Jan 14, 2012

MANFRED MANN - UP THE JUNCTION (FONTANA 1968) Jap mastering cardboard sleeve + 9 bonus

The FONTANA years 3
One of the great soundtracks of the 1960s, Up the Junction shows Manfred Mann shedding their pop skin and evolving into a truly awesome jazz outfit, which would later be fully realized in their Chapter Three incarnation. Not that they didn't have some lovely pop gems on this record. The title song, sort of a flipped-out, very very British alternative to "Good Vibrations," is one of Manfred Mann's finest pieces ever, with an excellent vocal from Mike d'Abo, Paul Jones' (Manfred's original vocalist) replacement. But the series of brief jazz-based instrumentals such as "Sheila's Dance" and "Belgravia" are equally arresting, showing off Mike Hugg's drumming and Mann's own piano abilities as never before. Priceless.[allmusic]


Ian Van Groove said...

Fantastic batch of Mann, especially this one. Title track has to be my all time fave. Bucketloads of Cheers!

Anonymous said...

One of my all time favourite films. And I live 'up the junction' too!

Thanks for the soundtrack.