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Solar Fire


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 29, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Friday Music
  • ASIN: B00029RTL2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,675 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Father of Day, Father of Night
2. In the Beginning, Darkness
3. Pluto the Dog
4. Solor Fire
5. Saturn, Lord of the Ring/Mercury the Winged Messenger
6. Earth, The Circle, Pt. 2
7. Earth, The Circle, Pt. 1
8. Joybringer [*]
9. Father of Day, Father of Night [Edited Version][Edit][*]

Editorial Reviews

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.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BOB on June 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The MMEB catalog has been remastered for this 2005 LP-mini-sleeve series, but, unfortunately, the results are not up to par with the 1999 Cohesion remasters.

When A/B'ing both versions, the Cohesion discs have more definition and clarity, most notably in the persussion. Cue up "Pluto The Dog" on both discs and you can instantly hear the difference.

So, the only reason for paying this high price is for the mini-sleeve itself. As most of the original MMEB LP releases were pretty simple cover designs, there isn't much justification for spending 3-4X over the Cohesion jewel-cased versions.

WHAT IS A JAPAN "MINI-LP-SLEEVE" CD?

Have you ever lamented the loss of one of the 20th Century's great art forms, the 12" vinyl LP jacket? Then "mini-LP-sleeve" CD's may be for you.

Mini-sleeve CDs are manufactured in Japan under license. The disc is packaged inside a 135MM X 135MM cardboard precision-miniature replica of the original classic vinyl-LP album. Also, anything contained in the original LP, such as gatefolds, booklets, lyric sheets, posters, printed LP sleeves, stickers, embosses, special LP cover paper/inks/textures and/or die cuts, are precisely replicated and included. An English-language lyric sheet is always included, even if the original LP did not have printed lyrics.

Then, there's the sonic quality: Often (but not always), mini-sleeves have dedicated remastering (20-Bit, 24-Bit, DSD, K2/K2HD, and/or HDCD), and can often (but not always) be superior to the audio on the same title anywhere else in the world. There also may be bonus tracks unavailable elsewhere.

Each Japan mini-sleeve has an "obi" ("oh-bee"), a removable Japan-language promotional strip.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Cooper VINE VOICE on October 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
FROM TOP TO BOTTOM, This is agreat album. The Dylan cover Father,,, is worth all the space it takes up and Circle, Pluto, the title track and most of all Joybringer are classic. Manfred Mann might have better songs in his bag but no better album than this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. E Jackson on October 6, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Solar Fire is one fine rock album with bits of progressive rock elements to make the experience even better.

For those of you who think Manfred Mann Earth Band's only worthwhile song was "Blinded by the Light", this album is NOT for you.

The title song is about as catchy and exciting as anything you've heard from the 70's, not to mention quite melodic and the kind of song that would be appropriate at dance parties or whatever. Dancin' with the ladies! "Father of Day, Father of Night" is VERY interesting how I originally thought the verse melody was clumsily-written and completely awful, but suddenly, it grew on me a LOT just a couple hours later when I played it again! Funny how that happens.

Make sure this album is a part of your 70's adventurous music collection.
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this is a very nice japan mini lp replica sleeve as to the original uk lp jacket upon this albums release in 1974, this was one of the more favorable earth band albums of the 70s, what makes this issue special is the remastering is awesome and there are a couple of bonus tracks, if you like this band i think you will love this cd, it sounds great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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