Manfred Mann's Earth Band (album)

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Manfred Mann's Earth Band
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Studio album by Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Released January 1972
Studio Maximum Sound Studios and I.B.C. Studios, London[1]
Length 41:35
Label Polydor
Producer Manfred Mann, Dave Hadfield, David MacKay
Manfred Mann chronology
Manfred Mann Chapter Three Volume Two
(1970)
Manfred Mann's Earth Band
(1972)
Glorified Magnified
(1972)

Manfred Mann's Earth Band is the eponymous debut studio album by English rock band Manfred Mann's Earth Band, released in January 1972 by Polydor Records.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Retrospective reviews
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Christgau's Record Guide A+[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 2/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[4]

Manfred Mann's Earth Band was first released in January 1972 by Polydor Records in the United States, where it sold modestly and received positive reviews from critics.[1] Henry Edwards of High Fidelity said the Earth Band had proved themselves greatly superior to other acts in the "British Blues Invasion of the Seventies" by displaying a dedication to the music rather than flaunting their individual abilities. He also applauded bandleader Manfred Mann's performances of "Part Time Man" and "I'm Up and I'm Leaving", writing that they possessed "that haunting, urgent quality that has always marked Mann not only as a quality rocker but also as a musician with serious intentions and the ability to realize them".[5] Ramparts magazine called the album a respite from the "excessively abstracted psychedelic/hard rock" of the time, as well as an exceptional-sounding record that would prove to be "a landmark in the assimilation of new technology into rock without yielding to any impulse to make it a gimmick".[6] The record was less successful with critics and consumers in the United Kingdom, where it was released one month later on 18 February by Philips Records.[1]

At the end of 1972, Manfred Mann's Earth Band was named the third best album of the year in Robert Christgau's column for Newsday. The music critic applauded Mann's innovative synthesizer parts and both the "original and borrowed" lyrics, while calling the album "one of those future-rock records that will probably spawn no heirs, even by the group that made it".[7] Christgau later ranked it number 17 on a decade-end list for The Village Voice,[8] and described it as "an extraordinary cult record" that achieved rock's dichotomous "art-commerce" synthesis, something he said Mann had espoused since the early years of his music career.[3] AllMusic critic J.P. Ollio called it "a completely satisfying album and one of the most underrated of the '70s", in which the Earth Band explored "arty and progressive directions" without succumbing to the weight of their own pretentions. Ollio highlighted the record's "hypnotic instrumentals", Mann's "exhilarating original songs", and the "three definitive covers" of Randy Newman's "Living Without You", Dr. John's "Jump Sturdy", and Bob Dylan's "Please, Mrs. Henry".[2]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "California Coastline" (Walt Meskell, Tim Martin) – 2:48
  2. "Captain Bobby Stout" (Lane Tietgen) – 6:54
  3. "Sloth" (Manfred Mann, Mick Rogers) – 1:27
  4. "Living Without You" (Randy Newman) – 3:36
  5. "Tribute" (Mann) – 5:32 (this song was later sampled by Massive Attack on their Mezzanine album - which led to some legal battle [9] )
Side two
  1. "Please Mrs Henry" (Bob Dylan) – 4:32
  2. "Jump Sturdy" (Dr. John Creaux) – 4:49
  3. "Prayer" (Mann) – 5:41
  4. "Part Time Man" (David Sadler, Mann) – 3:05
  5. "I'm Up and I'm Leaving" (Mann, Sadler) – 3:11
1999 CD bonus tracks[1]
  1. "Living Without You" (Single version mono) (Newman) – 3:36
  2. "California Coastline" (Single version mono) (Meskell, Martin) – 2:47
  3. "Mrs Henry" (Single version mono) (Dylan) – 2:39

Personnel[edit]

Credits are adapted from the album's 1999 reissue booklet.[1]

Manfred Mann's Earth Band[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Bloomsbury Group – design
  • Mike Brown – remastering
  • Robert M. Corich – remastering
  • Bob Foster – photography
  • Dave Hadfield – engineer, production
  • David Mackay – production
  • John Pantry – engineer

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Corich, Robert M.; Taylor, Andy (May 1999). Manfred Mann's Earth Band (CD reissue booklet). Manfred Mann's Earth Band. Cohesion Records. MANN 003. 
  2. ^ a b Ollio, J.P. (n.d.). "Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Manfred Mann's Earth Band". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (1981). "Manfred Mann's Earth Band: Manfred Mann's Earth Band". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the '70s. Da Capo Press. ISBN 0306804093. Retrieved 1 January 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Manfred Mann's Earth Band". Acclaimed Music. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  5. ^ Edwards, Henry (April 1972). "The Lighter Side". High Fidelity. p. 106. 
  6. ^ Anon. (April 1972). "Records". Ramparts. p. 60. 
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 31, 1972). "Choice Bits From a 'Sorry' Year". Newsday. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (17 December 1979). "Decade Personal Best: '70s". The Village Voice. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  9. ^ "Manfred Mann Sues Massive Attack". MTV News. Viacom. 30 December 1998. Retrieved 25 May 2017. 

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