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Workin´ On A Groovy Thing

Mongo Santamaria




Mongo Santamaria - Workin´ On A Groovy Thing      Mongo Santamaria - Workin´ On A Groovy Thing
33IMongo Santamaria1
Whiting is from the wrap - album cover is excellent

Columbia Records...CS 9937...33 1/3 LP...Stereo...1969

Side 1
1) Workin´ On A Groovy Thing - Neal Sedaka - Roger John Atkins...NTG (3:14)
2) Spinning Wheel - David Clayton Thomas...NTG (3:04)
3) Too Busy Thingking About My Baby - Norman Whitfield - Janie Bradford...NTG (2:33)
4) We Got Latin Soul - Arlester Christan...NTG (3:12)
5) Getting It Out Of My System - William Edward Jackson III - James J. Wisner...NTG (3:22)
6) Proud Mary - John Cameron Fogerty...NTG (3:48) Side 2
1) It´s Your Thing - Ronald Isley - O'Kelly Isley Jr - Rudolph Isley...NTG (3:04)
2) My Cherie Amour - Henry Cosby - Stevie Wonder - Sylvia Rose Moy...NTG (3:17)
3) Get Back - John Lennon - Paul McCartney...NTG (3:01)
4) Ain´t That Peculiar - Pete Moore - William "Smokey" Robinson - Bobby Rogers - Marv Tarplin...NTG (2:53)
5) Twenty-Five Miles - John William Bristol - Harvey Fuqua - Edwin Starr (Charles Edwin Hatcher)...NTG (2:26)
We Got Latin Soul is a vocal all others are instrumentals

Mongo Santamaria - Workin´ On A Groovy Thing       Mongo Santamaria - Workin´ On A Groovy Thing
Above label refered to as ´two eyes´

ON THE BACK OF THE JACKET

Mongo Santamaria
Workin´ On A Groovy Thing

Produced by Billy Jackson
Arranged and Conducted by Marty Sheller
Sound Supervision: Warren Vincent

Side 1 Side 2
WORKIN´ ON A GROOVY THING IT´S YOUR THING
SPINNING WHEEL MY CHERIE AMOUR
TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY GET BACK
WE GOT LATIN SOUL AIN´T THAT PECULIAR
GETTING IT OUT OF MY SYSTEM TWENTY-FIVE MILES
PROUD MARY

The selections are BMI.
Engineering: Don Puluse, Stan Weiss, Mark Friedman

Personnel: Congas and Bongos-Mongo Santamaria
Trumpet - Louis Gasca, Ray Maldonado
Alto Sax - Sonny Fortune
Tenor Sax - Charlie Owens, Joe Farrell
Baritone - Art Kaplan
Piano - Rodgers Grant
Bass - William Allen
Drums - Bernard "Pretty" Purdie
Latin Percussion - Steve Berrios, Julito Coliazo, "Chihuahua" Martinez

Special thanks to Jackie Horowitz and the Columbia Records Secretaries on the first floor of 49 East 52nd Street, featuring Suzanne for special effects on "We Got Latin Soul."

The title "Workin´ on a Groovy Thing" seems rather tame when you consider the nuclear explosives contained in the grooves of this album.
(Groovy, yes, but blasting all the way.) Mongo´s fissionable percussion is famous from coast to coast as some of the most joyful jolting ever heard.
You not only hear it, you feel it-it goes into you through the eardrums and simultaneously through every pore.
Mongo´s group performance is not merely entertainment - it is a fantastic experience!

The essence of the Santamaria Sound is impossible to put into words, but it is basically a blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms interwoven with American-derived jazz, and a touch of rhythm and blues, a dash of soul, a touch of rock-the whole of which is prodigiously larger than the sum of the parts. The main reason for this is the titanic, jet-propelled drive of Mongo´s bongos, congas and other exotic percussive devices that propel his band to heights of fervor rarely equalled by any other group.

In this collection the great Mongo gives you his exciting, distinctive versions of some of today´s now-sounds. There is the hard-driving, hard-nosed rhythm (Mongo´s trademark) plus the great reed and brass sections with the wild alto sax up front. Yes, here is Mongo resplendent! And what a bag of current goodies it is - well, there´s all kinds of chartsville action here: Workin´ on a Groovy Thing, Spinning Wheel (a blockbuster!), We Got Latin Soul (the essence of Mongo), My Cherie Amour, Get Back (Beatlesville), Ain´t That Peculiar and Twenty-Five Miles.

All that ought to put you at least twenty-five miles high.
Don´t fight it - dig it - you may never be the same again.
And you´ll be glad.



Cover Photo: Columbia Records Photo Studio - Don Hunstein, Fred Lombardi
Manufactured by Columbia Records/CBS, Inc./51 W. 52 Street. New York, N. Y./© "Columbia"











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