Manfred Mann rode the mid-60s British Invasion wave into the American charts with sublime pop hits like "Do Wah Diddy," "Sha La La" and "Pretty Flamingo." But this overtly commercial exterior masked a band of seriously versatile musicians equally adept at playing blues, jazz, soul, pop and any number of hybrids thereof. 1974's The Good Earth finds Mann's mighty Earth Band melding hard rock, British blues, progressive rock and even some folk-rock with signature aplomb courtesy of inventive gems like "Give Me the Good Earth," "Earth Hymn" and "Sky High." As part of the album's promotion fans were entitled to register for rights over a square foot of land at Llanerchyrfa in the County of Brecon, in Wales when they bought the album. The land is still owned by all those fans and is still protected from development. Reissued on 180g vinyl with faithfully restored sleeve.