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Drums Along the Hudson [Special Edition]
     

Drums Along the Hudson [Special Edition]

by The Bongos
 

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The Bongos were one of the most distinctive bands to come out of the briefly bustling Hoboken pop scene in the early '80s -- Richard Barone's songs were gloriously hooky, but also forcefully propulsive enough to live up to the group's name (aided immeasurably by Rob Norris' agile bass and Frank Giannini's precise drumming), and Barone's

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The Bongos were one of the most distinctive bands to come out of the briefly bustling Hoboken pop scene in the early '80s -- Richard Barone's songs were gloriously hooky, but also forcefully propulsive enough to live up to the group's name (aided immeasurably by Rob Norris' agile bass and Frank Giannini's precise drumming), and Barone's guitar work managed to be melodic and oblique at the same time, carrying the tune while allowing room for his own sonic interjections, which could be noisy or richly smooth at will. The Bongos were different enough from their contemporaries that Drums Along the Hudson has dated remarkable little since it was released in 1982, sounding less like "new wave" than a simply timeless example of smart, edgy pop. The joyous charge of the opening cut, "In the Congo," is pure glorious sugar rush, "The Bulrushes" is fraught with seductive mystery, "Three Wise Men" very nearly beats the Feelies at their own high-tension game, and "Glow in the Dark" is one of the most charmingly off-kilter love songs ever. (Norris' anti-television diatribe "Video Eyes" fares somewhat less well than the other tunes, but there's no arguing it's still timely.) Add in a T. Rex cover that's sensuous and almost funky and you get a minor masterpiece from the era of the skinny tie that's still bracing stuff today. [In 2007, Drums Along the Hudson was reissued in a remastered and expanded edition from Cooking Vinyl. The original 15-track album was fortified with the unreleased tune "Nuts and Bolts," two songs recorded at a London concert in 1981, and eight more tunes from a 1979 show in Dover, NJ. The disc closes out with a new recording of "In the Bulrushes" that finds the band collaborating with Moby; the idea is a bit more exciting than the execution, but it's a game performance of a fine song, and hopefully bodes well for the prospect more new Bongos music in the future.]

Product Details

Release Date:
06/12/2007
Label:
Cooking Vinyl
UPC:
0711297338928
catalogNumber:
389

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Performance Credits

Bongos   Primary Artist
Richard Barone   Guitar,Vocals
Chris Carter   electronics
Moby   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Juno,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Cosey Fanni Tutti   Cornet
Mark Abel   Acoustic Guitar
Genesis P-Orridge   Vocals,Background Vocals
Dennis Kelly   Synthesizer
Charlie Collins   Saxophone
Frank Giannini   Drums,Vocals
Rob Norris   Bass,Bass Guitar,Sitar,Vocals
Dee Pop   Roto Toms

Technical Credits

Moby   Producer,Audio Production
Bongos   Audio Production
Marc Bolan   Composer
Mark Abel   Producer,Audio Production
Michael Jay   Engineer
Don Sternecker   Engineer
Ken Thomas   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Jason Marcucci   Engineer,Audio Production
Diane Repp   Images

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