Mandrill  Polydor,Polydor 1970
Mandrill Is  Polydor 1972
Just Outside Of Town  Polydor 1974
Composite Truth  Polydor,Polydor,Polydor 1973
Mandrilland  Polydor 1975
Beast From The East  United Artists Records 1976
Solid  United Artists Records 1977
We Are One  Arista 1978
Mandrill / Michael Masser / George Benson - Muhammad Ali In "The Greatest" (Original Soundtrack)  Arista 1978
New Worlds  AristaArista 1979
Getting In The Mood  Arista 1980
Energize  Montage Records 1982

Singles & EPs

Mandrill / Warning Blues  Polydor 1971
Mandrill / Peace And Love ‎(7") Polydor 20 66 127 1971
Git It All / Cohelo  Polydor 1972
I Refuse To Smile / Kofijahm  Polydor 1972
Git It All / I Refuse To Smile  Polydor 1972
Hang Loose  Polydor 1973
Mango Meat / Afrikus Retrospectus  Polydor 1973
Fencewalk  Polydor 1973
Love Song  Polydor 1973
Mandrill / Hang Loose ‎(7", Single) Polydor 2066-320 1973
The Road To Love / Armadillo  Polydor 1974
Positive Thing  Polydor 1974
Panama / Disco Lypso  United Artists Records 1975

Singles & EPs

Tee Vee / Silk  United Artists Records 1975
Disco Lypso  United Artists Records 1975
Disco ‎(12", EP, Promo) United Artists Records SP-120 1975
Happy Beat / Holiday  Arista 1977
Michael Masser & Mandrill - Ali Bombaye (Zaire Chant) / The Greatest Love Of All (Instrumental)  AristaArista 1977
Can You Get It (Suzie Caesar) / Holiday  Arista 1977
Funky Monkey  Arista 1977
Having A Love Attack / Don't Stop / Stay Tonite  Arista 1978
Too Late / Holiday  Arista 1978
Mandrill / Arnold McCuller - Echoes In My Mind / Nowhere To Run(12", EP) A&M Records SP-17082 1979
My Kind Of Girl (My Girl)  Arista 1980
Dance Of Love  Arista 1980
Put Your Money Where The Funk Is  Montage Records 1982
Mandrill / Yvonne Brown - Put Your Money Where The Funk Is / Goin' Down ‎(12", Promo, W/Lbl) Montage Records POSPX 557 1982
Wired For Love  Montage Records 1983
Jeff Perry / Mandrill - Love Don't Come No Stranger (Than Yours And Mine) / Too Late ‎(7") Arista AS 1135 2007
Harvey Mason / Mandrill - Groovin' You / Stay Tonite ‎(12", RE) Arista CP-704 2007


The Best Of  Polydor 1975
Fencewalk (The Anthology) ‎(2xCD, Comp, RM) PolyGram 314 529 666-2 1997
New Worlds / Gettin' In The Mood ‎(CD, Comp) Soul Brother Records (3) CD SBPJ 38 2008







Hang Loose

Fencewalk: The Anthology

  • 83 Peak position
  • 88 Last week's position
  • 7 Weeks on chart



True Funk

  • 52 Peak position
  • 78 Last week's position
  • 10 Weeks on chart




  • 94 Peak position
  • 94 Last week's position
    3 Weeks on charts


    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 was a definite influence on the Parliament-Funkadelic collective (an early incarnation of which actually served as their opening act), and their grooves have been sampled by numerous hip-hop acts in modern days. 
    Mandrill was formed in Brooklyn in 1968 by brothers Ric Wilson (sax, vocals), Lou Wilson (trumpet, vocals), and Carlos Wilson (trombone, vocals), all of whom were born in Panama and raised in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood by musically inclined parents. Ric Wilson had already taken up a career as a cardiologist when the group officially formed; the brothers had performed together for quite some time, rehearsing at the beauty salon where their mother worked. Taking their name from the variety of West African monkey (because of its distinctive, colorful face and well-developed, family-oriented social organization), Mandrill soon added keyboardist Claude "Coffee" Cave, guitarist Omar Mesa, bassist Bundie Cenac, and drummer Charlie Padro. They signed with Polydor and released their eponymous debut album in 1970, displaying the influence of the burgeoning jazz-rock and Latin rock movements in addition to soul and funk. For the follow-up, 1972's Mandrill Is, Fudgie Kae Solomon replaced Bundie on bass, and the group scored its first hits with "Ape Is High" and "Git It All." With new drummer Neftali Santiago, Mandrill scored their biggest hit with 1973's Composite Truth, which also produced their highest-charting single, "Fencewalk." This incarnation ranked as the classic Mandrill lineup, but didn't take long to splinter; after 1974's Just Outside of Town (which featured the hit "Mango Meat"), guitarist Mesa left (citing "spiritual reasons") and was replaced by Dougie Rodriguez, formerly of Santana. After the soundscape-heavy double-LP Mandrilland, disputes over the Wilson brothers' control of the band led to the departure of every non-Wilson member save for Claude Cave. Leaving Polydor, Mandrill cut two albums for United Artists with a session rhythm section over 1975-1976, and subsequently caught on with Arista. Their label debut, 1977's We Are One, proved to be their biggest hit since Composite Truth, spawning the club hits "Funky Monkey" and "Can You Get It"; it also marked the temporary return of Santiago on drums, the addition of another brother, Wilfredo "Wolf" Wilson, on bass, and the debut of guitarist Joaquin Jessup. Two more albums for Arista followed over the next two years (New Worlds and Getting in the Mood), and the band also handled the soundtracks for the Muhammad Ali flick The Greatest (1977) and the cult gang film The Warriors (1979). Mandrill went on to cut one more album, Energize!, for Montage in 1982 before disbanding. 
    ~ Steve Huey, Rovi for Billbord