In late October 1989, David 'Mr Bongo' Buttle opened his first record shop, underneath Daddy Kool’s Reggae Store on Berwick Street in London. 25 years later and we are still flying the flag for quality music, and are now celebrating a quarter of a century of Mr Bongo.
As part of our 25 years retrospective we will be looking back at some of our favourite releases. Today it's the turn of...
Jorge Ben is arguably the greatest and most celebrated Brazilian musician of all time. He wrote 'Mas Que Nada', which has been covered by the likes of Sergio Mendes, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and Al Jarreau, and 'Taj Mahal', the "inspiration" for Rod Stewart's 'Do You Think I'm Sexy?'. His career spans over 40 years, with over 30 albums to his name, recorded and released consistently between 1963 and 2008.
His work has been covered by a many artists and groups, both in Brazil and globally around the world; we released this compilation in 2008 to celebrate the Brazilian versions:
The artwork for 'Tudo Ben' is based on the cover of his 'Silêncio no Brooklin' LP. It was released at a point where vinyl LP compilations were not selling well, so is infact only available on CD and digitally. However we are issuing some of the tracks as part of our Brazil 45's series, and if demand is high enough we may manufacture on 3-LP in the future.
It's extremely tough to pick a favourite from this compilation; they really are all classics. In the end we went with Wilson Simonal's 'Pais Tropical' for our 25 Years Of Mr Bongo compilation, which is available here.