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Machito & His Afro Cuban OrchestraVacation At The Concord ... LP
Coral, 1958. Very Good+ ... $24.99
A great document of the crossover between the New York Latin scene and the Catskills – the upstate resort community that was as important to the Latin groups as the uptown clubs! Like many groups of the period, Machito's found a heck of a lot of work in the Catskills during the 50s – most notably at the Concord Resort, paid tribute to by this set – which includes photos of famous Concord staffers that include swimming instructor Buster Crabbe and golf pro Jimmy Demarest! But apart from that gimmicky approach, the album's actually a strong one for Machito – showing the kind of grooves that helped his 50s group cross over big – a mix of mambo and early cha cha tracks that include "Patricia", "Guaglione", "Torero", "Cha Cha Cha Loco", "Cotillon Mambo", and "Mambo La Concord". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – very nice!)

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Perez PradoMambo Mania ... LP
RCA, 1955. Very Good ... $5.99
Jazzy mambos from the king – and easily the most successful of Perez Prado's albums for RCA in the 50s! The album showcases the Latin mode that Prado crossed over big with on his hit "Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White" – a tune that almost single-handedly grabbed the energy and audiences of the late swing years, and grafted them onto the growing New York Latin scene of the time! Prado's got that great growl in his chants, as usual – pushing the band to even more rhythmic heights and brassy horn flourishes with his trademark calls – and titles include the classic "Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White", as well as tracks like "Tomcat Mambo", "Mambo Ala Kenton", "The High & The Mighty", "Marilyn Monroe Mambo", and "Skokiaan". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear, aging, and seam splitting, with a sticker on the back.)

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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 slight echo of more familiar Colombian music at points, but often a more full-on approach to rhythm – with plenty of heavy percussion at the bottom, driving Afro rhythms, and some occasional Caribbean touches in terms of the production – which can make things nicely trippy at just the right points! Soundway have done a great job of introducing us to this unique genre – thanks not only to a wicked selection of tunes, but also a full complement of notes and photos, which really open up our understanding of the music. Titles include "Yoro" by Wganda Kenya, "El Scususu" by La Nelda Pina, "Tetero" by Cumbia Moderna De Soledad, "Esclavo Moderno" by Manuel Alvarez Y Sus Sangers, "Bumburumbumbum" by Cassimbas Negras, "Naga Pedale" by Cumbia Siglo XX, "Pim Pom" by Wganda Kenya, "Tetero" by Cumbia Moderna De Soledad, "Palenque Palenque" by Son Palenque, and "Shacalao" by Lisandro Meza & Su Conjunto. CD

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La LupeQueen Of Latin Soul/Reina De La Cancion Latina ... CD
Tico, Late 60s. New Copy ... Around August 1, 2014 (delayed)
While Pete Rodriguez and Pete Terrace were battling it out for the "King Of The Boogaloo" title – La Lupe went ahead and dubbed herself "The Queen Of Latin Soul"! Oddly, though, the album's less of a strict Latin Soul effort than you might guess from the title – and is more of a mix of different modes, including some more heartfelt ballads that were more typical of Lupe's work – sung here with that heartfelt sense of soul that's most likely the real reason for her claim to the title! Arrangements are by Hector DeLeon, and bring a good focus on Lupe's incredible vocals through creative use of strings and percussion. Titles do include a Latin Soul version of "Fever", plus more traditional Latin tunes that include "Amor Gitano", "Aun", "Negruna", "Este Ritmo Sabroson", "Soy Sonerita", "La Tirana", and "Busamba". CD

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New Eddie Cano & Jack CostanzoDancing On The Sunset Strip ... LP
GNP, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
2 of the leading lights of the west coast Latin scene of the early 60s perform live together with Tony Martinez and his orchestra at the Crescendo nightclub. Oddly, despite the fact that the GNP label owned the Crescendo nightclub, the "liveness" of the record feels slightly suspect, and we think that the album's actually a studio album with fake applause and crowd noise dubbed in. Who cares, though? The album's a nice little batch of Latin tracks – with tight bongo work by Costanzo, and long flowing piano lines from Cano – recorded in a manner that has a lot more of a raw edge than some of his other albums at the time. The band also features a vibist who's pretty darn hot (but unnamed), and titles include "Robin's Mambo", "Pharoah's Curse", "Cueros", and "Rhumba Rhapsody". LP, Vinyl record album
(Light blue label pressing. Cover has a half split top seam.)

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New Joe CubaEl Pirata Del Caribe – The Caribbean Pirate ... CD
Tico/Alegre, 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Later album by Joe, but still a great one. Joe's moved from a Latin soul groove into one that's beautifully strident and jazzy – with the kind of solos and tight rhythms that made him a legend, updated to reflect some of the NuYorican changes going on around him. There's some excellent vibes work on here, especially on the cuts "Y Joe Cuba Ya Llego" and "Bertos Madness", which is a very cool hard groover! CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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