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16 May 2017

Mike Hugg (ex-Manfred Mann) “Stress & Strain” 1973 UK Prog Pop,Jazz Rock

Mike Hugg (ex-Manfred Mann) “Stress & Strain”  1973 UK Prog Pop,Jazz Rock
Mike Hugg was, with Manfred Mann himself, the longest surviving member of the group known as Manfred Mann. Born Michael Hug in 1942, he came of age in England during the early '60s as a jazz enthusiast, leading his own quartet, which, in addition to himself on drums, included organist Graham Bond in its lineup. Hugg managed to hook up with South African-born pianist Manfred Mann while playing at Butlin's, the English holiday resort, in 1962. The two took a liking to each other and formed the Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers, which became the core of the group that was eventually christened Manfred Mann, featuring Hugg on drums and percussion. Much of Hugg's career for the next decade was linked to Manfred Mann as bandmate and frequent collaborator as a composer. Apart from their work together in the band, the two were responsible for writing and producing a great deal of film music (Up the Junction, Venus in Furs, etc.) and television music, as well as commercial jingles, although Hugg also emerged as a highly successful songwriter in his own right in 1966, when a composition that he'd written with his brother Brian, "You're a Better Man Than I," became a hit for the Yardbirds. When the group Manfred Mann split up in 1969, Mann and Hugg remained together, forming the more progressive jazz-rock outfit Emanon, which later became Manfred Mann Chapter III. After parting company with Mann in 1972, Hugg cut a pair of solo albums, Somewhere and Stress and Strain, for Polydor, on which he switched from drums to keyboards. He formed the quartet Hug in 1975, which cut one LP, The Neon Dream -- a strange mix of funk and progressive rock -- and then the Mike Hugg Freeway, which only ever released one single, in 1976. Hugg also played piano and organ on Lo and Behold by Coulson, Dean, McGinnis, Flint, which was produced by Mann. He has written some movie and television music (including the original theme for the British television show Minder). In the early '90s, Hugg was reunited with his former Manfred Mann bandmates Paul Jones, Mike Vickers, and Mike d'Abo, for what was supposed to be a one-off event promoting a hits compilation, but proved to be so musically satisfying that it became a regular part-time gig. The Manfreds, as they became known, have delighted audiences around the world with their revival (and expansion) of the old repertory, which has allowed Hugg to keep his hand in performing and jamming as a keyboard player. ~ Bruce Eder................

The second Mike Hugg solo album released in 1973. The album features Elton Dean on sax, Tony Rivers (Keyboards, Vocals), Mick Waller (drums), Paul Westwood (bass), Lyn Dobson (horn), Kevin Peek (guitar), Sonny Corbett (horn), Kim Gardner (bass), Eddy Grant (guitar), David Hadfield (guitar) and Ian Carr (horn)...............

Hugg was born in Gosport, Hampshire in 1942. His parents condoned his jazz drumming as long as he continued his piano lessons. Pursuing a career in jazz, he met Manfred Mann while serving as a musician at Butlin's Clacton and they formed a seven-piece group. The Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers recruited Paul Jones and later Tom McGuinness.[2] On signing with HMV Records their producer, John Burgess, changed their name to Manfred Mann.

Hugg is a competent pianist and an able vibraphone player but his main role in Manfred Mann was drummer. However, he recorded several vibraphone solos with the band (e.g. "I'm your Kingpin") and used the instrument to augment hits such as "Oh No Not My Baby". He was credited as co-writer of the group's early hits and contributed solo compositions throughout its life, including jazzy instrumentals ("Bare Hugg") and wistful acid-pop ("Funniest Gig", "Harry the One Man Band"). His abilities as a songwriter grew throughout the group's career,[3] though Hugg became progressively unhappy with the band's commercial output, describing the group's single "Ha! Ha! Said the Clown", in an interview with Melody Maker as one of the five worst records he had ever heard.

He and his brother composed "Mister, You're a Better Man Than I" which was recorded by the Yardbirds in 1965. Hugg also composed the majority of the songs for the 1968 Paramount film Up the Junction.[4] By this time Hugg was already branching out into film and television composition. After composing for Up The Junction, he wrote incidental music to a BBC Wednesday Play, and contributed to the score for the Jesús Franco film Venus in Furs in 1969, together with Manfred Mann. He co-wrote the theme music to the BBC TV comedy series, Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads in 1972, followed by the score to the 1976 feature film.

When he and Manfred Mann formed the more progressive Manfred Mann Chapter Three, taking inspiration from Doctor John and free jazz and touring with a five-piece brass section, Hugg moved to electric piano and lead vocals. The latter, by his own account, purely for want of someone better. One of its themes was used as the soundtrack of TV advertisement for cigars. Hugg released two solo albums, and one album with the band Hug[5] in the 1970s.

Today, apart from his role as keyboard player with the Manfreds, a reformed version of the '60s band (without Manfred Mann) who tour the UK and Europe regularly, Hugg is part of the jazz trio, PBD..................

Mike Hugg - keyboards ,Vibraphone, Synthesizer Moog, Percussion
Elton Dean - sax (1,9)
Mick Waller - drums
Paul Westwood - bass (2,3,4,7)
Kim Gardner - bass (1,5,6,9)
Dave King - guitar
Eddy Grant - guitar (1,9)
David Hadfield - guitar (9)
Kevin Peek - Acoustic Guitar (Spanish Guitar) (10)
Ian Carr - horn (1,9)
Sonny Corbett - horn (1)
Lyn Dobson - horn (1,9)
Barry St. John, Liza Strike, Madeline Bell, Mick Rogers, Tony Rivers, Sue Vicars - backing vocals

Tracklist (Vinyl)
A1 Stress And Strain
A2 Picture Of You
A3 Woman
A4 Peace In Your Smile
A5 So Sorry Please
B1 Solitaire
B2 Tonight
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B3 If You're Missing Me
B4 Paradise City
B5 Forget To Remember       

1972 Somewhere
1973 Stress & Strain

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