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Fania All StarsBravo 97 ... CD
Sony, 1997. Used ... $16.99
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(Out of print.)

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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 Live At Yankee Stadium, Live At The Red Garter, Live At The Cheetah and other iconic material, as well as stellar studio sides. Incredible material from true champions of classic Fania. Titles include "Me Gusta El Son", "Descarga Fania" with Adalberto Santiago, "El Raton" with Cheo Feliciano, "Mi Gente" with Hector Lavoe, "Vente Conmigo", "Bilongo" with Ismael Rivera, "Quitate La Mascara" with Adalberto Santiago and more. CD

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New Fania All StarsSan Juan 73 ... CD
Fania, 1973. New Copy ... $13.99
The unearthed debut concert of the Fania All Stars in San Juan, and the first ever concert to be held at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum – a blazing set from the vaults of Fania Records seeing release for the first time ever! The Fania stars at hand for the concert is truly exceptional – with Cheo Feliciano, Bobby Cruz, Hector Lavoe, Ismael Miranda, Ismael Quintana, Pete Rodriguez and many more – and it's hard to believe the set's only now being released! With the ultra iconic Live At Yankee Stadium releases of the mid 70s, perhaps the powers at be thought that this recording would get lost in the shadows, but the set is excellent is and really an unearthed treasure – the Fania All Stars in peak form in front of a huge, appreciative audience! Killer percussion and horns throughout, with passionate group and solo vocals – with titles including "Mi Debilidad" with Ismael Quintana, "Que Rico Suena Mi Tambor" with Ismael Miranda, "El Raton" with Cheo Feliciano, "Pueblo Latino" with Pete Rodriguez, "Mi Gente" with Hector Lavoe, "Soy Guajiro". "Soul Makossa" and "Congo Bongo". CD

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Fania All-StarsCross-Over ... LP
Columbia, 1979. Very Good+ ... $8.99
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 scene to reach a much larger audience, and at the time, it really really worked! The album's actually got a surprisingly strong jazz basis to a lot of the playing – mixed with soul, disco, and funk influences that helped make this one a big album in the crates of plenty of non-Latin listeners. Features work by Eric Gale, Ruben Blades, Louie Ramirez, and Johnny Pacheco – and includes the cuts "You Want It You Got It", "Brazilian Paradise", "What A Big Thing", "Los Bravos", and "Prepara". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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New Fania All-StarsLatin - Soul - Rock ... LP
Fania, 1974. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $9.99
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 funky jazz feel, and sound like they could have been recorded for Prestige. There's great versions of "Soul Makossa" and "Viva Tirado", plus a very nice track called "Smoke". Other titles include ""El Raton", "Congo Bongo", "Chanchullo", "There You Go" and "Mama Guela". LP, Vinyl record album

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Fania All-StarsLive At The Red Garter Vol 2 ... LP
Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
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 – played with effortless ease by a lineup that includes Joe Bataan, Ray Barretto, Willie Colon, Larry Harlow, Bobby Quesada, Louie Ramirez, Ralph Robles, and some of the other heavy-hitters of the Latin soul years. (Just imagine trying to get so many jazz or rock talents together on one stage – it would never happen!) The album's incredible – and even the spoken introductions and crowd noise really help set the feel of the era's mighty magic power! Titles on this second volume include "Kikapoo Joy Juice", "If This World Were Mine", "Richie's Bag", "Red Garter Strut", and "Son Cuero Y Boogaloo". Firey stuff, and one of their best records! LP, Vinyl record album

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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 actually a great batch of cuts that mixes the All-Stars' strong salsa and jazz grooves with some nice club-oriented rhythms – a blend that was perfect to show the growing sophistication of the Nuyorican scene in the late 70s! All the right touches are still strongly in place – and the record features work from Pacheco, Roberto Roena, Mongo Santamaria, and Louie Ramirez, as well as guests Bob James and Eric Gale. Titles include "En Orbita", "Awake", "Juan Pachanga", "Steady", "Jubileo", and "Ella Fue". CD

