After riding the worldwide pop music charts for over a decade, Manfred Mann created an even larger chapter in rock music history with his Manfred Mann's Earth Band. Created at the height of album rock radio, Manfred Mann's Earth Band landed their first three albums on the charts as they increased their loyal following throughout concert halls in the United States. 1974 proved to be a pivotal year for the band as they released their biggest selling album at that time with Solar Fire. Originally released in the States with the international hit single "Joybringer" (based around Holst's Planets Suite), this album has stood the test of time and is regarded as one of the band's strongest efforts ever.
Aside from the thematic approach of rocking tracks like the title song "Solar Fire" and "Darkness, From The Beginning", this album really gained a whole new audience with the epic Bob Dylan remake of "Father Of Day, Father Of Night." This ten-minute anthem would go on to be one of Mann's most respected and most articulate works of this era. The fans dug it and have gone on to make this album one of their most enduring of the Manfred Mann's Earth Band diverse catalog.
By popular demand, Friday Music's good friends at Creature Music are proud to present another installment in the Manfred Mann's Earth Band Re-Masters series with the classic Solar Fire. Originally released on Polydor in 1974, this amazing album hasn't seen the light of day in North America for many years until now. Aside from the great songs that you already know, Manfred has gone back into the vaults and found an unreleased alternate 45 edit of "Father Of Day, Father Of Night", as well as the aforementioned international hit single of "Joybringer" which was never featured on the European vinyl release. As always, Mann and Creature Music team have overseen the entire process of remastering the original recordings and artwork restoration, maintaining the importance of this timeless classic and the other CD's in this exclusive series. As you will hear with this following recording, this was the start of something big for Mann & Company as decades of million sellers and hit recordings would follow the lead created by the fantastic Solar Fire.