Willie Bobo's Finest Hour

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
There are compilations and there are compilations. Verve's Finest Hour series has, generally speaking, been consistent in producing collections with artists' best performances from the label -- with the possible exception of the Ramsey Lewis volume, which sucks. This set by Nuyorican percussion and arranging ace Willie Bobo is arguably the best collection of his work on the market. Virtually everything a fan would want on a single disc is here and, even more crucial, this is flawless as an introduction to Bobo's amazing contribution to Latin, popular, and jazz musics. Obvious cuts like "Grazing in the Grass" and "Fried Neck Bones and Some Home Fries" are here in their steamy...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
There are compilations and there are compilations. Verve's Finest Hour series has, generally speaking, been consistent in producing collections with artists' best performances from the label -- with the possible exception of the Ramsey Lewis volume, which sucks. This set by Nuyorican percussion and arranging ace Willie Bobo is arguably the best collection of his work on the market. Virtually everything a fan would want on a single disc is here and, even more crucial, this is flawless as an introduction to Bobo's amazing contribution to Latin, popular, and jazz musics. Obvious cuts like "Grazing in the Grass" and "Fried Neck Bones and Some Home Fries" are here in their steamy glory, as are his incomparable versions of "Knock on Wood" and "Walk Away Renee." Bobo's "It's Not Unusual" is a complete reinvention of the Mills/Reed classic commonly associated with Tom Jones. What comes across so forcefully on the Bobo collection is that his ideas about music were progressive to the point of being oversimplified by others; Bobo saw all music as pop music and treated it as such on his records. His wish to make corner-bending sides for his friends in Harlem actually translates to the entire American populace very well, so well in their directness and emotional honesty -- as well sweet-grooving simplicity -- that sophisticated statements on race and class are played out in his pop music. For those who don't give a damn about this kind of analysis, it's safe to say that this set -- all 18 tracks of it -- constitutes one hell of a driving, partying, dancing, or goofing record straight from the heart to the street corner. This is amazing stuff.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/2003
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602498072004
  • Catalog Number: 000060102
  • Sales rank: 294,917

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Grazing in the Grass (5:25)
  2. 2 It's Not Unusual (2:20)
  3. 3 Evil Ways (2:40)
  4. 4 Sham Time (5:49)
  5. 5 Sunny (2:46)
  6. 6 Quieres Volver (3:53)
  7. 7 Fried Neck Bones and Some Home Fries (3:03)
  8. 8 La Bamba (2:10)
  9. 9 One, Two, Three (1-2-3) (Uno, Dos, Tres) (2:40)
  10. 10 Psychedelic Blues (6:13)
  11. 11 Walk Away Renee (3:06)
  12. 12 Juicy (2:27)
  13. 13 Cute (1:54)
  14. 14 Dichoso (3:17)
  15. 15 Spanish Grease (2:48)
  16. 16 Come a Little Bit Closer (2:30)
  17. 17 Knock on Wood (2:42)
  18. 18 La Descarga del Bobo (5:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Willie Bobo Primary Artist, Percussion, Vocals
Phil Bodner Clarinet, Alto Flute, English Horn
Richard Davis Bass
Jimmy Owens Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Chuck Rainey Bass
Stan Webb Alto Flute
Frederick Waits Drums
Seymour Barab Cello
Don Sebesky Conductor
Lewis Eley Violin
Harry Glickman Violin
Sonny Henry Guitar
Jack Jennings Timpani, Mallets
Melvin Lastie Cornet
Charles Libove Violin
Jose Mangual Percussion
Victor Pantoja Percussion, Conga
Raoul Poliakin Violin
Max Pollikoff Violin
Bobby Rodriguez Bass
John "Dandy" Rodriguez Bongos, cowbell
Tosha Samaroff Violin
Alan Shulman Cello
Sylvan Shulman Violin
Carlos "Patato" Valdes Conga
Osvaldo Martinez Bongos, cowbell, gourd
Jon Hart Bass
Jim Phillips Bass
Kenny Rogers Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Felix Wilkins Flute
Bobby Brown Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Steve Cropper Composer
Eddie Floyd Composer
Eddie Harris Composer
Neal Hefti Composer
Bobby Hebb Composer
Michael Brown Composer
Willie Bobo Composer
Tommy Boyce Composer
Don Sebesky Arranger
Esmond Edwards Producer
Harry Elston Composer
Wes Farrell Composer
Bobby Hart Composer
Sonny Henry Composer
Bert Keyes Arranger
Melvin Lastie Arranger, Composer
Gordon Mills Composer
Teddy Reig Producer
Pete Spargo Producer
Mike Stoller Composer
Creed Taylor Producer
Bert de Coteaux Arranger
Ellen Fitton Mastering
Hollis King Art Direction
Carlo Wolff Liner Notes
Leslie Reed Composer
Stanley Styne Composer
Tony Sansone Composer
Philemon Hou Composer
Nick Jiménez Composer
Traditional Composer
Bob Calilli Composer
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