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New Fania All-StarsTribute To Tito Rodriguez (remastered edition) ... CD
Fania, 1976. Used ... $12.99
The Fania All Stars pay tribute to older Latin great Tito Rodriguez – in a set of shorter tracks that's really the group's first true outing in the studio! The format here is quite different than the earlier live albums cut by the group – a sound that's a bit more focused, and without as much of the free solo interplay as before. Instead, there's a greater presence of the singers – as you might expect in a tribute to Tito – with lead vocals by Hector Lavoe, Ismael Quintana, Ruben Blades, and Justo Betancourt. Instrumentalists on the session include Willie Colon, Ray Barretto, Larry Harlow, Johnny Pacheco, Richardo Ray, and Roberto Roena – and titles include "Fue En Santiago", "Vuela La Paloma", "Cara De Payaso", "Involvidable", and "Tiemblas". CD
(Out of print.)

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Fania All-StarsLive At The Cheetah Vol 1 ... CD
Fania, Early 70s. New Copy ... Around August 10, 2014 (delayed)
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 occurred on stage when this many great artists were brought together in one space – kind of the "next step" for the older descarga mode put forth at the start of the 60s, pushed forward into the prouder, more unified Latin scene of the 70s! All Stars on this date include Ray Barretto, Larry Harlow, Bobby Valentin, Willie Colon, Johnny Pacheco, and others – and titles on this first volume include "Quitate Tu", "Descarga Fania", and "Anaconda". CD

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Fania All-StarsLive At The Red Garter Vol 1 ... CD
Fania, 1972. New Copy ... Around August 10, 2014 (delayed)
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 – played with effortless ease by a lineup that includes Joe Bataan, Ray Barretto, Willie Colon, Larry Harlow, Bobby Quesada, Louie Ramirez, Ralph Robles, and some of the other heavy-hitters of the Latin soul years. (Just imagine trying to get so many jazz or rock talents together on one stage – it would never happen!) The album's incredible – and even the spoken introductions and crowd noise really help set the feel of the era's mighty magic power! Titles on this first volume include "Country Girl-City Man", "Mi Gusta El Son", and "Guatacando". Firey stuff, and one of their best records! CD

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Fania All-StarsLive At The Red Garter Vol 2 ... CD
Fania, 1972. New Copy ... Around August 10, 2014 (delayed)
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 – played with effortless ease by a lineup that includes Joe Bataan, Ray Barretto, Willie Colon, Larry Harlow, Bobby Quesada, Louie Ramirez, Ralph Robles, and some of the other heavy-hitters of the Latin soul years. (Just imagine trying to get so many jazz or rock talents together on one stage – it would never happen!) The album's incredible – and even the spoken introductions and crowd noise really help set the feel of the era's mighty magic power! Titles on this second volume include "Kikapoo Joy Juice", "If This World Were Mine", "Richie's Bag", "Red Garter Strut", and "Son Cuero Y Boogaloo". Firey stuff, and one of their best records! CD
Also available Live At The Red Garter Vol 2 ... LP 9.99

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Fania All-StarsDelicate & Jumpy ... CD
Columbia/Discos 605, 1976. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
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 soaring over snapping beats and warmly soulful instrumentation – bearing little resemblance overall to the earlier work of the Fania All Stars, but blowing our minds all the more because of the rich ability to change sound so much. There's load of wonderful funk tracks on the album – and titles include "Picadillo", "I'll See You Again", "Foofer Soofer", "Sabrosa", "Desafio", and a great cover of "Rosemary's Baby". CD

