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End Civil Twilight

by Bossa Nova Beatniks

A "best of the Beatniks' recordings" CD full of catchy fun filled tunes with danceable grooves and smart lyrics. A must for any party mix.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Red Red Johnny
4:12 $0.99
2. Zantee Misfits
3:48 $0.99
3. The American Dream
4:51 $0.99
4. Sun Go Down Dub
3:52 $0.99
5. New York Town
4:34 $0.99
6. Fingers In The Cake
3:19 $0.99
7. No Better Thing
3:39 $0.99
8. Behave Yourself
2:39 $0.99
9. Anyroad
4:41 $0.99
10. Always Be With Me
3:26 $0.99
11. Cool Babies (Justin's Samba)
3:11 $0.99
12. Deanne (Where Did You Go?)
3:36 $0.99
13. Lighten Up
4:55 $0.99
14. Route 66
3:12 $0.99
15. Fear Of Love (a flyboy reggae)
3:33 $0.99
16. Papa La Ska
4:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
People have referred to this, the eleventh Bossa Nova Beatniks’ release, as a ‘greatest hits’ collection. However, when we found ourselves leaving songs like Jack Jack, Ack Ack, 20th Century LTD, Heart to Beat and others off the CD, we realized that it was more of a ‘best of the recordings’ collection.

Allow us to present; recordings that have taken us places.

A song that turned an entire high school class on its ear and also inspired the theme for a float in the local Homecoming Parade, “Red Red Johnny” has for many people become a song that has been a part of the soundtrack of particular times in their lives. “Zantee Misfits” was used by United Airlines in their eclectic mix for in flight radio on transatlantic flights. “The American Dream” is our first Bossa beat song and was premiered on the airwaves by Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame DJ Megless Griffin on Sirius Satellite Radio. “Sun Go Down Dub” went up several Dub charts. “New York Town” was played a few times on Vin Scelsa’s Idiots’ Delight. People would sing it at us. A lot of people tell us that “Fingers in the Cake” is their favorite song. The Sundance Rabbi approached us to do a film of “No Better Thing.” “Behave Yourself” is the song that hooked Bleecker Bob and opened doors to many fantastic places like a European distribution deal and a Beatle connection. “Anyroad” was our stage show closer for a long time and we felt the recording captures the spontaneity of a live performance. “Always Be With Me” was on a demo tape that led to an offer to open a show for Stevie Ray Vaughn at Toad’s Place in New Haven. “Cool Babies (Justin’s Samba)” popped up on Sirius DisOrder 24 for close to two years. “Deanne (Where did you go?)” is a song inspired by a real person who heard us play the song shortly before she passed. “Lighten Up” gets used to open and close radio shows, years after the release of the Danger Bongo Crossing CD. Bobby Troup, who wrote “Route 66,” wrote to say he liked our recording. “Fear of Love” inspired the observation that “the group creates clever, rhythmically infectious music that defies ready categorization”. Our most pirated recording has got to be “Papa La Ska,” which has topped many MP3 charts. Arrggh.

We hope you enjoy the collection that after mastering the recordings,
Engineer, John Tabacco, said, “So, this is pretty much a dance CD?”

Tom Gould George Vahamonde
Tim Stapleton Michael Bifulco



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The Big Take-Over

An Eclectic Street Fair Festival by Themselves!
You don't need to go to an eclectic street fair to hear 16 different bands; Huntington, Long Island, NY band BNB are a street fair festival by themselves! Within the first four songs of their 11th CD, they ply skilled hands at folkish world music, Texas blues rock, and reggae. Perhaps bossa nova is the only category I'm not hearing; even Paul Simon took 40 years to integrate so many styles. Mainly, this Tom Gould led, 15-year-old unit know their way around whatever genre they try, because the focus is on the simple root vibe rather than some kind of party band shtick. The guitars are light, there are jazzy trumpets, and Gould sings like an old, experienced hand, a suburban Randy Newman. You can see why old NY DJ’s Meg Griffin and Vin Scelsa spin 'em.

Ink 19

A Fun Sing Along
Bossa Nova Beatniks hit a high I've never seen a band brag about before --their song "Zantee Misfits" was on the audio program for United Airlines' transatlantic flights.
The Bossa Nova Beatniks come out of the lower Manhattan club scene and mix Zydeco, island music, ska and roots rock to make a classy, low-key musical experience. The songs are upbeat and occasionally danceable, but never bombastic or intimidating. They sound more like an acrobatic troupe than a bike gang, and even if there's more unity than differentiation to this collection, the disc is worth a listen. The strongest song, "Red Red Johnny," is a fun sing-along, but there's nothing weak here, whether it's slow dance numbers or slightly sad love songs. It's about time you gave them a spin.

