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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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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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Johnny BlasIndestructible Spirit ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 2007. New Copy ... $5.99 16.98
Quite possibly the greatest album ever from California congolero Johnny Blas – a set that also has him returning to saxophone in addition to percussion, and which comes off with some of his sharpest grooves ever! There's a definite lean towards the jazzier side of the spectrum here – ... read more CD

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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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Willie ColonGood – The Bad – The Ugly (remastered edition) ... CD
Fania, 1975. New Copy ... $9.99 10.99
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 more CD

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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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Dandy's Dandy (Johnny Rodriguez Jr)Dandy's Dandy – A Latin Affair ... CD
Latin Percussion Ventures, 1979. New Copy ... $6.99 11.99
An obscure but excellent session – recorded at the end of the 70s with some of the best players in the New York salsa underground! The music is extremely vibrant – and the styles of the tracks range from hard Afro-Cuban percussion grooving to tight Latin jazz in a classic mode – ... read more CD

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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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IrakereQuince Minutos ... CD
Egrem (Cuba), 1986. New Copy ... $9.99 15.98
An unusual 80s session from Irakere – one that seems to have them taking on the new decade's funky modes to replace some of the styles they used in the 70s! There's still lots of Latin jazz at the core of the set, but a few tunes show some more modern elements too – a bit of drum ... 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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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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Alfonso LovoLa Gigantona ... CD
Numero, 1976. New Copy ... $9.99 16.98
Funky fusion with plenty of Latin touches – a really compelling set from the Nicaraguan scene of the 70s! The album's got the same criss-crossing of influences you'd hear in some of the best Bay Area projects of this type – no surprise since Jose Chepito Areas is a key member of the ... 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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Tommy OlivenciaLa Nueva Sensacion Musical De Puerto Rico – Tommy Olivencia & Su Orquesta Cantan Chamaco Ramirez Y Paquito Guzman ... CD
Uniko, 1965. New Copy ... $12.99
Killer early work from trumpeter Tommy Olivencia – already working here with a level of fire that would burn even more strongly in later years! The group's got a tight, youthful feel – grooving hard on a set that's heavy on guaguanco rhythms – served up with plenty of jazzy ... read more CD

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Orchestra HarlowHommy – A Latin Opera ... CD
Fania, 1973. New Copy ... $12.99
Orchestra Harlow's answer to the Who's Tommy – Hommy, a Latin Opera, and one of the few concept albums we know from the New York Latin scene of the time! The tracks are fairly short, and they're separated by short "interludes" throughout the album that feature some cool spoken bits ... 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 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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PijuanAhora Si Pijuan Y Su Sexteto ... CD
Kubaney/Uniko (Canada), 1970. New Copy ... $12.99
Straighter Latin than some of Pijuan's madder records of the 60s – but a set that's still got all the fire and frenzy of his youth! The group has this small combo vibe that really recalls the best modes of the pre-Latin Soul years – but they also hit a wider range of rhythms than any ... read more CD

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Pucho & The Latin Soul BrothersSaffron & Soul/Shuckin & Jivin ... CD
Prestige/BGP (UK), 1966/1967. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A double-header to die for – two of the rarest albums from Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – back to back on a single CD! First up is Saffron & Soul – one of the first albums from the legendary Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – a wonderful little record that ... read more CD

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Johnny Ray & Salsa Con Clase40 Anos De Canonazos ... CD
JZ Productions, 2006. New Copy ... $7.99
A mighty tribute to Johnny Ray's many years in music – including his early work as Johnny Zamot – and proof that the percussionist is still one hell of a cooker after all these years! The charts are tight, upbeat, and very jazzy – served up with a really classic feel throughout, ... read more CD

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Johnny Ray & Salsa Con ClaseCrossing Over ... CD
JZ Productions, 2004. New Copy ... $6.99
Contemporary work from Johnny Ray – aka Johnny Zamot – a set of salsa-heavy tunes that also aims to cross over nicely – thanks to its choice of popular tunes, and its slight use of electric instrumentation! Johnny's group here salsifies a batch of numbers from the 70s and 80s ... read more CD

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Johnny Ray & Salsa Con ClaseEncendido ... CD
JZ Productions, 2006. New Copy ... $6.99
Salsa with class from congolero Johnny Ray – a set that's got many of the same tight edges used in his 70s work as Johnny Zamot, but which comes across with a sound that's slightly more contemporary overall! The group here features Johnny on congas, plus horns, piano, percussion, and a bit ... 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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Tito RodriguezLive At The Palladium ... CD
West Side Latino, 1960. New Copy ... $9.99 12.98
Wonderfully jazzy work from Tito Rodriguez – and further proof that his live albums are often some of the best he ever recorded! The set's got an earthy feel that's quite different than some of Tito's studio albums – still that tight groove he brought to Latin music at the end of the ... read more CD

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New Mongo SantamariaMr Watermelon Man – La Bamba ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... $13.99
Mongo Santamaria at the height of his Latin Soul years – working on a cool Columbia session titled after an earlier hit, but served up with his new lean sound of the late 60s! The album's got that perfect Santamaria combo from the time – a group that features trumpet and these ... read more CD

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Mongo SantamariaSoul Bag/Stone Soul ... CD
Columbia/SPV (Germany), 1968/1969. New Copy 2 CDs ... $18.99 19.99
A pair of tremendous albums from Mongo Santamaria – back to back in one cool collection! Soul Bag is a stone 60s smoker from Mongo Santmaria – and a great little set that really lives up to its title! The "soul" reference points to the record's host of 60s soul tunes, which ... 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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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

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VariousColombia – The Golden Age Of Discos Fuentes – The Powerhouse Of Colombian Music 1960 to 1976 ... CD
Soundway (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
Easily the greatest collection of Colombian grooves we've ever seen – a beautifully-done package from Soundway Records, and one that lives up to the high standard we first found in their compilations of African and Panamanian funk! This time around, the focus is on the legendary Discos ... 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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VariousPlanet Latino ... CD
Freestyle (UK), 2007. New Copy ... $4.99
Contemporary Latin grooves from a host of different artists – not just the jazzy combos you might guess from the genre, but a host of funk and club acts as well! Despite a Putamayo-sounding title, the work here is all pretty darn hip – hip enough to live up to the sharp ears of London's ... read more CD
 
 



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