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Bongo Rock

Incredible Bongo Band

1973

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Bongo Rock

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3.33

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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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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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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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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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5

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

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I like bongos, but not that much

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5

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Well... this exists.

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

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

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“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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Flame

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

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It was way to fun to listen to

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

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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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10/10 Would vibe again.

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Very solid

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5

Really liked this one!

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

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5

Amazing.

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:kneel:

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5

Absolute great stuff

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5

What an incredible bongo band

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5

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

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Como não amar?!

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

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4 stars

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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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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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4

The songs were good however some were not as enjoyable.

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Love bongo

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4

A definite vinyl purchase. Wonderful stuff.

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

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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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funky.

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Woah

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Escuché ahí un sampleo muy chido de Beastie Boys.

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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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Lekker origineel en best leuke muziek

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

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unique quirky sound, I liked it.

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Great for movie soundtracks

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Bongo

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

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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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Super enjoyable and fun.

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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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Quite good covers of various songs. Enjoyed.

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

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

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Mycket grooves, catchy, en riktig fröjd!

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

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

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

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Great album!

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

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Surprisingly good.

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

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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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Down wit it. Def a m00d

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

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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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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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Love the drums & bongos

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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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4

Lots of fun, especially Apache.

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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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Donkey Kong really knows how to bang those Bongos

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this has got to be Spider dijon.

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Bongos !!

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Really cool sounds. Was unexpected fun

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

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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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Much better than what I thought it might sound like.

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

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

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Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Apache, Satisfaction

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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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bongos good, unbongos not so much

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They’re the kings of bongo baby.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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This was a fun funky fee number. With bongos.

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

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Funky

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surprisingly catchy

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

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Not bad and quite interesting.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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dig the bongos

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

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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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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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Bongo

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

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Новшество есть, на сегодня не прикололо

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Needs more bongo

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Good if you like Bongos?

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

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

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Rock songs done on funky bongos. Yeah.

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giving it a 3 just for the sample

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

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Surprisingly not too bad

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That is a lot of drums

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

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Muy bueno!

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Even as a drummer, I found this too much drums - not by much, but just a wee bit too much. Enjoyed it a bit, and spotting samples that were used elsewhere was great fun.

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De pogga nog

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The Incredible Bongo Band are exactly what they sound like - an incredible band of various drum players. They were coalesced to create an instrumental soundtrack and they chose to make it funky by using mostly drums. The band's first album was Bongo Rock which contained a lot of different covers of songs, all performed with drums. This album became very popular in the hip-hop genre because artists would use these bongo drum songs as samples in their own music. It's an interesting album and a lot of fun to listen to if you enjoy drums!

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I was a little surprised that I had the thought listening to this, "where are the drums." There's something really weird in the mixing that makes them seem hidden, when weren't they supposed to be the point of the band? Anyway, it did come out in "Dueling Bongos" and I really liked the way that "Satisfaction" Sounded.

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Bongos!

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

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Some stunning musicianship on offer here. Not an album I'd specifically seek out to listen to again in its entirety, bit plenty of individual tracks have been added to my Spotify playlists.

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They sure do like bongos.

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started cool, interesting how often it's sampled, but drug on.

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Thought it would just be bongos. Listened all the way thru. Great guitar riffs. I'd listen again someday.

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3.0 - I'm not enough of a hip hop-head to appreciate this album's obvious impact on DJing, breakbeats, etc. Apparently this album started as a soundtrack project for a 70s B-Film, and that's exactly the vibe I'm getting. Car chases, foxy women, afros, flared pants, etc. It's solid background music but I'm not feeling anything beyond nostalgia for Saturday afternoon TV movies.

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Fun but not really that substantial.

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Whoa, another quirky choice! I'm so glad this wasn't clickbait, it's actually a rock album centered around bongos. Of course we all know and love "Apache," famously sampled and flipped into a hip hop/dance staple. It's heralded as the "national anthem of hip hop," which is crazy because I just know these guys wouldn't have expected that kind of legacy. I didn't know the lore behind that track--though this version is the most famous and heavily sampled, it's a cover. There's a '60s version by a group called The Shadows that's definitely worth a listen. As a matter of fact, most of this album is covers. Beyond Apache, there are some other great tracks on here too. This is a gimmick done right, I enjoyed it. Favorite tracks: Apache, Bongolia, Dueling Bongos, Okey Dokey. Album art: Very simple, gets the point across with no confusion. Again, not clickbait, and I appreciate that. Nothing too special but it fits. 3.5/5

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Enjoyed this more than I thought I would.

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This was interesting. Not entirely my cup of tea but I liked it more than I expected to.

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Beetje te lange plaat, maar gezien mijn voorliefde voor percussie en het feit dat ik graag in een drumband zou spelen 3 sterren.

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Beetje lang maar geheel niet onaardig.

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Actually quite enjoyed this, but there's only so long you can listen to bongos for.

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The bongos leave a lasting impression, like fingerprints on an abandoned handrail.

