen" or "Retrospective view" and many more.....(all songs free download) . Thank you for listening, support or feedback! Peace, Xylvanya

    13 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Jamesismynamo

    That's objectively false

    27 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Z_Gleb

    They have many better songs than Blinded By The Light...

    21 Dec 2011 Reply
  • roberalard

    Ohhhhh Yeahhhhh!

    17 Oct 2011 Reply
  • jasminemusk

    I adore MMEB. Blinded By the Light and Davey's On The Road Again are my fave's! I love them all!

    13 May 2011 Reply
  • imaginacja93

    I love this music!!!

    20 Apr 2011 Reply
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