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Richard Barone on The Bongos’ Phantom Train (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… I observe that Phantom Train is somehow less “80s” sounding than any of The Bongos‘ other records, and wonder aloud whether that’s due to the approach they used in recording the album. “Each album is very different,” Richard Barone says. “Drums Along the Hudson is like a garage rock record. With

Richard Barone on The Bongos’ Phantom Train (Part One)

Measured by album releases, The Bongos‘ musical career lasted a mere six years. The Hoboken NJ-based group released EPs in 1980 and 1982, and three albums between 1982 and 1985. And as far as nearly everyone knew, the group left RCA and split shortly thereafter, with each of its members (most notably singer/guitarist Richard Barone)