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Studio album by Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Released 15 June 1973
Recorded 1973
Studio Maximum Sound Studios, London
Length 41:16
Label Vertigo (UK original release)
Bronze (UK 1977 reissue)
Polydor (U.S.)
Producer Manfred Mann
Manfred Mann's Earth Band chronology
Glorified Magnified
(1972)Glorified Magnified1972
Solar Fire
(1973)Solar Fire1973
Singles from Messin
  1. "Get Your Rocks Off"
    Released: April 20, 1973
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.0/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 3.0/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau A−[3]

Messin' is a rock album released in 1973 by Manfred Mann's Earth Band.

Messin' followed Glorified Magnified and preceded Solar Fire, and like all Earth Band albums contains a mixture of originals and covers (see track listing below).

"Buddah" also appeared on the Vertigo budget sampler double album Suck It And See, along with tracks by then-labelmates Kraftwerk, Jade Warrior and the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, amongst others.

The album was produced by Manfred Mann and engineered by John Edwards at Maximum Sound Studios, London in 1973.

For the United States release, the album was re-titled Get Your Rocks Off and the track "Pretty Good" was included in place of "Black And Blue", seemingly because the latter was about slavery and deemed unsuitable for the US market.[4] Both tracks were included on the 1998 re-mastered re-issue. Under this title, the album just barely made the US Billboard 200, spending only two weeks on the charts and peaking at number 196 on June 30, 1973.[5]

UK track listing[edit]


Side one
  1. "Messin'"[6] (Mike Hugg) – 9:54
  2. "Buddah" (Manfred Mann, Mick Rogers) – 7:01
  3. "Cloudy Eyes" (Mann) – 5:32
Side two
  1. "Get Your Rocks Off" (Bob Dylan) – 2:51
  2. "Sadjoy" (Mann) – 5:20
  3. "Black and Blue" (Chain: Barry Sullivan, Matt Taylor, Phil Manning, Barry Harvey) – 7:21 (6:44 on the 1998 re-issue)
  4. "Mardi Gras Day" (Dr John Creaux) – 3:02
Bonus Tracks (1998 re-issue)
  1. "Pretty Good" (John Prine) – 4:11
  2. "Cloudy Eyes" (single edit) (Mann) – 3:31

US track listing[edit]

Get Your Rocks Off[edit]

Side one
  1. "Messin'" (Mike Hugg) – 10:00
  2. "Pretty Good" (John Prine) – 4:00
  3. "Sadjoy" (Mann) – 4:30
Side two
  1. "Get Your Rocks Off" (Bob Dylan) – 3:00
  2. "Buddah" (Manfred Mann, Mick Rogers) – 7:00
  3. "Cloudy Eyes" (Mann) – 5:30
  4. "Mardi Gras Day" (Dr John Creaux) – 3:00


The Earth Band[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Laurie Baker – Machines and Zoo on "Messin' "
  • Liza Strike – backing vocals
  • Vicki Brown – backing vocals
  • Judith Powell – backing vocals
  • Ruby James – backing vocals



  1. ^ Allmusic review (Messin')
  2. ^ Allmusic review (Get Your Rocks Off)
  3. ^ Robert Christgau review
  4. ^ Robert M Corich, Sleeve notes, Messin' album, 1998
  5. ^ "Billboard 200 - June 30, 1973". Retrieved August 8, 2017. 
  6. ^ this piece is based on the track "Messin' Up The Land", recorded by Manfred Mann's previous line-up Manfred Mann Chapter Three in 1971. The album was shelved before release. So, this track was first released in 2005 as a part of the box set Odds & Sods – Mis-takes & Out-takes. It furthermore quotes from the Chapter Three track "Konekuf", released in 1969 on the debut album of the group.

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