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On est dans le kitch!! Une curiosité , j'avais jamais écouté l'album original mais on a entendu ça dans plein d'affaires. Cool tones de bass, le flanger sué drums pis toute toi chose!😄 En avancant dans l'album j'appréhendais sing sing sing mais finalement c'était super cool ! Moins satisfaction pis wipeout mettons... Un jour dans un marché au puce je saurai trouver le LP🤞

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Just felt like a really random entry until I did some research. Basically '70s TV show theme songs and covers with bongos, but there's a lot of talent in it, and it seems to be one of the most sampled albums ever, starting with Apache. This was a fun listen.

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<Themeland Amusement Park, Stockton, California> Jeanine: Oh, no! I told them once, I told them a hundred times: put "Spinal Tap" first and "Puppet show" last. Derek: It's a morale builder, isn't it? Jeanine: We've got a big dressing room, though. David: What? Jeanine: Got a big dressing room here... David: Oh, we've got a bigger dressing room than the puppets? Oh, that's refreshing.. Viv: I've got some of this Mendocino Rocket Fuel, that's supposed to be really...... David: Can you play...excuse me, Viv, can you play a bassline, uh, like Nigel used to do on "Big Bottom", can you double that? You recall the lines in fifths? Viv: Oh, yeah. I've got two hands here, yeah I can do it. David: So, that's good, you can play that one. Derek: "Hole" is out, "Heavy" is out.... David: "Heavy-Hole" .... Derek: Right, right, right, right...."America" is out..... David: "America" we can't do, that's Nigel's tune, not my tune. Derek: We know, we know, we know, we know...That's a nice little set, isn't it, that's a cozy ten minutes. David: What are we going to do, we've got nothing to play here... Derek: I'll tell you what we're gonna have to do... David: What? Derek: Jazz odyssey! David: We're not going about to do a free-form jazz, uh, exploration in front of a festival crowd! --- Spinal Tap Mark II performs Jazz Odyssey --- ( in front of a festival "crowd" ) ... with bongos

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A super fun album!

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Ganz coole Sachen auf dem Album, aber “incredible” ist trotzdem ein Oversell.

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definitiv interessant und gut das sowas auch auf der liste ist. sonst hat mich das nicht sonderlich interessiert, ein paar tracks sind gut aber ich werde das in zukunft eher weniger hören

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It's an interesting listen, if tiring and overlong. The album opens with "Apache," which is such an influential and prominently sampled track, though nothing else quite matches it for the rest of the nearly 80-minute duration.

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Kind of ridiculous; not bad or anything, just...kind of ridiculous.

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Yep one of the most sampled beats of all time. Some good stuff on here but it get's old pretty quick.

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It’s weird that a sound more likely to evoke sun drenched California surf or Hawaiian beats turns out, thanks to Apache, to be synonymous with New York and that hip hop sound. That break, though… luxuriate in that percussion, the organ, the horns and be transported back to a time of break dancing, graffiti, mcing and djing. What a find that break was, what a time to be alive… In truth, this is little more then a goofy novelty record - no work of art here- but I guarantee it is one of the funnest albums in the list.

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It's just so looonnnngggg. There are a decent amount of cool songs/grooves here, but the album just goes on and on without a ton of variation. I enjoyed the overall sound though, since it made me feel like I was in a 70s cop movie. Cut out the duds and its a very cool album. 6/10

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Good funk, on a metric of bongos, there were many. Funny to find out here that one sports Anthem was "Apache". Favourites: "Apache", "Bongolia, "Last Bongo in Belgium"

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hip-hop samples

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I knew the first song really well which helped. After that I'd say it was good, but not amazing.

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Does more with a set of bongos than most bands achieve. Perhaps 3 tracks too long - but enough variety to take a listen on a long run...

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Pretty good, but of interest more as spot the sample than as an album to enjoy. The iron butterfly cover is sweet though

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So they play bongos uh? Nah this was actually very easy to like

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The bongos do kinda go crazy.

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Vraiment rock et le bongo complemente bien les chansons, cependnant, on dirait en album de reprise avec bongo, je n’ai pas verifie mais je crois que c’est ce qui amene beaucoup de musicalites a l’album. 3.75

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I think this is one of those albums that deserves to be on this 1,001 list for its originality even if it's not overly impressive. Like, "you gotta hear this album, it's got a ton of bongo in it." Glad I got the chance to hear it and could pass it on in the future. But it's just okay. After Bongolia (great intro), I thought Apache might have had the best bongo work. The drum solo from In A Gadda Da Vida was kind of cool with bongo as the primary. Last Bongo in Belgium was a letdown (other than the name, great tongue-in-cheek song title) - not enough percussion, other instruments got in the way and weren't great. Bongo Rock was pretty good but at times unbalanced and too heavy on other instruments. Dueling Bongos was also a bit of a letdown in the other direction - too much percussion. It was missing something; great idea, just not quite there in execution.

