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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

A Bunch Of Bongos: Everybody mambo!

For all you Space Age pop fans, a real treat: "A Bunch of Bongos," featuring Willie Rodriguez and the International Stars. Produced in 1960 by Enoch Light on the Grand Award label, the album features lounge music with a distinctly latin flavor, lots of unusual percussion instruments not normally heard in this genre of music and a great deal of brass. Maybe a little bit too much for my taste, but your mileage may vary. Also of note: listen for the ways they show off the album's stereo sound, which was fairly new back then. You'll hear lots of examples of "dueling channels," where a musical phrase is played first in, say, the left channel and then the right. The zip file includes front and back cover scans.


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