Label : Capitol Records
The Primeval Rhythm Of Life is the other debut of the intimidating and tremendously funky Exotica project called Mandingo, released on Capitol Records in 1973, whereas their album Sacrifice of the same year was handed in to the EMI Columbia label. Even though it is valuable to have all four of Mandingo’s original albums, this one is clearly the best for reasons I will synopsize in the final paragraph. In the 70’s, when Exotica slowly deceased, only to be rekindled for a short moment by Nino Nardini’s and Roger Roger’s masterpiece Jungle Obsession in 1971, a short-lived craze about all things Africa took place, as usual Americanized through the eyes of Hollywood, be it the first James Bond flick with Afro-Americans in the spotlight, Live And Let Die of 1973, or the incessant rise of the Funk theme whose tenuous beginnings were already planted in the late 60’s.
One British band leader called Geoff Love (1917–1991) recognized the signs of the time. Having played in Easy Listening bands such as the poetically named Manuel And The Music Of The Mountains before, he decided to go into a totally different direction. With the help of producer Norman Newell (1919–2004), he gathered session musicians around him, got hold of talented song writers and unleashed a highly explosive mixture of exotic drums, gigantic brass layers and electronic devices. While Geoff Love achieved this on every album, it is The Primeval Rhythm Of Life where this concept is brought to life… and then beyond! It is unbelievable how aggressive, hot-tempered, steamy and full-blooded this release is.
Mandingo could be the next of kin to the crazy stage persona of Leon Johnson aka Chaino, but are much more versatile due to their manpower. Read more about the ten original takes below, and why the invoked voodoo spell is as strong and convincing now as it was back in the 70’s.
Mandingo - Black Rite
By Electric Looser