CD Na Na: A Funk Anthology * (CD 1160894),
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Na Na: A Funk Anthology *

  • 1. Na Na
    2. You Turn Me On
    3. Got to Touch Your Face
    4. Quiero Decirte
    5. Bun Bun Bun
    6. Bang Bang
    7. Sabor a Mi
    8. Te Amo Mas
    9. Nuestro Amor
    10. Que Seria de Mi
    11. Borriquito
    12. Tu Amor No Esta
    13. Martha
    14. Man of Many Words
    15. Won't Cry
    16. Sin Ti
    17. Beware
    18. Get Yourself Up
    19. Go Away
    20. Tu Retrato
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 31122

  • Credits
    ProducerRama Barwick (Compilation)

    Coke: Paul Garcia (guitar); Jose Rubio (organ); Peter Fernandez, Ruben Perez.
    Personnel: Peter Fernandez (vocals); Csar Godinez, Victor Rodriguez (trumpet); Jose Rubio (organ); Ruben Perez (drums).
    Liner Note Author: Roger Kash.
    Although the Miami Latin funk group Coke never made it to the national charts, it wasn't for lack of quality. (As some listeners might guess, the Coca-Cola Company had some problems with their name.) The group was at its core a quintet, including leader and guitarist Paul Garcia, vocalist Peter Fernandez, bassist Ariel Hernandez, drummer Ruben Perez, and organist Jose Rubio (plus a cast of horn players). The five were all high-school students in Little Havana, and worked their way up from a teenage garage band into a Latin-tinged funk group to compete with Malo and Tierra. With help from Cuban expatriate and production maestro Manuel J. Mato, the group recorded a rather traditional Latin ballad for a single ("Sabor a Mi") and then a torrid debut LP that ranked with the best Latin funk: Mandrill, Ocho, even Santana and War. Simplistic and danceable, with solid guitar work from Garcia and anthemic playing from organist Rubio, Coke looked likely to go far, until the Coca-Cola action and internal disagreements between Fernandez and the rest of the group caused a rupture. A Funk Anthology is a great Coke compilation, including the full contents of the sole Coke album plus the full contents of an LP by the Coke successor, Opus, and a Peter Fernandez solo single. ~ John Bush

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