Composite Truth is Mandrill's most successful album, commercially as well as artistically. Although the band's sense of freewheeling experimentation had been tempered, its gradual transition to a straight-ahead funk band was made perfect with two of the biggest hits of its career: "Hang Loose" and "Fencewalk." "Hang Loose" is all over the place (in a good way), moving from a grooving funk jam to mid-tempo guitar skronk and back, all part of an impassioned call to peace. "Fencewalk" also had several transitions, with a crooning chorus and an extended middle section powered by heavy brass and a screaming guitar solo.
A first-time release comprising over two hours of extraordinary, groundbreaking high fidelity music, this live album from electric bass genius Jaco Pastorius and the Word of Mouth Big Band, featuring guest harmonica virtuoso Toots Thielemans, was recorded at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City in June 1982 and is presented from beginning to end exactly as it happened.