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
Push, Push, Push 2:15
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.