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on 29 August 2017
great record...
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on 15 August 2017
Really brilliant.
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on 4 February 2007
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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on 10 June 2011
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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on 4 July 2010
I discovered this album while tracking down the original funk songs sampled by hip hop artists. I immediately fell in love with this compilation of tracks from the Incredible Bongo Band's only two albums. Yeah its kitsch, tongue in cheek and deliberately a bit cheesy, but it's also great fun... The Sugarhill Gang, Grandmaster Flash, Sir-Mix-A-Lot and Norman Cook knew the score!

I'll take any excuse to drop the opening track, Apache, into a set and it's mandatory for funk gigs. Frankly, you know when you find an outfit called "The Incredible Bongo Band" that they're going to be great, and this album contains some awesome percussion. If you're even slightly into the history of hip hop, funk or breaks then get this now. I challenge you to play this album and not smile!
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on 17 August 2014
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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on 25 February 2014
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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on 15 February 2017
Had some of this stuff on record a few years ago so thought i would grab a cd of it all while it was still about.
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on 1 March 2015
Everyone loves a bit of bongo action.
This is the best.
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on 25 June 2015
Great if you like that sort of thing!
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