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5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive sixties collection, 11 Oct 2003
This review is from: Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
There were three phases to Manfred Mann's career - the mid sixties with Paul Jones as lead singer, the late sixties with Mike D'Abo as lead singer and the stuff they did after the sixties as Manfred Mann's Earth Band. This compilation covers the first two of those phases and is the best single CD collection of their sixties music.

Back in the sixties, Manfred Mann had many hits in Britain although not many of them charted in America. Do wah diddy diddy (first recorded by the Exciters who only had a minor American hit with it) was a number one in both countries.

Their music was generally upbeat good-time music and could be described as a cross between R+B and mainstream pop. Given that, it may seem surprising that they covered several songs by folk-rocker Bob Dylan but the combination worked well and no doubt helped to build Dylan's reputation as a great songwriter. Manfred Mann took Mighty Quinn to the very top of the British charts and had other top ten UK hits with Dylan's songs, including If you gotta go go now and Just like a woman.
Of the other songs, Pretty flamingo was yet another British chart-topper and Oh no not my baby was originally an American hit for the under-appreciated Maxine Brown. Other songs that I particularly like include 54321, Come tomorrow, My name is Jack, Ha ha said the clown, Ragamuffin man and Fox on the run.

There are plenty of Manfred Mann compilations to choose from but this one has all the songs that matter from the sixties.
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Initial post: 2 Mar 2011 07:34:16 GMT
Michael O' says:
watermelon man would have clinched it.

Posted on 4 Jun 2011 16:34:07 BDT
There were in fact four phases. Manfred Mann Chapter Three, a jazzy big band, that,as far as I remember, only included Manfred Mann and Mike Hugg from the original line up. They were quite good. I remember seeing them top the bill at the Festival Hall in the late sixties, early seventies in a jazz concert that included Roland Kirk from Volunteered Slavery days. Most entertaining.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jul 2011 17:20:34 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Jul 2011 17:23:51 BDT
Joey says:
The 1967 instrumental hit 'Sweet Pea' is missing....as it often is...!

This compilation (as usual) has too heavy a bias towards the first 'Paul Jones' era of 1963-1966....only seven singles are included from the equally interesting 'Mike d'Abo era' of 1966-1969

For example no sign of: 'Up The Junction' (from the film) ....'Box Office Draw', 'The Vicar's Daughter'....'Trouble And Tea'...'Each And Every Day'...'It's So Easy Falling', 'No Better No Worse' , A 'B' Side (the famous 'girl in a waterfall' sixties Mannakin cigar commercial theme) & 'So Long Dad' (a 1967 flop but a great single) any of which are as valid as say: 'Poison Ivy' or 'I've Got My Mojo Working' etc...

Manfred Mann 'Chapter 2' (Mike d'Abo era) were FIRST to feature a mellotron on a single Pop record ('Semi Detached') in 1966...beating both The Beatles & The Moody Blues by a year...!

also they were innovative in using 'tape overs' of snippets of other tracks ( 'Ha ! Ha! said The Clown' & 'So Long Dad' both on 'Funniest Gig' in 1967)

the second era of the Manfreds...like 'Chapter Three' are vastly underrated with all the credit always being given to the first incarnation & later Earthband (who also divide up into differing eras, Mick Rogers, then Chris Thompson....etc)

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jul 2014 12:12:13 BDT
goalie1948 says:
I realise that you are sticking to the MM band name, but surely McGuinness Flint were at least as important as the jazz oriented developments that MM (the individual) led. MM's own interests were never "pop" oriented, but old fogies like me will always associate MM (the band) with great pop / r'n'b numbers. Their ep's were as good as their singles.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jul 2014 16:56:18 BDT
I only know McGuiness Flint for their hits, but I just found The Capitol Years so I'll buy that in the next few weeks.
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