The Five Faces of Manfred Mann

The Five Faces of Manfred Mann is the debut British and second American studio album by Manfred Mann. It was first released in the United Kingdom on 11 September 1964[1] by His Master's Voice. In late October/early November, the album was released in Canada by Capitol Records.[6] The Canadian track listing was almost the same as the UK version, except it included the hit "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" instead of "I've Got My Mojo Working". The record has been called "one of the great blues-based British invasion albums; it's a hot, rocking record that benefits from some virtuoso playing as well".[1]

The Five Faces of Manfred Mann (UK)
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Studio album by
Released11 September 1964 (1964-09-11)[1]
Recorded17 December 1963 – 5 June 1964[2]
StudioEMI Studios, London
GenreR&B[3]
LabelHMV
ProducerJohn Burgess[4]
Manfred Mann chronology
Manfred Mann's Cock-a-Hoop
(1964)
The Five Faces of Manfred Mann (UK)
(1964)
Groovin' with Manfred Mann
(1964)
Manfred Mann album chronology
The Five Faces of Manfred Mann
(1964)
Mann Made
(1965)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars [5]

BackgroundEdit

The songs on the original version of the Five Faces of Manfred Mann are R&B, including the band's cover versions of Howlin' Wolf's "Smokestack Lightning", Muddy Waters' "Got My Mojo Working", and Bo Diddley's "Bring It to Jerome", as well as a few of the group's own jazzy compositions. Particularly noticeable in the instrumental sections are Manfred Mann's keyboard work, Mike Vickers flute and saxophone work, and Mike Hugg's vibes. The album includes the Cannonball Adderley song "Sack O' Woe" from the R&B-influenced school of early 1960s jazz.[4]

Bruce Eder of AllMusic writes:

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.[1]

ReceptionEdit

In his retrospective review of the US release, critic Bruce Eder wrote "The band's second American LP (which shares its title with their first British album) was slightly less impressive than their first, but was still a respectable mix of R&B and pop. For pop, there were "Sha La La" and "Come Tomorrow," two of their biggest mid-'60s hits, and "She," one of their best self-penned efforts in that vein. For R&B, there was the original "Hubble Bubble (Toil and Trouble)," a British hit, and some good covers, notably "I'm Your Kingpin," "Groovin'," and "Dashing Away with the Smoothing Iron," drawn from a then-recent British EP release.

Track listingEdit

Side oneEdit

  1. "Smokestack Lightning" (Chester Burnett) – 2:30
  2. "Don't Ask Me What I Say" (Paul Jones) – 3:09
  3. "Sack O' Woe" (Cannonball Adderley) – 3:31
  4. "What You Gonna Do?" (Jones, Manfred Mann) – 3:03
  5. "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man" (Willie Dixon) – 2:10
  6. "I'm Your Kingpin" (Mann, Jones) – 2:38
  7. "Down the Road Apiece" (Don Raye) – 3:16

Side twoEdit

  1. "Got My Mojo Working" (Preston Foster; credited to Muddy Waters) – 2:43
  2. "It's Gonna Work Out Fine" (Rose Marie McCoy, Sylvia McKinney; credited to Joe Seneca, J. Lee) – 2:33
  3. "Mr. Anello" (Mike Hugg, Jones, Mann, Tom McGuinness, Mike Vickers) – 2:15
  4. "Untie Me" (Joe South) – 3:41
  5. "Bring It to Jerome" (Jerome Green) – 3:31
  6. "Without You" (Jones) – 2:25
  7. "You've Got to Take It" (Jones) – 2:00

US versionEdit

The Five Faces of Manfred Mann (US)
 
Studio album by
Released8 February 1965
Recorded5 February–26 November 1964[2]
StudioEMI Studios, London
Genre
LabelAscot
ProducerJohn Burgess
Manfred Mann US chronology
The Manfred Mann Album
(1964)
The Five Faces of Manfred Mann (US)
(1965)
My Little Red Book of Winners
(1965)
Singles from The Five Faces of Manfred Mann (US)
  1. "Hubble Bubble (Toil And Trouble)"
    Released: 14 May 1964
  2. "Sha La La"
    Released: November 1964
  3. "Come Tomorrow"
    Released: 7 January 1965

