Sunday, 16 November 2014

Eating Mango: Mandrill - Just Outside Of Town (Polydor Rec.1973)

''Just Outside Of Town''
(LP Polydor Records, 1973)
Catalog # PD 5059

Tracklisting & Hide Credits:
A1 Mango Meat
Written-By – Wilson Bros. 4:32
A2 Never Die
Written-By – Mandrill 3:22
A3 Love Song
Written-By – Wilson Bros. 5:45
A4 Interlude 0:18
A5 Fat City Strut
Written-By – Claude "Coffee" Cave 3:20
B1 Two Sisters Of Mystery
Written-By – Neftali Santiago 3:40
B2 Africus Retrospectus
Written-By – Wilson Bros. 7:46
B3 She Ain't Lookin' Too Tough
Written-By – Fudgie Kae 4:58
B4 Aspiration Flame
Written-By – Omar Mesa 5:05

Personnel & Credits:
Carlos Wilson - Trombone, Flute, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Lou Wilson - Percussion, Trumpet, Vocals
Ric Wilson - Saxophone, Percusssion, Vocals
Claude Cave - Keyboards, Vibraphone, Percussion, Vocals
Fudgie Kae- Bass, Percussion, Vocals
Omar Mesa - Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Neftali Santiago -Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Arranged By [Strings], Conductor [Strings] – Carlos D. Wilson, Claude "Coffee" Cave
Art Direction – Ron Nackman
Design – Davis Fried Krieger
Engineer – Dave Palmer , Harry Maslin, Monte Stark, Rick Rowe
Instrumentation By [All Instruments Except Oboe, French Horn And Strings Played By] – Mandrill
Photography By [Cover] – Don Anderson
Producer – Alfred V. Brown, Mandrill
Written-By, Arranged By – Mandrill
All songs written and arranged by Mandrill

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''Two Sisters Of A Mistery''

Format:Vinyl, LP, Album
1973 Polydor Incorporated
Printed in the U.S.A.
Manufactured by Polydor Incorporated
All songs published by Mandrill Music, Inc./Intersong U.S.A., Inc. Chappell & Co. Sole Agent (ASCAP)
Recorded and mixed at:
Electric Lady Studios, N.Y., N.Y.
The Hit Factory, N.Y., N.Y.
Sound City, Van Nuys, Calif.
Sound Ideas, N.Y., N.Y.
Original pressing with heavy cardboard sleeve and a booklet, 8 pages with pictures of each member
Barcode and Other Identifiers:
Matrix / Runout (Label Side A): PD 5059 A
Matrix / Runout (Label Side A): PD 5059 B
Matrix / Runout (Etchings Side A): PD-5059-A-1B 22
Matrix / Runout (Etchings Side B): PD-5059-B-2B
Matrix / Runout (Mastering Stamp): STERLING
Other (International #): 2391 092


''Mango Meat''

Samples & Covers:
Jungle Brothers sampled "Mango Meat" on their song "Straight Out The Jungle" on their album Straight out the Jungle in 1988.
Public Enemy sampled "Two Sisters Of Mystery " on their song "By The Time I Get to Arizona" on their album Apocalypse 91... The Enemy Strikes Black in 1991.

The impossibly funky hit Mango Meat kicks off this classic that charted in October 1973, while the hit Love Song brings the boil back to a simmer.
Released in 1973 this album would chart number six on the Billboard Top Soul Albums charts.

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.
By John Bush (AMG).

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''Fat City Strut''

One of the best records ever by Mandrill – and a perfect balance between the looser jazzy spirituality of earlier albums, and the tighter (sometimes too tight) style of later ones. The band is incredibly tight on the funk tip – with lots of hard drums and guitars, and other sweet instruments floating in and out of the mix. Includes the great cut "Fat City Strut", with a nice intro that's been sampled by Schooly D, plus the cuts "Mango Meat", "Afrikus Retrospectus", and "Aspiration Flame".
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Original post: 9 August, 2008

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