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Bongos was very nice!
I have been a fan of the Bongos, Flutes and Gitairs LP since 1963 when I first heard the record at age 10. Findings Bongos was like icing on the cake! Didn't know this recording existed. Thanks for the awesome remaster. In fact the quality isso good thst the tape print through on the leader prior to the track start is there. I am now try to finds Bongos, Flutes and Gitars on a clean LP or reel. I reconstructed a CD from several LPs and though mine sounds very good, it could be better.
Excellent transfer of a well known audiophile recording.
I have had and heard a number of Command Records as recorded by Bob Fine, using extremely closed-up miking. Musically speaking many of these albums were systematically arranged in a way that turned them repetitive and boring. Basically they were meant for stereo show off, thus the ubiquitous ping pong effects at the beginning of each track. It was also not uncommon on those days that the record producer would gather a number of skilled, "studio", musicians and give them a name of an ensemble that only existed for the purpose of recording. Such is the case of "Los Admiradores". The group recorded only two albums, namely Bongos (1959), and Bongos, Flutes, Guitars (190). In 1961 Bongos was re-released as The Fascinating Bongo-Drums, by Command. None of them were ever released on CD. In this particular album the music is just easy listening or "lounge" if you will. The arrangements are on par with other Command records. In my opinion the second of their albums is better in this regard. Command Records' approach of high fidelity is unique, and some of their albums are still a challenge to fast amplifiers. In the Lp era these albums challenged calibrated cartridges and their tracking ability. For those interested to know how stereo performed early on, this is a chance no one can miss.
Perfect for test loudspeaker
Is it a plesure and beautifull listen this performance!! The tape transfer is perfect and all datail is presence, middle frequency is correct and the bongo's punch is fast without resonance. For loudspeaker test this performance is best!! Thank's HDTT
Artist(s): Los Admiradores members include the following:
Alto Saxophone – Milt Yaner
Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Flute [Tenor And Alto]
Piccolo Flute, English Horn – Stanley Webb
Bass – Bob Haggart
Bass Trombone – Tommy Mitchell
Bongos – Don Lamond, Willie Rodriguez
Guitar – Tony Mottola
Percussion – Ted Sommer
Piano – Moe Wechsler
Tenor Saxophone – Ezelle Watson
Trombone – Bobby Byrne
Trumpet – Pee Wee Erwin
Xylophone, Percussion [Vibraharp], Timpani – Artie Marotti
Recording Info: Transferred from a Command Classics 4-track tape
Mastered By – George Piros
Producer [Associate] – Julie Klages
Producer, Directed By – Enoch Light
Recorded By [Recording Chief] – Robert Fine
1 Tenderly 3:21
2 Bidin' My Time 2:30
3 Sylvie 2:56
4 All Of Me 3:07
5 Greensleeves 2:53
6 Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea 2:24
7 Blue Moon 2:40
8 Unchained Melody 3:08
9 Don't Blame Me 2:50
10 Londonderry Air 2:33
11 The Very Thought Of You 2:50
12 You & The Night & The Music 2:26
Total Time: 33:38