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Domo Arigato Perez Prado

I picked this gatefold up in Tokyo in 2002/2003 and it’s probably one of my favorite Perez Prado records. Every song on the album is pretty much about Mexico. The title track Mexico 70 actually comemerates the World Cup that was held in Mexico that year. To put this all into context, by the late 60’s and early 70’s Perez Prado became a falling star in the US.  However, in Mexico and Japan, he was HUGE. During that time Perez Prado lived in Mexico City (in an apartment off the Calle Reforma), was a regular performer on Mexican television, and toured regularly to Japan. Although the mambo was all but dead, El Rey really puts his stamp on every genre from rock, funk, to the now sound. I left out a great version of Perdiendo Mi Cabeza (Out Of My Head). The songs I selected focus on mostly Mexico. But someone just reissued this on CD. Highly recommended. Thanks to my good friend Julio Cesar Morales for sending me the concert poster image. He actually just had a son he named Prado…. FELIZIDADES JULIO!!!! 

1. Perez Prado: Amalia Y Tijuana

2. Perez Prado: Guada Guadalupe

3. Perez Prado: Mexico 70

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El Bump

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1. Grupo Santa Cecilia: Baila Bump

2. Grupo Santa Cecilia: Yeh Yeah Bump

Summer is usually vacation time for most and during these months my house literally turns into a 3 star hotel for visiting family and friends. I’d give myself an extra star if it wasn’t for the fact that I was so busy and for the fact that I failed to provide everyone (including you guys) with the quality “Franko” service you oh so deserve.

But don’t fret, I aways tend to bounce back stronger and I still have the power to suprise. With that, I give you the super rare triple record BUMP. I forget where I found this one, but it’s been hiding in storage for at least 5+ years.  Looks like this was a concept album for the Mexican Orefon label. There are two bands Grupo Santa Cecilia  and Perez Prado. The third LP is a dj mix of US soul acts from Sonido Negro. The “BUMP” is pretty much like the American version of the Shuffle. Basically the songs/lyrics are teaching you how to dance to the song.  

3. Grupo Santa Cecilia: Mi Nena Baile El Bump

Not much is known about Mexico City’s Grupo Santa Cecilia. Artist, dj, and friend Juan Luna-Avin, who is from el DF, had mentioned that he remembered this band performing weekly on a Mexican variety show.  Which makes sense because that was the same fate Perez Prado had in 1970’s Mexico City. The band has members who later formed Grupo El Tren and Grupo El Final. Either way peep the dope breaks in the first two tracts. Sorry about the first song skipping, I don’t have a clean version. Also, I put the third song up as a bonus, its almost like a protopunk style song. Great stuff.

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4. Perez Prado: Mambo Bump

5. Perez Prado: Vuelveme A Querer

Leave it to Perez Prado to jump on the Bump band wagon. More go-go than disco, but one of my favorites from the early 70’s King of the Mambo.  The rest of the record is a compilation of his music from that era. Some original and some songs taken from the Mexico 70 lp (which I will put up shortly).

Concierto Para Bongo

1. Perez Prado: Cayitano

I probably don’t have to go into detail about who Perez Prado is. His style of music has stood up to the test of time, to the point where the “King Of The Mambo” has even become a huge part of American popular culture. I myself consider Perez Prado the James Brown of Latin American music. His showmanship, longevity, the extensive catalogue of music, and his orchestrating grunts are in a strange way comparable to the “Godfather Of Soul“.  It just seemed totally necessary to create an entire category in his honor.

In the 60’s Perez Prado’s popularity began to wane as did his association with the mambo and RCA Victor. In the many years to follow, Prado’s music would constantly reinvent itself with the incorporation of go-go, rock, psychedelic, funk, and even disco.  And although his music had adapted to the times, it always maintained Perez Prado’s signature sound.

Concierto Para Bongo is probably one of my favorite records of this era. The A side is pure go-go music. Whereas, the B side is a 17 minute drum instrumental (the song serves as background music in Pedro Almodovar’s Kiki). Despite all the kitsch, this record should not be underestimated.

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1. Los Sampler’s: “Descarga Mecano (version muy differente)”

I just stumbled on this 45 and I have no idea where I got it.  In fact, I don’t think I really ever listened to it until now. I must have purchased it in Europe about 7 years ago, I’m not certain. Nevertheless, it’s totally awesome.

It ends up that Los Sampler’s is none other than the German Uwe Schmidt a.k.a. Señor Coconut. I guess the two songs on this 45 were outtakes of the Los Sampler’s debut lp (I didn’t even know there was a full length record).

The tune I selected is most likely a remix of Israel “Cachao” Lopez’s “Descarga Cubana“, possibly even Tito Rodriguez’s version “Descarga Cachao“.  The B side is a Perez Prado/Bene More remix/sample of “Babarabatiri” which is a bit more experimental than the first (which is probably why i didn’t post it). Anyway, cool stuff. You got to hand it to Señor Coconut, or whatever you want to call him (he has over 50 allias’), he’s pretty much the pioneer of the whole latin electronica music scene that started in the late 90’s.