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Download as PDF Printable version. Nightingales and Bombers The Roaring Silence Watch Christgau's Record Guide. A couple years ago I was listening the album in the car and a friend who knows very little of Prog Less about Classical , told me "Hey this is the song that YES played before the concert", had to tell him it was part of a Ballet by Igor Stravinsky for which the song takes the name "Firebird", after the laughs we both enjoyed the outstanding track, my favorite after the opener, with brilliant keyboard and guitar interplay that as a fact reminds me of YES by moments but much faster, impressive song, even when too short.
I believe the CD editors made well when they switched "Waiter, There's a Yawn in my Ear" with "Questions" as the closer, because this track is a very strong closer, experimental, ambitious with some pompous moments and overall a great bass performance by Colin Pattenden, another high moment in the album.
Despite all the memories and nostalgia "the Roaring Silence" brings to me, I can't rate it with 5 stars because there are better albums by several Prog bands, but without doubt is a great addition for any Progressive Rock Collection that I refuse to rate with less than 4 stars, even when 3. There is more than a little in the new album's sound that points to Alan Parsons Project, Electric Light Orchestra and 10CC in the arrangements and especially the accompaniment on this record.
The choral backing on 'Blinded by the Light', 'Road to Babylon' and 'Starbird' almost sound as if they were lifted directly from a 10CC studio session, while the blending of synth keyboards and screaming guitar licks would have made Alan Parsons proud in the years before he started taking himself too seriously. And while I wouldn't compare much of this music to ELO, Mann's ability to work pop melodies into what is basically keyboard- dominated music is something Jeff Lynne made a career of, so they had that in common anyway.
The showpiece here is the band's opening cover of 'Blinded by the Light' from Springsteen's debut album. As with so many other covers Mann manages to deliver something better than the original, in this case by applying his production skill to a song that was not much more than an afterthought when Springsteen penned it for 'Greetings from Asbury Park N.
Like Kansas' 'Dust in the Wind' this was a last-minute addition to that album and although it became the first single for Springsteen his version didn't make any impression on the music public. Mann's version is considerably more upbeat, energetic and full of musical layers including a toe-tapping and persistent keyboard riff, an extended instrumental bridge and luscious backing vocals throughout.
It also contains perhaps the most misquoted lyrics of any modern tune, ranking up there with Elton John's 'Rocket Man' and Bowie's 'Diamond Dogs'. But despite all that the song became an international 1 hit and a lasting classic that graces the FM airwaves even today.
I never took much to 'Singing the Dolphins Through' back when this album was new, probably because it 'Blinded' was such a tough act to follow but also because the damn thing made no sense whatsoever and still doesn't. Is this about a child caught between feuding parents? Is it about sailing into the sunset? Maybe a drug reference? Who knows. The original was penned by Mike Heron of Incredible String Band fame while the band was still nominally active but well past their prime.
Heron had formed his own band and released a sophomore album titled 'Mike Heron's Reputation' that showcases his slightly bluesy pub-rock roots. The original is rather laconic and uninspired, but once again Mann found something to like and managed to turn it into a serviceable number thanks to easy-flowing guitar and keyboard passages and crisp female backing vocals.
Heron's version had female backing too, but they sounded more like stoned hippies compared to the professional crooning of the Chanter sisters. Mann's arrangement and keyboard playing on the instrumental 'Waiter, There's a Yawn in My Ear' sound all the world like something Alan Parsons would have put out in the mid- seventies, and had I heard this one on his 'Instrumental Works' CD next to 'Mammagamma' I really wouldn't have known the difference.
I always liked this song and thought it balanced the more pop nature of 'Blinded' quite well. Flett's guitar playing on 'Babylon' is possibly the finest on the album and Colin Pattenden's bass really grounds the mood well.
Next to 'Blinded' this is the strongest track on the album. The rest of the album kind of wanes after a strong opening quartet of songs. The closing 'Questions' is the slowest number on the album and a no-brainer for inclusion in live shows. I can almost see the ocean of lighters waving in the night even now. The band would never again reach the heights they achieved with this album in , but considering so many progressive bands of their day never managed to put together even one outstanding album I'd have to say that this was a pretty good legacy to leave.
Easily a four out of five star effort, and an album that definitely belongs in the collection of any prog or art rock fan. The first track "Blinded by the light" is a good instrumental and vocal piece with two highlights: the phased guitar solo and the vocal counterpoint in the end of track. The emotional solos of Mick Rodgers' are missed, and I always liked his voice a lot, but Dave Flett and Chris Hamlet Thompson are just as good, but in very different worlds.
This is appropriate, since the band had already started to change their sound a bit with Nightingales and Bombers. This is a fabulous brew of high quality, eclectic music. The well known "Blinded By The Light" was my main reason for purchasing the album.
I was soon attracted by the terrific lyrics as well as the music in the song. It's actually Blinded by the Light: This song, being only around x better sounding, better performed, better music than the original, is the song everyone knows but is only the second best. Singing the Dolphin Through: Good thought, not so great music. A little lengthy for the uh, goodness, of the song.
Just about the most successful of the Earth Band's 70s albums. This proved to be the catalyst for renewed creativity and there are some tremendous songs. Blinded by Well, it's a matter of tastes Sometime happens Several good reviews convinced me to buy this cd Total disappointment Typical mid '70 poppy,uninspired production Even a cover of a B. Springsteeen song. Too much for me You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not. Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved.
Please consider supporting us by giving monthly PayPal donations and help keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever. But Mama, that's where the fun is. To yell this in concert is one of my best memories in concert in the 70's as well on their recent tour when they came to Verviers.
And there is definitely more than that number on this album. All is not perfect as I find Dolphins a little irritating for many tiny reasons but they are numerous as to make me skip that number, although I do not dislike it. Some version of the Cd came with better bonus track than others but get a load of Spirits sung with the new singer.
But I think this is an outstanding album with some stunning playing and loads of great songs. Is it worth? Well, it depends. My chief reason was actually to have one great non-prog song featured in this album: "Road to Babylon".