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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

You Know that's Right!!!!!

Was and still am the Queen of 70s with some of the original albums. Mandrill was the most exciting new talent of the time! I couldn't wait to hear and buy all the great music of this group. Todays artist have nothing on these bands. The artist of today would benefit in listening to all the great groups of this era!


These guys are AWESOME!!! I only got this album cause it was on the cover of WaxPoetics magazine in Aug/Sept 2007. I only looked at the magazine cause they had an ad for the origional DeBarge/Switch group called SMASH - I love SMASH's Music and this is right up that alley... Every song on this album is ill. You wont be dissapointed. & if u love music like this i also recomend SMASH - thats another band just like Mandrill - Both bands made GREAT MUSIC

Amazing unknown!

I have never heard a band bring the funk like they do. How did i not know about them. These guys are amazing! Earth wind and fire OPENED for them!


Formed: 1968 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s

One of funk's most progressive outfits, Mandrill paid the price for their ambitions in commercial returns -- not that they never earned a reputation or an audience, but their expansive, eclectic vision often worked better when given an album's worth of room to roam, rather than being condensed into hit singles. Mandrill's jam-heavy brand of funk was liberally infused with Latin, Caribbean, and jazz influences, plus blues, psychedelia, African music, and straight-up rock. Their freewheeling approach...
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, R&B/Soul, Funk
  • Released: Jan 01, 1974

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