Mandrill

Hang Loose

Composed by Claude Cave

Song Review by

Although "Hang Loose" ultimately ended up on Mandrill's 1973 LP Composite Truth, the song, along with album-mate "Don't Mess With People," was part of a winter 1972 recording session at New York's Hit Factory -- a departure from the band's usual Electric Lady home. A hyped-up jam that is both eminently danceable and elegantly sophisticated, "Hang Loose" did much to highlight the band's growing maturity. Slightly melancholy across magnificent turns of Claude Cave's keys and Omar Mesa's rock guitar riffs, this song gave Mandrill its third R&B hit, reaching number 25 in July 1973. It was the perfect vibe to beat summer's heat.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Composite Truth 1973 Collectables 4:48
The Best of Mandrill 1975 Polydor / Universal 4:48
Fencewalk: The Anthology 1997 IMS / Polydor / Universal 4:48
The Ultimate Collection 2000 Collectables 4:48
Live in Montreux 2002 [DVD] 2006 Kindred Rhythm
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