- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 1998
- Label: Collectables Records
Description by OLDIES.com:
Mandrill's second album was released in the spring of 1972 and features one of their singles hits, "Get It All".
- 1.Ape Is High
- 3.Git It All
- 4.Children Of The Sun
- 5.I Refuse To Smile
- 6.Universal Rhythms
- 7.Lord Of The Golden Baboon
- 8.Central Park
- 10.Here Today Gone Tomorrow
- 11.Sun Must Go Down
Mandrill: Louis Wilson, Richard Wilson, Carlos Wilson, Omar Mesa, Claude "Coffee" Cave, Fudgie Kaem, Neftali Santiago.
Recorded at Electric Lady Studios, New York, New York between December 1971 & March 1972.
Personnel: Omar Mesa (vocals, guitar, percussion); Carlos Wilson (vocals, saxophone); Lou Wilson (vocals, trumpet, percussion); Claude Cave (vocals, keyboards); Charles Padro (vocals, drums, percussion); Ric Wilson (saxophone); Greg Mathieson (piano).
Audio Remixer: David Palmer .
Liner Note Author: Mark Marymont.
Recording information: Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY (1971-1972); Record Plant, NY (1971-1972).
Apparently learning from the mistakes of its debut, Mandrill crafted a follow-up with fewer stylistic detours than the first record, but much more energy and greater maturity. The two singles, "Ape Is High" and "Git It All," are unhinged performances from all involved that have the sense of musical invigoration so key to a funk band -- and so sorely lacking on this band's debut. "Children of the Sun" is a somber, flute-led piece, much more assured and better-conceived than anything on its first record (it also showed how well Mandrill could've done soundtracking a blaxploitation film). The guitars are much more prominent on Mandrill Is; in fact, both "Git It All" and "Here Today Gone Tomorrow" have passages almost reminiscent of metal's heavy riffing. The first two compositions from Claude "Coffee" Cave are big successes, "Cohelo" being a traditional Latin form and "Kofijahm" a tribal funk piece. Not everything works, however: the spoken-word piece "Universal Rhythms" is a tad over-ripe, with a raft of unpoetic, pseudo-mystical nonsense over backing from an angelic choir. ~ John Bush