Nightingales & Bombers

Artist: Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Label: Warner Bros/Bronze
Catalog#: BS 2877
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1975-08-25
A1 Spirits In The Night 6:26

Written-By - Bruce Springsteen

A2 Countdown 3:06

Written-By - Manfred Mann

A3 Time Is Right 6:33

Written-By - Chris Slade
Written-By - Manfred Mann
Written-By - Mick Rogers

A4 Crossfade 3:36

Written-By - Chris Slade
Written-By - Colin Pattenden
Written-By - Manfred Mann
Written-By - Mick Rogers

B1 Visionary Mountain 5:42

Written-By - Joan Armatrading
Written-By - Pam Nestor

B2 Quit Your Low Down Ways 3:35

Written-By - Bob Dylan

B3 Nightingales And Bombers 4:52

Written-By - Mick Rogers

B4 Fat Nelly 3:20

Written-By - Manfred Mann
Written-By - Peter Thomas

B5 As Above So Below (Recorded Live) 4:15

Written-By - Chris Slade
Written-By - Colin Pattenden
Written-By - Manfred Mann
Written-By - Mick Rogers


Backing Vocals - Doreen Chanter
Backing Vocals - Martha Smith
Backing Vocals - Ruby James
Bass - Colin Pattenden
Cello - David Boswell-Brown
Cello - Graham Elliott
Cello - Nigel Warren-Green
Design [Sleeve] - Logo (11)
Drums, Other [Concussion] - Chris Slade
Engineer - Laurie Latham
Management - Harry Maloney
Mastered By - Melvyn Abrahams
Photography - Lilian Bron
Producer - Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Producer, Organ, Synthesizer - Manfred Mann
Technician [Tape Operator] - Alastair Crewe
Viola - David Millman
Violin - Chris Warren
Vocals, Guitar - Mick Rogers


Info from cover (rear):
The title of this album was inspired by a recording made in Surrey, England during the Second World War, by an ornithologist intending to record Nightingales. The Bombers flew over at the same time and were recorded by accident. The recording has been incorporated in 'As Above So Below'.
Recorded at the Workhouse, Old Kent Road, 1975
Mastering - IBC Studios, London
Harry Maloney Management
490 Old Kent Road, London SE1
Track A1: Published by kind permission of Intersong Music Ltd.
Track B1: Printed by kind permission of Essex Music International Limited
Track A3 and B3: Published by Earthly Music Limited
Warner Bros. Records Inc. ● a subsidiary and licensee of Warner Bros. Inc., a Warner Communications Company ● 3300 Warner Blvd., Burbank, Calif. 91505 ● 44 East 50th Street, New York, New York 10022 ● Made in U.S.A. ● ©1975 Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Info from spine:
0698-©1975 Warner Bros. Records Inc.-Printed in U.S.A.
Info from centre labels:
'Burbank, Home of Warner Bros. Records' label design.
The title of the album is given as 'Nightingales And Bombers' on centre labels.
All selections published by WB Music Corp. - ASCAP except as indicated.
Track A1: Intersong Music, Ltd. - ASCAP
Track B1: Tro/Essex Music - ASCAP
Track B2: M. Whitmark & Sons, - ASCAP
Other info:
Bronze 'Ascent Of Man' logo appears on centre labels and cover (rear).
Track B2 is originally available only on this US version but not on the European versions.

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Manfred Mann's Earth Band completed their first tour of the US in 1974, where they probably discovered the track that would open their next album, 1975's Nightingales & Bombers. A cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Spirits in the Night" also was released as a single, but hold this space: They'd return to the writer's well a year later for much greater fortunes. Two other covers grace the album: Joan Armatrading's "Visionary Mountains" and Bob Dylan's "Quit Your Low Down Ways." The band's talent lies in successfully turning tracks from such diverse sources into Earth Band tunes; try picking them apart from the band's own slightly funky, always hip songs, like "Time Is Right" or "Fat Nelly." The remainder of the album intersperses several instrumental numbers between the vocal tracks, highlighting the band's technical expertise: On "Countdown" and "Crossfade," Mann's synthesizer trades licks with Mick Rogers's fiery lead guitar, all over the brisk rhythm section of bassist Colin Pattenden and drummer Chris Slade. The title track, written by Rogers, is the album's touchstone, offering a kind of fusion that's as good as any other fusion-laced track of the era. The album, however, failed to chart, and the single barely scraped the Top 100 in the US. But the band's fortune was about to change: Rogers would leave the band in 1976, to be replaced by vocalist Chris Thompson and guitarist Dave Flett. The ensuing release, The Roaring Silence—spearheaded by another Springsteen cover, "Blinded by the Light"—would carry the album to No. 10 on both sides of the Atlantic, with the song topping the charts in the US and rising to No. 6 in the UK. From here, the Earth Band's music would move toward more commercial terrain; this shift provided moderate chart success over the next several years.
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