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Numbers with Wings caught Hoboken heroes The Bongos at a crucial phase in their evolution. Following their classic 1982 debut album, Drums Along the Hudson, the original trio expanded to a quartet, adding guitarist James Mastro and considerably broadening their sound. While here they still offer up their signature brand of quirky, slightly mysterious, new wave–informed power pop, they utilize a broader sonic palette. They make more use of keyboards and varied guitar tones, brought home by a more cinematic-sounding production approach. It also didn’t hurt that frontman Richard Barone’s songwriting skills kept on growing. The drama-filled title track, which finds the band at its film-noir moodiest, is quite possibly The Bongos’ finest moment. The aqueous ballad “Sweet Blue Cage” is moving not in spite of its elliptical lyrics but at least partly because of them, while the ‘80s college-radio staple “Barbarella” serves to remind that for all the aforementioned nuances, The Bongos could still rip out some primal, big-beat rock 'n' roll.

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I am so glad this is finally available, I've waited a long time. I used to play these songs on college radio, early eighties, KGOU in Norman Oklahoma at the University. I've been rebuilding some old playlists in itunes and 'Barbarella' was one song I haven't found until now. 'Numbers with Wings' is great as well as is 'Tiger Nights'. Superb early eighties pop rock in the vein of Let's Active, R.E.M. & Rank and File. Thanks,

Barbarella - Finally!

Thank you for finally releasing this CD. I'm happy! ; )


thank you for finally releasing this key piece in the Bongo's career


Formed: 1979 in Hoboken, NJ

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s

Hoboken's Bongos -- founded as a trio consisting of Richard Barone (guitar, vocals), Rob Norris (bass), and Frank Giannini (drums, vocals) -- made no pretense of being anything other than a pop band; fortunately, they were a good pop band, covering guitar pop from the Byrds to T. Rex, all of it pulled together by Barone's original songs. Although he was the focal point, the other members were by no means peripheral. After their first full-length album, Drums Along the Hudson (1982), James Mastro...
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