Masque (Manfred Mann's Earth Band Album)
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Masque Manfred Mann's Earth Band Album

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Studio album by
Released16 October 1987
StudioWorkhouse Studios 1 and 2, 488-490 Old Kent Road, London
Hard rock
Progressive rock
Label10/Virgin (original release)
Cohesion (1999 reissue)
ProducerManfred Mann
Steve Forward
Mick Rogers
Manfred Mann's Earth Band chronology
Criminal Tango
Plains Music
Singles from Masque
  1. "Geronimo's Cadillac"
    Released: 26 October 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Masque is the thirteenth studio album by Manfred Mann's Earth Band, released in 1987 on Virgin Records. Chris Thompson had left the band after their previous album Criminal Tango and the band was now at three permanent members. After this album the Earth Band name was retired until 1991.


The album is subtitled Songs And Planets and features some parts of Gustav Holst's Planets Suite. It represents the completion of an original project started back in 1973, which planned to use Holst's work as a basis. This was ultimately shelved because the band were unable to obtain formal permission from Holst's estate, although some of the idea of a concept album dealing with the solar system could be seen on the band's 1973 album Solar Fire.

Track listing

Original vinyl release

The track listing was changed at a late stage. The sleeves as first printed, and the record labels, indicated the following order:

Side one

  1. "Sister Billie's Bounce (including "Sister Sadie" & "Billies Bounce")" (Horace Silver, Charlie Parker, Maggie Ryder, Manfred Mann)
  2. "Joybringer (from 'Jupiter')" (Gustav Holst, Mann, Mick Rogers, Chris Slade)
  3. "What You Give Is What You Get (Start)" (Paul Weller)
  4. "Planets Schmanets" (Mann)
  5. "Geronimo's Cadillac" (Michael Murphy)

Side two

  1. "Billies Orno Bounce (including "Billies Bounce")" (Parker, Ryder, Mann)
  2. "Telegram To Monica" (Denny Newman)
  3. "The Hymn (from 'Jupiter')" (Mann, Rogers, John Lingwood)
  4. "A Couple of Mates (from 'Mars' & 'Saturn')" (Mann)
  5. "Hymn (Reprise)" (Mann, Rogers, Lingwood)

The actual playing order was shown on a sticker which covered the track list printed on the sleeve; there were no composer credits:

Side one

  1. "Joybringer (from Jupiter)"
  2. "Billies Orno Bounce (including "Billies Bounce")"
  3. "What You Give Is What You Get (Start)"
  4. "Rivers Run Dry"
  5. "Planets Schmanets"
  6. "Geronimo's Cadillac"

Side two

  1. "Sister Billies Bounce (including "Sister Sadie" & "Billies Bounce")"
  2. "Telegram To Monica"
  3. "A Couple Of Mates (from Mars & Jupiter)"
  4. "Neptune (Icebringer)"
  5. "Hymn (from Jupiter)"
  6. "We're Going Wrong"

CD release

  1. "Joybringer (from Jupiter)" (Gustav Holst, Manfred Mann, Mick Rogers, Chris Slade) - 2:28
  2. "Sister Billy's Bounce (including "Sister Sadie" & "Billy's Bounce")" (Horace Silver, Charlie Parker, Maggie Ryder, Mann) - 2:16
  3. "What You Give Is What You Get (Start)" (Paul Weller) - 2:34
  4. "Telegram To Monica" (Denny Newman) - 5:37
  5. "Billy's Orno Bounce (including "Billy's Bounce")" (Parker, Ryder, Mann) - 3:13
  6. "A Couple of Mates (from Mars & Jupiter)" (Mann) - 3:20
  7. "Neptune (Icebringer)" (Mann, Rogers, John Lingwood) - 1:08
  8. "Rivers Run Dry" (Rogers) - 3:04
  9. "Hymn (from Jupiter)" (Mann, Rogers, Lingwood) - 3:58
  10. "We're Going Wrong" (Jack Bruce, Pete Brown) - 4:00
  11. "Planets Schmanets" (Mann) - 2:40
  12. "Geronimo's Cadillac" (Michael Martin Murphey, Charles John Quarto) - 4:43

Bonus Tracks (1999 re-issue)

  1. "Telegram To Monica" (alternate version) (Newman) - 3:12
  2. "Joybringer" (extended version) (Holst, Mann, Rogers, Slade) - 3:20
  3. "Geronimo's Cadillac" (7" single version) (Murphy, Quarto) - 2:58
  4. "Geronimo's Cadillac" (12" single version) (Murphy, Quarto) - 5:32

The CD uses the spelling "Billy's" on tracks 2 and 5, instead of "Billies" used on the vinyl version. The original Charlie Parker composition uses "Billie's".[2]


The Earth Band

Additional musicians

  • Maggie Ryder - vocals
  • Denny Newman - vocals, bass on "Telegram to Monica"
  • Frank Mead - saxophones
  • Anthony Moore - programming on "What You Give Is What You Get"
  • Byron Bird - trumpet on "Billies Bounce"
  • Guy Barker - trumpet on "Billies Bounce"
  • Mark Feltham - harmonica
  • Durban Betancourt - bass
  • Andy Pask - bass
  • Linda Taylor - vocals
  • Tommy Willis - guitar
  • Chris Batchelor - trumpet
  • Ian Porter - emulator toggling


  • Manfred Mann - producer
  • Steve Forward - engineer, co-producer ("Joybringer (from Jupiter)", "Telegram to Monica", "Hymn (from Jupiter)")
  • Stuart Barry, Terry Medhurst - engineers
  • Neil Amor - assistant engineer
  • Frances Lovell - design
  • Hills Archer Studios - artwork


  1. ^ Eder, Bruce. Masque at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Billie's Bounce at". Retrieved 2017.

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