Friday, 23 March 2018
Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Solar Fire (1973)
The fourth album from this British band.
Manfred Mann's Earth Band was a quartet on this album with a lineup of organ, synths, mellotron, bass, guitars, drums and vocals.
They had help from musicians who provided trombone, percussion and background vocals.
I have always thought Manfred Mann's Earth Band was a cover band who did other's songs and got some hits by them. They have done two early Bruce Springsteen songs from his two first albums and got a couple of hits with them.
It came as a surprise to me that they had released an album like Solar Fire. An album which is a total break with my preconceptions of this band.
So I purchased this album.
Solar Fire is pretty close to being an Eloy album. The music is very spaced out. It still retains some beat and hard rock too. And some symphonic prog and classical music. ELP also sometimes springs to mind during this album.
It is pretty obvious that this is not a space rock band as some of this music feels a bit forced. But there is still a lot of good details on this forty minutes long album.
I doubt that I will re-visit this band again. But this album is a good one.