Joe Cuba Sextet – Wanted Dead Or Alive (Bang Bang! Push Push Push!) (1966)

Joe Cuba Sextet – Wanted Dead or Alive (Bang! Bang! Push, Push, Push)
1975 Fania/Tico Repress SLP-1146, Mono mix |||  1966 (Original release)

You can’t really talk about the Latin boogaloo without mentioning the song “Bang! Bang!”. The Joe Cuba Sextet had been around the flourishing New York scene for a while by this time, and had a bunch of records under their collective belts, so you can’t exactly call this a ‘breakthrough album.’ But the song – allegedly written on the spot during a live gig – catapulted them to newfound heights of popularity. But it’s definitely not all boogaloo either on this record, and the closing tune here, Cocinando, jams for 9 minutes in what is a prescient template of the genre that would soon become known as “salsa” around the world.  This is just fun music in every way, and a great way to get your summer started if you are in the Northern Hemisphere!

Bang! Bang! 4:04
Mujer Divina 4:32
Oh Yeah 3:20
La Malanga Brava 3:05
Que Son Uno 4:15
Sock It To Me 2:20
Asi Soy 3:04
Triste 2:27
Alafia 3:25
Push, Push, Push 2:15
Cocinando 9:00

Pancho Cristal Liner Notes, Producer
Gerry Cousins Liner Notes

LINEAGE: 1975 Fania-Tico mono vinyl; Pro-Ject RM-5SE with Audio Tecnica Signet TK7E cartridge; Speedbox power supply; Creek Audio OBH-15; Audioquest Black Mamba and Pangea Premier interconnect cables; M-Audio Audiophile 192 Soundcard ; Adobe Audition at 32-bit float 192khz; Click Repair with output monitored manually, Stereo>Mono fold-down; further clicks and pops removed manually with Adobe Audition 3.0; resampled and dithered using iZotope RX Advanced. Converted to FLAC in either Trader’s Little Helper or dBPoweramp. Tags done with Foobar 2000 and Tag and Rename.


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3 Comments

  1. Wow! Muchas gracias, senor 🙂 I didn`t know Bang!Bang! is originally a Joe Cuba song. Your writing adds a radioDJ-like info twist to the music experience. Just what I appreciated the most about listening to the radio as a kid in central Europe in the early 90s, before the age of internet. Thx again, much appreciated..

  2. I’ve enjoyed the other Joe Cuba offerings and look forward to hearing this one as well. Thank you Dr. V!

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