måndag 11 februari 2019


For more background check post on the UK debute - https://monolover.blogspot.com/2014/11/manfred-mannthe-five-faces-of-manfred.html - or read the liner notes below. This second album became the final with the original setting as both Paul Jones and Mike Vickers left after the sessions. It was also their last recorded at Abbey Road, since the band then moved to Fontana, while Paul Jones stayed with HMV. To my ears the debute was close to a killer with a fearless and for its time very inventive blend of blues, jazz and soul. This comes out a little lighter with more soul and sometimes almost pop-adjacent, but nontheless a very good album. Though somewhat more crowd-pleasing I still get some jazzy twists and turns, just enough to keep it afloat, and Paul Jones sings like a god most of the time. There's so much feeling in cuts like "Since I Don't Have You", "The Way You Do The Things You Do", "You Don't Know Me", "I'll Make It Up To You" and they even manage to blow some life into the silly pop song "Hi Lili, Hi Lo". Audio and mono mix just fine all together providing pleasant listening. Issued on vinyl and/or reel pretty much all over the world in the sixties. US on Ascot (ALM/S 13024). Canadian on Capitol (T 6187) removed "Hi Lili, Hi Lo", "You're For Me" and "I Really Do Believe" and replaced them with "Pretty Flamingo" and "She Needs Company". Japan 2012 CD (EMI TOCP 67111) as "Mann Made Plus" came with twelve bonus tracks. Premiere UK had label as shown here and laminated flip/back cover. (MÄNÄ*)

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