Fencewalk: The Anthology

Fencewalk: The Anthology

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by Mandrill
     
 

Right from the start of this two-disc collection, with the track that shares the band's name, it's clear that Mandrill had some seriously heavy funk credentials -- and broad ranging ones at that. Only early Santana and War gained the same level of attention and appreciation for their exciting, invigorating Latin-funkSee more details below

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Right from the start of this two-disc collection, with the track that shares the band's name, it's clear that Mandrill had some seriously heavy funk credentials -- and broad ranging ones at that. Only early Santana and War gained the same level of attention and appreciation for their exciting, invigorating Latin-funk hybrids. Fencewalk: The Anthology actually isn't the best of purchases for longtime fans; unlike many multi-disc CD anthologies, there aren't any rarities or previously unreleased songs available, outside of the concluding "Echoes in My Mind," which surfaced on the soundtrack to The Warriors. It's a reasonable enough number but not particularly special by the band's standards, and not reason enough alone to pick this up. But as a more than fine overview of Mandrill's work throughout the '70s, from the start to finish of those ten years, this is required listening for anyone exploring the roots of electric funk, two and a half hours of party music aiming to move minds and bodies in equal measure. The Wilson brothers and their fellow musicians had an ear for just about everything, from the sweetest of soul harmonies over lush strings to the loudest of acid rock-inspired riffs and plenty of roots-deep inspiration from salsa and Latin jazz. Claude "Coffee" Cave demonstrates throughout why he ranks up there as one of the best keyboardists of his time -- at his best he easily gives Bernie Worrell a well-deserved run for the money -- while the interplay of drummers Charles Padro and, later, Neftali Santiago with the Wilsons on percussion is maximum groove energy on many levels. An appreciative, well-written essay on Mandrill's heyday and abilities from Pablo Guzman is very welcome, while Gary Mayo's remastering job deserves full marks for bringing out the detail of the arrangements beautifully into the digital realm.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/04/1997
Label:
Fontana Polydor
UPC:
0731452966629
catalogNumber:
529666
Rank:
12254

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Mandrill
  2. Rollin' On
  3. Symphonic Revolution
  4. Peace and Love (Amani Na Mapenzi): Movement IV (Encounter)/Movement V (
  5. Lord of the Golden Baboon
  6. Ape Is High
  7. Cohelo
  8. Git It All
  9. Children of the Sun
  10. I Refuse to Smile
  11. Kofijahm
  12. Hang Loose
  13. Fencewalk
  14. Hágalo
  15. Don't Mess with People
  16. Moroccan Nights

Disc 2

  1. Mango Meat
  2. Fat City Strut
  3. Love Song
  4. Positive Thing
  5. Road to Love
  6. Armadillo
  7. Khidja
  8. House of Wood
  9. Folks on a Hill
  10. Gilly Hines
  11. Can You Get It (Suzie Caesar)
  12. Funky Monkey
  13. Love One Another
  14. Too Late
  15. Echoes in My Mind

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mandrill   Primary Artist
Doug Cameron   Violin
Luther Vandross   Background Vocals
Tom "Bones" Malone   Trombone
Greg Mathieson   Piano
Rob Mounsey   Electric Piano
Elliott Randall   Guitar
Kenny Vance   Background Vocals
Errol Crusher Bennett   Percussion
Claude Cave   Organ,Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Conductor,Vocals,Vibes
Bundie Cenas   Bass,Percussion,Vocals
Susan Collins   Background Vocals
David Conley   Saxophone
Paul Griffin   Background Vocals,Clavinet
Neil Jason   Bass
Fudgie Kae   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Vocals
Kenny Mason   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Omar Mesa   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Cliff Morris   Guitar
Charles Padro   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Chris Parker   Drums
Douglas Rodrigues   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Alan Rubin   Trumpet
Neftali Santiago   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
David Tofani   Alto Saxophone
Carlos Wilson   Flute,Guitar,Percussion,Trombone,Conductor,Alto Saxophone,Timbales,Vocals
Lou Wilson   Percussion,Conga,Flugelhorn,Vocals
Arnold McCuller   Background Vocals
Ric Wilson   Percussion,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Paul Trejo   Guitar

Technical Credits

Mandrill   Arranger,Producer
Rob Mounsey   Arranger
Kenny Vance   Producer
Baker Bigsby   Engineer
John Bradley   Engineer
Alfred Brown   Producer
Claude Cave   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Bundie Cenas   Composer
Joe Ferla   Engineer,Remixing
Dennis Ferrante   Engineer
Ray Fleming   Producer
Paul Griffin   Arranger
Fudgie Kae   Composer
Kim King   Engineer,Remixing
Harry Maslin   Engineer
Omar Mesa   Composer
Charles Padro   Composer
David Palmer   Engineer,Remixing
Lee Peterzell   Engineer
Douglas Rodrigues   Composer
Rick Rowe   Engineer
Neftali Santiago   Composer
Corky Stasiak   Engineer
Carlos Wilson   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Lou Wilson   Composer,Producer,Contributor
Jeff Lane   Producer
Pablo Guzman   Liner Notes
Ric Wilson   Composer,Producer
Bill Evans   Engineer
Wilson Bros.   Composer
Larry Elliott   Engineer

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