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Click below for a Barrabas sample:

Checkmate

Hi Jack

 
One of the first international acts to crack the American disco market, Barrabas hailed from Spain and was led by Jo Tejada.  Their sound was a combination of rock, Latin, and funk.  Legend has it that David Mancuso stumbled across one of their records in his endless search for new and unknown tunes and was pleased enough with the groove to make them a fixture at the Loft.  The song in question, "Woman," gave the band a new audience and was the first of several club favorites that also included "Checkmate" and "Hi Jack."  In fact, their "Mellow Blow" is rumored to be the first promotional 12-inch single.  Herbie Mann, in one of his first crossover attempts, did a cover version of "Hi Jack" on his Discotheque album. Later, Todd Terry would apply his trademark sample technique to "Woman" for an early 90s record. 

Barrabas' Deepest Grooves

Wild Safari (RCA, 1972)

Power (RCA, 1973)

Barrabas (Atco, 1974)

Heart Of The City (Atco, 1975)
One of their most popular albums, with "Checkmate" and "Mellow Blow."  For the CD reissue, the title was changed to Check Mate in honor of its most popular track.

Watch Out (Atco, 1976)

Best of 1971-84 (Disconforme, 2001)
2CD set covering a wealth of material from the 70s glory days to their final incarnation with replacement members.

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