March 22, 2010 – 3:53 am

The Earth Band started adventurous but moved towards a reality check.

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BBC “Pick Of The Pops” & “King Biscuit Flower Hour” [no label, 1CD]

Tks 1-3 from John Peel’s In Concert 1972. Tks 4-9 from King Biscuit Flower Hour 1981. Ex pre-FM stereo. Some vinyl noise.

“As I recall, when I briefly had the use of these Transcription/Syndication LPs, Manfred’s group was only featured on part of each program, and I only copied the Manfred Mann material. The first three selections are from ‘BBC Pick of The Pops’ and the remaining selections are from ‘The King Biscuit Flower Hour;. I would think that the KBFH selections were recorded while the group was touring behind its’ ‘Chance’ album.” - Philip Cohen

Phil has assembled a tasty treat for Brit pop fans. On this selection are Manfred Mann live performances from 1972 and 1981, two distinct periods in Mann’s projects. For the first selection, we managed to track down this information of the show:

“Once back in old blighty MMEB recorded an ‘in concert’ for John Peel’s Radio One in Concert. Three songs, ‘Ashes To The Wind’, ‘Happy Being Me’ and ‘Black Betty’ were previewed displaying an astonishing progression in such a short time.”

Mick Rogers’ guitar dominates this period of the Earth Band. Chris Slade’s drumming kept the sound away from pop. Clear signals from Mann’s keyboards as they swirled the then hip prog-rock style. Happy Being Me is the track where Mann shows off.

The second part of this live compilation features a 1981 concert in Paris touring behind the Earth Band’s Chance album. Here, Mann takes very little chances and opts for the safety of melodic songs. On The Run has a very catchy chorus “the heat is on” which worked as a pop song. The lineup of songs included the Springsteen cover Blinded By The Light, their definitive version plus two Dylan tunes. The covers overwhelm Mann’s own works. But like a true jazzman, Mann’s intuitive keyboard riffs are what make his cover versions so interesting.

You can hear the DJ introducing songs throughout but none are intrusive. Thanks to Phil Cohen for sharing these rarities.
- The Little Chicken

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.

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BBC Pick Of The Pops 1972 (John Peel’s In Concert show, live
Track 01. Ashes To The Wind# (10.7MB)
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Track 02. Black Betty (traditional folk song)@ (8.0MB)
Track 03. Happy Being Me+ (some vinyl noise at beginning) (16.3MB - visit the html page to download the track)

# from 1972’s Glorified Magnified
@ Mann recorded this song as Big Betty on Manfred Mann’s Mighty Garvey album from 1968
+ from 1970’s Chapter Three Vol 2

Manfred Mann: organ, synthesiser
Mick Rogers: guitar, vocals
Colin Patenden: bass
Chris Slade: drums

Pavillion Baltard, Paris, France, Feb 5, 1981 (live) to promote Chance and broadcast on the King Biscuit Flower Hour
04. Stranded^
05. Lies (Through The ’80s)^
Track 06. On The Run (6.5MB)
07. Blinded By The Light [Springsteen]^
Track 08. You Angel You [Dylan] (7.9MB)
Track 09. The Mighty Quinn [Dylan] (8.3MB)

^Omitted. These tracks can be found on the official release Manfred Mann’s Bootleg Archives (5CD boxset) released in 2009.

Manfred Mann: keyboards & vocals
Chris Thompson: lead vocals
Steve Waller: guitar/vocals
Pat King: bass
John Lingwood: drums

In 2009, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band released the late-period five-disc boxset Bootleg Archives spanning 1981 to 2007. Click on the link to order the boxset.


  2. Excellent collection! Thanx for yet another further, heapin’, helpin’ of Manfred Mann & His Dylanistic Band.

    By Timmy on Mar 23, 2010

  3. Another great gem. The songs I want to hear most are omitted so it looks like i’ll be getting the Bootleg Archives set too.

    By Matt on Apr 3, 2010

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