Manfred Mann / The Best Of… – Reviewed in 2008

 

This EMI British Import Mono LP (an early reissue from the ’70s I’m guessing) has SHOCKINGLY GOOD sound, by far the best I have ever heard for this music and worlds better than expected. We cleaned this one up and gave it a listen; we couldn’t believe how good it sounded! These songs are actually very well recorded — and most were made way back in the early days of the British Invasion: ’64 to ’66! This is not your midrangey Mamas and Papas and Kinks; these recordings are rich and full-bodied in the best tradition of what was to follow in British Rock with The Beatles, Jethro Tull, Zep, Floyd and the like.

Obviously Manfred Mann is not exactly in that league, but these are still some great songs, from Do-Wah-Diddy Diddy to Sha-La-La and Got My Mojo Working. A good time is guaranteed for all. We had a blast.

By the way, if you want to know where Bruce Springsteen found (or stole if you like) much of his sound, play this album and I think you will hear it too.

Plays Mint Minus overall with a little noise on the edges before the music starts and from then on, no problem.

The cover grade is 7 out of 10 with a cut-out on the upper right hand corner, and some mild ringwear.

AMG Biography

An r&b band that only played pop to get on the charts, manfred mann ranked among the most adept british invasion acts in both styles. The fact that their range encompassed jazz as well as rhythm & blues, coupled with some elements of their appearance and presentation — co-founder/keyboardist manfred mann’s bearded, bespectacled presence — also made the manfreds more of a thinking person’s band than a cute, cuddly, outfit like the beatles, or sexual provocateurs in the manner of the rolling stones. Yet, their approach to r&b was as valid as that of the stones, equally compelling and often more sophisticated. They charted an impressive number of singles from 1964 through 1969, and developed a large, loyal international fandom that lingers to this day.