A wicked album of Latin Soul tunes – recorded by Harvey Averne, one of the heaviest hitting producers of the New York scene of the late 60s! The album's one of the few that Harvey issued under his own name, and it features him on piano and vibes, working with arrangements by Marty Sheller, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ray Barretto —
Acid ... LP Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
A monster! If you buy one Latin record this year – make it this one – because it's one of the greatest ever recorded! Ray's late 60s Acid album is a landmark recording – a sublime mixture of Latin jazz, percussion, and soul – grooving hard in a variety of styles, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great Ray Barretto album from 1972 – one that beautifully showcases the master percussionist as he effortlessly shifts between Latin soul and 70's salsa styles! The group's nice and lean – with Adalberto Santiago on vocals, Papy Roman on trumpet, Louis Cruz on piano, and the great ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer stuff all around! This album's a monster – one of Ray's greatest, with the same sort of Latin Soul groove heard famously on his classic Acid LP. The record has Ray cutting across many genres – blending Latin, soul, jazz, and a slight bit of funk – all into a set of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice jammer from the "second wind" period of CTI – and a strong return to Latin jazz for Ray! The set's a great mixture of smooth CTI electric funk and Latin-oriented grooves – and it features work by Ray on congas and percussion, plus a list of players that includes Tito ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer material from the mid 60s – recorded for United Artists after Ray's initial watusi work for Tico – and in a similar style that has mixes together Ray's Charanga Moderna sound with some more boogaloo and Latin Soul numbers! The record's a key bridge between these two chapters of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ray Barretto —
Message ... LP Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)...
One of Ray Barretto's hardest-hitting salsa albums of the 70s – a raw set of grooves that's got Ray moving away from the playfulness of the Latin Soul years, into a more righteous mode that's easily guessed at from the title of the set! The vibe here is very straightforward – with Ray ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An early 70s killer from Ray – recorded right in the same era as most of his best albums! The feel here is strongly in the salsa mode – as Ray steps effortlessly from the Latin Soul era into a whole new decade of musical magic. And like the best of his 60s work, Ray's salsa cooks at a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing crossover moment of the 70s Latin scene! During the 60s Joe Bataan had been experimenting with the many different mode of Latin Soul – crossing over styles in a way that not only reflected his complicated roots, but which also tried to break Latin music out of the small uptown ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Stunning soul from the great Joe Bataan – a really groundbreaking mix of modes that's right up there with the best of the Spanish Harlem scene of the late 60s! The album is Joe Bataan's debut for the Fania Records label – and the start of an incendiary run of Latin classics that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best later albums from Joe Bataan – a really wonderful little set that takes off strongly from the salsoul experiments he first began on the Afrofilipino album! The album's got a great blend of clubby rhythms and Latin soul touches – all arranged by Marty Sheller, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing work from the Spanish Harlem underground of the late 60s! From the title, to the cover, to the beautiful blend of songs, this album perfectly sums up the rich energy and raw power bubbling in the NuYorican scene of the time – effortlessly blending together soul, Latin, jazz, and funk ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Joe Bataan —
Riot ... LP Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
A real killer from the legendary Joe Bataan – an album of righteous power that really lives up to the dynamic promise of the title and cover! Joe Bataan's in top form throughout – serving up a blend of Latin grooves and 60s soul influences that few other artists of the time could touch ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real turning point for Joe Bataan – and the beginning of his funky Latin sound of the 70s! The album was one of the first in Joe's "Salsoul" style – a sweet blend of Latin rhythms, late 60s Latin soul influences, and some of the hipper styles bubbling through the NuYorican ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Boogaloo – and nothing but! This is the kind of groovy Latin soul record you always hope to find when digging for Latin sides – and it's got that perfect mix of soul vocals and sock-boogaloo grooves that some of the best young combos were turning out in the late 60s. Bennito and crew ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest contemporary combos in the Latin scene – a group who bristle with all the fire of a classic New York or Puerto Rican ensemble – and one who really keep the salsa dura flag flying high! Almost every cut here is a winner – just the kind of heavy-hitting gems that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent set from Willie – recorded in the years before he moved to Verve, with a very different sound! The Willie Bobo here is less of the pop instrumentalist on some of his later sides – and is more of a hard-hitting Latin leader with a heck of a lot of soul. There's an early ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the Verve albums that focuses on Willie Bobo's talents as a singer – still very much in the tight Latin Soul style of Willie's other work from the time, but with more vocals on the tracks – done in Willie's rough-styled soulful mode! Includes the groovers "Feelin' So ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An insanely wonderful bit of Latin funk! The groove is super heavy, and falls somewhere in between NuYorican soul and Chicano Power rock – with a sound that's pretty close to Black Sugar, but a little bit more psychedelic, due to the heavy guitars and keyboards in the grooves. Hard congas ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent early session from Candido – and one of his first to move from straighter Latin into a much groovier vein! The session's done in collaboration with Lalo Schifrin – who was also working for Roulette at the time – and it's got a style that links Candido's older 50s-styl ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the grooviest early albums recorded by Candido – done way before his later funky sides, and served up with plenty of unusual touches that set it apart from the usual 50s Latin set! Candi's very much in front of the arrangements on congas – hitting hard with a percussive fury ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a center split on the bottom seam.)
