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Preston Epps - Bongo Rock c/w Bongo Partydotdotdotdot
artworkLaunching off the drum hits of Sandy Nelson, Preston Epps took it a step further with the exorica of bongo drums. Totally cool!
Picks: Bongo Rock, Bongo Party

Track by Track Review

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Pre Surf (Instrumental)

This is a marvelous and fun classic rock 'n' roll single. The rhythm is totally infectious, and the simple melody line sticks in your memory cells despite any attempt to clear your head. This has almost nothing to do with surf music, though it was a staple among some of the bands. It predates the genre, and has no reverb at all. It is important for a couple of reasons. It was the first rock instro featuring the bongo drum as a central instrument, and it was the structure of this song that was one basis for the Surfaris' "Wipe Out."

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Jungle Exotica (Instrumental)

Much like its flip side, "Bongo Party" rocks and flows with guitar melodies and chords against furious bongo drums. Entirely cool, while being pretty minimalist in structure.