Mongo Santamaria's Greatest Hits [Columbia Bonus Tracks]

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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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Editorial Reviews

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." The 2000 CD reissue's a big improvement on the original 1970 LP, adding five bonus tracks, including a live version of his famous "Afro Blue." The 1965 reading of "Watermelon Man," incidentally, that kicks off this comp is not the original hit rendition, but it's good just the same.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/4/2000
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 074646392027
  • Catalog Number: 63920
  • Sales rank: 79,858

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 Fat Back (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 Pussy Cat (2:43)
  12. 12 Mongo's Boogaloo (2:30)
  13. 13 Chili Beans (5:14)
  14. 14 Ah Ha (2:40)
  15. 15 I Wanna Know (2:47)
  16. 16 Afro Blue (10:25)
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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, Baritone Saxophone, Soloist
Hubert Laws Flute, Reeds, Piccolo, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Luis Gasca Trumpet, Soloist
Marty Sheller Trumpet, Conductor
William Allen Bass
Steve Berrios Timbales, Latin Percussion
Julio Collazo Percussion, Chant, Latin Percussion
Joe Farrell Tenor Saxophone
Carmelo Garcia Drums
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
Valerie Capers Arranger
Herbie Hancock Arranger
Hubert Laws Arranger
Marty Sheller Arranger
William Allen Arranger
Rodgers Grant Arranger
Billy Jackson Producer
Robert Mersey Producer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
David Rubinson Producer
Mongo Santamaría Contributor
Arlester "Dyke" Christian Composer
Warren Vincent Producer
Fred Binkley Liner Notes
Howard Fritzon Art Direction
Rachel Dicono Packaging Manager
Bobby Capers Arranger, Composer
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