Mandrill

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Mandrill's debut isn't half the album it could've been, since the band's talented musicianship and desire to experiment were often subverted -- by ambitions of pop success as well as a dry, over-serious approach to music-making. The three Wilson brothers, though masters of over a dozen instruments, still hadn't mastered the added burden of songwriting; "Warning Blues" is perfunctory as is the vocal performance and "Symphonic Revolution" is a bland summer-day soul song with cloying strings. The group sounds much more confident getting into a good groove and allowing room for some great playing; the band's self-titled song, "Mandrill," is the best here, featuring great solos ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Mandrill's debut isn't half the album it could've been, since the band's talented musicianship and desire to experiment were often subverted -- by ambitions of pop success as well as a dry, over-serious approach to music-making. The three Wilson brothers, though masters of over a dozen instruments, still hadn't mastered the added burden of songwriting; "Warning Blues" is perfunctory as is the vocal performance and "Symphonic Revolution" is a bland summer-day soul song with cloying strings. The group sounds much more confident getting into a good groove and allowing room for some great playing; the band's self-titled song, "Mandrill," is the best here, featuring great solos for flute and vibraphone. Mandrill also loved playing with different musical forms: "Rollin' On" moves from an average rock song to a torrid Latin jam and climaxes with a testifying gospel session. Most ambitious of all is the five-part, 14-minute suite "Peace and Love," but the intriguing concept is negated by a few bizarre pieces, one of which sounds like a parody of a Vincent Price reading over a Santana jam. The band would soon learn that experimentation and stylistic change-ups were a means, not an end.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/11/1998
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431600221
  • Catalog Number: 6002
  • Sales rank: 45,921

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mandrill Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Claude Cave Keyboards, Vocals
Bundie Cenas Bass, Percussion
Omar Mesa Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Charles Padro Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Carlos Wilson Saxophone, Vocals
Lou Wilson Percussion, Trumpet, Vocals
Ric Wilson Saxophone
Technical Credits
Mandrill Arranger, Composer, Producer
Ray Fleming Producer
Kim King Engineer
Wilson Bros. Composer
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