Manfred Mann

The Five Faces of Manfred Mann

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The debut album by Manfred Mann holds up even better 40 years on than it did in 1964. It's also one of the longest LPs of its era, clocking in at 39 minutes, and there's not a wasted note or a song extended too far among its 14 tracks. The Manfreds never had the reputation that the Rolling Stones enjoyed, which is a shame, because The Five Faces of Manfred Mann is one of the great blues-based British invasion albums; it's a hot, rocking record that benefits from some virtuoso playing as well, and some of the best singing of its era, courtesy of Paul Jones, who blew most of his rivals out of the competition with his magnificently impassioned, soulful performance on "Untie Me," and his simmering, lusty renditions of "Smokestack Lightning" and "Bring It to Jerome." The stereo mix of the album, which never surfaced officially in England until this 1997 EMI anniversary reissue (remastered in 24-bit digital sound), holds up very nicely, with sharp separation between the channels yet -- apart from a few moments on "Untie Me" -- few moments of artificiality.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
feat: Manfred Mann
3:32 Amazon
2
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2:59 Amazon
3
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2:08 Amazon
4
feat: Manfred Mann
2:37 Amazon
5
feat: Manfred Mann
3:18 Amazon
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feat: Manfred Mann
2:47 Amazon
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feat: Manfred Mann
2:26
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feat: Manfred Mann
3:11 Amazon
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feat: Manfred Mann
2:35 Amazon
10
feat: Manfred Mann
2:08 Amazon
11
feat: Manfred Mann
3:37 Amazon
12
feat: Manfred Mann
3:26 Amazon
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feat: Manfred Mann
2:21 Amazon
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feat: Manfred Mann
2:19 Amazon
15
3:33 Amazon
16
3:01 Amazon
17
2:09 Amazon
18 2:37 Amazon
19
3:18 Amazon
20 2:46 Amazon
21
2:26
22 3:11 Amazon
23
2:34 Amazon
24 2:16 Amazon
25
3:41 Amazon
26
3:30 Amazon
27
2:22 Amazon
28
1:54 Amazon
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