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New Fania All-StarsRhythm Machine ... LP
Columbia/Fania, 1977. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
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 actually a great batch of cuts that mixes the All-Stars' strong salsa and jazz grooves with some nice club-oriented rhythms – a blend that was perfect to show the growing sophistication of the Nuyorican scene in the late 70s! All the right touches are still strongly in place – and the record features work from Pacheco, Roberto Roena, Mongo Santamaria, and Louie Ramirez, as well as guests Bob James and Eric Gale. Titles include "En Orbita", "Awake", "Juan Pachanga", "Steady", "Jubileo", and "Ella Fue". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has some wear, a small split on the spine, a tracklist sticker, and a bit of sticker residue, with a one by two inch corner portion cut out of the back.)
Also available Rhythm Machine ... CD 12.99

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Fania All-StarsSpanish Fever ... CD
Columbia/Discos 605, 1978. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
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 light – a bit of acoustic guitar here, maracas there, or some slightly different rhythms – and they're warmed up nicely by the mix of electric and acoustic instrumentation used by the group – who are definitely at the height of their disco powers here! Core players include Papo Lucca on keyboards, Nicky Marrero on timbales, Johnny Pacheco and Roberto Roena on percussion, and Bobby Valentin on bass – and other players include Hubert Laws on flute, Eric Gale on guitar, Luie Ramirez on vibes, and Luiz Perico Ortiz on trumpet. Vocals are by Ismael Miranda, Pacheco, and Ruben Blades – and titles include "Spanish Fever", "Que Pasa", "Space Machine", "Donde", "Your Sereneness", and "Sin Tu Carino". CD

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New Fania All StarsCommitment ... CD
Fania, 1980. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little back to basics effort from the Fania All Stars – one that shakes off some of the electric and clubby influences that were creeping in during their years at Columbia, and returns the group to a mostly salsa groove! The sound here is bold and bright throughout – traditional at one level, but colored with modern inflections and a deepening sense of sophistication that may well make it one of the group's most cohesive records ever! Members of the ensemble include Roberto Roena, Johnny Pacheco, Luie Ramirez, and Papo Lucca – and vocals are by Celia Cruz, Adalberto Santiago, Ruben Blades, Santos Colon, Hector Lavoe, and Cheo Feliciano. Titles include "Dinamita", "Dime", "Ublabadu", "Cuando Despiertes", "La Borinquena", and "Encantigo". CD
(Out of print. Original CD pressing.)

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New Fania All-StarsLive At The Cheetah Vol 1 ... LP
Fania, 1971. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 occurred on stage when this many great artists were brought together in one space – kind of the "next step" for the older descarga mode put forth at the start of the 60s, pushed forward into the prouder, more unified Latin scene of the 70s! All Stars on this date include Ray Barretto, Larry Harlow, Bobby Valentin, Willie Colon, Johnny Pacheco, and others – and titles on this first volume include "Quitate Tu", "Descarga Fania", and "Anaconda". LP, Vinyl record album
(Multi-colored label pressing. Cover appears to have been signed by some of the artists inside the gatefold.)
 
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Ray BarrettoBarretto Power ... LP
Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
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 Andy Gonzalez on bass – a heck of a player whose solid rhythmic pulse was a big part of so many great albums of the time. Two great tracks make the album totally worth owning – "Right On" and "Power", both of are funky Latin soul numbers that are right out of Ray's Hard Hands period! Other tracks are equally great salsa numbers – and titles include "Y Dicen", "Perla Del Sur", and "Oye La Noticia". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Ray BarrettoEye Of The Beholder ... CD
Atlantic/Fania (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99
A really wonderful album from Ray Barretto – more jazz fusion than his usual 70s salsa – but in a way that we really really love! The album's a crossover gem that has Ray working with Stix Hooper, Joe Sample, and Wilton Felder of The Crusaders – a trio who produced the record, and add in some of their instrumental help as well – which helps Ray find this bouncy, sometimes funky sort of groove – a sublime blend of LA fusion and New York Latin! There's still loads of great percussion from Barretto – but the set also has some wicked keyboards, guitar, and lots of jazzy inflections too. Titles include the killer cut "Here We Go Again" – a great midtempo number with a perfect steppers groove – plus the cuts "Tumbao Africano", "Leti", and "Expresso". CD

