Shawn Lee’s Incredible Tabla Band – Tabla Rock

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The original Incredible Bongo Band’s “Bongo Rock” is firmly cemented into musical history having provided the oft sampled (and completely irresistible) “Apache” drum break for a million and one producers to cut up. Also known as Michael Viner’s Incredible Bongo Band, the project was born in 1972. Viner, a record artist manager and executive at MGM Records, was making use of MGM recording facilities in down-time, recruiting whichever studio musicians were on-hand. Ringo Starr is rumored to have played on some tracks. They made two albums of funky, instrumental music filled with covers of popular songs of the day and heavily relying on bongo drums, conga drums, rock drums and brass.

Over 3 decades after its inception UK producer, and avid record collector, Shawn Lee was marveling at the fact that there had never been an Indian style, sitar and tabla-heavy, version of the Incredible Bongo Band masterpiece “Apache.” “Such an obvious track, I still find it hard to believe that one doesn’t already exist. (It is hella’ obscure if it does…) “Apache” is one of the greatest and most famous drum-breaks of all time,” says Lee. Not content with covering just “Apache,” Lee decided he’d take on the entire Bongo Band debut album; and also two of his favorite tracks from their second album for good measure. “Why cover a song when you can cover a whole album? This is the road to madness my friend, and it is my preferred route!” he adds.

For more info and buy check: www.ubiquityrecords.com

Tracklist

01. Let There Be Drums
02. Apache
03. Bongolia
04. Last Bong In Belgium
05. Dueling Bongos
06. Inna Gadda Da Vida
07. Raunchy ’73
08. Bongo Rock
09. Sing Sing Sing
10. Pipeline

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2 Responses to “Shawn Lee’s Incredible Tabla Band – Tabla Rock”

  1. tmatik says:

    this album is fresh

  2. tinak says:

    Superiore. grazie mille. grandisco!

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