The Incredible Bongo Band

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Highly influenced by the work of Paul Buff, Art Laboe and Preston Epps, The Incredible Bongo Band was a faux group (essentially just a studio project), formed by Pride record executive Michael Viner to create theme music for the film "The Thing With Two Heads". Following the success of the project, Viner then used MGM studio downtime to record funk-influenced covers of hits, using pick-up musicians. Although the "group" never existed as a true band, a team of individuals was assembled for a publicity photo. The group's best known work is probably their percussion-centric cover of "Apache", originally a worldwide hit in 1960 by The Shadows. It was later sampled heavily by hip hop artists (and, over a decade later, drum 'n' bass artists) to become one of the most popular sampled percussion breaks of all time.

The Art Laboe and Preston Epps instrumental "Bongo Rock" was also covered by Viner's pick-up outfit as "Bongo Rock '73" (a minor US chart hit), along with a cover of "Let There Be Drums", much influenced by the "surf-style" treatments of Paul Buff's drum-oriented works.
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Albums

The Incredible Bongo Band - Bongo Rock album art Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band* Bongo Rock (Album) Pride, Pride Germany 1973 Sell This Version
PRD-0028, PRD 0028 Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band* Bongo Rock(Cass, Album) Pride, Pride PRD-0028, PRD 0028 France 1973 Sell This Version
The Incredible Bongo Band - The Return Of The Incredible Bongo Band album art The Incredible Bongo Band The Return Of The Incredible Bongo Band (Album) Pride US 1974 Sell This Version
The Incredible Bongo Band - Bongo Rock album art Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band* Bongo Rock (Album, Comp) Mr Bongo UK 2006 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Incredible Bongo Band - Dueling Bongos / Let There Be Drums album art The Incredible Bongo Band Dueling Bongos / Let There Be Drums (Single) MGM Records US 1973 Sell This Version
The Incredible Bongo Band - Bongo Rock / Bongolia album art The Incredible Bongo Band Bongo Rock / Bongolia (Single) Pride Canada 1972 Sell This Version
AS 251 The Incredible Bongo Band - Bongo Rock / Joybringer (From Holst's Planet Suite) album art The Incredible Bongo Band / Manfred Mann's Earthband* The Incredible Bongo Band / Manfred Mann's Earthband* - Bongo Rock / Joybringer (From Holst's Planet Suite)(7", Promo) MGM Records, Vertigo AS 251 Italy 1973 Sell This Version
2001 534 The Incredible Bongo Band - Let There Be Drums album art The Incredible Bongo Band Let There Be Drums(7") Polydor 2001 534 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
2006362 The Incredible Bongo Band - Bongo Rock  album art The Incredible Bongo Band Bongo Rock (7", Single, W/Lbl) MGM Records 2006362 Greece 1973 Sell This Version
The Incredible Bongo Band - Kiburi / When The Bed Breaks Down I'll Meet You In The Spring album art The Incredible Bongo Band Kiburi / When The Bed Breaks Down I'll Meet You In The Spring Pride US 1974 Sell This Version
The Incredible Bongo Band - Ohkey Dokey album art Incredible Bongo Band* Ohkey Dokey (Single) GRT Of Canada Ltd. Canada 1974 Sell This Version
The Incredible Bongo Band - Ohkey Dokey Parts 1 & 2 album art The Incredible Bongo Band Ohkey Dokey Parts 1 & 2 (Single) Polydor US 1974 Sell This Version
2006 408 The Incredible Bongo Band - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida/Apache album art The Incredible Bongo Band In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida/Apache(7") MGM Records 2006 408 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
PR-XW411-W The Incredible Bongo Band - When The Bed Breaks Down I'll Meet You In The Spring / Ohkey Dokey album art The Incredible Bongo Band When The Bed Breaks Down I'll Meet You In The Spring / Ohkey Dokey(7") Pride PR-XW411-W US 1974 Sell This Version
16 763 AT The Incredible Bongo Band - Bongolia / Kiburi album art The Incredible Bongo Band Bongolia / Kiburi(7", Single) Jupiter Records 16 763 AT Germany 1976 Sell This Version
The Incredible Bongo Band - Bongo Rock album art Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band* Bongo Rock (Single) Mr Bongo UK 2006 Sell This Version
The Incredible Bongo Band - Apache album art Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band* Apache (Single) Mr Bongo UK 2006 Sell This Version
BB12001 The Incredible Bongo Band - Breakdown EP 1 album art Incredible Bongo Band* Breakdown EP 1(12", EP, Smplr) Mr Bongo Bass BB12001 UK 2010 Sell This Version
MRB7077 The Incredible Bongo Band - The Riot album art Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band* The Riot(7") Mr Bongo MRB7077 UK 2011 Sell This Version
MRB7043 The Incredible Bongo Band - Apache album art The Incredible Bongo Band Apache(7", Single, RE) Mr Bongo, Pride MRB7043 US 2018 Sell This Version
SOLID38 The Incredible Bongo Band - Apache / Bongolia album art The Incredible Bongo Band Apache / Bongolia(7", EP) Solid Records (6) SOLID38 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
100 The Incredible Bongo Band - Bongo Rock / Baby, Bunny (Sugar, Honey) album art The Incredible Bongo Band / Jerry Williams* The Incredible Bongo Band / Jerry Williams* - Bongo Rock / Baby, Bunny (Sugar, Honey)(7") Hickory St. 100 Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

88 915 XCT The Incredible Bongo Band - The Best Of album art The Incredible Bongo Band The Best Of(2xLP, Album, Comp) Jupiter Records 88 915 XCT Germany 1974 Sell This Version
DM CA 8143-2 The Incredible Bongo Band - Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band album art The Incredible Bongo Band Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band(CD, Comp) Dove Audio DM CA 8143-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
The Incredible Bongo Band - Bongo Rock: The Story Of The Incredible Bongo Band album art Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band* Bongo Rock: The Story Of The Incredible Bongo Band (Comp) Strut UK 2001 Sell This Version