Fencewalk: The Anthology

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
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: 2/4/1997
  • Label: Fontana Polydor
  • UPC: 731452966629
  • Catalog Number: 529666
  • Sales rank: 43,059

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mandrill (4:19)
  2. 2 Rollin' On (7:38)
  3. 3 Symphonic Revolution (5:16)
  4. 4 Peace and Love (Amani Na Mapenzi): Movement IV (Encounter)/Movement V ( (8:09)
  5. 5 Lord of the Golden Baboon (3:34)
  6. 6 Ape Is High (5:34)
  7. 7 Cohelo (1:44)
  8. 8 Git It All (4:30)
  9. 9 Children of the Sun (4:56)
  10. 10 I Refuse to Smile (4:05)
  11. 11 Kofijahm (3:38)
  12. 12 Hang Loose (4:45)
  13. 13 Fencewalk (5:28)
  14. 14 Hágalo (2:44)
  15. 15 Don't Mess with People (4:52)
  16. 16 Moroccan Nights (6:39)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Mango Meat (4:32)
  2. 2 Fat City Strut (3:20)
  3. 3 Love Song (5:45)
  4. 4 Positive Thing (3:25)
  5. 5 Road to Love (5:15)
  6. 6 Armadillo (1:48)
  7. 7 Khidja (5:09)
  8. 8 House of Wood (7:59)
  9. 9 Folks on a Hill (6:22)
  10. 10 Gilly Hines (6:35)
  11. 11 Can You Get It (Suzie Caesar) (7:05)
  12. 12 Funky Monkey (6:30)
  13. 13 Love One Another (3:59)
  14. 14 Too Late (3:38)
  15. 15 Echoes in My Mind (6:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mandrill Primary Artist, Primary Artist, 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
Arnold McCuller Background Vocals
Louis Wilson Percussion, Conga, Flugelhorn, 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 Producer, String Arrangements
Lou Wilson Composer
Jeff Lane Producer
Pablo Guzman Liner Notes
Louis Wilson Producer, Contributor
Ric Wilson Composer, Producer
Bill Evans Engineer
Wilson Bros. Composer
Larry Elliott Engineer
Carlos D. Wilson Composer
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