Album Review – Bongo Rock, The Incredible Bongo Band

Bongo Rock

I discovered this album while tracking down the original funk songs sampled by hip hop artists. I immediately fell in love with this compilation of tracks from the Incredible Bongo Band’s only two albums. Yeah its kitsch, tongue in cheek and deliberately a bit cheesy, but it’s also great fun… The Sugarhill Gang, Grandmaster Flash, Sir-Mix-A-Lot and Norman Cook knew the score!

I’ll take any excuse to drop the opening track, Apache, into a set and it’s mandatory for funk gigs. Frankly, you know when you find an outfit called “The Incredible Bongo Band” that they’re going to be great, and this album contains some awesome percussion. If you’re even slightly into the history of hip hop, funk or breaks then get this now. I challenge you to play this album and not smile!

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