The Roaring Silence

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The Roaring Silence
Studio album by Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Released 27 August 1976
Recorded Workhouse Studios, Old Kent Road, London, 1976
Genre Hard rock, progressive rock, jazz rock
Length 47:01
Label Bronze (UK)
Warner Bros. (U.S.)
Producer Manfred Mann and Earth Band
Manfred Mann's Earth Band chronology
Nightingales and Bombers
(1975)
The Roaring Silence
(1976)
Watch
(1978)
Singles from The Roaring Silence
  1. "Blinded by the Light"
    Released: August 6, 1976
  2. "Questions"
    Released: 1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau C [2]

The Roaring Silence is an album released in 1976 by Manfred Mann's Earth Band. Like other Earth Band albums, this includes material by other composers. "Blinded by the Light", which reached number one in Billboard's Hot 100, is a cover version of a track by Bruce Springsteen; "Questions" is based on the main theme of Franz Schubert's Impromptu in G flat Major;[3] "Starbird" takes its theme from Igor Stravinsky's ballet The Firebird. This album also marked the arrival of vocalist/guitarist Chris Hamlet Thompson.

The main riff of "Waiter, There's a Yawn in My Ear" is taken from the Manfred Mann Chapter Three track "Fish" which was recorded for their abandoned third album. It was ultimately released in 2005 on the Odds & Sods – Mis-takes & Out-takes box set.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "Blinded by the Light" (Bruce Springsteen) – 7:08
  2. "Singing the Dolphin Through" (Mike Heron) – 8:19
  3. "Waiter, There's a Yawn in My Ear" (Manfred Mann) – 5:39
Side two
  1. "The Road to Babylon" (Mann, Thomas, Colin Pattenden) – 6:53
  2. "This Side of Paradise" (Mann, Thomas, Pattenden) – 4:47
  3. "Starbird" (Mann, Slade) – 3:09
  4. "Questions" (Mann, Slade) – 4:00
Bonus Tracks (1998 re-issue)
  1. "Spirits in the Night" (1977 version) (Springsteen) – 3:16
  2. "Blinded by the Light" (single edit) (Springsteen) – 3:49

Personnel[edit]

with

Charts[edit]

Chart (1976) Peak
position
Austrian Top 75 Albums[4] 10
Netherlands Top 100 Albums[5] 11
Norwegian Top 40 Albums[6] 6
Swedish Top 60 Albums[7] 17
Chart (1977) Peak
position
Canadian Top Albums[8] 6
New Zealand Top 40 Albums[9] 34
Chart (1976) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[10] 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ DeGagne, Mike. The Roaring Silence at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: manfred mann's earth band". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Südwestrundfunk page on The Roaring Silence [1] (in German, checked 03/11/08)
  4. ^ "Manfred Mann's Earth Band – The Roaring Silence (Album)" (ASP). Austrian Charts (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Manfred Mann's Earth Band – The Roaring Silence (Album)" (ASP). GfK Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Album Info: The Roaring Silence – Manfred Mann's Earth Band" (PHP). VG-lista (in Norwegian). Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Manfred Mann's Earth Band – The Roaring Silence (Album)" (ASP). Swedish Charts (in Swedish). Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "Top Albums". RPM 26 (26): 23. 26 March 1977. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "Manfred Mann's Earth Band – The Roaring Silence (Album)" (ASP). New Zealand Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Artist Chart History: Manfred Mann". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 

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