Thursday, February 06, 2014


For the first time since its release in 1973: a genuine, bona fide reissue of the classic record, Bongo Rock, which became a foundation of rap and popular music, packaged as it would have been seen on the shelves in 1973. Reproduced on heavyweight 180g vinyl and in top-quality Japanese sleeves by Mr Bongo.

The Incredible Bongo Band inlcudes the following musicians: King Errisson (Percussion), Jim Gordon (Drums), Steve Douglas (Saxaphone), Jerry Scheff (Bass), Robbie King (Organs), Mike Deasy (Guitar), Kat Hendrikse (Drums), Perry Botkin Jr (Producer / Arranger)

“Bongo Rock is significant, for being one of the musical cornerstones of rap ... it is certainly one of the most sampled LP’s in history, if not the most sampled. Most every history-minded hip-hop DJ has a copy, and the first few bars of its signature number, a driving cover version of the 60’s instrumental number Apache, can send crowds into overdrive.” According to Kool Herc, the stylistic pioneer many people consider to be the father of hip-hop music, the Bongo’s “Apache” is “the national anthem of hip-hop.” - NY Times

They've been sampled by: Nas, Beastie Boys, Moby, Mick Jagger, Kanye West, Sugarhill Gang, Jay-Z, Aphex Twin, DJ Shadow, Goldie, Double Dee & Steinski, Faith Evans, Hijack, Ultramagnetic MC’s, Leaders of the New School, Unkle, IBM Nation, Katch 22, Rockwell Noel and The Poet, DJ Spinna, The Bizzie Boyz, Schoolly D, LL Cool J, 2 Live Crew, 4 Hero, Godfather Don, IAM, Diamond D, Luke Vibert, Sway & King Tech, Rebel MC, to name a few...

Mr Bongo have also reissued the follow up album, Return of The Incredible Bongo Band, re-released for the first time since 1974, this is the sequel to the classic 1973 Bongo Rock, which became a foundation of rap and popular music, up to the present day. This LP has been sampled by Bentley Rhythm Ace, Fatboy Slim, Macy Gray, Group Home and Koushik. Also reproduced on heavyweight 180g vinyl and in top-quality Japanese sleeves.

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