The Roaring Silence

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The Roaring Silence
The Roaring Silence.jpg
Studio album by Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Released 27 August 1976
Recorded 1976
Studio Workhouse Studios London
Length 39:55
Producer Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Manfred Mann's Earth Band chronology
Nightingales and Bombers
(1975)Nightingales and Bombers1975
The Roaring Silence
Singles from The Roaring Silence
  1. "Blinded by the Light"
    Released: 6 August 1976
  2. "Questions"
    Released: 1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauC[2]

The Roaring Silence is the seventh studio album by English rock band Manfred Mann's Earth Band. It was released on 27 August 1976, by Bronze Records in the UK and by Warner Bros. Records in the US. Like other Earth Band albums, this includes material by other composers. "Blinded by the Light", which reached number one the Billboard Hot 100,[3] is a cover version of a song by Bruce Springsteen;[3] "Questions" is based on the main theme of Franz Schubert's Impromptu in G flat Major;[4] "Starbird" takes its theme from Igor Stravinsky's ballet The Firebird; and "The Road to Babylon" is based on the canon "By the Waters of Babylon" by Philip Hayes. This album marked the arrival of vocalist/guitarist Chris Hamlet Thompson, and Dave Flett who replaced longtime guitarist/vocalist/composer Mick Rogers. It is also the last album recorded with founding member Colin Pattenden.

The main riff of "Waiter, There's a Yawn in My Ear" is taken from the Manfred Mann Chapter Three track "Fish" which was recorded for their abandoned third album. It was ultimately released in 2005 on the Odds & Sods – Mis-takes & Out-takes box set.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Blinded by the Light"Bruce Springsteen7:08
2."Singing the Dolphin Through"Mike Heron8:19
3."Waiter, There's a Yawn in My Ear"Manfred Mann5:39
Side two
4."The Road to Babylon"Mann, Thomas, Colin Pattenden6:53
5."This Side of Paradise"Mann, Thomas, Pattenden4:47
6."Starbird"Mann, Slade3:09
7."Questions"Mann, Slade4:00

The first CD-release (1987) of this album did not contain bonus tracks, and tracks No. 3 and No. 7 had changed places


The Earth Band[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]


  • Manfred Mann's Earth Band – producers
  • Laurence Lathamengineer
  • David Culpan, Margaret Wood, Tony Rowell, Edwin Cross – assistant engineers
  • Shirtsleeve Studio – design. Modelled by artist Derek Goldsmith
  • Martyn Goddard – photography


Chart (1976) Peak
Austrian Top 75 Albums[5] 10
Netherlands Top 100 Albums[6] 11
Norwegian Top 40 Albums[7] 6
Swedish Top 60 Albums[8] 17
UK Albums Chart[9] 10
Chart (1977) Peak
Canadian Top Albums[10] 6
New Zealand Top 40 Albums[11] 34
US Billboard 200[12] 10


  1. ^ DeGagne, Mike. The Roaring Silence at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: manfred mann's earth band". Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  3. ^ a b Pemberton, Pat (13 June 2012). "Blinded by the Light". Rolling Stone.
  4. ^ Südwestrundfunk page on The Roaring Silence (in German)
  5. ^ "Manfred Mann's Earth Band – The Roaring Silence (Album)" (ASP). Austrian Charts (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 May 2011.
  6. ^ "Manfred Mann's Earth Band – The Roaring Silence (Album)" (ASP). GfK Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 May 2011.
  7. ^ "Album Info: The Roaring Silence – Manfred Mann's Earth Band" (PHP). VG-lista (in Norwegian). Retrieved 25 May 2011.
  8. ^ "Manfred Mann's Earth Band – The Roaring Silence (Album)" (ASP). Swedish Charts (in Swedish). Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 May 2011.
  9. ^ "Artist Chart History: Manfred Mann". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 May 2011.
  10. ^ "Top Albums". RPM. 26 (26): 23. 26 March 1977. Retrieved 25 May 2011.
  11. ^ "Manfred Mann's Earth Band – The Roaring Silence (Album)" (ASP). New Zealand Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 May 2011.
  12. ^ "Manfred Mann's Earth Band – The Roaring Silence". Awards. AllMusic. Retrieved 19 February 2016.

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