Nightingales & Bombers

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Nightingales & Bombers
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Studio album by Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Released 22 August 1975
Recorded 1975
Studio The Workhouse, Old Kent Road, London
Genre Hard rock, progressive rock, art rock
Length 37:57
Label Bronze (UK)
Warner Bros. (U.S.)
Producer Manfred Mann and Earth Band
Manfred Mann's Earth Band chronology
The Good Earth
(1974)The Good Earth1974
Nightingales & Bombers
The Roaring Silence
(1976)The Roaring Silence1976
Singles from Nightingales & Bombers
  1. "Spirits in the Night"
    Released: July 25, 1975 (UK)
    January, 1976 (US)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+ [2]

Nightingales & Bombers is an album released in 1975 by Manfred Mann's Earth Band.

"The title of this album was inspired by a recording made in Surrey, England during the Second World War, by an ornithologist intending to record nightingales. The bombers flew over at the same time and were recorded by accident. The recording has been incorporated in 'As Above, So Below'". - Manfred Mann 1975 [3]

The recording was made on 19 May 1942 by a sound engineer for the BBC. Intending to capture the nightingale's song he also, by accident, recorded the sound of RAF bombers on their way to attack Mannheim, Germany. In that raid 197 planes were dispatched and 12 were lost. [4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Spirits in the Night" (Bruce Springsteen) – 6:29
  2. "Countdown" (Manfred Mann) – 3:05
  3. "Time Is Right" (Mann, Chris Slade, Mick Rogers) – 6:32
  4. "Crossfade" (Mann, Slade, Rogers, Colin Pattenden) – 3:38

Side two[edit]

  1. "Visionary Mountains" (Pam Nestor, Joan Armatrading) – 5:42
  2. "Nightingales and Bombers" (Rogers) – 4:53
  3. "Fat Nelly" (Mann, Peter Thomas) – 3:20
  4. "As Above So Below (Recorded Live)" (Mann, Slade, Rogers, Pattenden) – 4:18

Bonus tracks on 1999 CD re-issue[edit]

  1. "Quit Your Low Down Ways" (from US Release) (Bob Dylan) – 3:25
  2. "Spirit in the Night" (single version) (Springsteen) – 3:17

The US version of the album includes "Quit Your Low Down Ways" as the second track on side two.


The Earth Band[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]



  1. ^ Foss, Richard. Nightingales & Bombers at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: manfred mann's earth band". Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Manfred Mann's Earth Band Discography – Album Notes – 1975 Nightingales and Bombers The Official Website of Manfred Mann's Earth Band
  4. ^ The Bomber Command War Diaries by Middlebrook and Everitt (1985) p. 267

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