Mandrill Just Outside of Town
- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 1998
- Label: Collectables Records
Description by OLDIES.com:
The fourth album release from Mandrill (Spring '73) contains two songs which are among the group's most popular: "Mango Meat" and "Love Song".
- 1.Mango Meat
- 2.Never Die
- 3.Love Song
- 5.Fat City Strut
- 6.Two Sisters Of Mystery
- 7.Afrikus Retrospectus
- 8.She Ain't Lookin' Too Tough
- 9.Aspiration Flame
Mandrill: Louis Wilson, Richard Wilson, Carlos Wilson, Omar Mesa, Claude "Coffee" Cave, Fudgie Kaem, Neftali Santiago.
Recorded at Electric Ladyland Studios and The Hit Factory, New York, New York. Includes liner notes by Mark Marymont.
Personnel: Omar Mesa (vocals, guitar, percussion); Carlos Wilson (vocals, saxophone); Lou Wilson (vocals, trumpet, percussion); Claude Cave (vocals, keyboards); Ric Wilson (saxophone).
Liner Note Author: Mark Marymont.
Recording information: Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY; Hit Factory, New York, NY; Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA; Sound Ideas, New York, NY; The Hit Facotry, NY.
It lacked the delicious hooks and tight funk of Composite Truth, but Just Outside of Town was as solid and confident a piece of music-making as the band ever accomplished. The single "Mango Meat" is a tough Latin funk number with some inspired group harmonizing, and Mandrill stretched out with a pair of love songs, "Never Die" and the aptly titled "Love Song," the latter beginning with a few minutes of atmospheric bliss that boasted unrealized cinematic/soundtrack possibilities. "Fat City Strut" moves back and forth between blasts of brass-powered funk and the sweet seduction of Latin percussion and a vibes solo. The distorted funk monster "Two Sisters of Mystery" is another classic, one that later enticed producer Gary G-Wiz to sample it for Public Enemy's "By the Time I Get to Arizona." The last two songs were very uncharacteristic for Mandrill, one a bluesy/country song with a pop gloss, the other an ambling instrumental led by an acoustic guitar and including a few out-of-place synthesizer shadings. It certainly wasn't Mandrill going out on top (for an album, or for its period at Polydor), but it certainly summed up the promise of one of funk's most courageous bands. ~ John Bush
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