Thursday, August 20, 2015

40 Year Itch : All Duded Up For Saturday Night

Manfred Mann's Earth Band : Spirits in the Night

   A year before taking Bruce Springsteen's "Blinded By The Light" to the top of the Billboard 100, Manfred Mann's Earth Band released a keyboard heavy cover of his "Spirits In The Night" which would peak at #97. Both of the songs come from Springsteen's debut Greetings From Asbury Park ( as would "For You", which they recorded in 1980 for Chance.)Most of the album, Nightingales and Bombers,  is made up of what Robert Christgau called "space doodling", although there is also a cover of Joan Armatrading's "Visionary Mountains".

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