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Bongo Rock

Incredible Bongo Band

1973

Bongo Rock

Album Summary

The Incredible Bongo Band, also known as Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band, was a project started in 1972 by Michael Viner, a record artist manager and executive at MGM Records. Viner was called on to supplement the soundtrack to the B-film The Thing With Two Heads. The band's output consisted of upbeat, funky, instrumental music. Many tracks were covers of popular songs of the day characterized by the prominence of bongo drums, conga drums, rock drums and brass. Bongo Rock was featured in Robert Dimery's book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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Rating

3.29

Votes

4903

Genres

  • Funk
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Sat Jun 26 2021
3

This better have bongos in it lol. Ok it does, lot of fucking bongos. Too many fucking bongos, if I'm honest. 3/5.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
5

Bongo's check. More Bongo's check. Some bad ass rifts with Bongo's, check! I got a feva; and the only prescription is more bongos!

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

Album contains the sweetest cover of inna godda davida ever. I was in the right mood for this today.... Another reason O appreciate this 1001 album site... Would not have actively sought this out

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Mon Aug 09 2021
5

Wow. I so enjoyed listening to this album from the time that I turned it on. Love the horns, bongos, guitar riffs and the feeling that I'm either hanging out with The Sugarhill Gang making music or reviewing the Rockford Files with Starsky, Hutch, TJ Hooker, Barney Miller, Thomas Magnum, The Six Million Dollar Man / Bionic woman and planning my next vacation on the Love Boat. ... Incredible. https://www.whosampled.com/Incredible-Bongo-Band

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Fri Jul 02 2021
2

Neat little time capsule of 70s vibe, but a bit much to listen to all at once... This kind of soul sound but with the bongos turned down to a reasonable level was done well on The Olympians' self-titled (2016).

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Tue Sep 28 2021
1

I like bongos, but not that much

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Mon Sep 20 2021
5

APACHE!!! Origin of so many samples. This whole album is just super cool.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
2

A decent knock knock joke. I chuckled, I smiled, I forgot it straight away.

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Mon Jul 26 2021
5

We were pleasantly surprised by how lively and fun this ridiculously named band was. It's fantastic.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
5

WOW I am so glad I listened to that. Perfect 10/10 for me. That was just miraculous. Actual sonic perfection. It blows my mind that these groovy songs that slap so hard were made in the early 70’s before my parents were even born. I have heard one of the songs before, Bongolia from Baby Driver. It’s really funny when I’m listening to old stuff like David Brubeck or Focus and am like… “Where have I heard this song before?” And once I realize it’s Baby Driver, it makes me love the movie that much more just because of how based Edgar Wrights taste in music is. Anyway, I couldn’t possibly recommend this album more. Actually just incredible.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

I never realised this album existed, and suddenly the origin of every hip-hop and dnb bongo sample I've ever heard has been revealed to me. Not only that, it's an absolutely banging album, I don't think there is a single track I didn't enjoy - whenever I got bored of the bouncy bongo beats a guitar riff appeared from nowhere to drag me back from the brink of not having fun.

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Sat Sep 11 2021
4

TIukkaa bongotykitystä ja rytmikästä menoa. Mukavan pirtsakkaa musaa, tätä kuunteli mielellään!

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

I'm not sure that I should like this album as much as I do - but I do. It's like a collection of the greatest TV and game show themes from the 70s and 80s, and I mean that as a compliment. It's just fun. Their rendition of Satisfaction is almost (maybe) better than the original. Ironically, the only thing that wore on me was the bongos. Sometimes they were cool, but - at the end of the day - they end up making every song sound like Apache. Every ounce of my being wants to give this a 5, but I'm just not sure I can justify it.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Can't help but bop around when listening to this. Duelling Bongos was a bit of a let-down due to it not being a cover of Duelling Banjos. I feel like I should be driving around Santa Monica in a bright pink low-rider, with my uzi on the back seat, smoking like a chimney, picking up some roller babes and just being an all-round badass. 10/10 would listen to again. Would give 4.5/5 but withholding my 5/5 for something which I can just listen to on repeat

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

One of the more quintessential blueprints for what would be known as hip-hop/b-boy culture and it is perfect condensed and understood in the four minutes and fifty-four seconds of the first track (which I've just learned was a cover of a two decade old song). This is a pretty good collection of innovative songs and intriguing covers (the aforementioned Apache, In a Gadda da Vida, Satisfaction) and it's worth the time. Bongos have never sounded so funky.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

I am a sucker for some good percussion, and this album delivered on that and much more. I really enjoyed the upbeat/funky vibes that were present throughout "Bongo Rock". This record was just pure fun, and I had a great time listening to it throughout its super quick tracklist (I listened to the original eight song release rather than the extended 2006 version, but I am now tempted to listen to all of the bonus tracks in the future). The tight collection of songs here just feels timeless with all of the performers clearly giving it their all. After doing some research, it looks like a good chunk of these songs are covers of older hits (In a Gadda Da Vida was the only one I knew for sure was a cover), but I feel that they did a fantastic job making these tracks their own and giving them the twist they need to keep things exciting. This definitely feels like a record that had the potential to be sampled a lot in the future, and I recognized 'Apache' by its use in the Sugar Hill Gang's song 'Jump On It' immediately. Overall, this was a great album to go through, and I feel like I should own this one on vinyl in the future. 4/5.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
3