Stone lost Latin funk! This one's Candido's rarest – and it's a killer batch of conga-heavy grooves, recorded in the late 60s for Solid State, and featuring a very groovy set of mod Latin arrangements by Joe Cain. The band features organ, guitar, bass, horns, and some upfront conga solos ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A duo from Chile, but one with a good ear for American pop of the 60s – which they sing in their own groovy way, with a style that's a bit different than usual late 60s Latin soul! The set features versions of "Mind Excursion", "Younger Girl", "Jelly Jungle", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Chaparro's The Godfather on the cover of this cool early 70s set – adding in a heavy cover image to back up the record's tight salsa groove! Chaparro was never as much of a bad boy or gangster as Willie Colon, but his group here romps along in similar territory – with Chaparro's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great lost descarga session from the 60s – led by Chihuahua Martinez! Martinez plays both timbales and guiro on the sessions, fronting a group that includes Alberto Valdez on conga, Mike Martinez and Chivirico Davila on coro, Manfredo Lee on guiro, Elpidio Vazquez on piano, Elpidio ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cuba descara – played American style! The set's a killer bit of Latin jazz from the New York scene of the 60s – a really brilliant effort headed up by Osvaldo Chihuahua Martinez – who plays both timbale and guiro – in a crack lineup that also features Chocolate Armenteros ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Coke ... LP Sound Triangle, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
Funky Latin breaks and very groovy grooves – the kind of record that you hear for only a second, and say "oh yeah, this is the stuff!" Coke were an obscure Florida combo who mixed together Latin, funk, and soul – served up in a crossover style that's halfway between the sound ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A Latin monster – and one of our favorite albums from the New York scene! The record is the only one we've ever seen from pianist Earl Coleman – and it's a groove-happy fiesta that's every bit Spanish Harlem at its best. Earl's piano is flowing and free, and the band grooves through ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best boogaloo sessions of the late 60s – and an early expression of genius from Johnny Colon! The album's got an electric bass sitting right at the middle – plucking with strong and soulful lines that set the pace for the record from the very first note. Johnny's hip young ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Remastered version on 140 gram vinyl. Limited numbered edition of 1000 copies.)
A landmark record that should be in any Latin collection! At the time of this album, Johnny Colon was a young trombonist just getting his start – working in the turbulent late 60s Spanish Harlem scene, and picking up on the wide range of styles going down in the hood. At one level, he was a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Willie Colon —
El Malo ... LP Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
Great stuff – and a very sharp album cut by Willie during the Latin soul era, featuring a bunch of tracks that veer more towards the boogaloo side of things than his later albums! The groove is nice and hard – stripped down with the youthful energy that Willie brought to the scene at ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A roots-oriented 70s classic from Willie Colon – one of his standout albums of the decade! Willie continues his "life of crime" approach for the early 70s – moving into an old west look on the cover, and matching that with a slightly rootsier sound on the album! The real ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Willie Colon —
Hustler ... LP Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
Brilliant early work from a young Willie Colon – a true hustler if there ever was one! The album has an amazing energy that really bridges a number of Latin scenes – it's part descarga jamming, part Latin soul, and part traditional Latin – put together with a no-nonsense approach ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A solid 70s session from Willie Colon – a combination of a few tracks from previous efforts, mixed with other new ones, all featuring lead vocals by the wonderful Hector Lavoe! The work on the album's the kind that was so influential at the time, it's almost hard to hear how important it was ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lush Cuban material, recorded by the Conjunto Casino in the years before Castro's regime, when RCA could still get its hands on material like this, and package it for release in the US. The tracks have a fairly traditional approach – with a mix of romantic numbers and mambos – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Early 60s black label pressing with a deep groove, and no red border on the cover. Cover has tape around the edges.)
