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

3807 255 The Incredible Bongo Band - Bongo Rock album art Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band* Bongo Rock (Album) Pride, Pride 3807 255 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
PD 6010 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 PD 6010 US 1974 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

K 14635 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 K 14635 US 1973 Sell This Version
PR 1015 The Incredible Bongo Band - Bongo Rock album art The Incredible Bongo Band Bongo Rock (Single) Pride PR 1015 Canada 1972 Sell This Version
2304, 2202 060 The Incredible Bongo Band - Bongo Rock album art La Increible Bongo Band* Bongo Rock(7", EP) MGM Records, MGM Records 2304, 2202 060 Mexico 1973 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
108.503 The Incredible Bongo Band - Jet Music album art The Incredible Bongo Band / Joe "Crazy" Group / Scorpius (7) / Clifford T. Ward The Incredible Bongo Band / Joe "Crazy" Group / Scorpius (7) / Clifford T. Ward - Jet Music(7", EP) Mercury 108.503 Brazil 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
1173-3 The Incredible Bongo Band - Ohkey Dokey album art Incredible Bongo Band* Ohkey Dokey (Single) GRT 1173-3 Canada 1974 Sell This Version
PR-XW411-W The Incredible Bongo Band - Ohkey Dokey Parts 1 & 2 album art The Incredible Bongo Band Ohkey Dokey Parts 1 & 2 (Single) Polydor PR-XW411-W US 1974 Sell This Version
PD 7601 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 PD 7601 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
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
MRB7043 The Incredible Bongo Band - Bongo Rock album art Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band* Bongo Rock (Single) Mr Bongo MRB7043 UK 2006 Sell This Version
MRB12035 The Incredible Bongo Band - Apache album art Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band* Apache (Single) Mr Bongo MRB12035 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
SOLID38 The Incredible Bongo Band - Apache / Bongolia album art The Incredible Bongo Band Apache / Bongolia(7") Solid Records (6) SOLID38 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
GS-5000 The Incredible Bongo Band - Apache / That's The Way It's Got To Be Body And Soul album art The Incredible Bongo Band, Soul Generation The Incredible Bongo Band, Soul Generation - Apache / That's The Way It's Got To Be Body And Soul(7") Good Sound (4) GS-5000 US Unknown 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 The Incredible Bongo Band album art The Incredible Bongo Band The Best Of The Incredible Bongo Band(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
STRUTLP 017 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 STRUTLP 017 UK 2001 Sell This Version
MRBCDPROMO43 The Incredible Bongo Band - Bongo Rock album art Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band* Bongo Rock (Comp) Mr Bongo MRBCDPROMO43 UK 2006 Sell This Version
361015 4334394 The Incredible Bongo Band - 40 Years Of The Incredible Bongo Band album art Incredible Bongo Band* 40 Years Of The Incredible Bongo Band(25xFile, FLAC, Comp, RM) Mr Bongo 361015 4334394 Europe 2014