The Earth Band was the 3rd iteration of South African, Manfred Mann’s fronted efforts. He was on the scene in the early 60’s with the hits, “The Mighty Quinn” and “Do Wah Diddy Diddy”, and followed that with Manfred Mann Chapter Three, a Jazz Fusion effort. Manfred Mann’s Earth Band formed in 1971 and produced some of the earliest progressive rock efforts. This current version of the band found their stride with the 1973 release Solar Fire. It was a planetary concept album with progressive keys, cinematic vocals, and classic guitar solos. I’m going to post three tracks from the record that best represent it’s essence. BTW, the first track is a Dylan cover, done much better by Manfred Mann.