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Greatest Hits Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import

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  • Audio CD (4 July 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00004U2GO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 346,528 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Format: Audio CD
Most of this c.d is from the mid/late 60's when Mongo was heavily into producing funkier/groove orientated versions of Latin classics and pop tunes.
There are some excellent versions of "Green onions" and "Dock of the bay" and what best of package would be complete without the classic "Watermelon man" and "Afro blue" ?
Also included are couple of vocal tracks "La bamba" which i am sure you all know and the very disco/danceable "We got Latin soul" which is all out commercialism but enjoyable nevertheless.
With the inclusion of 5 bonus tracks it rounds out this c.d to about 78 mins which gives excellent value and a good insite into the afro/funk/pop stage of Mongo's career.
C.d also comes complete with full personel listings and pictures of some pretty cheesy looking album covers of Mongo posing with an assortment of Latin beauties (lucky so and so!!).
Well worth the bargain price for a super collection from a Latin Legend.
Oh and i nearly forgot - Mongo is pretty nifty on the Congas and Bongos by the way!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Man Called Mongo. 22 May 2003
By The Groove - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
During his long and extensive career, Mongo Santamaria fused sensual Cuban rhythms with r&b and jazz, making him one of the most revered musicians of our time. This hits collection compiles sixteen of the percussionist's most essential recordings, and they all have "class" written all over them. Covering material from the mid to late 1960s, the music here conjures up images of a hot July beach party, tequilas and all. He admirably covers the Otis Redding classic "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay"--years before Michael Bolton had the chance to butcher it. There's also the groovy sax-flavored "Twenty Five Miles," the breezy "Fat Back," and "Cold Sweat." But this disc saves the best for last with the closing track, a 10 minute live recording of "Afro Blue." If you want to bear witness to the depth of Mongo's talent, then hear this jam, which is a memorable mix of Cuban percussion and traditional jazz. Thanks to the perfect harmony in which the band performs, "Afro Blue" is a brilliant piece of work that gets under your skin and stubbornly stays there. To be honest, I was introduced to Santamaria through my Dad, who was a huge fan of not only jazz, but particularly Latin-flavored jazz. When I learned of Mongo's passing, I revisited his work and decided to pick up this disc, which instantly gave me childhood memories. But even more important than that, this hits collection is a great survey that loudly answers the question, "What was so great about Mongo Santamaria?" The answer lies in this CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smokin' R&B with extra salsa 14 Nov. 2002
By A. Lapat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Contrary to other reviews of this album, I find Mongo in his element when applying his Latin rhythms to classic R&B. On most of these tracks it works, on some it REALLY works. If you're a fan of up-tempo, beat driven classic R&B you will love this collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars thumping 6 Feb. 2010
By M. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Mongo Santamaria is one of the great percussionist of modern jazz. He made jazz more than just a listening experience. With Mongo playing you could move to the music in ways that other jazz forms did not allow.
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the Live version of Afro Blue 6 Aug. 2016
By Darcy Maloney-Koke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Big Fan! I enjoyed the Live version of Afro Blue.
4.0 out of 5 stars Afro BLUE LIVE AT THE VILLAGE GATE 29 April 2016
By Doug - Published on Amazon.com
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I only wanted this version of Afro BLUE LIVE AT THE VILLAGE GATE so I had to buy the whole album. It was a slick marketing ploy because​ the rest of the album is weak
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