The Best of Mandrill

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Rounding up the greatest grooves from the band's first five albums, right up until it left for United Artists in 1975, The Best of Mandrill is a top compilation for one of the most freewheeling bands of the early '70s. Unsurprisingly for a funk group, Mandrill excelled at recording catchy, well-played material with deep grooves, though unlike many bands, all of it was tempered by an experimentalist bent and a restless desire to explore many different avenues occasionally in the same song. The compilation opens perfectly with "Ape Is High," "Fencewalk," "Git It All," and "Hang Loose" -- the band's four biggest hits, and not a coincidence its four greatest songs. The other ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Rounding up the greatest grooves from the band's first five albums, right up until it left for United Artists in 1975, The Best of Mandrill is a top compilation for one of the most freewheeling bands of the early '70s. Unsurprisingly for a funk group, Mandrill excelled at recording catchy, well-played material with deep grooves, though unlike many bands, all of it was tempered by an experimentalist bent and a restless desire to explore many different avenues occasionally in the same song. The compilation opens perfectly with "Ape Is High," "Fencewalk," "Git It All," and "Hang Loose" -- the band's four biggest hits, and not a coincidence its four greatest songs. The other seven tracks aren't always the best available: "Mango Meat" and its self-titled debut single are solid choices, but substituting a pair of album tracks "House of Wood," "I Refuse to Smile" for the R&B hits "Positive Thing" and "The Road to Love" doesn't make much sense. Most importantly, though, The Best of Mandrill includes every song Mandrill's known for, in a punchy sequencing that does justice to the band's uncommon style.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Fontana Polydor
  • UPC: 042283527621
  • Catalog Number: 835276
  • Sales rank: 23,043

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ape Is High (5:34)
  2. 2 Fencewalk (5:32)
  3. 3 Git It All (4:31)
  4. 4 Hang Loose (4:48)
  5. 5 Mandrill (4:22)
  6. 6 Cohelo (1:45)
  7. 7 Mango Meat (4:43)
  8. 8 Symphonic Revolution (5:17)
  9. 9 Children of the Sun (4:59)
  10. 10 House of Wood (4:34)
  11. 11 I Refuse to Smile (4:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mandrill Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Brian Allsop Bass, Vocals
Claude Cave Keyboards, Vocals
Carlos Wilson Saxophone, Vocals
Lou Wilson Percussion, Trumpet, Vocals
Ric Wilson Saxophone
Technical Credits
Mandrill Arranger, Producer
Alfred Brown Producer
Claude Cave Composer
Bundie Cenas Composer
Ray Fleming Producer
Omar Mesa Composer
Charles Padro Composer
Carlos Wilson Composer
Lou Wilson Composer
Ric Wilson Composer
Bill Levy Art Direction
Fred Marcellino Illustrations
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