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Bongo Joe

  • 1. I Wish I Could Sing
    2. Science Fiction - (previously unreleased)
    3. Innocent Little Doggie
    4. Cool It Right
    5. Listen at That Bull
    6. Crazy With Love - (previously unreleased)
    7. Great - (previously unreleased)
    8. Transistor Radio
    9. Eloise
    10. Dog Eat Dog
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CD-1040

  • Credits
    ProducerChris Strachwitz
    EngineerChris Strachwitz

    Contains 2 previously unreleased tracks.
    Composer: Joseph Coleman.
    Personnel: George Coleman (vocals, drums); Joseph Coleman (rap vocals, drums, steel drum).
    Liner Note Author: Larry Skoog.
    Recording information: San Antonio, TX (12/07/1968).
    Photographer: Chris Strachwitz.
    A crazed, primal record, Bongo Joe is a deserved cult classic; beating wildly on oil drums, George Coleman delivers bizarre raps including "Innocent Little Doggie" and "Transistor Radio" -- hilarious, edgy stuff. ~ Jason Ankeny

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (9/20/69, p.36) - " album of vitality and mystery....Bongo Joe reveals his philosophy in deeply echoing chant, singing over the boomings of his improvised drumsticks....[his] monologues and dialogues depict a satirical, humorous view of modern man in plastic America..."
    The Wire (p.68) - "Insightful and wryly humorous, his 'songs' were more like stories, delivered in a declamatory proto-rap style which would often turn into a conversation with himself, rhyming randomly like a latterday Lee Perry."
    Dirty Linen (Dec./Jan. 92-93, p.53) - "...highly original, elemental, sometimes risque folk blues songs from and about the streets..."
    The Fader (magazine) (p.154) - "Banging out repetitive rhythms like a juju master, he drew on his mundane daily experiences to form his sometimes serious (but usually hilarious) lyrics..."
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