- The album "Mongo's Way" was originally released in 1971 as Atlantic 1581.
"Up From The Roots" was originally released in 1972 as Atlantic 1621.
- Released: June 28, 1999
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Collectables Records
- Original Album #1: Atlantic 1581 (1971)
- Original Album #2: Atlantic 1621 (1972)
Description by OLDIES.com:
These two original LPs, first recorded for Atlantic, are now here on one compact disc that will have you up and dancing in no time. Highlights include Eddie Harris' "Listen Here" and session players include Stanley Turrentine, Eric Gale and Cissy Houston.
- 1.Tell It
- 2.The Letter
- 3.Listen Here
- 4.Sometime Bread
- 5.Geechee Girl
- 6.Hippo Walk
- 7.Featherbed Lane
- 9.Afro Walk
- 10.Congo Blue
- 11.Ebora (Yeza)
- 12.En La Habana (Guaguanco)
- 13.A) Conga, Bata, Y Chequere (Lucumi & Mambo) B) Me Buele La Muela (Columbia)
- 14.A) Eco (Bembe) B) Abacua (Abacua)
- 15.Pan De Maiz (Conga)
- 16.Para Ti
- 18.Little Angel
- 19.Virtues Stroll
- 20.Jose Outside
- 21.Forked Tongue
2 LP's on 1 CD: MONGO'S WAY (1971)/UP FROM THE ROOTS (1972).
Personnel: Mongo Santamaria (congas); Marty Sheller (conductor, percussion); Cissy Houston, Sylvia Shemwell, Judy Clay, Myrna Smith (vocals); Grant Reed, Stanley Turrentine (tenor saxophone); Ray Maldonado (trumpet, percussion); Lew Soloff (trumpet); Roger Glenn (flute, vibraphone); Neal Creque (acoustic & electric pianos); Eric Gale (guitar); Eddie "Gua-Gua" Rivera (electric bass); Chuck Rainey, Israel "Cachao" Lopez (bass); Bernard Purdie, Don Alias (drums); Armando Peraza (bongos, congas); Julito Collazo (chekere); Angel Allende (percussion).
Originally released on Atlantic (1581).
UP FROM THE ROOTS:
Personnel: Mongo Santamaria (congas); Julito Collazo (vocals, congas, bata drum, chekere, tambourine); Papaito Munoz (vocals, congas); Carter Jefferson (soprano & tenor saxophones); Bill Saxon (alto & baritone saxophones); Ray Maldonado, Lew Soloff, John Faddis (trumpet); Felix Watkins (flute); Eddy Martinez (acoustic & electric pianos); Eddie "Gua Gua" Rivera (bass); Steve Berrios (drums, timbales); Jimmy Johnson (drums); Pablo Rosario (bongos, bell); Marcellino Guerra, Welfo, Cait (background vocals).
Originally released on Atlantic (1621).
Personnel: Mongo Santamarˇa (congas); Julio Collazo (vocals, congas, tambourine); Cissy Houston, Myrna Smith, Judy Clay, Sylvia Shemwell (vocals); Eric Gale (guitar); Roger Glenn (flute, background vocals); Carter Jefferson (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Bill Saxon (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Grant Reed, Stanley Turrentine (tenor saxophone); Raymond Maldonado (trumpet, percussion); Lew Soloff (trumpet); Neal Creque (piano, electric piano); Eddie "Gua Gua" Rivera (electric bass); Don Alias, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie (drums); Armando Peraza (congas, bongos); Papaito Mu¤oz (congas); Pablo Rosario (bongos, bells); Angel Allende, Marty Sheller (percussion).
With the exception of a soulful reading of the Box Tops' "The Letter," Mongo's Way abandons the pop covers that dominated Mongo Santamaria's late-'60s dates for Columbia in favor of a more far-reaching Latin jazz sensibility shaped by elements of soul, funk and rock. Working with producer Neal Creque, as well as a superior supporting cast featuring guitarist Eric Gale, tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, and drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Santamaria creates some of his most atmospheric and eclectic music, similar in spirit and scope to the myriad blaxploitation soundtracks jamming retail bins but executed with uncommon artistry. This two-fer reissue also features Up from the Roots, an exploration of the African origins of Caribbean music that prompts Santamaria to set aside his trademark conga drums in favor of traditional African percussion instruments. The LP features some of his most potent and artful playing, capturing the rhythms and textures of traditional African chants with masterful precision. As a primer in African musical history, Up from the Roots at times errs too much on the side of education over entertainment, but by the record's second-half, Santamaria returns to the funky Latin soul of his most popular efforts, unleashing the righteous "Jose Outside" and "Forked Tongue." ~ Jason Ankeny