The Good Earth (Manfred Mann's Earth Band album)

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The Good Earth
The Good Earth.jpg
Studio album by
Released11 October 1974
Recorded1974
StudioThe Workhouse, Old Kent Road, London
GenreHard rock, heavy metal, progressive metal, progressive rock, jazz rock
Length38:09
LabelBronze (UK)
Warner Bros. (US)
ProducerManfred Mann, Earth Band
Manfred Mann's Earth Band chronology
Solar Fire
(1973)
The Good Earth
(1974)
Nightingales & Bombers
(1975)
Singles from The Good Earth
  1. "Be Not Too Hard"
    Released: October, 1974
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars [1]
Robert ChristgauB−[2]

The Good Earth is the fifth studio album released by Manfred Mann's Earth Band in 1974. Its opening song is a cover of "Give Me the Good Earth", written by Gary Wright and released on his 1971 solo album Footprint, while tracks 2 and 3 were originally by Australian progressive rock band Spectrum.

Early owners of each copy of The Good Earth were entitled to rights over 1 square foot of the earth situated at Llanerchyrfa in the County of Brecon, in Wales. The inner sleeve included a coupon that had to be sent for registration. This was part of the promotion activities linked to the album that had ecological inspirations. There was no swindle and thousands of fans were registered. Registration could be done on or before 31 December 1975.[3]

The album was on the US Billboard 200 charts for three weeks, peaking at number 157 on December 7, 1974.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Give Me the Good Earth" (Gary Wright) – 8:31
  2. "Launching Place" (Mike Rudd) – 5:52
  3. "I'll Be Gone" (Rudd) – 3:42

Side two[edit]

  1. "Earth Hymn" (Mann, Slade) – 6:19
  2. "Sky High" (Mann, Rogers) – 5:15
  3. "Be Not Too Hard" (Rogers, Christopher Logue) – 4:12
  4. "Earth Hymn Part 2" (Mann, Slade) – 4:18

Bonus Tracks (1998 CD reissue)[edit]

  1. "Be Not Too Hard" (Single version) (Rogers, Logue) – 3:39
  2. "I'll Be Gone" (Single Version) (Rudd) – 3:28
  3. "Earth Hymn Part 2a" (Single Version) (Mann, Slade) – 4:13

Personnel[edit]

The Earth Band[edit]

Technical[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eder, Bruce. The Good Earth at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: manfred mann's earth band". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  3. ^ Liner notes
  4. ^ "Billboard 200 - December 7, 1974". Retrieved August 9, 2017.