Thursday, April 18, 2013

18 April 2013 - Manfred Mann - The Mighty Quinn (with a Manfred Mann's Earth Band bonus)

Anyone who knows me knows that I am sucker for a good piccolo solo.

Best known for their song "Do Wah Diddy Diddy", Manfred Mann did an awful lot of Bob Dylan covers in the late 60's.  This, a retitled, upbeat cover of Dylan's "Quinn the Eskimo", was their biggest hit of that era - I mean, it was no "Do Wah Diddy Diddy", but it was well interpreted.  The song itself, as originally written, was lyrically fun, but performed more in a ragtime style.  And it was really good - this version, which is more pop/rock/jazz, fits the song's lyrics just a little better.  

The strangest part of this?  Manfred Mann released their version in 1968, a year after Bob Dylan had recorded it as part of his Basement Tapes.  Dylan did not release the song himself until 1970.

A little footnote here.  Manfred Mann - the band - was named after their keyboard player.  He went on to found another band - Manfred Mann's Earth Band.  Guess what song they covered? The single, with a rock/disco feel, was released in 1978.  It's not bad.  It's just different.

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