All Manner of Menn: 1963-1969

All Manner of Menn: 1963-1969

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by Manfred Mann
     
 
At first glance, this looks like a very enticing collection, and in many ways it is: 53 songs covering a lot of the highlights and rarities in the band's history from 1963 through 1969. There are a few flaws, however, some of them minor and others potentially major, depending upon one's interests. For starters, it doesn't follow strict chronological order, opening

Overview

At first glance, this looks like a very enticing collection, and in many ways it is: 53 songs covering a lot of the highlights and rarities in the band's history from 1963 through 1969. There are a few flaws, however, some of them minor and others potentially major, depending upon one's interests. For starters, it doesn't follow strict chronological order, opening with their biggest international hit, "Do Wah Diddy Diddy," from the summer of 1964, and then proceeding backward through October of 1963 and "Cock-A-Hoop" to July of 1963 and their jazzy debut, "Why Should We Not." That's not a huge problem; though for anyone who isn't familiar with the history, it's going to require a little sorting out. The EMI hits are all there on disc one, along with a few good album tracks, some superb B-sides, and compelling EP tracks ("With God on Our Side," "There's No Living Without Your Loving"). On the other hand, it's not as though most of that material isn't out somewhere already, and serious fans may feel cheated, in the sense that Raven could have (theoretically) raided EMI's vaults for an incredibly solid double-disc set of completely classic Manfred Mann up through mid-1966. They also might have then avoided the six Paul Jones solo tracks that close disc one, which, despite their chronological relationship to the group work, are the kind of commercial pop that doesn't mesh with anything here and does nothing but break the mood of this disc. Disc two is devoted to the Mike d'Abo version of the band, which recorded successfully for Mercury Records but was never as musically ambitious as the earlier incarnation of the group; there's some good music among the 15 tracks on disc two, including rare B-sides and album cuts, such as "Box Office Draw" and "I Wanna Be Rich," as well as huge hits like "Quinn the Eskimo" and "Just Like a Woman," and it holds up well enough, though it's thoroughly less fascinating than the EMI material that preceded it. The last eight songs on the disc are drawn from various solo post-Manfred Mann projects by the individual members, including Mike d'Abo ("Little Miss Understood," "Belinda," "Free As a Bird"), Mike Hugg ("Blue Suede Shoes Again,") Mike Vickers ("On the Brink"), Manfred Mann and Mike Hugg ("Ski-Full of Fitness Theme"), and Tom McGuinness ("When I'm Dead and Gone," "Malt and Barley Blues," "Happy Birthday Ruthy Baby"). These tracks are more enlightening musically than the Manfreds' later tracks, and the Tom McGuinness material (all recordings by McGuinness - Flint) is good, solid, earthy rock & roll. The notes by McGuinness are extraordinarily detailed and revealing, in terms of correcting misconceptions and giving a humorous insider's perspective on the band.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/29/2000
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
0612657010228
catalogNumber:
102

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Do Wah Diddy Diddy
  2. Cock-A-Hoop
  3. I'm Your Kingpin
  4. Why Should We Not
  5. 5-4-3-2-1, Pts. 1 & 2
  6. The One in the Middle
  7. Watermelon Man
  8. Smokestack Lightning
  9. Without You
  10. Hubble Bubble (Toil and Trouble)
  11. Sha la La
  12. Come Tomorrow
  13. With God on Our Side
  14. There's No Living Without Your Loving
  15. Oh No, Not My Baby
  16. If You Gotta Go, Go Now
  17. My Little Red Book
  18. Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo
  19. Tired of Trying, Bored With Lying, Scared of Dying
  20. She Needs Company
  21. You Gave Me Somebody to Love
  22. Pretty Flamingo
  23. High Time
  24. Sons and Lovers
  25. Thinkin' Ain't for Me
  26. I've Been a Bad, Bad Boy
  27. Free Me
  28. Sonny Boy Williamson

Disc 2

  1. Just Like a Woman
  2. Semi-Detached Suburban Mr. James
  3. Each and Every Day
  4. Ha! Ha! Said the Clown
  5. The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo)
  6. My Name Is Jack
  7. So Long Dad
  8. Box Office Draw
  9. I Wanna Be Rich
  10. Up the Junction (Theme)
  11. Sing Songs of Love
  12. Cubist Town
  13. Fox on the Run
  14. Ragamuffin Man
  15. Please Mrs. Henry
  16. Little Miss Understood
  17. Belinda
  18. Free as a Bird
  19. Blue Suede Shoes Again
  20. Tonight
  21. Ski-Full of Fitness Theme
  22. On the Brink
  23. When I'm Dead and Gone
  24. Malt and Barley Blues
  25. Happy Bithday Ruthy Baby

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Manfred Mann   Primary Artist
Mike Vickers   Track Performer
Paul Janes   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Herbie Hancock   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Producer
Mike Hugg   Producer
Mike Hurst   Producer
Mike Leander   Producer
John Burgess   Producer
Gerry Bron   Producer
Michael d'Abo   Producer
Glyn Johns   Producer
David Heath Hadfield   Producer
Jon Hendricks   Composer
Paul Jones   Composer
Norman Smith   Engineer
Shel Talmy   Producer
Glenn A. Baker   Concept
Mike Smith   Producer
Kevin Mueller   Concept
Peter Shillito   Concept
Christos Demetriou   Producer
Anthony Hazzard   Composer
Michael Rooms   Composer
Chester Burnett   Composer

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All Manner of Menn: 1963-1969 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Got the album recently. Fascinating stuff...the early material is compelling. Ì`m your Kingpin` is classic early Manfred Mann....Bluesy, jazz influenced surly sexual yearning. As good as any early sixties R`n`B`recording. Great group. Also liked Without You...pre Jethro Tull flute gaspings. The Mike d`Abo period is fascinating also...different times/different sounds..So Long Dad (a dismal failure, sales wise) now sounds light, challenging and cheerful. So, great stuff. Dieter Homburg, Bonn.