Manfred Mann - The Singles (1963-1969)

Manfred Mann were a popular British rock group active in the 1960s.

From 1963 to 1969 Manfred Mann were among the most successful and popular beat groups in Britain. They released twenty-two singles, of which thirteen were Top 10 hits in the UK (including three #1s). Alongside these singles they released four fantastic albums (The Five Faces Of Manfred Mann, Mann Made, As Is and Mighty Garvey!), a soundtrack (for the film Up The Junction) and eight EPs. Throughout all this they mostly stuck to the same lineup, with the one big exception of lead singer Paul Jones being replaced by Mike d'Abo in 1966.
Stylistically they were a diverse and creative group, with strong R&B roots and a good deal of jazz to mark them out from their contemporaries. Whilst their first two albums focused on the R&B side of their music, their singles had a more commercial pop sound, and with this formula they achieved their first hit in 1964. Later in their career both their albums and singles moved towards a more art-pop style.
This collection compiles all twenty-two single A-sides, in chronological order. It features their best known songs, among them "5-4-3-2-1", "Do Wah Diddy Diddy", "Sha-La-La", "Pretty Flamingo" and "Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James". Three of these songs are Bob Dylan tunes - "If You Gotta Go, Go Now", "Just Like A Woman" and "Mighty Quinn". All three Dylan tunes charted highly, at #2, #10 and #1 respectively.
Almost all of these songs were not released on their LPs, as the practice in the UK at the time was usually to keep singles and LPs seperate. This compilation therefore makes an excellent accompaniment to their four albums, showing the pop side of their music, with just three songs overlapping with the album tracks.

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