Mestizo [Unidisc]

Mestizo [Unidisc]

by Joe BataanJoe Bataan

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Culturally, mestizos are folks of mixed Latin and Indian heritage who live along the U.S./Mexico borderlands; Filipino-born Joe Bataan felt enough of that same duality to name his record label Salsoul (salsa plus soul, see) and to name his late-'70s backing group his Mestizo Band. A retitled reissue of 1980's Mestizo, with no bonus tracks and most of the songs edited into lengthy suites, Joe Bataan and His Mestizo Band is primarily a late-era disco record, with only minimal Latin accents on songs like the by-the-numbers opener, "Mestizo." However, by 1980, Bataan was sussed enough to tell not only that disco was dying, but that something new was taking its place: the single "Rap-O Clap-O" was one of the first examples of R&B glomming onto the new sound, a pale rewrite of "Rapper's Delight" that today sounds oddly charming in how naff it is, and that sense of not-quite-rightness is enhanced later in the song's rather pointless reiteration "Rap-O Dance-O," which simply boosts the bass and wah-wah guitar a little louder than the vocals. Still, none of this compares to the album's monumentally odd high point, "I See Your Hiney," which has both the album's most attractive beat and a chorus that warrants quoting in full: "I see your hiney/It's black and shiny/If you don't hide it/I'm gonna bite it." Only during the disco era, folks. [The 1980 Unidisc edition was expanded to include six additional tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/2003
Label: Unidisc Records
UPC: 0068381242822
catalogNumber: 2428
Rank: 79408

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Bataan   Primary Artist,Percussion,Piano,Background Vocals
Leon Bryant   Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Francisco Centeno   Bass
Gordon Edwards   Bass
Frank Owens   Piano,Keyboards
Allan Schwartzberg   Drums
Jimmy Young   Drums
Mestizo   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Leon Bryant   Composer
Joe Bataan   Composer,Producer,Execution
Marty Sheller   Arranger,Composer
Joe Arlotta   Engineer
Rod Temperton   Composer
Joe Lopes   Engineer
Pat Martin   Engineer

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