“Belle” of the Earth

South African keyboardist and Moog synthesizer wizard Manfred Mann has been in the music business since 1962 and formed Manfred Mann’s Earth Band in 1972. “Blinded by the Light,” written by Bruce Springsteen, is probably the most famous Earth Band single.

The record Angel Station came out in 1979, and it was one of the “pre-gaming” records we’d listen to at a friend’s apartment before our nights out. We also used to listen to Prism, Rush, Ian Hunter, Supertramp, Goddo, Streetheart, Red Rider, REO Speedwagon and others.

The progressive-rock album title always reminds me of the London Underground station of the same name. Angel is a short distance from a flat where one of our lads lived when he and his wife first moved to London, England. We’ve used Transport for London’s Underground, Overground and bus services as our main modes of transport, sometimes using Uber or a Kabbie cab. However, it’s usually Addison Lee for airport transportation as they are clean, professional and reliable. I’ll tell you my Uber airport drop-off horror story another time… a ride so astonishingly bad, and almost as shockingly, Uber did nothing to try to resolve my issue.

Photo of a woman sitting on a bench in a London Underground train station.
With my sweety at Angel Station in June 2008. Photo © Steve West.

Angel Station has some solid tracks on it. “You Angel You” is a popular single from the record, and is a cover of a Bob Dylan song. Some other favourites are the band’s cover of “Hollywood Town, “You Are – I am” and, my favourite, the uptempo “Don’t Kill It Carol.” (Another cover. I almost featured that one today, but I think the extended keyboard solo in the middle of the full studio version wouldn’t be to Sweety’s liking. She will probably look it up, and I may be wrong, though I doubt it. Hey, I like to play to my followers’ likes, too…)

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the video for the song from the Manfred Mann’s Earth Band (topic) YouTube channel:  

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