Manfred Mann - The Singles Plus (1963 - 1966) (1987 EMI) Flac
This 25-song CD (originally a shorter LP called The Singles Album)
is a handy collection of the band's most well-known English tracks from
1963 through 1966, plus their B-sides and some songs off of EPs that
charted high in the U.K. Except for the final three songs -- "Groovin',"
"Can't Believe It," and "Did You Have to Do That?," none of which are
that easy to find on compilations -- it's all assembled in chronological
order from their debut single "Why Should We Not" to 1966's "You Gave
Me Somebody to Love."
The notes by John Tobler
are a bit superficial, and the American EMI Manfred Mann: The
Definitive Collection is a little more adventurous. Also, the sound here
doesn't match the presence and clarity of more recent 24-bit transfers.
Nonetheless, this is a respectable compilation for the novice or the
casual fan. The presence of the B-sides, including lost gems like "What
Did I Do Wrong" (a killer Chess-style blues number written by Tom McGuinness) and the Goffin/King-authored "Oh No Not My Baby" (one of Paul Jones's
greatest R&B-style performances), assures that one gets a truer
picture of the band's output and their focus on R&B, jazz, blues,
and folk, than the A-sides by themselves would provide.