Manfred Mann

Pretty Flamingo

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In many ways, "Pretty Flamingo" was the crowing pop moment for the early, Paul Jones-led Manfred Mann. A great slice of '60s folk-pop, the song is built on a simple, classic G/C chord pattern and a simple melody. Aside from the delicious melody, the song is a showcase for Jones' personality-driven singing. On top of this, Klaus Voorman' exquisite flute pattern provides an unusual but wonderful break. The rhythm section is one of the tightest in their records, possibly due to new (temporary) bassist Jack Bruce. Flirting with the bubblegum style that was already dominating the airwaves, this simple love song provided the band with a much-needed Top 40 hit in the U.S., while it went Top Ten in England.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Mann Made Hits 1966 Japanese Import 2:29
No Image 1979 EMI Music Distribution
British Invasion: The History of British Rock 1988
Various Artists
The British Invasion: History of British Rock, Vol. 4 1988
Various Artists
No Image 1991
Various Artists
The Best of Manfred Mann: The Definitive Collection 1992 EMI Legends of Rock 'N' Roll Series / EMI Music Distribution 2:30
25 Years of Radio 1993
Various Artists
Dutch East 3:11
Ages of Mann 1995 Alex / Universal 2:34
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 2:36
The BBC Sessions 1998 EMI Music Distribution 2:38
Jukebox Hits of 1966, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Jukebox Records 2:30
The Best of Manfred Mann 1999 EMI Music Distribution
The Best Jukebox Album in the World...Ever! 2000
Various Artists
Virgin 2:30
Best of the 60's 2000 Disky 2:29
All Manner of Menn: 1963-1969 2000 Raven 2:30
Music of the Twentieth Century: 1960-1979 2000
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:30
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Disky 2:34
The Story 2000 EMI Music Distribution 2:35
Original Gold 2001 Disky 2:30
Pretty Flamingo/The Five Faces of Manfred Mann 2001 Collectables 2:34
No Image 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 2:33
The Singles 2002 BR Music 2:34
Classic Masters 2002 Capitol / EMI Records 2:31
No Image 2003 Creature Music Ltd. 2:35
A's, B's & EP's 2003 EMI Music Distribution 2:33
The Evolution of Manfred Mann 2003 Creature Music Ltd. / Manfred 2:35
Original 60's Number 1's Album 2006
Various Artists
EMI 2:32
101 60's Hits [EMI] 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:31
Down the Road Apiece: Their EMI Recordings 1963-1966 2007 Special Import Service / EMI / EMI Music Distribution 2:29
The Original 60's Box Set 2007
Various Artists
EMI 2:33
Top of the Pops: 1966 2007
Various Artists
BBC Music / EMI 2:34
This Is 1966 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 2:34
The Best Sixties Album in the World...Ever! [2009] 2009
Various Artists
EMI 2:31
6 X 6: Sixties: 120 Original Recordings 2011
Various Artists
EMI Gold 2:30
Good Vibrations [EMI] 2011
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:32
BBC Sessions (Saturday Club Recorded 1966) Parlophone
No Image
Various Artists
Sire 2:30
Massive Hits!: Number 1s
Various Artists
EMI 2:32
Sounds of the Sixties: Number Ones
Various Artists
EMI Gold / EMI Music Distribution 2:34
The Fabulous 60's, Vol. 3
Various Artists
Cayenne Records / Zebralution