Please - 1976 – Manila Thriller
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Please was a band that consisted of bunch of Filipinos located in West Germany during the 1970s. The fellows Roy David (trumpet), Carlos David Jr. (guitar), Lito Cruz (trumpet and percussion), Manuel Santa Maria (trombone and percussion), Mariano Santa Maria (drums) and Roberto Vilegges (bass) formed this band that released two albums and several 45’s on German Telefunken label before vanishing into obscurity. The story does not tell how and why they were in Germany, but at least they did pretty good job when it comes to funky music.
Manila thriller was the second album of Please and it was released in 1976. I’m pretty sure the title refers to the legendary “Thrilla in Manila”, the heavyweight boxing championship fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier that took place at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Manila on October 1, 1975. The cover of the album also supports that, otherwise it would’ve been quite weird and disturbing. Although the main focus of the album seems to be on sweet soulful music, there’s some discoid funk business too. There’s midtempo funky soul such as “I’m gonna take care of business” and “Good stuff”, uptempo disco’ish soul like “Flaming lady” and then there’s also uptempo disco funk tracks like “Please yourself” and “Ego trippin’”, the latter having a nice break in the beginning and in the end.
Never released on CD.