A great little record – and a prime example of the strong Jewish/Latin crossover that was going on in the late 50s and early 60s. The record features the kind of crack cha cha sound that was bringing couples into the Palladium from Long Island, but it's also touched with occasional yiddish ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best albums ever by Mr. Bongo! This one was recorded live at the Garden Of Allah, and it features Jack Costanzo leading up a tight little group of congas/bass/drums/piano, plus some nice tenor work by Jay Corre. Tracks include "Garden Of Allah Bongo", "La Cumparasa" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original turquoise label pressing with deep groove.)
Original pressing of some Jack "Mr. Bongo" Costanzo's hard LA Latin sides from the late 50's. Issued on the budget TOPS label, but a strong batch of tracks that shows the Latin percussionist at his best. The band is a tight little combo with percussion, piano, and trumpets – plus ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has discoloration due to age, some light wear, a partially split top seam, and small splits on the spine and bottom seam.)
A collection of tracks produced by Joe Cain, Al Santiago, Pancho Cristal, and Tito Puente – probably all collected from other albums, and featuring Celia singing to arrangements by Louie Ramirez, Tito, and Memo Salamanca. Titles include "La Guarachera", "Tatalibaba", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Celia Cruz & Johnny Pacheco —
De Nuevo ... LP Vaya, 1985. Near Mint- ...
Joe Cuba breaks out with some great work from his classic sextet – a cool combo who really helped rewrite the rules for Latin music in the 60s! The group's got this focus that's quite different than the larger Latin bands of the previous years – yet they also kick a lot harder than the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful first pressing – in heavy die-cut gatefold sleeve!)
Seminal early work from the legendary Joe Cuba – highly percussive Latin tracks, served up in a small combo mode that really helped pave the way for the Latin Soul generation! Joe's shaking off most of Latin tradition here – going for a tightly focused sound that features plenty of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great Joe Cuba set from the mid 60's. This one was recorded slightly before Joe hit it big with his Latin soul hit "Bang Bang", and the sound's a mix of Latin jazz and tracks that have more of a Latin soul sound. The lineup includes the classic sextet, and tracks include "Oye ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Tico pressing. Cover has some wear and a partially split top seam. Vinyl is nice and clean overall.)
An early classic from vocalist Jimmy Sabater – one of the greatest singers of the New York scene, and a vocalist who was equally talented with both English and Spanish lyrics! The record's got a nicely soulful feel – not really Latin Soul, but in the kind of sophisticated approach that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
12 classic tracks, played by the Cuban All Stars, and issued on Seeco with their usual raw approach to putting together an album. The tracks are all fairly lively, with a heavy flute/violin line in all titles – including "Pachanga De Sabrina", "Bachanga, Bachanga", "S ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Deep groove pressing. Cover has some wear. Top & bottom seams are lined with clear tape.)
The definitely got the "quiet excitement" in the title right here – because the Cugie featured on this record is a long way from his harder, heavier 50s sides! The mode is lush and laidback – strongly inspired by 60s bossa arrangements, and penned here by Dick Jacobs – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Xavier Cugat —
Ole! ... LP Columbia, Mid 50s. Very Good ...
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(Original heavy red label pressing. Cover has a small split on the top seam, a bit of light wear, and some pen on the back.)
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Vinyl plays with a short click on side 1, track 5.)
Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra —
Viva Cugat! ... LP Mercury, Early 60s. Very Good+ ...
Nice later material by Cugie – recorded slightly before his 60s pop excursions, and with a sound that retains a lot of his original conception, but which touches it with some nice exotic hi-fi production. Titles include "Siboney", "Anna", "Jungle Drums", "Ju ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing.)
Xavier Cugat/Marek Weber —
Tango Time ... LP Columbia, Early 50s. Very Good ...
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(Heavy 6 eye pressing!)
Juan D'Arienzo with Alberto Echague —
Carton Junao ... LP RCA (Uruguay), Late 50s. Near Mint- ...
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(Does not include original plastic wrapper. 70s pressing.)
Walfredo De Los Reyes, Francisco Hechevarria, Tany —
Walpatacas ... LP Tania, 1981. Very Good ...
A great indie salsa session from the early 80s – lots of fire, some great vibes, and even some bass from the legendary Cachao! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear, with a sticker on the front.)
