Album Description: This album "MANFRED MANN's EARTH BAND - . "Buddah" also appeared on the Vertigo budget sampler double album "Suck It And See", along with tracks by then-labelmates Kraftwerk, Jade Warrior and the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, amongst others. The album was produced by Manfred Mann and engineered by John Edwardes at Maximum Sound Studios, London in 1973.


large album front cover photo of: Messin

Album Description & Collectors information:


Gatefold (FOC) cover design with artwork / photos on the inside cover pages

Music Genre:

Progressive Rock 

Album Production Information:


The album: "MANFRED MANN's EARTH BAND - Messin" was produced by: Manfred Mann

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): John Edwardes
Tape operator : Laurence Latham

This album was recorded at: Maximum Sound Studios, London, 1973

Album cover design: Peter Hignett; William Stone,

Album cover Illustration: Peter Goodfellow

Record Label Information:

Vertigo 6360 '87

Media Format:

12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 280 gram  

Year & Country:

1973 Made in England
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: MANFRED MANN's EARTH BAND - Messin
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Manfred Mann
  • Mick Rogers
  • Colin Pattenden
  • Chris Slade
  • Laurie Baker - Machines and Zoo on "Messin' "
  • Liza Strike - backing vocals
  • Vicki Brown - backing vocals
  • Judith Powell - backing vocals
  • Ruby James - backing vocals_
Complete Track-listing of the album "MANFRED MANN's EARTH BAND - Messin"

The detailed tracklist of this record "MANFRED MANN's EARTH BAND - Messin" is:

    Track-listing Side One:
  1. "Messin'" (Mike Hugg) - 9:54
  2. "Buddah" (Manfred Mann, Mick Rogers) - 7:01
  3. "Cloudy Eyes" (Mann) - 5:32
    Side Two:
  1. "Get Your Rocks Off" (Bob Dylan) - 2:51
  2. "Sadjoy" (Mann) - 5:20
  3. "Black and Blue" (Chain: Barry Sullivan, Matt Taylor, Phil Manning, Barry Harvey) - 7:21 (6:44 on the 1998 reissue)
  4. "Mardi Gras Day" (Dr John Creaux) - 3:02
Manfred Mann's Earth Band: The Vinyl Collection - A Discography of Their Essential Albums

Band Description:

  Manfred Mann's Earth Band is a progressive rock band that was formed in the early 1970s. The band's music is characterized by a fusion of different genres, including rock, jazz, blues, and classical music. The band's founder, Manfred Mann, was already an established musician in the 1960s, having had several hit singles with his previous band, Manfred Mann.


  Manfred Mann's Earth Band was formed in 1971, after Manfred Mann's previous band disbanded. The original lineup included Manfred Mann on keyboards, Mick Rogers on guitar and vocals, Colin Pattenden on bass guitar, and Chris Slade on drums. The band's debut album, "Manfred Mann's Earth Band," was released in 1972 and included a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Blinded by the Light," which became a hit single.

  The band released several successful albums in the 1970s, including "Solar Fire," "The Good Earth," and "Watch." In 1976, Chris Thompson replaced Mick Rogers as the band's lead vocalist. The band's popularity waned in the 1980s, and they went on hiatus for several years.

  In the 1990s, the band reformed and began touring again. They released several new albums, including "Soft Vengeance" and "2006," which received critical acclaim. The band continues to tour and perform to this day, with Manfred Mann as the only original member still in the band.

  Musical Style

  Manfred Mann's Earth Band's music is characterized by a fusion of different genres. The band's early albums had a progressive rock sound, with long instrumental sections and complex arrangements. Later albums had a more pop-oriented sound, with shorter, more accessible songs.

  The band's music also incorporated elements of jazz, blues, and classical music. Manfred Mann was known for his use of the synthesizer, which gave the band's music a distinctive sound. The band also had a reputation for their live performances, which often featured extended improvisations.


  Manfred Mann's Earth Band had a significant influence on the music industry, particularly in the 1970s. Their fusion of different genres inspired other musicians to experiment with new sounds and styles. The band's cover of "Blinded by the Light" brought them mainstream success and helped popularize Bruce Springsteen's music.

  The band's use of the synthesizer also had a significant impact on the music industry. The synthesizer became a popular instrument in rock music, and many other bands began incorporating it into their music.