Robby and Negro at the Third World War (La Timba No Es Como Ayer)

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
This album is billed as a collaboration between Lebanese drummer Robby Ameen and Cuban drummer Horacio el Negro Hernández, and while they do seem to be the leaders on this project, you can tell immediately that it's a Kip Hanrahan production. Hanrahan's exasperating mix of brilliant sound shaping and portentous self-importance is everywhere here, no more blatantly than on an utterly ill-advised Latin jazz remake of the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" with none other than Rubén Blades on lead vocal. Things do get better thereafter, though, with other guest appearances by Ann Guichard contributing rather cheesy spoken word French vocals on "Blue, Red & White" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
This album is billed as a collaboration between Lebanese drummer Robby Ameen and Cuban drummer Horacio el Negro Hernández, and while they do seem to be the leaders on this project, you can tell immediately that it's a Kip Hanrahan production. Hanrahan's exasperating mix of brilliant sound shaping and portentous self-importance is everywhere here, no more blatantly than on an utterly ill-advised Latin jazz remake of the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" with none other than Rubén Blades on lead vocal. Things do get better thereafter, though, with other guest appearances by Ann Guichard contributing rather cheesy spoken word French vocals on "Blue, Red & White" and Zap Mama frontwoman Marie Daulne on the very fun "La Timba Francesa". The album's lowest point comes on the boneheadedly obvious "We've Got the Fu*k" on which the chanted phrase "We've got the blues" is accompanied by a generic blues pattern, which then switches to a generic funk pattern over which the chant changes to "We've got the funk", and its finest moment is the "Producer's Mix" of "Hit This, Split This," which features brilliant and uncredited turntable work. Overall, not bad -- but it would be nice to hear what these guys would do without Hanrahan looking over their shoulders.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/5/2005
  • Label: American Clave
  • UPC: 692863058122
  • Catalog Number: 1031
  • Sales rank: 208,498

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Horacio "El Negro" Hernández Primary Artist, Percussion, Drums, Voices, Choir, Chorus, Claves, Coro, electronic percussion
Rubén Blades Vocals, Coro
Brian Lynch Trumpet
John Beasley Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Timpani, fender rhodes
Robby Ameen Percussion, Drums, Voices, Timpani
Marie Daulne Vocals
Essiet Essiet Bass
Richie Flores Conga
Bob Franceschini Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Lincoln Goines Bass
Fernando Saunders Choir, Chorus
Pedro Martinez Vocals, Coro
Hiroyuki Koike Violin
Rubén Rodríguez Bass
Tomio Yajima Cello
Luis Perdomo Piano
Charlie Torres Bass, Choir, Chorus
Yosvany Terry Saxophone
Xiomara Laugart Coro
Larry Baeder Guitar, Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Mick Jagger Composer
Kip Hanrahan Producer, Liner Notes
Robby Ameen Producer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Bob Franceschini Arranger, Horn Arrangements
Horacio "El Negro" Hernández Producer
Yosvany Terry Arranger
Dick Kondas Engineer
Yuichi Hibi Cover Photo
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