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eh

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FUNkier than expected

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Great instrumentation, kind of souless songs. It would've been better to listen to some of the albums where this is sampled

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sounds like background music from old cop shows from the 70s, that and old porno music

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Ööö, ok. Pahimmat pelkoni toteutuivat, ja levy on juuri sitä mitä nimi antoi odottaa. Tai Incrediblestä voi olla montaa mieltä. Voin suositella tätä levyä lämpimästi ihmisille, jotka nauttivat bongorumpujen läpsyttelystä/läpseestä. Valitettavasti itse en kuulu tähän joukkoon. Vaikea arvioida, koska tämä ei aivan tavoita 1* levyille ominaista absoluuttista paskuutta. Tässä ei toisaalta ole juurikaan elementtejä jotka nostaisivat arvosanan kakkoseksi. Ehkä letkeä karibianristeilyfiilis voidaan laskea plussaksi. Ärsyttää myös yllättävän vähän.

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Wel grappig, maar verveelt wel snel

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Better than expected. Starts off with a bang with Apache, this may be an interesting trip. In-a-gadda-da-vida may also actually be better than the original. However Satisfaction isn’t. Overall feeling groovy, more so than when I was listening to Simon & Garfunkel recently. Drags a bit by the end but a novel idea

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The bongos are a fun gimmick for a song or two but get tiring. I could see myself throwing a song from this into a playlist easily but I'm not sure how much I would want to listen to the entire album.

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meh... instrumental + covers... not great

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meh, too bongo for me

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Is it a novelty album? Maybe. It's done well, but I just don't see myself going back and listening to this one. I get that it's included because it's so heavily sampled, but it's not really for me. A couple of songs you say, hey, I know that one, or I know that beat, etc. But it's not really an album if you ask me.

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First listen. The songs are good, just not too sure if this is a must-listen-to album. I enjoyed it though. Standouts: In-a-Gadda-Da-Vita, Apache, Let There Be Drums I give it a strong: 2/5

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Yeah

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lotssssss of bongo

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Terrible yet great.

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Not very good

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I don't get it. Its a load of covers, but with bongos

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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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bingo bongo not for me apache little cool tho

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Apache hits and i think i'm going to groove and enjoy this album. I raised an eyebrow at InAGaddaDaVida, but i carried forward. But wow... it turns south after that... certainly by the time of satisfaction, wipeout and pipeline. Unnecessary.

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I want to say no. Just no. Never. It grows on you the way mold grows in a humid bathroom. It is slightly misleading in that there's a lot more than just bongos. But as we've learned, any band that has the label "Incredible", is, well, something.

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Just kinda boring.

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Good in small doses, but this is not an album I would ever want to listen to straight through. The first track, Apache, is actually on my current Spotify playlist (might need to let that one go now…) Over an hour of this music is waaaaay too much of a not that great thing. Yet another example of the list author’s inability to get this list right.

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It's just bongos??? There's some other instruments I guess, but yeah. It's too many bongos.

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Herkenbaar en op bepaalde momenten best goed te pruimen, maar werd me op den duur iets teveel trommels.

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Made virtually no impact on me

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Tedious.

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04/01/2022 Meh. Not bad, but not great by any means.

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I spent an hour and 20 minutes inside an elevator... Joking aside, I never realized this is there the sample to Beastie Boys "Looking Down the Barrel of the Gun" came from.

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Who composed this list anyway? I mean, I don't hate this album, but I could happily live my life without listening to it.

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Meh. "Apache" or not.

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The Velvet Underground: Sí. American Pie: Sí. Bongo Rock: No.

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1/5 it began well, in the end it became disturbing

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Alltof mikið bongó! Drepleiðinlegt til lengdar.

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Something of a one trick pony. The album gets off to an outstanding start with Apache - probably the most sampled beats over the past 40 years. The bongoes then get a little annoying. It goes bongo bonkers in the Satisfaction cover. Austin Powers without the irony.

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“Mainly covers of popular songs of the day characterized by the prominence of bongo drums, conga drums, rock drums and brass.” A thing I actually never needed to hear.

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ach ach, wat is dit nu weer..

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La pochette me laissait un peu perplexe. Ça m’inspirait une genre de compilation cheap avec des trucs d’artistes non-originaux (il y a toujours quelques disques comme ça dans les boites de vyniles des ventes de garage). Quand j’ai parti la re toune, je me suis dit « mmm, je connais ce son là ». Effectivement, c’est partout, surtout dans Looking down the barrel of a gun pour ma part. Au final, ça groove en sale, mais c’est pas super intéressant. On dirait qu’ils se sont dit en le faisant « Check ben ça, dans 10-15 ans, le monde va découper les beat pis faire autre chose avec. On va leur en donner pour leur argent ». Ça fait de bons scores de films policier à LA (pour sa battre en moustache).

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Pros: - nice music to do some chores to or have on. it gives you a groove to moove to. - "Apache" is the original version of Sugarhill Gang's song "Apache" and I had no idea. Amazing! Cons: Misc: I really wasn't expecting an album like this on here. It's very surprising! Overall, while I'm sure influential, I don't know if this album to me is a "must" listen to or a top album of all time, so I am going to rank it low.

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Why would I even listen to this?

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I do not like to bongos. No I very much do not.

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