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Mandre(Andre Lewis) - Mandre (1977) Rare Vinyl Classics!!

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Photobucket Mandre was a group that Andre Lewis started in 1977 as a continuation of the gospel/soul group "Maxayn" which was named after the lead singer Maxayn Lewis, Andre's wife. While the Maxayn group had been playing gospel and soul with Maxayn Lewis on lead vocals, the Mandre group was Andre's project to add electronic elements and also shift the sound toward more spacey funk and disco. Andre also played keyboards for Frank Zappa, Buddy Miles, LaBelle, Earth Wind and Fire, Huey Lewis, Edwin Starr, Charles Wilson and the Gap Band, Sly Stone, Bobby Womack, Johnny Guitar Watson and a handful of others. He was also a tester of Roland products and was one of the first musicians to record with the infamous Roland TR-808 drum machine. .....The first (self-titled) LP came out in 1977 on Motown Records and featured a mixture of Funk, Disco and some more Jazzy elements. It was mostly vocal tracks, including a great cover of Frank Zappa's "Dirty Love", but the standout track for me was the instrumental "Solar Flight" with its sweet synth solo's and a cracking bassline. The cover art (above) is also fantastic, very Daft Punk as somebody pointed out to me. Sought after for the sublime spacey synth grooves of 'Solar Flight' and 'Third World Calling'.......

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OldSchoolC
OldSchoolC

Male, 36, Los Angeles, CA

Posted August 09, 2013


Sorry for the late response markee5. Im not sure if Andre Lewis is still performing. I will be looking into that though.



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