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The Best of Manfred Mann - The Definitive Collection
Genres: World Music, Pop, R&B, Rock, Classic Rock
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Definitive Collection? (Up to a Point)
Steve Vrana | Aurora, NE | 02/05/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Despite the album's title, this is not a definitive collection. The latest song included is the July 1966 single "You Gave Me Somebody to Love" (UK No. 36, previously unreleased in the US), even though the band continued to record under the Manfred Mann name until the end of 1968. So you don't get the top 10 US hit "Mighty Quinn" or the top 10 UK hits "Ha! Ha! Said the Clown," "My Name Is Jack" or "Fox on the Run." [This set also does not include anything by Manfred Mann Chapter Three or Manfred Mann's Earth Band.]What you do get are the classic "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" (a No. 1 on both sides of the Atlantic) and their two other US hits: a revival of the Shirelles' "Sha La La" and "Pretty Flamingo." [Note: Jack Bruce was playing bass in the band at the time of "Flamingo."]The album clearly demonstrates the band's struggle for a musical identity. Mannfred Mann was originally an aspiring jazz player and the band would waiver between playing pop music (which put the band on the charts) and R&B and blues-oriented music (which Mann found more musically satisfying). Many of these tracks (2-6, 8, 24-25), were previously unreleased in the US, including the unedited verion of "Do Wah Diddy Diddy," which features a brief organ break. It also includes the original version of the Bacharach-David "Little Red Book" from the movie What's New Pussycat? In addition there is a terrific version of Dylan's "If You Gotta Go, Go Now," which hit No. 2 in the UK. And the band could rock when they wanted to. Need proof? Listen to "Tired of Trying, Bored with Lying, Scared of Dying." Throughout, this collection features the strong vocals (and harmonica) of Paul Jones, who left the band in July of 1966 where this set ends.Until the definitive box set comes out, this CD covers the early-period Mannfred Mann thoroughly. If all you know about Manfred Mann is "Do Wah Diddy Diddy," this album will be an eye-opener. RECOMMENDED"
The Great Manfred Mann!
E. Joy | Texas, USA | 05/19/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Manfred Mann were one of the best but least know of the bands of the British Invasion. Their hits "Do Wah Diddy Diddy", "Sha La La", and "Pretty Flamingo" are here along with other great songs Like "Come Tomorrow" and "I'm Your Kingpin". The major problem with the band was that they couldn't decide if they were a jazz/blues band or a pop band. They performed each genre at an extremely high level and their albums were a mixture of both. To some of the people buying their records at the time, this was not a problem, but for the majority it was. Buy this for all the great music and make your own conclusion."
A great collection!!! All the early Ascot hits are here!!!
Jason Pumphrey | Falls Church, Virginia United States | 09/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A great collection of Manfred Mann's early hits,Do Wah Diddy Diddy,Sha La La,Come Tommorrow,Pretty Flamingo,there all here and many more!!! A five star collection!!! Great remastered sound too!!! Two thumbs up!!! A+"