I gotta say, Mandala were and remain MY very special diamond in the rough. If you could take an artist’s palette, and smear R&B, Soul AND Rock to a chemist’s analysis, you may possibly come close to describing their sound. You’ve got a very soulful vocal; that organ adds a rhythmy/bluesy kind of punch; solid drums, bass AND stinging guitar glaze it with rockish icing.
NO GUITARIST, I mean absolutely NO GUITARIST could say more in 4 bars AND mean it, like Mandala‘s great guitarist Dom Troiano. In Loveitis, he does this laser-like guitar thing that hits you like a brain freeze from drinking a slurpee too fast! Whitey‘s drumming…, well, Whitey always knows what to do! Roy Kenner soars over everything without landing while Don & Henry hold down the fort. At this point, we’ve come a long way from the South “Y” baby! Click and swoon…
Personnel as determined: Roy Kenner vocal; Dom Troiano guitar; Pentti (Whitey) Glan drums; Henry Babraj Hammond (organ); Don Elliott bass.
*I have absorbed, inhaled and envisioned every note of this music; this music which has allowed my musical candle to burn incessantly for decades; a musical candle causing a burn that feels so GOOD; a hurt allowing me to create until I can’t. I gratefully acknowledge my Canadiana musical roots with this blog.