This German collection highlights the interesting period of Manfred Mann after lead singer Paul Jones left and was replaced by Mike D'abo. Stylistically similar to Jones, D'abo also contributed some excellent songs. But Manfred Mann's pop incarnation was primarily built on excellent cover records at this time, such as Dylan's "Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)." This collection, though, highlights their original work, and most of it is quite good. D'abo's "Box Office Draw" makes fun at stardom and is a cool little record in its own right. Drummer Mike Hugg could always be counted on for a few real pop gems on each album, and he doesn't let us down here with "In Each Other's Company" and "The Morning After the Party." Some of the finest numbers here, though, are the Hugg-Mann jazz instrumentals from the film Up the Junction. "Belgravia" and "Shelia's Dance" swing wonderfully, highlighted by excellent drumming from Hugg and by Mann's own Errol Gardner-influenced piano.
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