22 Somerset Dr. (1976-1978)Santiago
|Land of the Leaping Nono|
|Freakin' (1978 Demo)|
|To And From Gamma 4|
|Set it Free|
|Let Out Your Beast|
|Everybody Hears but Nobody Listens|
|Feelin' Good (Instrumental 1976)|
|Leaping Nono (Alternate Version 1976)|
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.Â After moving across the country, Neftali started new bands (the SantiagoBand, Santiago & Friends, and Neftaliâ€™s Beast) and kept recording, though nothing came of the tracks except the mysteriously bootlegged â€œBionic Funkâ€ 45 in the late 70â€™s. Though Neftaliâ€™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 70â€™s rare groove. Manufactured Recordings is proud to present Santiagoâ€™s complete recordings for the first time ever.