Sunday, April 5, 2015

8. Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Angel Station

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Batman has been unmasked and gone topless. This - is the subject of the ongoing investigation. 

The original album cover art design was doubled and one was positioned higher above the other so that the inspector may not find his way to our superhero who has taken the place of his briefs on the clothesline, and the butler, having tried, and failed, is now hesitating to even provide a clue. Just stand there, mister butler, and be ready to switch off the lights as soon as the winged mammal and the man start struggling with each other. You'll know it when you hear the echo of the sound of his cane bouncing down the stairs. And inspector, had you studied enough science before you planned to retire, you would have known that bats are blind but echoes work to their advantage. Stand ready, sir butler!

Here's the original album cover art design before the lights go out.

Photo by John Shaw, design by Martin Poole. Album produced by Anthony Moore and Manfred Mann. Bronze (UK), Warner Brothers (US), 1979.

Angel Station features a six-note descending theme in most of the songs on the album, woven into the context of each song in a different way. "Hollywood Town" and "You Are, I Am"
share a common tune and basic arrangement. They occupied almost identical positions on either side of the LP. The album has the air of an emotional and musical
crossword puzzle, or has affinities with the work of M. C. Escher, whose art is alluded to on the cover illustration. More

Relativity, lithograph by M. C. Escher, 1953.

(A) Don't Kill It Carol - You Angel You - Hollywood Town - "Belle" of the Earth - Platform End

(B) Angels at My Gate - You Are, I Am - Waiting for the Rain - Resurrection 

"Don't Kill It Carol" live from fritz51349 on YouTube.