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Masque
     

Masque

by Manfred Mann's Earth Band
 
In 1992, Manfred Mann's Earth Band in its latest incarnation delivered a new album that retraced a few earlier steps and got closer to finishing some ideas that earlier incarnations of the band had begun. The result was Masque, a strange and beautiful (and strangely beautiful) mix of jazz, rock, classical, and pop sounds, drawing on compositions from

Overview

In 1992, Manfred Mann's Earth Band in its latest incarnation delivered a new album that retraced a few earlier steps and got closer to finishing some ideas that earlier incarnations of the band had begun. The result was Masque, a strange and beautiful (and strangely beautiful) mix of jazz, rock, classical, and pop sounds, drawing on compositions from Paul Weller to Gustav Holst. The most easygoing incarnation of cosmic rock, Masque melds elements of '40s pop (and even big-band swing), synth pop, '70s pop
ock, and classical into a quite beautiful whole that's as seductive as it is dazzling. Mick Rogers and Maggie Ryder's vocals are a potent combination, even plunging into Manhattan Transfer territory with a little studio trickery (on "Billie's Orno Bounce"), and Mann's keyboards and Rogers' guitars make a great lead instrumental combo as well. The strangest piece here, however, is "A Couple of Mates," in which Mann excerpts elements from several other pieces, including Holst's "The Planets." The whole album is essential listening for anyone who's ever been a fan of Mann's work, or even of Gustav Holst's music -- even his remake of "Joybringer" (an adaptation of "Jupiter" from "The Planets"), which had previously been recorded by another version of the Earth Band, is distinctly fresh and startlingly beautiful, so much so that it was chosen to open the album, which is mighty impressive for a remade piece.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/06/2011
Label:
Creature Music
UPC:
5019148619178
catalogNumber:
16
Rank:
62458

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Manfred Mann   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Keyboards
Guy Barker   Trumpet
Chris Batchelor   Trumpet
Mark Feltham   Bass
John Lingwood   Drums
Frank Mead   Saxophone
Andy Pask   Bass
Mick Rogers   Guitar,Vocals
Linda Taylor   Vocals
Tommy Willis   Guitar
Ian Porter   Emulator
Denny Newman   Bass,Vocals
Durban Betancourt-Laverde   Bass
Meggie Ryder   Vocals
Byron Bird   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Jack Bruce   Composer
Manfred Mann   Composer,Producer
Anthony More   Programming
Neil Amor   Engineer
Stuart Barry   Engineer
Pete Brown   Composer
Steve Forward   Producer,Engineer
Paul Weller   Composer
Mick Rogers   Composer,Producer
Michael Murphy   Composer
Robert M. Corich   Sleeve Notes
Terry Medhurst   Engineer
Andrew Buckle   Artwork
Stevie Fernie   Music Business Affairs
Denny Newman   Composer
Hard Times Production   Producer
Andy Taylor   Sleeve Notes

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