Hit Mann! The Essential Singles 1963-1969

Hit Mann! The Essential Singles 1963-1969

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by Manfred Mann
     
 

Manfred Mann's story isn't necessarily a complicated one -- the band went through two distinct phases, neatly separated by a switch in lead singers that happened to coincide with a switch in labels -- but their discography sure is complicated. It's cluttered with compilations, almost all of them recycling the EMI recordings from 1963-1966 when See more details below

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Manfred Mann's story isn't necessarily a complicated one -- the band went through two distinct phases, neatly separated by a switch in lead singers that happened to coincide with a switch in labels -- but their discography sure is complicated. It's cluttered with compilations, almost all of them recycling the EMI recordings from 1963-1966 when Paul Jones was the lead singer and the group was an expert, jazzy British R&B band. There are far fewer comps documenting their Fontana recordings from 1963-1969, when Mike d'Abo was fronting the band as it was getting psychedelic, and there were absolutely no compilations that contained both eras on one disc until Raven's 2008 release Hit Mann! The Essential Singles 1963-1969. A distillation of their double-disc 2000 release All Manner of Menn: 1963-1969, the multi-label approach works even better on the single-disc scale, as it not only provides a useful purpose by gathering all the hits from "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" to "The Mighty Quinn" on one platter, but it also provides a succinct overview of the band's history. As a group with one big hit on oldies radio and then a lot of music that doesn't fit those confines quite so easily, Manfred Mann are perennially overlooked, but Hit Mann! goes a long way toward offering a riposte to that assumption, as it runs through the muscular blues, swinging mod jazz, hip Dylan covers, and colorful psych pop that form their legacy -- a legacy that's easier than ever to appreciate via this long overdue superb disc.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2008
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
0612657028025
catalogNumber:
280
Rank:
7307

Tracks

  1. Do Wah Diddy Diddy  - Manfred Mann
  2. 5-4-3-2-1, Pts. 1-2  - Manfred Mann
  3. Cock-A-Hoop  - Manfred Mann
  4. Hubble Bubble (Toil and Trouble)  - Manfred Mann
  5. Sha La La  - Manfred Mann
  6. I'm Your Kingpin  - Manfred Mann
  7. Without You  - Manfred Mann
  8. John Hardy  - Manfred Mann
  9. Smokestack Lightning  - Manfred Mann
  10. Come Tomorrow  - Manfred Mann
  11. Oh No Not My Baby  - Manfred Mann
  12. The One in the Middle  - Manfred Mann
  13. Tired of Trying, Bored with Lying, Scared of Dying  - Manfred Mann
  14. My Little Red Book  - Manfred Mann
  15. Watermelon Man  - Manfred Mann
  16. If You Gotta Go, Go Now  - Manfred Mann
  17. There's No Living Without Your Loving  - Manfred Mann
  18. With God on Our Side  - Manfred Mann
  19. Hi Lili, Hi Lo  - Manfred Mann
  20. Pretty Flamingo  - Manfred Mann
  21. Just Like a Woman  - Manfred Mann
  22. Semi-Detached, Suburban Mr. James  - Manfred Mann
  23. Ha! Ha! Said the Clown  - Manfred Mann
  24. The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo)  - Manfred Mann
  25. My Name Is Jack  - Manfred Mann
  26. Fox in the Run  - Manfred Mann
  27. Ragamuffin Man  - Manfred Mann
  28. Up the Junction  - Manfred Mann

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