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Fencewalk: The Anthology


Download links and information about Fencewalk: The Anthology by Mandrill. This album was released in 1997 and it belongs to Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Rock, Funk genres. It contains 31 tracks with total duration of 02:36:11 minutes.

Artist: Mandrill
Release date: 1997
Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Rock, Funk
Tracks: 31
Duration: 02:36:11
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No. Title Length
1. Mandrill 4:22
2. Rollin' On 7:40
3. Symphonic Revolutions 5:18
4. Peace and Love (Amani Na Mapenzi) 8:12
5. Lord of the Golden Baboon 3:36
6. Ape Is High 5:34
7. Cohelo 1:43
8. Git It All 4:34
9. Children of the Sun 4:58
10. I Refuse to Smile 4:08
11. Kofijahm (Coffee Jam) 3:41
12. Hang Loose 4:47
13. Fencewalk 5:27
14. Hágalo 2:46
15. Don't Mess With People 4:56
16. Moroccan Nights 6:39
17. Mango Meat 4:44
18. Fat City Strut 3:19
19. Love Song 5:42
20. Positive Thing 3:14
21. Road to Love 5:19
22. Armadillo 1:44
23. Khidja 5:05
24. House of Wood 8:07
25. Folks on a Hill 6:25
26. Gilly Hines 6:33
27. Can You Get It 7:09
28. Funky Monkey 6:32
29. Love One Another 4:09
30. Too Late 3:38
31. Echoes in My Mind 6:10



Right from the start of this two-disc collection, with the track that shares the band's name, it's clear that Mandrill had some seriously heavy funk credentials — and broad ranging ones at that. Only early Santana and War gained the same level of attention and appreciation for their exciting, invigorating Latin-funk hybrids. Fencewalk: The Anthology actually isn't the best of purchases for longtime fans; unlike many multi-disc CD anthologies, there aren't any rarities or previously unreleased songs available, outside of the concluding "Echoes in My Mind," which surfaced on the soundtrack to The Warriors. It's a reasonable enough number but not particularly special by the band's standards, and not reason enough alone to pick this up. But as a more than fine overview of Mandrill's work throughout the '70s, from the start to finish of those ten years, this is required listening for anyone exploring the roots of electric funk, two and a half hours of party music aiming to move minds and bodies in equal measure. The Wilson brothers and their fellow musicians had an ear for just about everything, from the sweetest of soul harmonies over lush strings to the loudest of acid rock-inspired riffs and plenty of roots-deep inspiration from salsa and Latin jazz. Claude "Coffee" Cave demonstrates throughout why he ranks up there as one of the best keyboardists of his time — at his best he easily gives Bernie Worrell a well-deserved run for the money — while the interplay of drummers Charles Padro and, later, Neftali Santiago with the Wilsons on percussion is maximum groove energy on many levels. An appreciative, well-written essay on Mandrill's heyday and abilities from Pablo Guzman is very welcome, while Gary Mayo's remastering job deserves full marks for bringing out the detail of the arrangements beautifully into the digital realm.