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The vinyl sounds great. The first song is especially entertaining. Not a bad album.
Shango consisted of Malcolm Evans (St. Croix, Virgin Islands), Richard Hernandez (Torrance, California), Joe Barile (Ischia, island off of Italy), and Tommy Reynolds (St. Croix, Virgin Islands)
According to the liner notes of the album, “Shango: a cult which originated in Africa and flowered in the West Indies using the rhythm of the drum for prayer during a change “feast” or “sacrifice” two dancers blindfold themselves. One places a cock on his shoulder and the other takes up a machete. At the climax of the dance, the machete is swung and the head of the cock is severed. The danger of the dance are many. We used to have a harmonica player.”Shango, pioneers of combining rock with Jamaican reggae, came on the scene in 1969 with the single “Day After Day (It’s Slipping Away),” describing the consequences of the erosion of the the U. S. West Coast (“better get ready to tie up the boat in Idaho”…) This novelty song never became a great hit, but the album SHANGO (A&M SP 4195) demonstrated these guys were more than a novelty act.
There’s a superb arrangement of “A Taste of Honey,” while “Hey Jude” is a rolling marimba instrumental. Other great cuts include a cover of Donovan’s “Sunshine Superman” and Curtis Mayfield’s “Um, um, um …” The perfect party record; or just a way to lift your spirits. A second album, TRAMPIN’, was released on ABC Records a year later. (J. B. Brent)