Rootstime - Belgium

"End Civil Twilight" is een absolute aanrader van
The Bossa Nova Beatniks draaien al sinds 1992 mee in de Amerikaanse muziekwereld met een unieke en originele sound die vooral draait om plezier maken. De band uit Huntington, New York doet dit met een steeds grotere groep muzikale vrienden en sinds enkele jaren ook met een grotere supportersclub. De kernleden van The Bossa Nova Beatniks zijn songwriter en zanger Tom Gould, George Vahamonde, Tim Stapleton en Michael Bifulco. Ze spelen een mix van jazz, blues, rock, boogie, reggae, calypso en andere wereldmuziek. We hebben deze band al enkele keren van een uitstekende recensie mogen voorzien bij Rootstime en dan kan je natuurlijk niet echt iets helemaal anders verwachten voor dit album "End Civil Twilight". Deze CD is eigenlijk een bloemlezing uit hun verzamelde werk en bevat 16 topsongs uit hun vorige albums. Niet alle hits staan er op, maar dat is haast onbegonnen werk. De Caribbean sound met bongo's, staande bas, laid back drums en vrolijke gitaren en percussie vormen samen met de voortreffelijke zang van Tom Gould en de vele gastvocalisten het ideale scenario voor een vol uurtje pure pret. We gaan er vandaag echt niet meer woorden aan spenderen. Koop deze CD en geniet er maar zelf van. Even het lijstje van de songs op "End Civil Twilight" nog meegeven : Red Red Johnny / Zantee Misfits / The American Dream / Go Down Dub / New York Town / Fingers In The Cake / No Better Thing / Behave Yourself / Anyroad / Always Be With You / Cool Babies (Justin's Samba) / Deanne (Where Did You Go?) / Lighten Up / Route 66 / Fear Of Love (a flyboy reggae) / Papa La Ska. The Bossa Nova Beatniks mogen altijd eens naar Europa overvliegen om ons hier de partytime of our lives te bezorgen. "End Civil Twilight" is een absolute aanrader van (valsam)

Craig Regala - Lollipop Magazine

You can Dance to it...
NY’s a place you’d hear various "fusions" wherein bands from the Afro-American music culture dip into other stuff from Europe and Africa AND the rich polyglot of stuff from South of "The Big Apple," wayyyy South, or heck, wayyy West. I swear there was stuff kinda like this in the mid-’80s when some new wave era bands ditched that herky-jerk straightjacket for Kid Creole’s cool big band influenced disco/r&b, Martin Denny’s "exotica" (wherein ’50s Tiki-Hut culture was sniffing around Polynesian and Hawaiian music), and when jazz met South America and "things" got very classy. Heck, a fella could even dance to it, with enough pina colada’s in’m! Kinda like what reggae is for fun-lovin’ college kids, and King Sunny Ade was for the "hipper" ones.

You can dance to it, it should get played on The World Music Café, it’s got a groove David Byrne could understand, and the tunes are actual distinct songs. Horns are tooted, ska/lovers rock- tempo’s are used, and bongo drums are either palmed or simulated. If I had the same morning show I did as a college kid (’82-WALF Alfred University), I’d play Bossa Nova Beatniks in with the Dead, King Sunny, Bessie Smith, The Talking Heads, The English Beat ("Save It For Later" is the best pop song of all time – Pete Townsend, 1982), Boo Boo Chavez, Konk, Al Green, The Beach Boys, the Drifters, and everything else I was good with.

Zeitgeist - Scotland

A Goodie
Whew, I was worried there for a minute. Because that's how long it took for the bossa nova brass to arrive. I was concerned that the beatnik part of the name might be taking precedence, and we all know that beatnik is just another word for workshy. But then on track number two, 'Zantee Misfits', they head off into a world of electric slide blues guitar, which was delightful, if unexpected. Then it's back to the bossa nova, baby for 'The American Dream'. And so it continues via dub reggae, ballads, samba and 'Route 66'. It's quite possibly the best Saturday night out you've never had. With bongos.

The Bossa Nova Beatniks have actually been on the go for hunnerds (well twenty five) years, putting out nigh on a dozen records and gigging high and low around New York where the George Clooney was been spotted with one of their CDs. Of course, he might have been returning an unwanted gift but you'd figure he would have people to do that for him. This is actually a 'best of the Beatniks', although the band fight shy of calling it a "greatest hits" collection, due to the absence of, well, hits. Oh, and some of their best known tunes.

If I was to be critical, then I would point a finger at the preponderance of slow songs, and point out how the swinging sounds of 'Red Red Johnny' and 'Route 66' work so much better. I'm also still plagued by nightmares of the Black Uhuru acid comedown of Glastonbury '84 (?), so have to ration the amount of reggae and ska I'm allowed to ingest. But even allowing for that, you'd need to be dead inside not to warm to the sounds. A goodie.

Mark Waterbury

A spicy stew of styles
This foursome born in Greenwich Village cooks up a spicy stew of styles ranging from jazz, island and beach, to rock, jam and R&B. The binder that holds the flavor together is the wonderful vocal croon of chief songwriter Tom Gould, whose voice is in an ear opening midground between Roy Orbison’s airy timbre and Sting’s inflections. The jam crowd will probably really dig this because the songs have this happy-go-lucky jam session vibe to them. This is fleshed out by tight musicianship - with an especially talented percussionist, and interesting lyrics.