Upon getting this album pop up for today's listen - I was really skeptical. But the first song on the album is Apache which at first didn't recognise by name, but recognised the sound from countless covers, samples and features in films. The entire album has a soundtrack like quality to it, which makes sense when you realise that Michael Viner was a record artist manager and executive at MGM Records. Overall a good listen for a Friday afternoon Best: Apache; In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida Worst: No real weakness just a nice flow through the album as a whole Disclaimer - I only listened to the first 8 songs on Spotify as they were part of the original album. The remainder was part of the 2006 CD Release

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Wed Nov 03 2021
3

Well this is a lot of fun. No grand artistic statement here just a bunch of talented musicians showing off their substantial chops on some old favourites. Nothing wrong with that. 3.5 stars

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Mon Nov 29 2021
3

Well... this exists.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
3

Nice tunes and enjoyable all the way through, all covers though

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Fri May 20 2022
3

FUNkier than expected

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Fri Oct 07 2022
3

This is good record to play “who sampled this?” with….and boy are there are a lot. Musically, it’s decent r&b/funk record, but…a little bit of bongo goes a long way, you know what I mean? You’re going to be hearing bongos in your sleep after listening to this and, soon, the “clop-clop” of bongos will permeate your psyche until you slowly disassociate, unsure where you end and the bongos begin…Somebody help me….Every day is a waking nightma— CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP

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Thu Jul 29 2021
2

So bongo cover versions then. I could have done without hearing it but not too terrible

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Wed Sep 15 2021
2

Yeah it sure does have that funky soundtrack sound for a movie in the early 70s. I keep anticipating Issac Hayes piping in with: You see this cat Shaft is a bad mother (Shut your mouth) But I'm talkin' about Shaft (Then we can dig it) After two songs I was wondering why it's called "Bongo Rock '' Yeah, I get it, there are bongos playing but nothing to justify naming the album Bongo Rock. The Bongos stepped up on Bongolia and again on Bongo Rock where they really do sizzle but in general I don't see anything special percussion wise. I guess if the only drummers you had heard play were Charlie Watts (RIP) and Ringo, the percussion might sound unusual enough to be impressive. I'm more impressed by the percussion on the Ravi Shankar album we listened to and the tabla playing on that LP was a footnote rather than the main billing. I'd prefer an a track of tabla soloing over the song Dueling Bongos any day of the week. Watching Dueling Bongos live might be fun but listening to it is as much fun as listening to some knucklehead mow his lawn. Ditto the solo in In-A-Gadda_Da_Vida although the jamming after the solo is quite good. Also, I'm far more impressed with the lead guitar playing than I am with the Bongo playing on Last Bongo in Belgium. I might consider a 3 if it weren't for the bongos. Given the name of the band, a 3 is off the table.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
2

Pre-listening feelings upon seeing the album art: Oh no. Post-listening feelings: So... these are covers of popular songs of the day, but with bongos? That's... that's what this is? Just to clarify - why 1,001 albums, exactly? Why not, ya know, 200 maybe. Weed out a couple. But also - reading up on it, I guess this album has been sampled a good bit, which makes it a little bit interesting. But I'm not otherwise loving it.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
2

I would happily never listen to this again. It wasn't a bad album, but it did nothing for me. I think it was too earnest, and I can imagine that people who understand music would really appreciate it.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
2

OK, this is kind of fun. But I admit I couldn't listen to every song all the way through. But I did have to listen to in a Gadda Davida all the way through. I couldn't make it through satisfaction all the way though. They definitely had some pretty good musicians on this

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Fri Sep 17 2021
1

“Bongo Rock” by Incredible Bongo Band (1973) This album is highly entertaining, and if you can’t dance to it, you’re comatose. But, except for percussion, the music here (there are no lyrics) is completely sappy, corny, schmaltzy, and twee. What it could really use is a vocal performance by Alvin and the Chipmunks. And the percussion is—well, ‘formulaic’ would be a generous compliment. The gimmick on this record is to take tested tunes and render them with lots of bongo playing and other colorful percussion (uncredited but performed by quite creditable session musicians). It requires steady (I.e., boring) tempos and soulless attention to meter. Thus we have knockoffs of “In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida”, “Dueling Banjos”, “Wipeout”, “Apache”, etc. This is ‘music’ best enjoyed at old style parties for boomers, preferably after everyone is two sheets in. I believe the only country where any of these tracks charted was Canada. I’ll leave it to the reader to draw the appropriate inferences. There is humor here, but it’s at a small college marching band level. It’s the kind of thing serious musicians do on their time off, or when they’re bored, depressed, unemployed, or insufficiently talented (or all of the above and failing to connect the dots). This record might have improved productivity in a 1950s Soviet gulag or Chinese laogai, but I doubt it would have been allowed. Actually, it would make for a great YouTube video as a soundtrack to clips of chain gang workers from the Paul Newman movie Cool Hand Luke. Roofers and carpenters, however, should not play this as background music while working. It could cause seizures. 1/5

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Fri Aug 20 2021
5

Flame

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Thu Sep 16 2021
5

Didn’t get a chance to listen to this one, but… come on, it’s Bongo Rock. Five Stars.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
5

It was way to fun to listen to

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Mon Nov 01 2021
5

Albums like this is the reason why I'm doing this. This is some fun music. 5RS

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Mon Nov 08 2021
5

I was really pleasantly surprised by this. It was not what I was expecting at all. Really funky. A cracker!

