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The Best of Manfred Mann's Earth Band Import

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Though there's lately been no shortage of Manfred's EMI material around, this is the first time his Warner stuff's been on CD. Includes Blinded by the Light; Spirit in the Night; You Angel You ; a later take of Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn); Don't Kill It Carol, and more.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 11, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Wea Int'l
  • ASIN: B000002N76
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,109 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By David K. Richard on September 7, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I can't believe all the moaning and groaning going on about this release! Those of you moaning about the first five lps not being represented here's the key; those lps were released on Polydor Records not Warner Brothers. The record company can only release what they have rights to. Those of you groaning about Quinn The Eskimo being a live version here's the other key; the pop band Manfred Mann of the 60s not the Earth Band of the 70s had the hit on Fontana records. All in all a fine representation of the Earth Bands time on Warner Brothers. If you want the other material by the many incarnations of the group might I suggest you pry open your wallets and buy the other fine Greatest Hits CDs. Before you complain about what is or isn't on a particular CD why don't you do a little research first and then buy. From what I've read here most of you don't know jack about the band, just a song you heard on the radio called Blinded By the Light that brings back some long forgotten teenage memory. If you want a great CD by the "Band" get Nightingales and Bombers. Now get back to your $5 cups of coffee and leave the real music listening to the rest of us.
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This album is a very pleasing and fun album. Manfred Mann, the leader of the group and keyboardist, did a superb job finding the musicians for his band and arranging ALL covers on this CD. Being Manfred's band him being a keyboardist, there is a lot of keyboard action of pretty much every song. Only two songs on this album are of original material...being Questions & On the Run. The song Blinded by the Light, which was written by Bruce Springsteen, is probably the best cover of all time. The song topped the U.S. charts in February of 1977, so it's something that you are hopefully familiar with. Songs like Questions, Circles, and Hollywood are great slower songs. You Angel You is a happier song with a good beat to it. Davey's On the Road Again and Quinn the Eskimo (once a top 10 hit) have a live approach to them with a nice sound and great solos by both the guitar and keyboards. Quit Your Lowdown Ways, Don't Kill It Carol, For You, Blinded by the Light, and Spirit in the Night (once a top 40 hit) are the rock-styled awesome songs. Chris Thompson, the lead vocalist who appears on all songs but Spirit in the Night & Quit Your Low Down Ways (Mick Rogers being the lead singer on those songs), is a superb vocalist that fits the songs he is in perfectly. My only flaw with it is that a couple of songs like On the Run, although an alright song, sound too retro, meaning too 1980's sounding. Even living through the 80's, I never liked that style of music. Please, don't take my word for buying this album unless you know of Manfred Mann's Earth Band. As with EVERY album, please listen to sound samples of every song before you buy.
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Before you crucify me for the title of this review, know that I love both "Blinded by the Light" and "The Mighty Quinn." However, the version of "The Mighty Quinn" on this CD is a really crummy live recording. I was really maddened by this, since nowhere on the cover does the word "live" appear. So for the presence of "Blinded by the Light" I'll spot this CD 2 stars, but with nothing else on it, that's all it gets.
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Mannfred Mann's Earth Band formed in 1971 and is a later incarnation of Mannfred Mann.

For the "charming original" of "The Mighty Quinn" get Mannfred Mann's Greatest Hits instead. I prefer the version here; it's from the "Watch" album.

The Earth Band had a lot of hit or miss material in the late '70's and '80's. I still drag out "Angel Station" from time to time and play a couple tracks from it, but I'd skip it unless you have time and money to blow to mine for the good stuff.

Get "Roaring Silence" and "Watch" and you've pretty much got their best.
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Were it not for the presence of two bowlderdized Bruce Springsteen songs (the almost identical sounding "Blinded by the Light" and "For You," both from Springsteen's folkie debut album), "The Best of Manfred Mann's Earth Band" would be a pretty dismal affair. As it stands, those are about the only two listenable tracks. Another Springsteen cover, "Spirit in the Night" doesn't work as well, while the Bob Dylan cover "The Mighty Quinn" is a wretched live version rather than the charming original. The rest of the album isn't even that good. On the plus side, at least the version of "Blinded by the Light" is the longer album cut rather than the chopped up single version.
Overall, you should only buy this album if you can't live without having "Blinded by the Light" in your collection.
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AMAZON'S ALBUM DESCRIPTION UP THERE IS WRONG, THIS ISN'T THE ALBUM WITH 'THE RUNNER' OR ANY OF THE 19 TRACKS THE REVIEW SAYS... THAT SONG YOU CAN'T GET HERE.
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This is a greatest hits CD, only problem with it is that this has a live track on the CD that is not stated on the back of the CD.
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An excellent cd that covers some great material such as songs like Hollywood Town,Blinded by the Light & Circles. Great Prog music from a very underrated band a must cd for the person who is just starting to listen to Manfred Mann's music.
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