This is a rather unusual album, especially with its cover that looks
more like a 1970s heavy metal LP. This is a reissue of the original LP
although a CD release with additional tracks was issued at one point.
The original LP was released by HMV after the band had left the label
and moved to Fontana.
Although the band, in its new composition, did
not promote the release it is still a bit of a curiosity. All but one of
the tracks are instrumentals. This partly stems from the jazz and blues
backgrounds of the original group members but they have also included a
number of covers of contemporary as well as traditional tunes. Some of
these were released on the group's EPs such as 1966's Instrumental
Asylum. Both sides of the debut single, Why Should We Not /
Brother Jack, are included as these were excluded from Mann Made
The group had been dropped by HMV after Paul Jones left. They moved
to Fontana, Mike Vickers also left after which Tom McGuinness switched
to guitar. He was replaced on bass by Jack Bruce from the Graham Bond
Organisation. Along with Henry Lowther (trumpet) and Lyn Dobson
(tenor saxophone) he played on the Instrumental Asylum EP. After
that, of course, Bruce went hypersonic with Cream.
With a lack of promotion and no new tracks the LP was initially a
poor seller. However, it does have some historic interest nowadays as it
does includes Jack Bruce's recordings with Manfred Mann. A bit of
a curio but interesting nonetheless.
LP Release: 13 January 1967 HMV CLP/CSD 3594
Highest UK Chart Position: 40
CD Release: Umbrella Music UMB CD4
CD Release: 18 May 2018
- The Abominable Snowman
- Why Should We Not