Mandala - Soul Crusade - Atlantic 1968

Mandala - front cover

front cover

Mandala - gate fold open

gate fold open

Mandala - rear cover

rear cover

Review

Music - 3 stars

Remember the days when top 40 radio played white soul along with James Brown and the Beatles. Like "The Soul Survivors" and "The Young Rascals" Mandala played soul music with an organ, guitar, bass and drums line up augmented with s Stax like horn section. Nothing stands out like "Expressway To Your Heart" but the album features competent musicianship and good songs. This effort was co-produced by the legendary Arif Martin. A nice period piece with a great 1960's cover.

The album featured Roy Kennner on vocals who later worked with "The James Gang" and "The Law".