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.

16-bit 44.1 khz

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  • 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..

  • 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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