The American version of the album (their second U.S. release following The Manfred Mann Album) was released on 8 February 1965 by Ascot Records (a subsidiary of United Artists)[7] with a very different track listing. This version is more pop-oriented than its predecessor The Manfred Mann Album, as it features "Sha La La", "Come Tomorrow",[8] and "Hubble Bubble (Toil and Trouble)"; as well as compositions made by lead singer Paul Jones and the traditional American folk number "John Hardy". It also features a smaller section of the band's R&B and jazz influences.[9][10] It is essentially a whole different album, sharing only two songs with the UK release ("I'm Your Kingpin" and "You've Got to Take It"): the majority of the album already appeared on The Manfred Mann Album.

Side oneEdit

According to the Sundazed reissue:[11]

  1. "Sha La La" (Robert Mosley, Robert Napoleon Taylor) – 2:30
  2. "Come Tomorrow" (Bob Elgin, Frank Augustus, Dolores Phillips) – 2:13
  3. "She" (Jones) – 2:10
  4. "Can't Believe It" (Jones) – 3:19
  5. "John Hardy" (Traditional) – 2:01
  6. "Did You Have to Do That" (Jones) – 3:29

Side twoEdit

  1. "Watermelon Man" (Herbie Hancock) – 2:12
  2. "I'm Your Kingpin" (Jones, Mann) – 2:38
  3. "Hubble Bubble (Toil and Trouble)" (Mann, Hugg, Vickers, Jones, McGuinness) – 2:25
  4. "You've Got to Take It" (Jones) – 2:00
  5. "Groovin'" (Ben E. King, James Bethea) – 3:40
  6. "Dashing Away with the Smoothing Iron" (Mann, Hugg, Vickers, Jones, McGuinness) – 1:59

PersonnelEdit

Manfred Mann

Production

ChartsEdit

The Five Faces of Manfred Mann peaked at number 3 on the UK Albums Chart and is the band's highest charting release on that chart.[12]The U.S. version also charted on the Billboard 200, spending four weeks on the chart and peaking at number 141 on 20 March 1965.[1][13]

Release historyEdit

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom 11 September 1964 His Master's Voice mono LP CLP 1731
Canada October 1964 Capitol Records mono LP T-6093
United States February 1965 Ascot Records mono LP ALM 13018
stereo LP ALS 16018
Canada circa 1966 Capitol Records duophonic LP DT-6093

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Eder, Bruce. "Overview: The Five Faces of Manfred Mann (UK) by Manfred Mann". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Manfred Mann - Down the Road Apiece: Their EMI Recordings 1963-1966". 5 June 2018.
  3. ^ "The 30 best British Blues Rock albums ever". Classic Rock. 19 February 2019. their accomplished take on R&B that was neatly caught on their strangely hit-free debut album
  4. ^ The Five Faces of Manfred Mann at AllMusic. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  5. ^ "The 6000 Series of 33⅓ RPM Vinyl Discs". Capitol 6000. Canada: Piers Alexander Hemmingsen. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
  6. ^ Ackerman, Paul, ed. (13 February 1965). "New Album Releases: Ascot". Billboard. 77 (7): 42. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
  7. ^ "SHIVA MUSIC | Tienda de discos en Tarragona". SHIVA MUSIC | Tienda de discos en Tarragona. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  8. ^ "The Five Faces of Manfred Mann [US] - Manfred Mann | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Manfred Mann - The Five Faces Of Manfred Mann". Discogs. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  10. ^ The Five Faces Of Manfred Mann, SUNDAZED MUSIC, 4 November 2014, retrieved 31 March 2018
  11. ^ "Official Charts - Manfred Mann". Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Billboard 200 - March 20, 1965". Retrieved 29 July 2017.