Mongo Santamaria – I Can't Get Next To You

It’s been quite a while since we delved into the world of latin music here on Gazfunk so it’s about time that was put right especially as it’s one of our favourite genres.

We’ve previously brought you some of the legends of latin music including Joe Bataan & Larry Harlow and this week’s update brings another artist who quite rightly deserves his place in the pantheon of latin legends – Mongo Santamaria.

The track we’re treating you to this week is actually the b-side of the record – the a-side is yet another cover version of the often covered Feelin’ Alright (as originally recorded by Traffic way back in the late 60’s) by in my personal opinion it’s the b-side which is by far the funkier of the 2 tracks.

I’m sure you are all well aware of The Temptations No1 smash hit I Can’t Get Next To You, well this time round the percussion and horn section has been dramatically beefed up to give this an ever more dance floor friendly feel than the original. This isn’t the first time of course that Mongo Santamaria has covered a  Temptations song (he also did a fantastic version of “Cloud Nine)