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

10/10 Would vibe again.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

Very solid

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

Really liked this one!

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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

Loved it! Very easy to tap along to so probably not the best album for work times

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Mon Nov 29 2021
5

Amazing.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
5

:kneel:

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Fri Jan 07 2022
5

Absolute great stuff

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Thu Feb 03 2022
5

What an incredible bongo band

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Wed Feb 09 2022
5

1973 - FUNK; Rare Groove; R&B

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Fri Feb 18 2022
5

Realmente é uma álbum incrível. Uma mistura de ritmos, mas com uma assinatura sonora interessante e marcante.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
5

Como não amar?!

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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

Das hat gelutscht um tbh zu sein. 5 sterne für den apache break

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Sat Apr 16 2022
5

4 stars

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Thu May 19 2022
5

Beyond the vey popular first song, there are some awesome tracks in here. Definitely a cool trip thru various genres

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Wed May 25 2022
5

I knew within five seconds of the first song "Apache" that I would like this album. This album started as a supplement to the soundtrack of B-film "The Thing with Two Heads." It is mostly cover songs using bongos, conga drums, rock drums, brass horns and guitar. The songs are all instrumental, mostly upbeat and funky and highly influential among hip hop artists - a lot of songs are sampled. To me, the sound is like "The Peter Gunn Theme" enhanced with bongos and funk. It's interesting; it does have a soundtrack feel but there are a lots of guitar, organ and other instrument solos making it feel also like a rock song. No need to further explain the song "Dueling Bongos" either. Great production also on this record. "Apache" starts with a great bongo and drum beat, horns and organ come and the funk kicks in. Great bongo solo. The orginal song was popular in the UK by The Shadows and in the US by Jørgen Ingmann. It also became very popular in the late 70's among hip hop artists. "Last Bongo in Belgium" is musically all over the place with organ jams, an impressive guitar solo sounding like Steely Dan, a few brass horns solos and of course, the multiple percussions keeping the rhythym. It has also been sampled by the Beastie Boys, Massive Attack and the Leftfield. I was in a bar last week, heard "In a Gadda da Vida" from the juke box and mentioned to a friend that has been a few years since I've heard this song. Little did I know, a week later I'd hear a bongoed-up version of "In a Gadda da Vida," a song that has also been used as the main loop in two Nas' songs. And, as if the orginal song isn't strange enough. I knew I was in for a unique experience when I saw this album pop up on the 1001 randomizer; It was to some extent but the real highlight was finding out about its influence and enjoying listening to the music.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
5

BINGO BANGO BONGO BOMBOCLAT ALL TIME GREAT HOT HOT HOT HOT FIYAAA

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Wed Jun 22 2022
5

So many juicy samples for other artists to pluck from the Incredible Bongo Tree. Great to hear the originals.

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Sun Jun 26 2022
5

This was pure joy, gave me a great start to the day. From the sleaze of the Satisfaction cover (it's filthy) to brilliant whole song drum solos. Felt a bit like the music to a terrible British port comedy from the 70s at points, but I'll allow that.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
5

Really fun and funky instrumentals. Can just groove to it!

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Wed Jul 27 2022
5

Classic - dueling bongos and apache. Used as the basis for many songs and samples

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Fri Jul 29 2022
5

This one was an absolute banger. 10/10 will listen again daily. Only criticism is could have done with a few more bongo.

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Sun Aug 07 2022
5

Is het omdat Dranouter nog wat in mijn lijf zit bij het raten van dit album? Of vind ik gewoon erg goed? Goed veel koper, bongobeats en af en toe een stevig gitaartje

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Mon Aug 08 2022
5

Lots of good stuff on this. Lots of bongo. 😅

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

Drums goes Boom, bongo goes bam bam bam! Everything goes wild. Tchick tchack, party up badaboum!! Pouet Pouet

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Sun Sep 11 2022
5

What a hilariously fun album. No complaints here!

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Mon Sep 12 2022
5

Really beautiful music to listen to at any time

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

BONGOTASTIC

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Tue Oct 11 2022
5

They live up to the name

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Mon Oct 24 2022
5

Even if the principal instrument is a bongo and the rest of the music are percussions it isn't repetitive. This album have the videogame soundtrack vibes, the only issue is the duration, it's really long but enjoyable

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Tue Nov 01 2022
5

Despite my initial fears of this having too much bongo to handle, I actually found myself wanting/needing more bongo from the Incredible Bongo Band. This is a 5/5 instrumental covers record on its own but the bongos really bring this into a whole new world. Most of this could easily be used as the soundtrack to a paradoy Tarantino film. I would also like to hear it substituted for the original Dirty Harry soundtrack - I reckon that would fit very well.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
5

Really relaxing music, i enjoyed it very much..

