Manfred Mann’s career has now spanned a remarkable six decades as he approaches his 50th year in the UK music industry. While his star has waxed and waned (at least from a UK media perspective) he has continued to build bands, record new music, collaborate with fellow musicians and tour to the present day.
From the outset Manfred has been best known as an interpreter of other performers' material, selecting some obscure or undiscovered tracks and adding his own interpretation, often culminating in a very different take. Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Mike Heron, Sting, Paul Weller, Del Amitri, Super Furry Animals plus many more have all been given the Manfred treatment resulting in many memorable singles or album tracks. Now with the imminent release of ‘Rational Anthems’, the first solo album by Manfred in his long career, here is the ultimate challenge, taking well known musical anthems and reinterpreting them for the modern generation.