March 2, 2010 – 3:55 am

When it was time to dump his pop image, Manfred Mann and drummer Mike Hugg coined Chapter Three.

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Rough Mono Mixes [no label, 1CD]

A mono mix of the band’s first album as MM Chapter Three. Ex- SBD mono.

Phil Cohen says: “This reel of rough mono mixes running at 7.5 IPS was made for one of the group members to take home. This reel was found at the same American record company vault where ‘Chapter Three, Volume Three’* was found.” [Note: Chapter Three, Volume Three is the lost album of Manfred Mann’s Chapter Three.]

The band existed from 1969 to 1970 and released two albums, Vol 1 and Vol 2. These “rough mono mixes” are of Vol 1.

Before receiving this from Phil Cohen, the BigO team had never even knew of its existence. We certainly recalled the pop Manfred Mann (1) with Paul Jones and the pop Manfred Mann (2) with Mike D’Abo. After that, we only remembered the Manfred Mann Earth Band.

So the missing years, at least to us, was 1969 and 1970 when Manfred Mann’s Chapter Three existed. So we’ve never heard either Vol 1 or Vol 2. A quick search revealed that this was Mann and drummer Mike Hugg doing all they could to get away from their pop image and the guitar riffs that so enamoured the scene at the time.

It’s quite extreme with drummer Hugg taking over as vocalist and second keyboardist plus song-writing chores. Of the 11 tracks on Vol 1, Hugg wrote six and co-wrote another two with Mann. As can be imagined, this is seriously uncommercial. The idea of composing outside of the three-minute single and without the ubiquitous electric guitar left Hugg and Mann with the ominous and moody organ sound, relieved sometimes by the horns. Hugg’s singing is also an acquired taste. Sometimes he’s growling in anger or just being quietly sinister. While some have described this as jazz-rock, it seems more appropriate to put this as part of the experimental music scene.

A customer at has claimed the horns were arranged by Mike Gibbs, a figure in the then upcoming British free jazz scene. That’s probable because at least Chapter Three member Bernie Living was a feature of this avant garde scene. That said, it’s hard to imagine the band offering singles. Perhaps record company demands made Happy Being Me (the b-side was Devil Woman) the single. Certainly a far cry from Do Wah Diddy Diddy.

All tracks offered have, as far as we can tell, never been officially released or are currently not in print.

Thanks to Phil Cohen for sharing the tracks.

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Time (9.8MB)
Track 02. Konekuf (8.2MB)
Track 03. Ballad (aka Where Am I Going) (3.5MB)
Track 04. Devil Woman (5.5MB)
Track 05. Ain’t It Sad (2.8MB)
Track 06. You’re A Better Man Than I (7.1MB)
Track 07. Wind (aka A Study In Inaccuracy) (7.3MB)
Track 08. Mother (aka Travelling Lady) (7.5MB)
Track 09. Sometimes (Version 1) (3.4MB)
Track 10. Happy Being Me (single version) (5.7MB)
Track 11. Devil Woman (single version in stereo) (7.6MB)

Mike Hugg - keyboards, vocals
Manfred Mann - keyboards
Steve York - bass
Bernie Living - saxophone
Brian Hugg - acoustic guitar
Craig Collinge - drums

In 2009, Vol 1 was reissued and given a brand new digital remaster using the original master tapes. Bonus tracks were included. Click on the link to order the Chapter Three album.


  2. I,m fixing the tags then i’ll listen

    By bill on Mar 2, 2010

  3. Read “Konekuf” backwards. It’s a put-down of an anti-immigration British politician. Manfred(from South Africa) was an immigrant, who arrived in the Uk in 1960.

    By Philip Cohen on Mar 2, 2010

  4. Thank-you Philip for all of the music you provide.

    By bill on Mar 2, 2010

  5. Thank you Phil and BigO for the Manfred Mann (and all the other goodies). It was nice to hear these tunes again, in a slightly different form. I recall buying and hearing that record when it first came out, when I was 17. It certainly was quite a departure from their usual but that’s why I liked it. It helped continue expanding my musical horizons which my then included Zappa, Dolphy, Coltrane, Mingus, Monk, etc.

    By Dennis on Mar 2, 2010

  6. I love this phase from Manfred Mann,very coll this rock-jazz!
    Thanks :-)

    By Rochacrimson on Mar 2, 2010

  7. As always, Mannfred Mann & his band are enormously enjoyable. This is a great rarity. THANX!

    By Timmy on Mar 3, 2010

  8. The first Manfred Mann´s Chapter Three album is one of my all time favourite albums. I bought the lp when it was first released and since then I´ve got a cd of it. It didn´t like the second one quite as much but I would love to hear the unrealeased third one. I´ve just heard about it´s existence but never found anything from it.
    By the way thanks for an exelent blog side.

    By Gulli on Mar 4, 2010

  9. This got me interested in hearing the other two albums by this lineup so I check the link here and sampled them. I’ll have to buy those two albums now. Can’t believe I’ve been missing these.

    By Matt on Mar 7, 2010

  10. Hi,

    Really nice find, thank you. There are some tracks from the ‘lost’ Vol 3 album on the Manfred Mann’s EarthBand compilation album ‘Odds & Sods’ which was released a few years ago. The tracks are Messin Up The Land , Fish, Turn You Away From My Door and Ashes to The Wind. The whole set (54 tracks) is well worth alisten but does mean you can hear some of this missing album.

    By Nigel Stanworth on Mar 14, 2010

  11. Hi,
    Good stuff - Many thanks for putting these tracks up.

    By Jim on Jan 5, 2012

  12. Hi,
    Many thanks.

    By Jim on Jan 10, 2012

  13. The horn section arranger for Vol 1 was by Derek Wsdsworth NOT Mike Gibbs, I know because I’m sitting here with the LP and CD and the sleeve notes are quite clear.

    I have both Vol 1 and 2 in vinyl form , AND BOTH THE LPS AND COVERS ARE IN MINT CONDITION.

    If I wanted to sell, where would I advertise?

    I saw the band live at Chelsea College of Art, London. Stunning. Only wish they’d kept going a bit longer. A labour of love , no doubt.

    By charlie mason on Apr 2, 2018

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