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Alex Acuña & the Unknowns

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An expanded CD version of the Unknowns' sole record, now billed to "Bruce Joyner & the Unknowns." This replaces the original Invasion LP as the definitive document, including not only all of that record's tracks, but doubling the length and then some with the addition of 13 previously unreleased demos. Several of these are rawer versions of songs that ended up on the 1982 album, but half a dozen are tunes that didn't make the cut. To be honest, these demos aren't nearly as good as what ended up on the LP. The early takes of songs that were re-recorded for the album were rearranged to considerably greater effect in their official versions, and the numbers that were left off the record weren't as good as the ones that were selected. Still, it's real interesting for fans to hear, and the CD's 24 tracks encompass the Unknowns' entire legacy, with the exception of their Sire Dream Sequence EP.

Biography

Born: 12 December 1944 in Pativika, Peru

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Peruvian drummer and percussionist Alex Acuna learned trumpet and piano from his father, while teaching himself the rudiments of drumming. He became a studio musician in Lima at 16, and joined Prez Prado's band in 1964, coming with them to Las Vegas. Acuna worked from 1966-1975 as a studio musician in Puerto Rico and Los Angeles as well as Las Vegas, then joined Weather Report. He alternated roles there during his two-year stint, splitting time between being their percussionist and drummer. Acuna...
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