Mandingo – The Primeval Rhythm of Life

3 Jul


Reissue: New decode

Release: DS156p

Source: SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix’



13 Responses to “Mandingo – The Primeval Rhythm of Life”

  1. atq February 8, 2016 at 19:16 #

    Fantastic mixture of screeching guitar, frantic percussion, attention-seeking synths, slinky strings, etc. All four speakers are used equally, the sounds are normally locked in place, but there’s quite a lot of spinning around the room. Surely this was recorded with the intention of being a quad disc. Great fun. Still can’t quite believe it’s Geoff Love.

    A great decode. I see there are at least two more Mandingo quad LPs, so fingers crossed for more funky quad action in the future.

    • oxforddickie February 8, 2016 at 19:28 #

      I read that it was one of Geoff Love’s many ‘names’, but i am starting to doubt that now.

      • atq February 9, 2016 at 10:04 #

        Lots of websites seem to agree that it is Love. Maybe the CD booklet confirms?

        • oxforddickie February 9, 2016 at 14:35 #

          The only useful information the booklet contains is that it was produced by Norman Newell.

  2. bayards July 6, 2015 at 17:57 #

    Well i did enjoy that. The Phoenix system decode certainly gives a great soundstage. Fab music too – pretty much a quad demo album.

    • oxforddickie July 6, 2015 at 18:24 #

      I’m hoping to bring more ‘Mandingo’ to the blog in the future

  3. Owen Smith July 4, 2015 at 14:07 #

    I enjoyed this, great fun. There’s certainly no way all those drums will let anyone sleep. And the quad mix is excellent, drums coming from all around at times.

    You’re saying this is by the same chap that recorded as Max Bygraves? The mind boggles…

    • oxforddickie July 4, 2015 at 15:17 #

      Geoff was the orchestra leader/arranger for Max, he was on Max’s TV series doing his thing with the orchestra. A bit about him here

  4. forthosewithfourears July 4, 2015 at 12:18 #

    It’s a bit mad … but sounds great! No dozing off while this is on!

    • oxforddickie July 4, 2015 at 13:45 #

      Yes it is a little mad, and when i tell you ‘Mandingo’ is another of the many names that Geoff Love recorded under. If you knew this rather gentle man it might seem unlikely he’d turn out this type of music for four albums. There’s not even a whiff of ‘Manual And The Music Of The Mountains’ or Max ‘i wanna tell you a story’ Bygraves anywhere.

      • Beechwoods (@Beechwoods_) July 19, 2015 at 09:49 #

        Just got round to listening to this, and blimey, it’s not what I expected. Kind of heavy psych, way more experimental than I was expecting, a real hybrid, with some great horn work, noodly keyboards, fantastic flute and those mad drums…

        Thanks OD. I’d definitely be up for more Mandingo!

  5. Highlander July 3, 2015 at 14:56 #

    I really enjoy the variety of music you post OD. Thanks for offering this, appreciate it. 🙂

  6. lupineassassin July 3, 2015 at 01:16 #

    WOW!! 😀

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