Manfred Mann's Earth Band

For You

Composed by Bruce Springsteen

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Written by Bruce Springsteen and found on his Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ album, "For You" was also covered by Greg Kihn and most memorably by Manfred Mann's Earth Band on their 1980 release, Chance, which only made it to number 87 on the U.S. album chart. While Springsteen's version was much like the rest of Greetings, ( busy, tongue-twisted Dylan-like poetry with lyrical crowding set to a jangly guitar setting ), Mann's implemented the keyboards and gave it a rockier, more forceful sound, much like they did with "Blinded By the Light" and "Spirit in the Night" from 1976's Roaring Silence. Manfred Mann's rendition is formulated for the '80s, starting off with temperate synthesizer chords and then bursting into the bridge and chorus with Chris Thompson showing off his mighty vocal talents. Mann's keyboard is just as impressive, especially throughout the solo that dominates the song three-fourths of the way through. Five guitarists help out too, most notably Trevor Rabin of Yes fame, as well as Mick Rogers and Rob McIntosh. Even though the song never gained chart success by any of its performers, it's Manfred Mann's version which sounds the mightiest, taken just a step higher than Springsteen's with its emphasized drum/guitar progress and crisp, soaring keyboards.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Chance 1980 Cohesion (UK) / Warner Bros. 5:42
Budapest Live 1984 Cohesion (UK) 6:49
No Image 1998 Import 5:47
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