December 15, 2009 – 4:08 am

Released from pop’s clutches, Mann turned progressive.

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BBC in Concert 1973 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Golders Green Hippodrome, London, England, recorded for BBC Sight And Sound In Concert, Nov 20, 1973. Ex SBD stereo. Golders Green was taken over by the BBC in 1969 and became their studio recording venue for live shows among other things.

If, like me, you have never had the opportunity to see the Earth Band play live, this is an eye-opener. Launched after the breakup of the pop group Manfred Mann, the new quartet of Mann, singer-guitarist Mick Rogers, bassist Colin Pattenden and drummer Chris Slade play heavy prog rock very unlike their best known 1977 international hit, Blinded By The Light.

While Deep Purple, Uriah Heep all released live albums in their heyday, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band did not. It wasn’t until 2007 that Eagle Rock Records released Live In America, taken from a Boston concert in 1977, 30 years earlier. Live, early Manfred Mann’s Earth Band was no melodic rock band.

For this slightly under an hour BBC concert, Mann opened with his trademark Moog sound, jamming on Mercury, The Winged Messenger then launching into Buddah to establish his “serious muso” credibility. You get to hear a great guitar solo from Rogers on Messin’. You just won’t hear riffs played like this in today’s shows. Even when they play the old Manfred Mann pop hit, The Mighty Quinn, the Earth Band are determined to steer away from the melody preferring to stomp it to the ground.

From his long years as a pop star, Mann had the wisdom to choose the right songs whether it was Dylan’s The Mighty Quinn or Springsteen’s Blinded By The Light. But on his own, he much preferred a larger canvas to paint his long instrumental passages and song suites.

This has been released before on CD in 1990 by the bootleg label Oh Boy as Quinn The Escimo (1-9044). Phil Cohen’s version is a beautiful rip from a  BBC “transcription” record. The sound quality is exceptional. Once again, thank you for sharing.
- The Little Chicken

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 320 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Mercury, The Winged Messenger^ (9.7MB)
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Track 02. Buddah+ (25.3MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 03. Messin’+ (23.5MB)
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Track 04. Medley: Father Of Day, Father Of Night^; Captain Bobby Stout* (43.4MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 05. The Mighty Quinn (18.4MB)
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TT: 51.57m

^ from fourth album, Solar Fire November 1973. The original studio version included Saturn, Lord Of The Ring as the first part.
+ from third album, Messin’ 1973.
* from self-titled debut album 1972.

NOTE: Originally recorded with Manfred Mann, the Earth Band also did a version of Dylan’s The Mighty Quinn for their 1978 album Watch. By 1978, the Earth Band only had Mann and Chris Slade from the original lineup.

Mick Rogers - guitar, vocals
Manfred Mann - organ, synthesizer, vocals
Colin Pattenden - bass
Chris Slade - drums

This concert was part of promotions to help sales of their then new album, Solar Fire. You can buy Solar Fire here.


  2. Many big heaps of thanx………….

    By Timmy on Dec 15, 2009

  3. Mann, oh Manichewitz! Niiiiiiiice!

    By Walter on Dec 15, 2009

  4. Excellent!
    Father of Day,Fatherof Night!What a song!
    Thanks ;-)

    By Rochacrimson on Dec 15, 2009

  5. Great show..and a great new more complete source for the show. Only one comment about this review…Mick Rogers still kicks butt on the guitar with long solos to this day. His style has matured but its still great. But then the Earth Band has always been great live!!!


    By Dan on Dec 16, 2009

  6. Just for the record, the name of first song is Father Of Night. Originally on Dylan’s Neew Morning LP.

    By ken w on Dec 16, 2009

  7. This is it, a dream has come true, my prayers were heard - 1000 thanks

    By Sven on Dec 16, 2009

  8. This is a great show like so many from the BBC during the 70’s. I’ve been listening to this for a long time. A minor correction to the details: this was in fact from the BBC ‘In Concert’ series that the BBC broadcast throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s and not the ‘Sight And Sound’ series which did not start until the late 70’s.

    By crazyhorsegbr on Dec 18, 2009

  9. More Manfred!!! Thanks :-)

    By Matt on Dec 23, 2009

  10. Thank you for this great stuff. :-)
    It is an ear-opener to me.
    Before listening to these tunes, Mann was mainly a pop-band in my ears.
    “Father of Day, Fatherof Night” is now in my head for a couple of days and I can’t get rid of it. ;-)

    By Dirk of Odenwald on Dec 30, 2009

  11. is there anyway not to use 4shared linking? Just asking.

    Thanks for the share BigO

    By Mike Rotchertz on Jun 24, 2013

  12. Thank you, BigO! I find 2 great shows (Genesis ‘76 the other) in one day. I can now retire my cassette copy of this show which I taped from the old British Biscuit show. Cheers!

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Jun 27, 2013

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