Manfred Mann's Earth Band - weathering the British Invasion and heading into Prog territory by the 1970s.

Manfred Mann's Earth Band -  weathering the British Invasion and heading into Prog territory by the 1970s.
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – weathering the British Invasion and heading into Prog territory by the 1970s.

– Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – Live In London – 1973 – BBC Radio 1 In Concert –

A familiar name from the British Invasion days of the mid-60s, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band was a distinct about-face from Pop and into the realm of Prog by the 1970s. Losing the 2 minute formula songs in favor of longer excursions and virtuosic solos, Manfred Mann‘s Earth Band did have several successful hits in the early 70s; most notably Blinded By The Light, which was a staple on many FM Underground stations during that time.

Like other prog-rock acts, the band also issued concept albums on space and sci-fi themes (particularly the 1973 album Solar Fire and the singles “Launching Place” off the 1974 The Good Earth and “Starbird” off the 1976 The Roaring Silence) and religious or biblical imagery (“Prayer” on the band’s debut album, “Buddah” on Messin’, Dylan’s “Father of Day, Father of Night” and “In the Beginning, Darkness” on Solar Fire, “The Road to Babylon” and “This Side of Paradise” on The Roaring Silence and “Resurrection” on the 1979 Angel Station).

Tonight it’s a concert, recorded at Golders Green Hippodrome in 1973 by the venerable BBC Radio 1 for their In Concert series. Vintage Earth Band, which is still together with two original members, Manfred Mann and Mick Rogers and several personnel changes later. This concert features the original lineup of Mann, Rogers, Chris Slade and Colin Pattenden.

Enjoy – and get ready for the week.

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