Manfred Mann

If You Gotta Go, Go Now

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One of the greatest early Manfred Mann sides, this version of the (at the time) unreleased Bob Dylan song gave the band a huge (number two) hit in England in late 1965. The arrangement is one of the greatest adaptations of a Dylan song, rivaling some of the Byrds' efforts from the period. Led by a fabulous, almost country-rock guitar lick from Mike Vickers and a powerful drum pattern by Mike Hugg, singer Paul Jones lays down one of his greatest vocals, clearly echoing the tough stance of the lyrics. Although the record never made an impact in the U.S., it is widely reported that Dylan himself loved this version and commented that the Manfreds did his material better that most.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Mann Made Hits 1966 Japanese Import 2:30
No Image 1979 EMI Music Distribution
The Singles Album 1987 Axis Records / EMI Music Distribution 2:29
I Shall Be Unreleased: Songs of Bob Dylan 1991
Various Artists
Rhino 2:35
The Best of Manfred Mann: The Definitive Collection 1992 EMI Legends of Rock 'N' Roll Series / EMI Music Distribution 2:29
The Very Best of Manfred Mann [20 Tracks] 1993 EMI Gold 2:30
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Temple 2:31
Ages of Mann 1995 Alex / Universal 2:32
Basic: Original Hits 1995 Disky 2:29
The Best of the EMI Years 1996 Griffin 2:29
At Abbey Road 1997 EMI / EMI Music Distribution
The Best of Manfred Mann [CEMA Special Markets] 1998 EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 2:32
60's Generation 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
The Best of Manfred Mann 1999 EMI Music Distribution
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Best of the 60's 2000 Disky 2:29
All Manner of Menn: 1963-1969 2000 Raven 2:30
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Disky 2:30
The Story 2000 EMI Music Distribution 2:32
The Woodstock Generation: We Got to Have Peace 2001
Various Artists
Woodstock Records 2:30
Classic Love Songs of the 60's [EMI] 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:30
Original Gold 2001 Disky 2:30
Beat Boom 2001
Various Artists
Disky / Disky Communications 2:30
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 2:29
The Singles 2002 BR Music 2:31
Classic Masters 2002 Capitol / EMI Records 2:33
No Image 2003 Creature Music Ltd. 2:31
A's, B's & EP's 2003 EMI Music Distribution 2:30
Almost There! CD2: A Collection Of The Greatest Original No. 2 Hits 2003
Various Artists
Disky 2:30
The Evolution of Manfred Mann 2003 Creature Music Ltd. / Manfred 2:31
Almost There! A Collection of the Greatest Original Number 2 Hits [Box Set] 2004
Various Artists
Disky 2:28
World of Mann: The Very Best of Manfred Mann & Manfred Mann's Earth Band 2006 Universal International 2:31
Greatest Hits of the 60's 2006
Various Artists
Disky 2:29
Heartbeat Summer 2007
Various Artists
Virgin 2:30
Down the Road Apiece: Their EMI Recordings 1963-1966 2007 Special Import Service / EMI / EMI Music Distribution 2:31
Top Of The Pops 1965 2007
Various Artists
BBC Music / EMI 2:30
Platinum 2008 EMD Int'l 2:22
6 X 6: Sixties: 120 Original Recordings 2011
Various Artists
EMI Gold 2:30
No Image Parlophone
Gathered from Coincidence: The British Folk-Pop Sound of 1965-1966
Various Artists
Grapefruit 2:32
Jon Savage's 1965: Year the 60s Ignited
Various Artists
Ace 2:30
Sounds of the Sixties: The Hits
Various Artists
EMI Gold 2:31