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Francisco AguabellaH2O ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 1999. New Copy ... $5.99 16.98
One of the greatest new albums from this legendary conga player! Although Francisco Aquabella is probably best known to Dusty Groove customers for his 70's funk classic "Hitting Hard", or his work with the group Malo – in recent years, he's emerged as quite an important player on ... read more CD

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AztecaAzteca (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Big Break (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $14.99
A crowning moment for the west coast Latin scene in the 70s – a wonderful Bay Area set that brings together some of the best talents working on that scene at the time! The set's got a great blend of modes – Latin soul, touches of funk, and plenty of the jazzy inflections you'd expect ... read more CD

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AztecaPyramid Of The Moon (with bonus track) ... CD
Columbia/Big Break (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $14.99
A really special record from a really special group – one of two sublime 70s gems from Azteca – a wicked blend of jazz, funk, Latin, and soul – all put together by a young Coke Escovedo! Coke's ostensibly the leader of the group, but there's also a richly collaborative feel going ... read more CD

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Ray BarrettoEye Of The Beholder/Can You Feel It ... CD
Atlantic/Expansion (UK), 1977/1978. New Copy ... $16.99
Two massive records from Ray Barretto – both from a time when he was really opening up his groove! Eye Of The Beholder is a really wonderful album from Barretto – more jazz fusion than his usual 70s salsa – but in a way that we really really love! The album's a crossover gem ... read more CD

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Ray BarrettoCan You Feel It ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
Sweet sounds from the days when Fania Records was one of the greatest things going on the New York scene – and some of its key artists got a chance to work for other labels! This set's one of the best examples of that moment – as Ray Barretto steps out here in some sweet soulful ... read more CD

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Ray BarrettoQue Viva La Musica (remastered edition) ... CD
Fania, 1972. New Copy ... $9.99 10.99
Fantastic stuff from Ray Barretto – and one of his most sophisticated albums of the 70s! The album mixes together rootsy percussion and smoother jazzy arrangements – in a manner that keeps things fresh at all points, and which shifts the focus nicely from track to track – ... read more CD

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Joe BataanLost Sessions – New York 1976 ... CD
BGP (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $14.99
Joe Bataan working in a pronounced dancefloor soul mode! While the legendary Bataan was no stranger to the fusion of Latin, soul and funk, this some of the most club soul oriented sounds from Joe we've ever heard – and the sessions are seeing official release for the first time ever! The ... read more CD

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Joe BataanSalsoul (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Salsoul/Big Break (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $14.99
A landmark album from Joe Bataan – so great, that it made the entire record company change its name! The record has Joe really bursting out after his seminal Latin Soul work of the late 60s – blending Latin rhythms and American soul into a whole new style of music – one that Joe ... read more CD

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Bio RitmoPuerta Del Sur ... CD
Vampi Soul (Spain), 2014. New Copy Gatefold ... $16.99
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 more CD
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Puerta Del Sur ... CD 11.99

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Rene BlochMucho Rock ... CD
Andex/VSOP, 1958. New Copy ... $7.99 11.99
Rene Bloch is probably best known for his work in a straighter Latin vein, but this excellent set from the late 50s has him "rocking" it up a bit with some really heavy sax! The approach is totally great – one that uses heavy Latin percussion on the bottom (played by Mongo ... read more CD

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BwanaBwana ... CD
Acid Symposium, 1972. New Copy ... $8.99
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 more CD
Also available Bwana ... LP 9.99

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New Charanga Chicago/Eddie Drennon & Charanga SoulCharanga Chicago/Eddie Drennon & Charanga Soul ... CD
Alma, 1977/1983. New Copy ... $12.99 14.98
A really sweet charanga session from the 70s – one that mixes in some of the warmer instrumentation of the Latin disco generation, but which still keeps most of the older styles intact! The result is a really unique set – an album that has some of the clubby elements you'd find on ... read more CD

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Willie ColonEl Malo (remastered edition) ... CD
Fania, Late 60s. New Copy ... $9.99 10.98
Great stuff – and a very sharp album cut by Willie during the Latin soul era, featuring a bunch of tracks that veers 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 more CD

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Willie ColonGuisando – Doing A Job (remastered edition) ... CD
Fania, 1969. New Copy ... $9.99 10.99
Wild early work from Willie Colon – a record that's equally poised between the Latin Soul and later salsa era, and which features great lead vocals from Hector Lavoe! The album's got some very strong tracks that percolate in Willie's dark trombone-led groove – like the mighty 7 minute ... read more CD
Also available Guisando – Doing A Job (remastered edition) ... CD 8.99

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Conjunto ImpactoEl Regreso ... CD
Sols, 2013. New Copy ... $2.99
A great new set from this legendary Miami Latin combo – working here in a classic style that really shows their roots! The album's no-nonsense salsa right from the start – great rhythms at the core of each tune, some soaring work on trumpets and trombone to really give the cuts a jazzy ... read more CD

