Although many of the British Invasion's most prominent bands were comprised of rockers learning their craft as they went along, Manfred Mann was something different. The versatile British quintet, which took its collective name from that of its South African-born keyboardist, was comprised of four seasoned musicians with a solid grounding in jazz and blues, plus a charismatic frontman who was also one of England's finest blue-eyed soul singers. Together, the five members of Manfred Mann—or the Manfreds, as their fans called them—turned their diverse talents towards rock 'n' roll, and came up with a series of albums and singles that are among the catchiest and most enduring of the period. Now, Sundazed reaches back to present Manfred Mann's first five U.S. albums, out of print for decades and reissued for the first time in their original vinyl format, mastered from the original tapes and featuring complete cover art.
THE manfred mann album
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Manfred Mann's 1964 U.S. debut The Manfred Mann Album is widely regarded as one of the greatest albums of the British Invasion, and it's easy to hear why. With the catchy smash single "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" alongside powerful readings of classics by Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Ike and Tina Turner, it's a transcendent meeting of pop infectiousness and R&B grit that sets the stage for the musical achievements that the band would soon begin to rack up.
The five faces of Manfred Mann
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Manfred Mann's second American LP The Five Faces of Manfred Mann is a worthy follow-up, boasting a dozen notable tunes including the hits "Sha La La" and "Come Tomorrow," plus some impressive originals and a distinctive version of the Herbie Hancock/Mongo Santamaria standard "Watermelon Man" that give the musicians a chance to demonstrate their considerable jazz chops.
my little red book of winners
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1965's punningly titled My Little Red Book of Winners is one of Manfred Mann's most eclectic efforts, with the band stretching out into more sophisticated musical territory on "My Little Red Book," their historic collaboration with Burt Bacharach. They also deliver memorable original compositions like the autobiographical "The One in the Middle," and indelible readings of classic tunes by Bob Dylan, the Coasters and Maxine Brown.
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Also released in 1965, Mann Made offers another irresistible mix of ace originals and imaginative covers, with originals by band members Paul Jones, Mike Hugg and Mike Vickers as well as personalized takes on classic tunes originally popularized by the Temptations, the Skyliners, and T-Bone Walker. It's a solid showcase for Jones' interpretive skills, while underlining the band's status as a peerlessly punchy performance unit.
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The final LP by Manfred Mann's legendary original lineup, Pretty Flamingo is one of their most accomplished and adventurous efforts. Featuring the beguiling title hit plus covers of Ray Charles' "Let's Go Get Stoned" and Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put A Spell On You," it embodies the mix of catchy pop songcraft, bluesy R&B punch and left-field experimentation that's made Manfred Mann one of their era's most beloved bands.