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Sun Nov 06 2022
5

Don't know what I was expecting, but I wasn't expecting this. I rather like it.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
4

The songs were good however some were not as enjoyable.

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Wed Aug 11 2021
4

Love bongo

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Thu Aug 12 2021
4

A definite vinyl purchase. Wonderful stuff.

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Sat Aug 21 2021
4

Thought this was really fun to listen to. Recognized more than I thought I would.

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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

I’m a little confused why this is on the list, it’s quite fun and I like it but it’s derivative and seems like a cover band. Nonetheless I enjoy it so it’s getting a good score. This for me, is will and Carlton at the dance off. Ha.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

funky.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
4

Woah

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

Escuché ahí un sampleo muy chido de Beastie Boys.

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Mon Oct 04 2021
4

I think I’d probably give the vinyl of this 5 stars but what’s on Spotify is a bit of a mess.

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Tue Oct 12 2021
4

Lekker origineel en best leuke muziek

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Tue Oct 12 2021
4

I judged this PRETTY hard before I listened to it. Yo… I loved it!

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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

unique quirky sound, I liked it.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

Great for movie soundtracks

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Tue Oct 26 2021
4

Bongo

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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

In this household we love and support jazz. All jazz!

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

absolutely incredible, one of the most delicious albums - also one where you get used to hearing the samples all over the place so there's a certain 'huh?' quality to it last bongo in belgium - who would have thought I'd be playing air guitar to a bongo track? what's even the deal here? who made this record? what had they eaten? can I have some of it?

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Tue Nov 23 2021
4

Super enjoyable and fun.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

I liked this album a lot. Different than most of the other stuff we've listened to but fun to have on

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

Quite good covers of various songs. Enjoyed.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

Surprisingly, a fun listen! I like that they caught our attention with famous tunes while ultimately showcasing the bongo focus of the album .

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Sun Nov 28 2021
4

It was cool, so interesting to listen. I never thought bongos could rock, but goddamn, they do, so so cool

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Mon Nov 29 2021
4

An absolute mainstay on the car stereo for years now. Never gets old, somehow.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

Mycket grooves, catchy, en riktig fröjd!

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

Groovy. A bit too many instruments that aren’t bongos though, just a bit of constructive criticism

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

Extremely groovy. The songs flow in to each other and create a very unique and well constructed whole.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
4

I know I've heard samples of songs on this album.

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

Great album!

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

Recognised a few of the tunes, and it was quite different to my usual listening habits so a nice change!

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Sat Jan 08 2022
4

Surprisingly good.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

A super significant album in the history of both hip-hop and drum and bass. This album became something that it was never intended to be because of the desire to repackage existing music into new dance music. That alone would be enough to recommend this album as a historical document. However, the album kicks ass too. Well worth a listen

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Tue Jan 25 2022
4

I did not expect to like this album so much but it is a great album

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

All the beats are here. This was a really fun listen. Don’t think I had ever listened to this right through before, but recognised so many of the beats and breaks littered through the entire history of hip hop. Some of the instrumental sections - notably Last Bongo - sound of their time, but the beat is uplifting and forward-looking throughout. Kiburi, Pt 1 with its vocal section was a find for me. Incredible indeed.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

Down wit it. Def a m00d

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

This one was fun. Lots of cool bongo covers of different songs Favorite song: In A Gadda Da Vida

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

Fantastic and fun album! Loved anything with fun drums like this and that opening song I think was used as a sample for Jump On it? I don't know if that's the title but it sounded identical to Apache.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

Apache starts off the 💿 and I was waiting for Chicago to start singing! It reminded me of some of their songs . Lots of fun stuff, flute, bass bongo who can resist

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

Love the drums & bongos

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

Well, I know the first song - one of the first building blocks of hip hop! It's a really fun, danceable album. It's hard to say much more about 8 tracks of cinematic bongo funk!

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Mon Feb 14 2022
4

Lots of fun, especially Apache.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

Most of the samples from early to mid-90s hip hop come from here. I've never heard them in full, this is a disc I will easily buy and put on for background music. 4.5/5.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

Donkey Kong really knows how to bang those Bongos

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

this has got to be Spider dijon.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

Bongos !!

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

Really cool sounds. Was unexpected fun

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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

Saved Prior: None Off Rip: Apache, Last Bongo in Belgium, In A Gadda Da Vida, Bongo Rock Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: Look, this is an instrumental album by the "Incredible Bongo Band" entitled "Bongo Rock". This is not high art, nor should it be. This is fun. I dare you to not feel the groove at least a couple times on this album. If you're listening on Spotify only the first 8 songs were on the original release, so it doesn't even overstay its welcome. Let the bongos play. Low 4.