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Cortijo & Su ComboLa Quiniela Del Dia ... CD
Tico/Fania, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $9.99 10.99
A classic collection of grooves from the legendary Cortijo – most of which feature lead vocals from Ismael Rivera – mixed with a few other great tracks from later years too! Cortijo's combo was one of the leading lights of the pre-salsa scene – and his firey percussion really ... read more CD

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Jack CostanzoScorching The Skins ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 2002. New Copy ... $5.99 16.98
A slammer from percussionist Jack Costanzo – returning to the strength of his work from the 50s and 60s! Jack's playing here with a host of strong California Latin jazz musicians – in a freer style than his earlier work for Liberty, and filled with a fire that you'd hardly expect, ... read more CD

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Elia Y ElizabethLa Onda De Elia Y Elizabeth ... CD
Vampi Soul (Spain), Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold ... $16.99
Very groovy work from this Columbian duo – two female singers who work with some surprisingly cool arrangements that are often a mix of Sunshine Pop and subtle funk – a bit like Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 at their best! Arranger Jimmy Salcedo handled the backings, and they've got ... read more CD

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Fania All StarsCampeones – Band And Their Music ... CD
Fania, 1970s. New Copy 2CD ... $17.99 18.98
A killer compilation of the Fania All Stars- a sprawling 2CD set that captures at it's dynamic best – giving a solid half or so of the running time over to the iconic live recordings as well as some top notch studio efforts! 11 of the 20 tracks on the set are live, from the ultra classic ... read more CD

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Fania All-StarsDelicate & Jumpy ... CD
Columbia/Discos 605, 1976. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
A stunner of a record from the Fania All Stars – a tremendous attempt to move into a 70s soul vein, complete with Satin Soul arrangements from Gene and Billy Page! The record bubbles over with the funky orchestrations you'd expect from the best Barry White work at the time – strings ... read more CD

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Fania All-StarsRhythm Machine ... CD
Columbia/Discos 605, 1977. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
One of the proudest moments of the New York Latin underground – a time when some of its best players wound up playing for Columbia, through a brief affiliation between Fania and the larger label! And although you might think that the album would totally sell out the group's best points, it's ... read more CD

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Fania All-StarsSpanish Fever ... CD
Columbia/Discos 605, 1978. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
A fresh new groove from The Fania All Stars – one that definitely has them picking up some of the Spanish elements mentioned in the title – the fusing them into the tight mix of Latin, club, and jazz they were doing at Columbia Records in the late 70s! These new elements are often ... read more CD

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Nico Gomez & His Afro Percussion IncRitual ... CD
Omega/Mr Bongo (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
Fierce funky grooves from the legendary Nico Gomez – a set cooked up in Europe, but heavy with influences from the other side of the Atlantic – from Havana all the way up to New York! There's definitely a Latin groove to the record – one that's similar to other Gomez productions ... read more CD

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New Harlem River DriveHarlem River Drive ... CD
Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $13.99
A legendary Latin funk album – spearheaded by Eddie Palmieri! The record is a landmark crossover album from the early 70s – cut at the end of the Latin soul era, but featuring that genre's wonderful mix of Puerto Rican soul, Spanish Harlem Latin, and New York funk – which are ... read more CD

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La LupeFiebre Con EL Diablo En El Cuerpo ... CD
Discuba, Early 60s. New Copy ... $12.99
Early work from La Lupe – but a set that already shows the highly dynamic style that would make her a real standout in 60s Latin music! A number of the tracks here are listed as "rock" in the rhythms – which doesn't exactly mean that Lupe's singing rock music, but already ... read more CD

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Lat-TeensLat-Teens ... CD
Zebra (Colombia), Late 60s. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
A wonderful collection of grooves from the ultra-cool Lat-Teens – a late 60s Latin soul group who are often best-remembered for the drug references in their English language tunes, but a combo who could also groove on all sides of the Latin spectrum! The set's got loads of excellent numbers ... read more CD

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Joe LocoLoco Motion ... CD
Fantasy, 1961. New Copy ... $6.99 13.98
2 of Joe Loco's best albums (Pachanga With Joe Loco and Going Loco) compiled together on one double-length CD by Fantasy! The Pachanga album has (as you might expect) a good set of Pachanga grooves with Joe on piano, Mongo Santamaria on conga, and Willie Bobo on timbales. Going Loco is a bit more ... read more CD

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Bobby MatosBest Of Bobby Matos ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 1990s/2000s. New Copy ... $5.99 16.98
A great overview of the revival years of Latin percussionist Bobby Matos – a player we initially loved for his boogaloo work in the 60s, but who's returned as an even stronger force in recent years! Most of the tracks here are from Bobby's albums of the past decade or so for Ubiquity's Cubop ... read more CD

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Silvestre MendezOriza ... CD
Seeco, 1958. New Copy ... $9.99 12.98
Fantastic work from the 50s New York scene – and a legendary set that offers up its own interpretation of Santerian rhythms! The groove on the set is very percussion-heavy – and done with that rich sort of vibe you might get on some of the classic Sabu Martinez records – or maybe ... read more CD