One of the weirdest, coolest Latin Soul albums we've ever heard – the only offering ever from the duo of Dianne & Carole – two female singers who come off with a great deal of enthusiasm on the set! That's our way of saying that the ladies are a bit rough on the vocals – but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Estrellas Cubanas, Orquesta America Del 55, et al —
Charanga! ... LP Seeco, Early 60s. Very Good+ ...
Hard early 60s charanga tracks, played by a number of different groups – including Estrellas Cubanas, Orquesta America Del 55, La Sonora Matancera, and Hermanos Ferreira. Celia Cruz sings vocals on the track "Carmelos", and other titles include "Guachupita", "Que Me ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Second pressing, on Bronjo. Cover has split seams lined with clear tape, and some general wear.)
A landmark album – one that has the Fania All-Stars playing in a Latin club style that greatly influenced dance music for years to come! The title "Cross-Over" might make you think of this one as a sell-out attempt, but it's not – it's a brilliant effort by the New York Latin ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the better Fania All Stars albums from the time – recorded live in Havana, with a lineup that includes Roberto Roena, Larry Harlow, Reuben Blades, Johnny Pacheco, Ismael Quintana, and Papo Lucca. Includes the extended "Descarga A Cuba", plus "Castellanos Jam", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
After a disastrous attempt at recording a live show, the Fania All-Stars went in the studio with guests like Billy Cobham and Manu Dibango and created their funkiest and one of their finest albums of the seventies! A few cuts are more straight Latin sounding, some of these tracks have a nice hard ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer early work by the Fania All Stars – caught live at the legendary Cheetah club, which was the heart of the New York salsa scene at the start of the 70s! The album is easily one of the best by the group – and features long tracks that really capture the jamming intensity that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Multi-colored label pressing. Cover appears to have been signed by some of the artists inside the gatefold.)
A Latin soul party – beyond compare! The album's a completely wonderful live set that really captures the energy, excitement, and warm sociability of the hip New York scene at the end of the 60s. The music is stunning – a freewheeling blend of jazz, soul, and Latin themes – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful mid 70s comeback from singer Cheo Feliciano – a set that still holds onto the soul of earlier years, but which also has a few wonderful touches of jazz in the mix! Arrangements here are by Bobby Valentin and Nick Jimenez, and they're played by a small combo that includes some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original gatefold pressing. Cover appears to have been signed by the artist.)
A soulful 70s set from Cheo Feliciano – cut-above salsa done in close collaboration with songwriter C Curet Alonso, who wrote most of the songs on the set! Bobby Valentin handles arrangements – and the groove here has that joyous, upbeat style of his own work at the time – pushed ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, a split bottom seam, and a bit of pen on back.)
Good album from the 70's by this classic Latin singer, and the sister of Machito (and the wife of Mario Bauza). Bauza and Chico O'Farrill handle the arrangements, and the tracks include "Yo Soy Asi", "A Cuba", "Kimbo Kimbisa", and "Delirio". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear and a piece of tape on the spine.)
A dozen hard early 60s Latin numbers – performed by Rene Grand and his combo, with some occasional vocals by Frankie Rodriguez – but also a number of great instrumentals with a sweet jazzy finish! The groove is very strong, with lots of mambo jazz in the mix, and a hard New York groove ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Grupo Folklorico Y Experimental Nuevayorquino —
Lo Dice Todo ... LP Salsoul/Mericana, 1976. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
The rare second album by this groundbreaking New York Latin group! Artists like Ruben Blades, Manny Oquendo, Jerry Gonzalez, Virgilio Marti, and Chocolate Armenteros join forces in an blend of modern and traditional explorations of the Latin groove – all with a good raw sound, and a hard New ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer bit of Latin Soul – one of the few albums ever recorded by conga player George Guzman, working here with a very cool, very hip, late 60s ensemble! The group sport 3 trumpets, piano, bass, and some very strong percussion – plus vocals in both English and Spanish, which makes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Larry Harlow certainly earns the name of Senor Salsa here – not just because of his decades-long pedigree in Latin music, but also because the record's easily one of his most solid since the 70s Fania years! There's a tight, jazzy feel to most of these numbers that's really great – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of those cookers from the great years when Milestone was crossing boundaries to bring the best in Latin jazz to US shores – featuring a tightly-crafted Irakere session recorded in Tokyo, easily some of their strongest studio work from the time! Chucho Valdes plays as much electric keys ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album