The Five Faces of Manfred Mann

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The Five Faces of Manfred Mann
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Studio album by Manfred Mann
Released 11 September 1964 (1964-09-11)[1]
Recorded 1964 at EMI Studios in Abbey Road, London, England
Genre Rhythm and blues, beat, jazz
Label HMV
Producer John Burgess[2]
Manfred Mann chronology
The Five Faces of Manfred Mann
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The Five Faces of Manfred Mann is the first studio album by British beat/R&B group 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.[3] 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".[4]

The American version of the album (their second U.S. release following The Manfred Mann Album) was released in February 1965 by Ascot Records (a subsidiary of United Artists)[5] with a very different track listing.

Songs and styles[edit]

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 compositions — and jazz: particularly noticeable in the instrumental sections are Manfred Mann's keyboard work, Mike Vickers flute and saxophone work, and Mike Hugg's vibes — and the album includes the Cannonball Adderley song ("Sack O' Woe") from the RnB-influenced school of early 60s jazz .[2]

The American release is more pop - oriented with the inclusion of the hits "Sha-La-La", "Hubble Bubble Toil and Trouble" and "Come Tomorrow" as well as Jones' compositions and the American folk song "John Hardy" but also includes a smaller selection of the band's R&B and jazz influences.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Original version[edit]

Side one
  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. "Hoochie Coochie" (Willie Dixon) – 2:10
  6. "I'm Your Kingpin" (Mann, Jones) – 2:38
  7. "Down the Road Apiece" (Don Raye) – 3:16
Side two
  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 version[edit]

Side one
  1. "Sha-La-La" (Robert Mosely, 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 two
  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


The following people contributed to The Five Faces of Manfred Mann:[2]


The Five Faces of Manfred Mann peaked at #3 on the UK Albums Chart and is the band's highest charting release on that chart.[7] The U.S. version also charted on the Billboard 200, peaking at #141.[8]

Release history[edit]

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


  1. ^ a b Eder, Bruce. "Overview: The Five Faces of Manfred Mann (UK) by Manfred Mann". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "The 6000 Series of 33⅓ RPM Vinyl Discs". Capitol 6000. Canada: Piers Alexander Hemmingsen. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Ackerman, Paul, ed. (13 February 1965). "New Album Releases: Ascot". Billboard. 77 (7): 42. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Overview: The Five Faces of Manfred Mann (US) by Manfred Mann". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Artist Chart History: Manfred Mann". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Manfred Mann: Charts & Awards – Billboard Albums". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 13 May 2011.