|Studio album by Manfred Mann's Earth Band|
|Released||30 November 1973|
|Studio||The Workhouse, Old Kent Road, London|
|Genre||Hard rock, heavy metal, progressive metal, progressive rock, jazz rock|
|Producer||Manfred Mann, Earth Band|
|Manfred Mann's Earth Band chronology|
|Singles from Solar Fire|
|Robert Christgau||C+ |
- Side one
- "Father of Day, Father of Night" (Bob Dylan) – 9:55
- "In the Beginning, Darkness" (Manfred Mann, Mick Rogers, Chris Slade) – 5:22
- "Pluto the Dog" (Mann, Rogers, Slade, Colin Pattenden) – 2:48
- Side two
- "Solar Fire" (Mann, Rogers, Slade, Pattenden) – 5:15
- "Saturn, Lord of the Ring/Mercury, The Winged Messenger" (Mann/Mann, Rogers) – 6:31
- "Earth, The Circle Part 2" (Mann) – 3:23
- "Earth, The Circle Part 1" (Mann) – 3:56
- Bonus Tracks (1998 re-issue)
- "Joybringer" (Gustav Holst, Mann, Rogers, Slade) – 3:25
- "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.
The Earth Band
- Manfred Mann – organ, mellotron, synthesiser, vocals
- Mick Rogers – guitar, vocals
- Chris Slade – drums
- Colin Pattenden – bass guitar
- Irene Chanter – backing vocals
- Doreen Chanter – backing vocals
- Grove Singers – backing vocals
- Paul Rutherford – trombone
- Peter Miles – additional percussion on "In the Beginning, Darkness"
- Manfred Mann's Earth Band – producer
- John Pantry – engineer
- Dave Stephens, John Edwards – assistant engineers
- Laurence Latham – tape operator
- Fin Costello – design, photography
- "Billboard 200 - May 11, 1974\accessdate=august 8, 2017".
- Foss, Richard. Solar Fire at AllMusic
- Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: manfred mann's earth band". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
- 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.
- "Manfred Mann's Earthband* – Joybringer". discogs.org. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
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