MANFRED MANN CHAPTER THREE — Volume Two

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Album · 1970

Tracklist

1. Lady Ace (8:02)
2. I Ain't Laughing (2:37)
3. Poor Sad Sue (5:57)
4. Jump Before You Think (4:51)
5. It's Good to Be Alive (3:32)
6. Happy Being Me (15:58)
7. Virginia (4:52)

CD bonuses:

8. I Ain't Laughing (mono version) (2:37)
9. Happy Being Me (mono single version) (4:04)
10. Virginia (alternate version) (3:35)

Total Time: 56:05

Line-up/Musicians

- Mike Hugg - lead vocals, piano, electric piano, brass arrangements, producer
- Manfred Mann - organ, brass arrangements, producer
- Steve York - electric bass, acoustic bass (04)
- Bernie Living - alto saxophone
- Craig Collinge - drums
- Dave Brooks - tenor saxophone
- Clive Stevens - soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone
- Sonny Corbett - trumpet
- David "Dozy" Coxhill - baritone saxophone
- Brian Hugg - acoustic guitar, backing vocals
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- Jerry Field - violin (03)
- Harry Becket - trumpet (03)
- Andy McCulloch - drums (05)
- Conrad Isadore - drums (06,09)
- Derek Wadsworth, Mike Gibb - additional brass arrangements

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Vertigo (UK/Germany)

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Sean Trane
Second album from this band, and still delving further in experimentation – these things being relative, of course, but remember that these guys were pop writers just a year before this release. With an unchanged line-up and a strange artwork, this second albums takes off just where the previous had quit. The most logical step forward was the extension/lengthening of the tracks allowing for more instrumental interplay.

8-min opening track Lady Ace could’ve easily fitted on their previous album, with the difference that the brass section does get wilder than anything they had done on the first volume. Poor Sad Sue easily tops that with a free-jazz brass section solo before bringing things back to more conventional rock. Jump Before You with its African percussions and York improvising wildly on his bass, then the brass (first with a Moroccan feel) take over and a dissonant sax soloing away, is yet another perfect example of this unit still breaking new grounds. Good To Be Alive is more reminiscent of their debut album, but it is a creeper. The extended 16-min track Happy Being Me is full of great soloing (including Mann on piano) and some outstanding wind-works from Harold Becket and Nick Evans (of Keith Tippett fame)

Legend has it that a third album was recorded but the tapes lost, but one thing is certain, that record would’ve been another step towards nirvana. Instead the Chapter Three will break up and Manfred will take Hugg with him to found another superb group , the Earth Band which will make plenty of excellent records (but the first two albums were a clear step backwards) but in a rockier direction than here.

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