The Black Eyed Peas Fallin’ Up, a track from their mercifully Fergie-free release Behind The Front, owes its existence to a tightly looped horn sample from Comanche on Jorge Ben’s Negro Y Lindo. As usual, whosampled.com was able to deconstruct the source samples from one of my favorite songs and send me in a whole new musical direction.
Well, not an entirely new direction. I grew up with a father 56 years my senior, which means we grew up with a lot of “easy-listening” music over the radio. One of the tracks I remember is a wordless, elevator-compatible version of Comanche. Like all muzak, it was a flat, high-contrast abstraction of a very detailed and nuanced real thing.
Negro Y LIndo is smooth, brassy, head-bobbingly brilliant and alas — out of print and impossible to get in any form. I was lucky to find a blogger post of 192kbps MP3 rips straight from the original vinyl. Highly worth the ten minutes of Googling.
DEAR MEDIA COMPANIES. DO YOU HEAR ME? I WOULD HAVE PAID MONEY FOR A REAL DIGITIZATION OF A DECADES OLD CLASSIC TRACK. YET HERE I AM, UNDERSERVED. I HAZ REAL CASH MONEY.