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INCREDIBLE BONGO BAND / BONGO ROCK Single


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Product details

  • Audio CD (11 Sep 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Wrasse Records
  • ASIN: B000G1T072
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,617 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Apache 4:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Let There Be Drums 2:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Bongolia 2:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Last Bongo in Belgium 6:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Dueling Bongos 2:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. In A Gadda Da Vida 7:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Raunchy '73 3:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Bongo Rock 2:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Kiburi (Pt. 1) 2:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sing Sing Sing 4:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Satisfaction (I Can't Get No) 4:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Wipeout 4:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. When the Bed Breaks Down, I'll Meet You in the Spring 2:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Pipeline 3:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Okey Dokey 2:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Sharp Nine 3:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley Your Tie's Caught in Your Zipper 2:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Apache (Grandmaster Flash Mix) 7:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Last Bongo in Belgium (Breakers Mix) 6:29£0.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

1973 percussion-heavy instrumentals and pop covers with African and Latin influences. Much sampled!

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By John Tree on 4 Feb 2007
Format: Audio CD
Born out of a movie soundtrack commission in 1972 from MGM to compose some music for a chase scene, Michael Viner and Jerry Botkin Jnr. have never looked back. The whole concept for the original two pieces (Bongolia and Bongo Rock) was distinctly tongue in cheek... with full cinematic big band backing they had a pomposity that was tempered by some superbly COOL bongo playing. The single took off, eventually selling 2 million copies. This led to the band being re-formed to make the bulk of this album.

Now time has not been kind to the whole thing, and there is a distinct Blow Up style kitsch to the project as a whole, dating everything to almost the month of production and most of the album has a decidedly cheesy or quaint feel to modern ears throwing in loads of cliched phrases and hooks, but buried here are at least five or six solid gold gems for any breaks or dance aficionados.... largely down to said seriously out there bongo playing.

Top tunes: Apache (both versions), Bongolia (12 bar bongo blues) , Bongo Rock, Kiburi Pt.1 (think Shaft), Sing Sing Sing (complete with 70's drum solo!), a very groovesome version of Wipe Out, complete with Hendrix style wah wah guitar solo followed by yet another drum workout, and the fantastically titled When The Bed Breaks Down, I'll Meet You In The Spring with seriously funky talking drum
Many years later, Grandmaster Flash remixed Apache (included here) and turned it into a seven and a half minute 12" monster. In fact countless Hip hop and latterly breaks acts have used Apache and other tunes here for super-cool samples on a whole roster of re-rubs and MPC s-s-s-samples....many not crediting the originators, but Viner takes it all with a bemused smile.... "it was only meant as a joke".

It's more than that... believe me.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Morten Stjernholm on 10 Jun 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Some A&R and a Mastering engineer compressed everything that was awesome about this historic record to hell. Real disappointment in terms of the sound. Shame on you. Squashed, flat and uninteresting. The magic that made us all dance to this is taken away. Fools!
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By F on 25 Feb 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Best music ever, really drummy, might annoy people who don't like orchestras. Iconic 70's music and kids love it too.
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Format: Audio CD
Listening to this can give you a whole new slant on pieces you know, (I can't get no) Satisfaction in a lounge style? approach with an open mind and enjoy, I did!
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