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Nightingales and Bombers

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Released  22 August 1975
Artist  Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Producer  Manfred Mann
Length  37:57
Release date  22 August 1975
Label  Bronze Records
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Recorded  1975 at The Workhouse, London
Nightingales & Bombers (1975)  The Roaring Silence (1976)
Genres  Rock music, Progressive rock, Hard rock, Progressive metal
Similar  Manfred Mann albums, Progressive rock albums

Nightingales & Bombers is an album released in 1975 by Manfred Mann's Earth Band.


"The title of this album was inspired by a recording made in Surrey, England during the Second World War, by an ornithologist intending to record nightingales. The bombers flew over at the same time and were recorded by accident. The recording has been incorporated in 'As Above, So Below'". - Manfred Mann 1975

The recording was made on 19 May 1942 by a sound engineer for the BBC. Intending to capture the nightingale's song he also, by accident, recorded the sound of RAF bombers on their way to attack Mannheim, Germany. In that raid 197 planes were dispatched and 12 were lost.

Track listing

Side one
  1. "Spirits in the Night" (Bruce Springsteen) – 6:29
  2. "Countdown" (Mann) – 3:05
  3. "Time Is Right" (Mann, Slade, Rogers) – 6:32
  4. "Crossfade" (Mann, Slade, Rogers, Pattenden) – 3:38
Side two
  1. "Visionary Mountains" (Pam Nestor, Joan Armatrading) – 5:42
  2. "Nightingales and Bombers" (Rogers) – 4:53
  3. "Fat Nelly" (Mann, Thomas) – 3:20
  4. "As Above So Below (Recorded Live)" (Mann, Slade, Rogers, Pattenden) – 4:18
Bonus tracks on 1999 re-issue
  1. "Quit Your Low Down Ways" (from US Release) (Bob Dylan) – 3:25
  2. "Spirit in the Night" (single version) (Springsteen) – 3:17


  • Manfred Mann – organ, synthesisers
  • Mick Rogers – guitars, vocals
  • Chris Slade – drums, percussion
  • Colin Pattenden – bass
  • with

  • Ruby James – backing vocals
  • Doreen Chanter – backing vocals
  • Martha Smith – backing vocals
  • David Millman – viola
  • Chris Warren-Green – violin
  • Nigel Warren-Green – cello
  • Graham Elliott – cello
  • David Boswell-Brown – cello
  • Sleeve - Dave Field


    1Spirit in the Night6:27
    3Time Is Right6:33


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