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Sat Mar 05 2022
4

Bongos! (obviously lol). All instrumental. Fun album.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

A little bit surf rock, a little bit glam rock, a little bit jazzy, a lotta bit funky and so many bongos! More than a few of these songs reminded me of stuff you'd hear in a Quentin Tarantino movie. Listening to it straight through would be a lot but it feels more like a compilation of hits than a true front-to-back album. I love the covers of rock songs too. And man, those drum solos! How many drummers did they have? Really fun stuff.

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

Much better than what I thought it might sound like.

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Sat Mar 12 2022
4

Very fun funky album. The guitar riffs, the bongos, the saxes - amazing.

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Tue Mar 15 2022
4

fand ich sau cool, einige Klassiker dabei und overall sehr kurzweilig, vor allem natürlich Apache das ultimative sample

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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Apache, Satisfaction

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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

Every hip hop track in the 80s and 90s owes an eternal gratitude to these funky drum breaks. Must have been a hell of party to record this!

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Tue Apr 05 2022
4

bongos good, unbongos not so much

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Tue Apr 05 2022
4

They’re the kings of bongo baby.

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Sat Apr 09 2022
4

Pretty solid bongo album. I dare say the best bongo album out there in my eyes.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
4

4/20/2022 😉 Today's Album: "Bongo Rock" by Incredible Bongo Band - This is a really great album. It is essentially a cover album (with maybe a few original tracks) with an emphasis on bongos and the genre of rock. The tracks are all instrumental and it gives the record a big-band sort of feel, with a lot of horns and guitars joining in on the foundation of bongos. I think I like it most when they're covering a song I know fairly well, like the intro song Apache (cover of do the hustle), Sing Sing Sing, Satisfaction, and Wipeout. They bring a lot of new flavor to these songs with the aforementioned instrumentation. Apache really is the best song on this album. The horn melodies are just so beautiful and it sounds so funky and cool. The song Pipeline is one that I am not sure whether or not it's a cover, but it is a really good representation of the incredible groove this group is able to pull off, and although no track meets the initial high of Apache, a lot of them sound fantastic with a filled out mix and crisp production. I definitely could not call any of these songs bad and the long list of highlights is a testament to that. Aside from that, there isn't much else to say about this album. If you like rock instrumentals with a bongo focus that almost toes the line of jazz fusion, give this one a listen. It kept my attention through a vast amount of it and some moments were extremely impressive. It's just a bunch of great instrumental tracks done to near perfection. Score: 8/10 Fantastic instrumental tracks Highlights: Apache, Bongolia, Last Bongo in Belgium, In A Gadda Da Vida, Bongo Rock, Satisfaction, Wipeout, Pipeline, Okey Dokey, Sharp Nine

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Sun Apr 24 2022
4

Hot damn, I enjoyed that a lot more than I was expecting to! That In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida cover hits better than the original! This gives you all the groovy rocking 70s energy you need to pump up the day. It’s fun, I’m a fan.

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Mon Apr 25 2022
4

I liked this much more than I expected

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Thu May 19 2022
4

The whole story behind this group and the fact that it was formed for a soundtrack fascinated me. The few songs "Apache" & "Last Bongo In Belgium" are so noteworthy as they are sampled on pretty well-known pieces. Jim Gordon was involved? Derek & The Dominoes' Jim Gordon? Oh, wow! "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" I liked, but having it be instrumental felt a bit too cheesy. The original Iron Butterfly version is cheesy enough. The CD has a lot of bonus tracks on it. The original album, just the 8 tracks, I rate higher than with the bonus stuff. I did not like what they particularly did with "Wipeout" or "Satisfaction", for example. "WipeOut" sounded like the batteries on the player were slowing down as they were playing. By the time I was on the bonus tracks I felt they were scraping the bottom of the barrel. I liked this album quite a bit, but there's just... something off about it. I can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe it's all the covers. It reminds me a bit of the whole "Hooked On Classics" / "Up With People" thing. It feels too.... white? Sterile? It seems that way in particular with the bonus tracks. So it was good, and I may get it at some point, but it wasn't mind-blowing.

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Thu May 19 2022
4

fun, bongotastic, depends on how much bongo you want in your day. some days that will be nil, other days you might want 20 minutes or so

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Sat May 21 2022
4

They sure are incredible based on this album. Very glad they didn’t just make the whole album all bongos all the time but just kept them a prominent feature more than anything

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Mon May 23 2022
4

This was a fun funky fee number. With bongos.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
4

its a bunch of well known songs played on bongos XDD not that bad lol. i thought it was gonna be much worse tbh

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Sat Jun 25 2022
4

First is worth and famous

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Mon Jul 04 2022
4

A sweet idea for a novelty album, boasted by its 70s era earnest corniness. The song they sampled in that one Fresh Prince episode is on here so that rocks. This would be rated much higher if everything on Side B wasn't so mid! Side A slaps hard, though.

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Mon Jul 04 2022
4

Muy bueno

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Mon Jul 11 2022
4

Really cool funky album with some fusion elements.

