Monday, February 25, 2013

Mandrill - Mandrill Is (1972 us, remarkable latin heavy funk jam rock)




Mandrill’s first three albums were recorded at Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studios in New York’s Greenwich Village.  Their reputation as a “World Music Group” and “Champions for Peace” began with their self-titled debut album, which contained the epic composition titled “Peace and Love.”  

This amazing suite was performed by the group accompanied by the Symphony of the New World, an 80-piece orchestra, and a 200-voice chorus to a Standing Room Only audience at Philharmonic Hall in New York City.

Their sophomore release Mandrill Is contained the single “Get It All” and the cosmic anthem “Ape is High.”  The third album, Composite Truth, released in 1973, propelled Mandrill’s popularity around the globe with their jam-heavy funk rhythms encapsulated in the song “Fencewalk.”  Their freewheeling approach influenced peers such as Parliament-Funkadelic, Earth Wind & Fire and others. 

 As their popularity grew, so did their appearances on all of the major music TV shows. Mandrill performed on both of Don Kirshner’s series, In Concert and Rock Concert.  On numerous occasions they appeared on Soul Train with Don Cornelius, Midnight Special with Wolfman Jack, Soul! with Ellis Haizlip and Like It Is with Gil Noble.
Tracks
1. Ape Is High - 5:32
2. Cohello - 1:50
3. Git It All - 4:30
4. Children Of The Sun - 5:00
5. I Refuse To Smile - 4:05
6. Universal Rhythms - 3:24
7. Lord Of The Golden Baboon - 3:33
8. Central Park - 4:05
9. Kofijahm - 3:25
10.Here Today Gone Tomorrow - 4:30
11.The Sun Must Go Down - 3:17
All Songs written and arranged by Mandrill

Mandrill
*Carlos Wilson - Trombone, Flute, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
*Lou Wilson - Percussion, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocals
*Ric Wilson - Saxophone, Percussion, Vocals
*Claude Cave - Keyboards, Vibraphone, Percussion, Vocals
*Fudgie Kae - Bass, Percussion, Vocals
*Omar Mesa - Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
*Charles Padro -Drums, Percussion, Vocals

1971  Mandrill

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