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Orquesta El MacabeoLluvia Con Sol ... CD
Disco De Hoy, 2013. New Copy ... $9.99
These guys just keep getting better and better – and this time around, they've got such a tight groove, it's hard not to compare the group with some of the best of the 70s salsa generation! Rhythms are right on the money, and the instrumentation is completely sublime – very jazzy, with ... read more CD

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Orquesta SublimeCharangas Pa Todo El Mundo ... CD
Uniko (Canada), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $12.99
Charangas for everyone – served up here in a sweet, lean 60s style by Orquesta Sublime! The flute is especially strong in the combo – very sharp and high up in the mix – so that its lines stand out very strongly, and have this forceful feel that really brings the violin and ... read more CD

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Orquesta SublimeSu Majestad El Dancing ... CD
Uniko (Canada), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $12.99
Classic charanga work from Orquesta Sublime – grooving here at a slightly mellower pace than some of their other 60s albums, but at a level that's still more than rhythmic enough for the dancing promised in the title! The instrumentation is nicely varied – so that sometimes the violin ... read more CD

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New Tony PabonTony Pabon & His All Stars ... CD
Tico, 1970. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A stone winner from trumpeter Tony Pabon – our favorite record by him, and a great set from the end of the Latin Soul era! The group perform 2 great covers on the set – "Sunny", done in a strident bouncing style with a heck of a lot more life than the original; and "Oh ... read more CD

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Tito PuentePara Los Rumberos ... CD
Tico, 1972. New Copy ... $12.99
A heavy groover from Tito Puente – recorded in a back to basics style, but with a hard percussive edge! The sound here has plenty of jazzy touches – almost in the mode of Tito's funky big band records of the mid 70s, but with less of the funk or the large group touches – almost a ... read more CD

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Pete RodriguezRight On! Ahi Na Ma! ... CD
All Art/West Side Latino, Early 70s. New Copy ... $9.99 12.98
A great little record by Pete Rodriguez – one that seems to post-date his boogaloo work, rolling in more of a 70s salsa vein – still with plenty of wonderfully percussion numbers and soulful vocals! The record was recorded for the small All-Art label in New York, eventually reissued by ... read more CD

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Michi SarmientoAqui Los Bravos – The Best Of Michi Sarmiento Y Su Combo Bravo 1967 to 1977 ... CD
Soundway (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99
Colombian dancefloor stormers from Michi Sarmiento Y Su Combo Bravo – stellar guaguancos, descargas and cumbias from the late 60s and the heart of the 70s – compiled with the utmost love by Roberto Gyemant, Quantic and Miles Cleret! Soundway's forays into Colombian music to date – ... read more CD

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Sonora PoncenaAlgo De Locura ... CD
Fania, 1971. New Copy ... $9.99 10.98
The third LP from supremo salsa combo Sonora Poncena under Papo Lucca's direction and a wonderful early production effort from the great Larry Harlow, to boot! Algo De Locura is a great record that's been overlooked for decades and it sounds as great to us as their earlier couple of albums – ... read more CD

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Ray TerraceHome Of Boogaloo ... CD
Tower/Universal (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the coolest, grooviest albums of Latin Soul you could ever hope to find – one of the few records ever from the great Ray Terrace – and a set that goes even beyond some of the similar sides on Tico or Fania at the time! Ray's groove here is totally wonderful – upbeat, ... read more CD
Also available Home Of Boogaloo ... LP 9.99

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New Juan Pablo TorresDescarga Afrocubana ... CD
Caiman, Mid 90s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
A stone killer from one of the greatest Latin trombonists ever – a set that really lives up to its title, and maybe even blows away some of the earlier Cuban sessions by Juan Pablo Torres! Juan's a great leader throughout – working here with a tight ensemble that's heavy on percussion, ... read more CD

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New Alfredito ValdesAlfredito Valdes Y Su Charanga Popular ... CD
Alma, Early 60s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Rare early 60s work from Alfredito Valdes – leader of a very cool combo! Half the set features the rare album Sabrina – and the album's a stunner – as vocalist Valdes leads a group that has an incredibly raw sound that takes them way past the usual pachanga combo. The production ... read more CD

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Papo VazquezCarnival In San Juan ... CD
CuBop, 2003. New Copy ... $5.99 16.98
Crack Latin from trombonist Papo Vazquez – one of the strongest sets we've ever heard from Cubop Records, a label that's always pretty darn great! Vazquez' vision here is quite strong – working with a big group to craft some tunes that are surprisingly lean while still managing to be ... read more CD

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VariousPalenque, Palenque! – Champeta Criolla & Afro Roots in Colombia 1975 to 1991 ... CD
Soundway (UK), Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
A killer collection of champeta work from the Caribbean coast of Colombia – music that still has plenty of local touches, but also shares a lot with African imports of the time – a really unique little hybrid that makes for plenty of heavy rhythms! The sound is quite unique – a ... read more CD
 
 



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