Mongo Santamaria's Greatest Hits

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Some would say the title of this package is deceptive, as it only covers his mid- to late-'60s period with Columbia and should not be confused with other Mongo Santamaria releases with similar titles covering different eras, such as Fantasy's. Furthermore, some would also say that it's not representative of Santamaria's best work, or that representative of Santamaria at all, since it's largely devoted to some of his most pop-oriented material. That's the purist stance, anyway. Because actually, this disc is for the most part a gas, even if it is not among the more Latin-esque or jazzy of his recordings. His Columbia stint saw the influence of soul become ascendant ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Some would say the title of this package is deceptive, as it only covers his mid- to late-'60s period with Columbia and should not be confused with other Mongo Santamaria releases with similar titles covering different eras, such as Fantasy's. Furthermore, some would also say that it's not representative of Santamaria's best work, or that representative of Santamaria at all, since it's largely devoted to some of his most pop-oriented material. That's the purist stance, anyway. Because actually, this disc is for the most part a gas, even if it is not among the more Latin-esque or jazzy of his recordings. His Columbia stint saw the influence of soul become ascendant upon his studio output and indeed, many of the tunes here are soul covers: "Cloud Nine," "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay," "Twenty-Five Miles," "Cold Sweat," and "Green Onions." Being commercial, however -- and this was an attempt by Santamaria and Columbia to be commercial, as both Santamaria and producer David Rubinson state in the liner notes -- does not always lead to bad music. Sometimes, indeed, it leads to pretty good music. And the 1964-1969 cuts on this disc are cool, often smokin' boogaloo, that mixture of Latin, jazz, soul, and pop that briefly became in vogue during the '60s. If Mongo and his large bands were disenchanted with this direction, it certainly doesn't show at all in the performances, which have an irresistible verve, whether on tailored-for-Santamaria compositions like "Fatback" or shopworn material like "La Bamba."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074640106026
  • Catalog Number: 1060

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Watermelon Man (3:15)
  2. 2 Cloud Nine (5:45)
  3. 3 Sitting on the Dock of the Bay (3:16)
  4. 4 We Got Latin Soul (3:03)
  5. 5 Fatback (3:16)
  6. 6 Twenty-Five Miles (2:22)
  7. 7 Cold Sweat (7:53)
  8. 8 Green Onions (4:55)
  9. 9 The Now Generation (3:13)
  10. 10 La Bamba (3:56)
  11. 11 El Pussycat (2:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mongo Santamaría Primary Artist, Percussion, Bongos, Conga
Wayne Henderson Trombone
Sandra Crouch Tambourine
Hadley Caliman Tenor Saxophone
Sonny Fortune Flute, Reeds, Alto Saxophone, Soloist
Hubert Laws Flute, Reeds, Piccolo, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Luis Gasca Trumpet, Soloist
Marty Sheller Trumpet, Conductor
William Allen Bass
Steve Berrios Timbales, Latin Percussion
Julio Collazo Latin Percussion
Joe Farrell Tenor Saxophone
Hungria Garcia Drums, Timbales
Rodgers Grant Piano
Arthur Kaplan Baritone Saxophone
Raymond Maldonado Trumpet, Latin Percussion
Bobby Porcelli Flute, Saxophone
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Mauricio Smith Flute, Saxophone
Victor Venegas Bass
Charlie Owens Tenor Saxophone
Osvaldo Martinez Latin Percussion
Fred Hill Trumpet
Cuco Martinez Percussion
Bobby Capers Flute, Reeds, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Technical Credits
James Brown Composer
Steve Cropper Composer
Otis Redding Composer
Edwin Starr Composer
Valerie Capers Arranger, Composer
Herbie Hancock Arranger, Composer
Hubert Laws Arranger
Pee Wee Ellis Composer
Barrett Strong Composer
Marty Sheller Arranger
William Allen Arranger, Composer
Bert Berns Composer
Johnny Bristol Composer
Harvey Fuqua Composer
Rodgers Grant Arranger
Billy Jackson Producer
Booker T. Jones Composer
Robert Mersey Producer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
David Rubinson Producer
Mongo Santamaría Contributor
Lewis Steinberg Composer
Ritchie Valens Composer
Norman Whitfield Composer
Al Jackson Jr. Composer
Arlester "Dyke" Christian Composer
Warren Vincent Producer
Fred Binkley Liner Notes
Howard Fritzon Art Direction
Gerald Wexler Composer
Bobby Capers Arranger, Composer
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