Mongo's Greatest Hits

Mongo's Greatest Hits

by Mongo Santamaría
     
 
This is a excellent single-disc sampler of what Mongo Santamaria was like before "Watermelon Man" catapulted him into the charts. Some of the Fantasy tracks sound like the musicians were just off the boat from Havana, and are a bit primitive in contrast to the brassy Santamaria of the mid- to late '60s, but they have overwhelming charm. The revered "Afro-Blue" can be

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This is a excellent single-disc sampler of what Mongo Santamaria was like before "Watermelon Man" catapulted him into the charts. Some of the Fantasy tracks sound like the musicians were just off the boat from Havana, and are a bit primitive in contrast to the brassy Santamaria of the mid- to late '60s, but they have overwhelming charm. The revered "Afro-Blue" can be heard in its original, spooky, stripped-down form, and it would be hard for anyone to resist the voodoo spell that the ten-plus minute "Mazacote" conveys. Besides Santamaria himself, included among the world-class percussionists on this record are Willie Bobo and Armando Peraza. The CD version adds four tracks, including "Watermelon Man" from the Battle/Riverside period and an alternate take of "Para Ti."

Product Details

Release Date:
06/30/1995
Label:
Fantasy
UPC:
0025218243520
catalogNumber:
24735
Rank:
16525

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mongo Santamaría   Primary Artist,Percussion,Conga
Armando Peraza   Percussion,Bongos,Conga
Niño Rivera   Tres
Francisco Aguabella   Conga
Willie Bobo   Timbales
Rudy Calzado   Vocals
João Donato   Piano
Modesto Duran   Conga
Rolando Lozano   Flute
Carlos Vidal   Percussion,Conga
Chombo Silva   Tenor Saxophone
Rudy Calizado   Vocals
Felix "Pupi" Legarreta   Violin
Jose Chombo Silva   Tenor Saxophone
Willie 3030   Timbales
Carlos Yidal   Percussion,Conga

Technical Credits

José Luis Cortés   Producer
Phil Carroll   Art Direction
Jim Easton   Engineer
José Fernando Cortés   Producer

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