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Tue Jul 12 2022
4

This was a surprise find. Loved the beat although I thought I wont like it much

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

Has more of an Ocean's Twelve feel than I expected, and I am here for all of it. An overall joy.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

I like this way more than I thought I would

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

Solid for its genre

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Tue Jul 26 2022
4

I knew Apache cause I've heard it in a lot of things - just didn't know where it was from Bongolia my favorite Overall so good, made me feel like I was on a remote island

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Fri Jul 29 2022
4

Awesome album

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Fri Aug 05 2022
4

Fun and unique. Great cocktail music

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

Hah, quite the fun listen! I've heard this version of "Apache" countless times but didn't really know where it originated, so it's good to get some context. I definitely want to check out the tabla tribute to this album, heh. Fave track - "Apache", obvs, but also their version of "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" is great, and "Okey Dokey" is another song that's used loads and it's good to pin to down its origin....

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Tue Aug 09 2022
4

Bongo FURY.

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Sat Aug 13 2022
4

Kinda bizarre that this is on this list, but whatever. Loved it

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

This was much more enjoyable than expected, apache is a certified banger. For sure going to listen again, not quiet sure I can explain why but can't justify giving this a 5 so it's a solid 4

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Tue Aug 23 2022
4

Clearly an influence. Timeless.

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Sat Aug 27 2022
4

Very cool and catchy. Enjoyed the whole album. Didn’t leave me wanting more tho.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

Bong-er l'album !

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Tue Sep 27 2022
4

Very fun album. I particularly enjoyed Dueling Bongos

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

I am not sure how to evaluate this one. As a stand alone album it is OK. However, the influence on hip-hop, and the direct use of samples, makes it incredibly influential. Not quite a novelty album, but close. Also worth pointing out that Perry Botkin, Jr., a major contributor, also wrote Nadia's Theme (really the theme from The Young and the Restless), which was huge in the 70s. The influential aspect wins me over.

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Tue Oct 11 2022
4

Very interesting and fun. Great background music.

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Sat Oct 15 2022
4

Go off, Bongo King 👑

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Tue Oct 18 2022
4

Very cool. Chill jazzy bongo vibes

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

Super-fun album!

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Sun Oct 23 2022
4

I never thought I'd like this album as much as I did based off the name.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
4

Well this was just fun! Like listening to the soundtrack of B movies from the 70s - I mean this as a positive. Lively, upbeat, bongo-centric 70s jazzy musak - what's not to love? Seriously, I would listen to this again, it would be great party music, I love the vibe.

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Sat Nov 05 2022
4

4.5

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Mon Nov 07 2022
4

Bongos! As the name suggests, it's an Incredible Bong Band, with an album full of kind of cinematic music, like taken from 70s action movies. Bongos are really prominent throughout the album, but surprisingly not always at the forefront - sometimes, like in the song "Apache", they just set up the mood and work as a simple drum beat, whereas the orchestral instruments take all the cake, creating a really fun and catchy song, definitely a highlight of the album. Bongo Rock is an instrumental record, which also work well, leaving a lot of space for the incredible bongos to put influence on the songs. Simply - it's a very fun album, good for a quirky change of mood during a party, to uplift and wake up everyone. Is it good enough for the list of "must listen to" albums, though? I guess 1000 albums is a lot, so they have to fill it with something, unfortunately The Beatles didn't record 1000 LPs, otherwise it would be easy job.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
4

Really cool to listen to.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

Surprisingly enjoyable to listen to. Liked Apache the most. Didn’t think I’d like the bongos so much!

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Mon Nov 14 2022
4

hoooooly shit

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Fri Jul 02 2021
3

Apache is a cool track, but besides this not my favorite kind. More like OST music.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
3

Funky

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Fri Jul 09 2021
3

surprisingly catchy

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Wed Jun 23 2021
3

Now I know where all the Beastie Boys got all those samples from.

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Sun Jul 11 2021
3

Not bad and quite interesting.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
3

