As Is (album)

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As Is
Studio album by Manfred Mann
Released 21 October 1966
Recorded 1966
Length 31:36
Label Fontana
Producer Shel Talmy
Manfred Mann chronology
Mann Made
As Is
Soul of Mann
Alternative cover
2004 reissue cover
2004 reissue cover
Singles from As Is
  1. "Just Like a Woman"
    Released: July 29, 1966
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]

As Is is the third British studio album by Manfred Mann, released in the United Kingdom on 21 October 1966 through Fontana Records. It was their fourth overall (including a "greatest hits" package) but their first to feature new members Mike d'Abo and Klaus Voormann.


The twelve tracks on the record include the line-up's first single release, a cut-down version of Bob Dylan's "Just Like a Woman" that reached the UK top ten, and a short cool jazz version of "Autumn Leaves", reminiscent of the Modern Jazz Quartet with Mike Hugg's vibraphone and double bass from the group's former bassist Dave Richmond, sounding like an out-take from the group's instrumental releases: these two make weight for a fairly short collection of group compositions. As d'Abo's presence somehow sparked Mike Hugg into producing baroque pop miniatures both contribute three songs: d'Abo's "Box Office Draw" and "Trouble and Tea" are well-crafted pop, while "As Long as I Have Lovin'" is a generic soul ballad. Hugg's "Morning After the Party", also released as a "B" side and on the compilation album What a Mann, recalls the rowdy rhythm and blues of the group's past while two of his three collaborations with Mann suggest something of the direction they would later take with Manfred Mann Chapter Three. Guitarist Tom McGuinness provides a range of textures including his trademark National Steel Guitar and contributes sleeve notes and a gentle folk-ballad. The group continued to exploit studio multitracking: keyboardist Mann layering Mellotrons, bassist Voormann taking over from Mike Vickers on flutes. [2][3][4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Trouble and Tea" Mike d'Abo 2:12
2. "A Now and Then Thing" Tom McGuinness 2:44
3. "Each Other's Company" Mike Hugg 2:56
4. "Box Office Draw" d'Abo 2:13
5. "Dealer, Dealer" Hugg, Manfred Mann, Peter Thomas 3:17
6. "Morning After the Party" Hugg 2:34
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Another Kind of Music" Hugg, Mann 2:32
8. "As Long as I Have Lovin'" d'Abo 2:44
9. "Autumn Leaves" Joseph Kosma, Johnny Mercer 1:56
10. "Superstitious Guy" Hugg 2:46
11. "You're My Girl" Hugg, Mann, Thomas 2:48
12. "Just Like a Woman" Bob Dylan 2:54