Mongo Santamaria

Mambo Mongo [Fania]

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Mambo Mongo [Fania] Review

by John Bush

The Mambo Mongo collection has 11 tracks of varying vintage played by uncredited groups. It ranges from the excellent late-'60s singalong "Guajiro" to riff-heavy '80s disco for "Happy as a Rat in a Cheese Factory," and manages a sprightly clarinet salsa on "Gabrielle." Most of the songs date from the mid-'70s or later, and the quality varies greatly.

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