Manfred Mann Chapter Three - s/t. 1969 England


Manfred Mann Chapter Three - s/t. 1969 Vertigo

CD reissues: 1993 Cohesion; 1999 Cohesion; 2003 Air Mail (Japan mini-LP)

Packaging details: Original is a gatefold. The album was released in various countries throughout the 1970s, no doubt cashing in on Mann's popular name at the time.

---The 1999 CD adds 4 bonus tracks which are pretty much worthless as they are single and/or mono versions of tracks from the album. The CD features a nice 2 page essay in English and full recording details. A very nice reissue that is still widely available. This is the only version I've ever owned.

Review: Manfred Mann leaps from his mod pop days and into the murky waters of the British rock underground. As such you have a seasoned veteran who bridges the gap from other pros such as Ian Carr's Nucleus with newcomers like Locomotive, Raw Material, Ben, and Tonton Macoute. The songwriting is top notch, and you get some great jazz inflicted background music complete with sax/flute/trumpet solos and a horn section. But of course it's Mann's cranky organ that puts it all together, and sends this one to a higher level. It does get a little loose in places ('Devil Woman', 'A Study in Inaccuracy'), which can be annoying depending on your preference. For my tastes, the best track is 'Snakeskin Garter' followed by 'One Way Glass' and 'Time'.

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