January 19, 2011 – 4:00 am

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Stepping Sideways [no label, 1CD]

Unreleased tracks. Very good soundboard.

From the beginning in the early ’60s to the early ’70s, from the Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers to Manfred Mann Chapter Three, keyboardist Manfred Mann had built up a following with a repertoire of blues and cover material and later moving into experimental jazz rock. Even though Chapter Three started in 1969, the group disbanded two years later and Mann went on to form Manfred Mann’s Earth Band in 1971.

This was a prototype first Earth Band album, but when the group’s music changed while touring, Manfred Mann decided to shelve this version of the album. What changed was the style of music, which became more electric, less acoustic, and Mann decided that this album was not representative of what the newly named “Earth Band” was playing live. When “Living Without You” had been released as a single, it had been credited simply to “Manfred Mann”. [The song was written by Randy Newman.] The designations “LP version” and “Single version” on some tracks at the start of this compilation means “intended album version” or “intended single version”. “LP Version” and “Single Version” is how they were described on the tape boxes. - Philip Cohen

For Manfred Mann fans, here is a “lost” album to add to your collection. Thanks to Phil 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 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Ashes To The Wind (LP version) (7.3MB)
Track 02. Ned Kelly (LP version) (6.1MB)
Track 03. Ashes To The Wind (Single version) (6.7MB)
Track 04. Ned Kelly (Single version) (4.6MB)
Track 05. Please Mrs Henry (first version) (6.2MB)

Stepping Sideways LP
06. Mrs Henry - Omitted*
Track 07. Jump Sturdy (full version) (11.1MB)
Track 08. Holly Holy/Tribute (15.3MB)
09. Captain Bobby Stout - Omitted*
10. Living Without You - Omitted*
Track 11. Part Time Man (5.0MB)
Track 12. Ain’t No Crime (5.8MB)
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* Available on Manfred Mann’s Earth Band’s self-titled debut album.

Click on the link to order Manfred Mann’s Earth Band’s self-titled debut album.


  2. couldn`t wait to hear the version of Jump Sturdy. This song appeared on Dr.John`s Gris Gris lp and apparently his granfather used to sing it…anyhow..thanks.

    By sluggo on Jan 19, 2011

  3. I was just listening to the Manfred offerings here from a few months ago hoping that there would be more. Very nice surprise.

    By Matt on Jan 19, 2011

  4. This concludes my Manfred Mann offerings(that’s all I’ve got), but now you have all of the still-existing unreleased material from Manfred’s commercial heyday.

    By Philip Cohen on Jan 19, 2011

  5. Thanks Phil and bigO!

    By Namoosedog on Jan 19, 2011

  6. I love the treatment that Please Mrs. Henry gets…

    By sluggo on Jan 19, 2011

  7. This is great stuff. Really important serious easy going musicianship.

    By Timmy on Jan 19, 2011

  8. I don`t know where to send a request on bigo
    does anyone have any jethro tull with mick abrahams?

    By sluggo on Jan 20, 2011

  9. Great stuff, thank you

    By tony on Jan 20, 2011

  10. Greetings Big O:

    I am very curious to learn more about Philip Cohen, who has so graciously supplied us with so many great musical experiences via Big O.
    Phil– who ARE you?
    How did you amass such an amazing collection?
    How did you afford it?!
    Do yo have any cool stories about how you obtained certain tapes?
    I’d love to hear more.

    Thank you,

    By Peter Grainger on Jan 21, 2011

  11. Peter,

    I’ve been collecting 7″ vinyl since 1963, 12″ vinyl since 1966, CD’s since 1984, VHS since 1980, Laserdisc since 1985, DVD & Blu-Ray within the first 2 years of their introduction, so I’ve been collecting a long time. As for how I got such a huge collection, you might say that I’m a bit obsessed!
    To tell you exactly from whom or where I got certain entirely unreleased materials would upset the people that I obtained them from, but I will tell you that this particular Manfred Mann unreleased album was copied to DAT at the vaults of the American record conglomerate which owns the label which would have released the album in the U.S.A., if Manfred hadn’t cancelled the release. It is a direct digital copy of the only existing tape(one generation away from a no longer existing UK master, which was destroyed in the mid-1980’s in an arson incident at Manfred’s studio in London). The owner of the DAT tape let me borrow it.

    By Philip Cohen on Jan 21, 2011

  12. Great share Phil… THX

    By Peter on Jan 22, 2011

  13. This is great Manfred Mann material, equal to the other Earth Band recordings here.

    By Richard on Feb 2, 2011

  14. This is really great!

    I’m just a bit confused about the three versions of Please Mrs. Henry. Does the #6 version from the MMEB album really belong here?

    By Mike on Jun 9, 2011

  15. Is there any chance the Manfred Mann Chapter Three Volume 3 tracks could be reuploaded?? Thank you in advance!

    By Bill Haines on Mar 2, 2019

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