Solar Fire

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Solar Fire
Solar Fire.jpg
Studio album by Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Released 30 November 1973
Recorded The Workhouse, Old Kent Road, London, 1973
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal, progressive metal, progressive rock, jazz rock
Length 37:10
Label Bronze (UK)
Polydor (U.S.)
Producer Manfred Mann, Earth Band
Manfred Mann's Earth Band chronology
Solar Fire
The Good Earth

Solar Fire is an album released in 1973 by Manfred Mann's Earth Band.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau C+ [2]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "Father of Day, Father of Night" (Bob Dylan) – 9:55
  2. "In the Beginning, Darkness" (Manfred Mann, Mick Rogers, Chris Slade) - 5:22
  3. "Pluto the Dog" (Mann, Rogers, Slade, Colin Pattenden) – 2:48
Side two
  1. "Solar Fire" (Mann, Rogers, Slade, Pattenden) – 5:15
  2. "Saturn, Lord of the Ring/Mercury, The Winged Messenger"[3] (Mann/Mann, Rogers) – 6:31
  3. "Earth, The Circle Part 2" (Mann) – 3:23
  4. "Earth, The Circle Part 1" (Mann) – 3:56
Bonus Tracks (1998 re-issue)
  1. "Joybringer" (Gustav Holst, Mann, Rogers, Slade) – 3:25
  2. "Father of Day, Father of Night" (Edited version) (Dylan) – 3:03

As mentioned in the Manfred Mann's Earth Band article the track listing varied from area to area. For Denmark, as an example, this album did not include "Joybringer" and the edited version of "Father of day, Father of Night". "Joybringer" was released as a non-album single in 1973.[4]



  • Irene Chanterbacking vocals
  • Doreen Chanter – backing vocals
  • Grove Singers – backing vocals
  • Paul Rutherford - trombone
  • Peter Miles - additional percussion on "In the Beginning, Darkness"
  • John Pantry, Dave Stephens, John Edwards - engineer
  • Laurence Latham - tape operator
  • Fin Costello - design, photography


  1. ^ Foss, Richard. Solar Fire at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: manfred mann's earth band". Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  3. ^ this piece is based on the track "Fish", 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.
  4. ^ "Manfred Mann's Earthband* – Joybringer". Retrieved 6 August 2016. 

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