PAUL JONES: “Starting All Over Again”
(Collectors’ Choice, 2009): Jones was the bold, original voice of Manfred Mann during the British Invasion years (“Do Wah Diddy Diddy,” “Sha La La” and “Pretty Flamingo”), as well as the star of the oh-so-fab ’60s rock cult film “Privilege.” And Collectors’ Choice is one of today’s best re-issue labels, alongside Rhino and Sundazed. But this is no re-hashed vintage compilation. A dozen new recordings produced by Carla Olson showcase Jones’ considerable blues chops as a singer and harmonicat. And, oh yeah, another ’60s relic – a guy named Eric Clapton – sits in on two of tunes.