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on 29 January 2012
In or around the early seventies,i remember going to Croydon Fairfield hallsand hearing this album played in its entirety,it was magical,the sound was brilliant and the smell of Marijuana was glorious.
This has always been a pivital album of the prog rock set,it was a time of exploration in music that was to be the template of rock to come.
Manfred had a way of interpretating Dylan songs,and this contains his finest"Father of day,father of night"nearly ten minutes of majestic,ecstatic guitar solos.
There are the silly moments though"Pluto the dog" for example could have been left off,but the epic title track "Solar fire" is still magnificent.
This is the album taht shows that Manfred had moved from the timeless pop music he had made in the sixties into the more progressive seventies,even John Peel(RIP) Tommy Vance(RIP) and Nicky Horne played great swaithes of this on the radio.
Getting back to that concert,we caught the 119 bus back to Bromley,"Made my way upstairs and had a smoke(hurrah!) and somebody spoke...and i went into a dream" as someone once said,i'm in that dream now!!!
COLIN PATTENDEN.....BASS GUITAR
MICK ROGERS.....VOCALS GUITAR