Od czasow incredible string banda i ich przepieknej corki wisielca nie bylo jeszcze tak orginalnej nazwy bandy, dodatkowo tytul plyty rowniez na poziomie, bo bongo rock, co to w ogole ma byc za zart z listy topowych albumikow przyszlo mi na mysl, a juz w pierwszych sekundach odpalenia apache, czyli otwierajacego utworu widzialem, ze juz go skads znam, murzynskie zmysly zareagowaly natychmiast, tylko ciezko bylo im przypisac sampel tych bongosow do konkretnego tytulu, przyczyna tego stanu rzeczy wyjasnila sie w mgnieniu oka po sprawdzeniu whosampledit gdzie widnieje info, ze kawalek byl zasamplowany w ponad 700 kawalkach, ktore ktos dodal, pytanie ile nie zostalo jeszcze dodane, co daje najwyzszy wynik jaki widzialem w swym krotkim zyciu, wiec mozna powiedziec, ze natrafilem na skarbnice murzynskiego rzemiosla samplowego, pytanie dlaczego akurat ten album, ten kawalek, odpowiedz jest juz w samym tytule i nazwie bandy, bongosy, drumy, kongi, takie afrykanskie bebny wywodzace sie z kuby, detki, plus pomysl na to co z nimi zrobic, sama idea albumu to soundtrack do filmu klasy b the thing with two heads, ktory dzisiaj jest znany wlasnie z powodu ostka jaki jest w nim zawarty, sam banda jest banda tylko z nazwy i za projektem mozna znalezc tylko jedno nazwisko michaela vinera, ktory byl pomyslodawca przedsiewziecia, majacego na celu wykorzystanie muzykow studyjnych ktorzy akurat beda pod reka i stworzenie czegos na potrzeby filmu, w wyniku takiego jamowania powstal skarbiec sampelkowy funkowo rokowych beatow, nagranych 8 trakow, to chyba w wiekszosci instrumentalne covery kanonow muzyki okolo rokowej ktore daja 33 minuty czasu nagraniowego, chociaz spotifajowa wersja to godzina 18 minut z dodatkowymi trakami i miksami z orginalnego krazka, chyba jeszcze nie bylo w zestawieniu tak randomowego kawalka jesli chodzi o jego geneze, bo nagrywajac covery na potrzeby filmu stworzyc plyte ktora stanie sie kilka lat pozniej jednym z kamieni wegielnych nowego gatunku muzycznego, to niesamowita historia, co do dzwieku samej plyty to najlepsze w niej jest odkrywanie elementow juz gdzies wykorzystanych, bo sa one tak charakterystyczne, ze az dziwnie brzmia jako orginalna czesc traka, w odsluchu przeszkadza najbardziej jakosc masteringu tej plyty, bo jednak rockowe picki rozpuszczaja uszczy czlowieka, jesli chodzi o poziom na jakim jest utrzymana produkcja, tutaj natomiast slychac bardzo dobrze roznice pomiedzy albumem za ktorym stoi szereg inzynierow od materialu nagrywanego po macoszemu w katach studia po godzniach, jednoczesnie nadal ma swoj orginalny klimat i brzmienie ktore kojarzy kazdy fan old skulowego rapu, na plejaka wrzucam najbardziej rozpoznawalny trak, jednoczesnie singiel dzieki ktoremu w ogole plyta zostala nagrana, wiec otwierajacy apatche, dodatkowo plejlista funkowa powiekszy sie o trak bongolia oraz last bongo in belgium

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Fri Jul 30 2021
3

I mean, it's a head-bobbing, bongo-rich album of instrumental dance tracks. It does what it says on the tin. Apache is notable for being extremely heavily sampled in hip-hop.

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Mon Aug 09 2021
3

For some reason, Bongo Rock made me think of Fraggle Rock, a wonderful show from long ago with Jim Henson’s muppets. There were Fraggles, Doozers, Gorgs, and Silly Creatures. The Doozers build, mostly scaffolding out of ground up radishes. Why? Because “architecture is meant to be enjoyed.” By enjoyed, they mean eaten by the Fraggles because that’s what Fraggles spend a lot of time doing. The Gorgs are the farmers and don’t like their radishes being taken. The Silly Creatures are humans. Henson described the Fraggle Rock series as "a high-energy, raucous musical romp. It's a lot of silliness. It's wonderful." That pretty much sums up my take on Bongo Rock, except I liked Fraggle Rock more. I liked the fresh approach on this album and I’d listen to this album again, but I would not seek it out myself.

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Mon Aug 09 2021
3

Hey, I recognize that riff! And that one! There’s a lot of fun to be had with this album. The rhythms are infectious, the music is brassy & fun. I’d probably rather hear this version of In a Gadda da Vida than the original, and I loved the take on Sing Sing Sing. Some of the other covers (Satisfaction & Wipeout, particularly) were somewhat anemic. I expected the solos in Wipeout to blow me away, but instead they were somewhat pedestrian compared to the more energized tracks. As a whole, the album is a bit of a lark, but I ain’t mad at it one bit.

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Mon Aug 09 2021
3

Ohhhh! It's the sample from "Jump on it!" And the history of sampling "Apache" and that beat's influence on early hip-hop, is pretty deep and interesting. It was cool to check out the doc "Sample This" on Netflix, not least because of the revelation that Gene Simmons has an amazing voice for documentary narration, but also to find out the fascinating connections the Incredible Bongo Band has to the RFK campaign and Charles Manson. So, neat, that gives it a kind of legacy and importance in music history. Other than that, this album is a lot of covers (including "Apache" - not originally theirs) and a lot of drums. Some good/interesting guitar work, a lot of sometimes good sometimes meh organ. But between the "Apache" sample, hearing a familiar tune and going "that sounds like... oh, yeah it's...," and looking down at the name of track 3 as it came on and laughing out loud that they named a song "Bongolia," this was enjoyable enough, if not something I'd seek out again.

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Tue Aug 17 2021
3

Bongoriffic. Let's be honest, this record is all about the breaks which went on to fuel the entire hip-hop genre and then some, the most famous of which appears on 'Apache'. The rest of the album, while not necessarily essential unless you’re a beat maker or sampler is still fun and funky.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
3

dig the bongos

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Sat Aug 21 2021
3

Some is kind of nice, but some of it is a bit meh. Feels like it could be nice for a TV show/movie soundtrack. I was wanting some vocals.

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Sat Aug 21 2021
3

Oh man samples galore. I sometimes listen to playlists that are all sources of hip hop samples. This seems to be a treasure trove. One helluva novelty record.

