March 20, 2010 – 3:58 am

The best year for Manfred Mann’s Earth Band is arguably 1976 when Blinded By The Light hit the charts.

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Retro Rock Concert [no label, 1CD]

Likely live at the Spectrum, Philadelphia, Oct 15, 1976. Taken from syndicated radio show LP. Ex SBD stereo.

“From the American radio show ‘Retro Rock’, and taken from an original ‘Retro Rock’ syndication LP. Unfortunately, when I had the use of the LP, I didn’t write down any specific information about the broadcast date. I also added several brief interviews that were also taken from syndication records.” - Philip Cohen

Tagged to this show are two interview segments. The first is called Earth News and was recorded around the time Somewhere In Africa was released in 1982 (or 1984 depending on territory). Mann explains why Somewhere In Africa only had ethnic music on one side of the album. With the Billboard interview, it takes place when Chance was released in 1981. In this chat, Mann talks about fame and how he avoids that celebrity image.

From this you can gather that Mann had issues with image and style. He has gone to great lengths to distance himself from Do Wah Diddy Diddy, the pop hit that is always associated with Mann from the ’60s. He did manage in 1976 to come up with something hip - a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s Blinded By The Light. The Earth Band went on tour in America to promote that single and album, The Roaring Silence. Prior to that, Mann managed to make a name for doing Dylan covers. His excellent treatment of The Mighty Quinn is in this show as well.

There’s nothing at all pop about this excellent concert. Possibly because Mann’s Earth Band was the second on the bill between Boston and Blue Oyster Cult. Mann’s Moog moves are totally progressive and there are many extended soloing here. Chris Thompson’s vocals are excellent as are his guitar solos. You have to wonder why they didn’t make more albums like The Roaring Silence. Perhaps Mann’s origin as a jazz player made him approach each new work as an experiment.

We are making a guess that this is the same show as the one recorded in Philadelphia on Oct 15, 1976. This radio syndicated show includes DJ introductions. Quality is excellent as this is a pre-FM source.

The bonus on offer is what appears to be the complete show at The Spectrum. Sound quality is a bit less than Phil Cohen’s pre-FM source. Enjoy and thanks to all who share.
- The Little Chicken

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Blinded By The Light (11.0MB)
Track 02. Brother Why Are You Here (Captain Bobby Stout) (11.4MB)
Track 03. Father Of Day/ Father Of Night (11.4MB)
Track 04. The Road To Babylon - Spirits In The Night (17.2MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 05. The Mighty Quinn [a couple of vinyl clicks but not intrusive] (16.5MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 06. Earth News Interview (411k)
Track 07. Earth News Interview continued (2.4MB)
Track 08. Billboard Interview (346k)
Track 09. Billboard Interview continued (2.1MB)
10. Dick Clark Interview [omitted as they have complete versions of the official versions of Do Wah Diddy Diddy and Blinded By The Light]

Likely band lineup:
Chris Hamlet Thompson - vocals, guitar
Dave Flett - lead guitar
Colin Pattenden - bass
Chris Slade - drums, percussion and backing vocals
Manfred Mann - keyboards

On the road to promote The Roaring Silence, the album that helped the band win fans around the world. Click on the link to order the album.


Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
Live at the Spectrum, Philadelphia, Oct 15, 1976 - the complete show (?)
(we received this as MP3 file at 192kbps)

Track 11. Intro - The Road To Babylon - Spirits In The Night (16.9MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 12. Davey’s On The Road Again (11.5MB)
Track 13. Time Is Right (9.8MB)
Track 14. Father Of Day, Father Of Night - Captain Bobby Stout (22.7MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 15. Blinded By The Light (11.7MB)
Track 16. The Mighty Quinn (15.0MB)
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  2. Jesus Christ Philip, You Fuckin Rock!!!

    By bill on Mar 20, 2010

  3. Great to hear this legendary live take as they namecheck the late great Phila DJ Ed Sciaky on the clean “Blinded…” for giving them the first two Bruce albums a couple years earlier.

    By Nick on Mar 20, 2010

  4. Holy Shit Batman

    By Joe on Mar 20, 2010

  5. This is another great Manfred posting! I always thought that Dylan wrote “Father Of Night”. Oh, wait… he DID. Thanx……….

    By Timmy on Mar 20, 2010

  6. Superb, i hope you´ll post a Uriah Heep show ( Byron Line -Up) either.

    By Sven on Mar 21, 2010

  7. Sven,

    The only 3 professionally recorded Uriah Heep shows with David Byron have been released on official CD’s. I do have one audience recording of a 1972 show in Germany. It’s possible that I could supply it to Big O someday.
    By the way, later this year, you’ll see two other Manfred Mann discs here(one live, one studio).

    By Philip Cohen on Mar 21, 2010

  8. Manfred once told me a story about when “Blinded’ became the smash all over he excitedly rang Bruce to thank and say hi, having waited sometime on the line while Bruce was being found,only for the very tired and emotional songwriter to tell him soundly to FUCK OFF!!! and slam the phone down. I enjoyed working at his London studio in the eighties, a very witty bloke and a great talent.

    By BLUEFOOD on Mar 25, 2010

  9. Love this. Thanks Phil & BigO

    By Matt on Apr 2, 2010

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