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22 Somerset Dr. (1976​-​1978)

by Santiago

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Mike Allin
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Mike Allin If you are in to Crown Heights Affair, Mandrill, etc then you need this album in your collection!
Absolute lost gold from the 70's!!! Favorite track: Feelin Good.
JoronJoron
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JoronJoron Solid funk gems that later flirts with post-punk or early new wave. Favorite track: Freakin (1978 Demo).
The OldBoy
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The OldBoy Download this, put your cams on, close your eyes and imagine your cruising down Somerset Drive with Santiago, blasting out these previously hidden funk gems.
Juan Doe
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Juan Doe This sound is why I love the 70s era of funk and soul. Favorite track: Feelin Good.
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In the late 1960's, Neftali Santiago's family bought their first home in Willingboro, New Jersey at 22 Somerset Drive. Here he would learn to play the drums and honed his skills, which landed him a spot as the drummer and a singer/ songwriter in Mandrill, one of the most diverse funk bands of all time. In 1975, Santiago took a hiatus from the band and returned home to start a new project. Though he would return to Mandrill in 1978, between the years of 1975 and 1978 Santiago recorded an album's worth of material that has largely been unreleased until now.

Under the moniker Santiago, Neftali and the talented multi-arranger Joe Byrne recorded four tracks, two of which landed on the band's first single in 1975. Despite the limited success of the band's only single, Neftali's manager secured high profile tours with The Ohio Players and Gil-Scott Heron. After moving across the country, Neftali started new bands (the Santiago Band, Santiago & Friends, and Neftali’s Beast) and kept recording, though nothing came of the tracks except the mysteriously bootlegged “Bionic Funk” 45 in the late 70’s. Though Neftali’s solo career came to an end in 1978 when he rejoined Mandrill, he left a treasure trove of unreleased funk tracks that are sure to please fans of Parliament/ Funkadelic, Boosty Collins, Sly & The Family Stone, and 70’s rare groove. Manufactured Recordings is proud to present Santiago’s complete recordings for the first time ever.

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released November 11, 2016

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Santiago Willingboro, New Jersey

Drummer and singer/ songwriter in Mandrill.

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