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Sat Aug 28 2021
3

It’s got bongos alright. And it sure does rock. A very interesting record that I’m surprised I found as long ago as I did, and from a hip hop perspective a very historical one at that. Most of the songs are entertaining enough, and even in the Gadda da vida pulls out some stops.. but essential? Ehhhhh. Just listen to Apache, be amazed, and call it good. If you like funk and hip hop tho, this album is a verified surf-funk-rock beat farm.

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Sun Sep 12 2021
3

This seems a lot like a set of novelty covers, but it's slick enough to skate by. Turning it up reveals a lot of depth in the percussion parts, which I suppose should make sense based on name alone. The amount of organ is tastefully beneficial.

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Tue Sep 14 2021
3

Fun, fun fun! Pretty kitsch. Super rhythms. Probably wouldn't listen to again, but enjoyed listening.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
3

It's interesting that this novelty album would make it onto this list because the drum break (s) got sampled so much. I first heard Apache on a Fatboy Slim DJ in the 90s. I subsequently Napstered it and used it for spinning classes. The rest of the LP I’m luke warm about – it’s okay to throw on in the background when you have guests over. The version of In-a-godda-divida is catchy and quite bearable compared to the original.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
3

Fun, cheesy, schmaltzy, boring - and altogether quite accomplished, this album is all of these things at different moments. Some of the material here isn't bad at all - that's a hot version of 'Apache', a very decent accounting of 'In A Gadda Da Vida', and 'Bongo Rock' has rolls along nicely. The kind of music that late night radio hosts use in their intro beds. The kind of music you can picture the Gold Digger Dancers high-kicking their way through on a Paul Lynde TV special. It's no 'Night On Disco Mountain', but what is?

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Tue Sep 21 2021
3

Bongo

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Sat Sep 25 2021
3

This album has a track called Dueling Banjos followed by a bongo-trumpet-sax cover of In A Gadda Da Vida. It's all played straight, with no sense of irony. Apparently a bunch of studio musicians got together and made a bongo album for fun [citation needed, I guess?], and then the hip hop world got wind of it and mined it for samples. The music actually wasn't bad, and I'm almost mad about that, because it would have been easier to dunk on it. Instead, I'm just wondering why anybody would need to listen to it 48 years later. What a baffling album. Best track: Apache

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Sat Sep 25 2021
3

Not at all what I was expecting! While there's still some cheesy arrangements here and there, this LP takes its premise to the extreme and doesn't let up. Bongos forever y'all

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Mon Oct 04 2021
3

either genius or terrible and I can't figure out which...so going to have to split the difference.

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Tue Oct 19 2021
3

Новшество есть, на сегодня не прикололо

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Fri Oct 22 2021
3

Needs more bongo

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Thu Oct 28 2021
3

Good if you like Bongos?

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Wed Nov 03 2021
3

So, this is pretty cool, eh? Had never heard of this band. I'm definitely going to keep this in mind for instances when upbeat and funky instrumental music is needed. I just kept thinking while listening that this would be a) good music for a backyard BBQ and b) good music for a Quentin Tarantino film. Wherein a skinny, attractive female lead brutally murders >100 people.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
3

It's like all your favourite songs but with like, bongos, man

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Thu Nov 04 2021
3

This is kind of fun, although musically it comes off as rather corny/dated. Bongos are tight though. I don't see myself coming back to this. But it was worth it to hear "Apache," which was pretty great. I've got to say, I'm more impressed with the artists who were able to mine these songs for some excellent samples over the years. Fave Songs: Apache, Dueling Bongos, In a Gadda Da Vida, Let There Be Drums

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Sat Nov 06 2021
3

Once again an album that's very different from what I would usually listen to, but on the whole a good experience. I was unsure whether to give this 3 or 4 stars, but then the second to last track Raunchy was so bad, that I'm rounding down to 3.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
3

Not the most original of albums, but there’s nothing wrong with adding bongos to familiar tracks!

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Thu Nov 11 2021
3

Rock songs done on funky bongos. Yeah.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

giving it a 3 just for the sample

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

This kinda feels like a novelty album, so I feel like that limits it’s score, still can’t say I didn’t dig the song selection, in a Gaada da vida brought it and of course Apache has been immortalized now as “jump on it”

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Mon Nov 22 2021
3

Great rhythms. Dig the Polly rhythms. But I don't get why this is something I should hear before I die. I don't know that it was fundamental in changing the music world and it certainly is full of classics. It's just covers with bongos. It's not that I didn't enjoy listening to it, but wouldn't have felt robbed if I died and hadn't heard it.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
3

Was not bad but not my style and a bit too much background music style to be outstanding

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Wed Nov 24 2021
3

Surprisingly not too bad

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Fri Nov 26 2021
3

That is a lot of drums

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Mon Nov 29 2021
3

Surprisingly good for what is essentially a joke album. Not gonna put it on always by any means, but I could bop to it while it is on.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
3

Funk, Big Band Kram. Hauptsächlich Covers anderer Bands. Viel Surf.

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Tue Dec 14 2021
3

Muy bueno!

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