Mestizo

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Culturally, mestizos are folks of mixed Latin and Indian heritage who live along the U.S./Mexico borderlands; Filipino-born Joe Bataan felt enough of that same duality to name his record label Salsoul salsa plus soul, see and to name his late-'70s backing group his Mestizo Band. A retitled reissue of 1980's Mestizo, with no bonus tracks and most of the songs edited into lengthy suites, Joe Bataan and His Mestizo Band is primarily a late-era disco record, with only minimal Latin accents on songs like the by-the-numbers opener, "Mestizo." However, by 1980, Bataan was susssed enough to tell not only that disco was dying, but that something new was taking its place: the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Culturally, mestizos are folks of mixed Latin and Indian heritage who live along the U.S./Mexico borderlands; Filipino-born Joe Bataan felt enough of that same duality to name his record label Salsoul salsa plus soul, see and to name his late-'70s backing group his Mestizo Band. A retitled reissue of 1980's Mestizo, with no bonus tracks and most of the songs edited into lengthy suites, Joe Bataan and His Mestizo Band is primarily a late-era disco record, with only minimal Latin accents on songs like the by-the-numbers opener, "Mestizo." However, by 1980, Bataan was susssed enough to tell not only that disco was dying, but that something new was taking its place: the single "Rap-O Clap-O" was one of the first examples of R&B glomming onto the new sound, a pale rewrite of "Rapper's Delight" that today sounds oddly charming in how naff it is, and that sense of not-quite-rightness is enhanced later in the song's rather pointless reiteration "Rap-O Dance-O," which simply boosts the bass and wah-wah guitar a little louder than the vocals. Still, none of this compares to the album's monumentally odd high point, "I See Your Hiney," which has both the album's most attractive beat and a chorus that warrants quoting in full: "I see your hiney/It's black and shiny/If you don't hide it/I'm gonna bite it." Only during the disco era, folks.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/3/2005
  • Label: Salsoul Records
  • UPC: 742827105321
  • Catalog Number: 1053

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Bataan Primary Artist, Percussion, Piano, Background Vocals
Leon Bryant Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Francisco Centeno Bass
Gordon Edwards Bass
Frank Owens Piano, Keyboards
Allan Schwartzberg Drums
Jimmy Young Drums, Syndrum
Technical Credits
Leon Bryant Composer
Joe Bataan Composer, Executive Producer
Marty Sheller Arranger, Composer
Joe Arlotta Engineer
Joe Lopes Engineer
Pat Martin Engineer
Tom Coyne Mastering
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