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New Ray BarrettoHard Hands ... LP
Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
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 grooves that never stops pleasing, and which will make you start digging through the Latin racks like mad, just to find another LP this great! Titles include "Hard Hands", "Abidjan", "Got to Have You", "New York Soul", and the fantastic track "Love Beads", which has a cool rolling piano line that sounds like a great De La Soul sample. It's a great track, and makes the entire album worth the price! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Ray BarrettoMessage ... LP
Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
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 coming down hard on conga, and working with a group that features Adalberto Santiago on lead vocals, plus Orestes Vilato on timbales, Andy Gonzalez on bass, and Luis Cruz on piano. The sound is spare and raw – and titles include the wonderfully echoey tune "O Elefante", with some great elephant-like work on trumpet – plus "Con El Cimarron", "Se Traba", "Arrepientete", and "Te Traigo Mi Son". LP, Vinyl record album

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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 – creating a really rich sound that's almost unlike anything else he ever recorded! Luiz Cruz plays excellent electric piano, and Adalberto Santiago is on lead vocals on a few tracks – and titles include the extended version of "Cocinando", used as the theme in Our Latin Thing – plus the cuts "Que Viva La Musica", "El Tiempo Lo Dira", "Bruca Manigua", and "Alafia Cumaye". CD

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Ray BarrettoTogether ... LP
Fania, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
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 level that's far hotter than most of his contemporaries – with lots and lots of incredibly tight percussion, impeccable instrumentation, and even a more soulful approach to the vocals than usual. The album's got a short Latin soul groover called "Together", which has tight bass and a very catchy lyric; an extended Latin jazz version of "Tin Tin Deo", with some incredible piano that goes way way out over the groove; and plenty of other great Latin numbers, like "Invitacion Al Son", "Vive Y Vacila", "De Donde Vengo", and "Hipocresia y Falsedad". LP, Vinyl record album

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Joe BataanGypsy Woman ... LP
Fania, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
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 forever changed the face of the New York scene – a mindblowing mix of Latin rhythms and soul-based inspiration, served up in a mix of English and Spanish language lyrics! The title track is a sublime cover of Curtis Mayfield's "Gypsy Woman" – one that's even more heartbreaking than the original – and other titles include "Ordinary Guy", Sugar Guaguanco", "So Fine", "Fuego", and the groovy "Chickie's Trombone" – a tight little jammer that shows that Joe's group also drew plenty of inspiration from the descarga scene too. LP, Vinyl record album

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Joe BataanMr New York & The East Side Kids ... LP
Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
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 – making the whole thing work perfectly because that's the way it was! These cats didn't know anything about rules – at least not until the big bad older Latin mafia snapped them in place – and the result is a freewheeling album of hard grooving jammers and sweetly emotive soul tunes! Tracks include "Puerto Rico Me Llama", "Make Me Smile", "Es Tu Cosa", "The Prayer", "Aguanta La Lengua", and "Chili Beans". LP, Vinyl record album

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Joe BataanRiot ... LP
Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
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 – soaring and upbeat one minute, but mellow and laidback the next. There's a number of longer tracks on here that really move past the standard Latin Soul modes – bringing in bits of descarga jazz, instrumental soul, and mellower ballads to Joe's already-great blend of styles. The depth here is tremendous, and nearly every track's a winner! Titles include the slamming "It's A Good Feeling (Riot)", "Muneca", and "Mambo De Bataan" – plus the soul tracks "What Good Is A Castle", "My Cloud", "Daddy's Coming Home", "Ordinary Guy", and "For Your Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Joe BataanSaint Latin's Day Massacre ... LP
Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
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 scene. A few cuts are in the sweet soul ballad mode of Joe's earlier years – but there's others that pick up the groove nicely, and add in some guitar and vibes for a sweet electrified groove. Includes a great remake of "Theme From Shaft", plus the two-part "I Wish You Love", "If I Were A King", "Coco E", "El Regreso", and "Charangaringa". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Justo BetancourtPa Bravo Yo (remastered edition) ... CD
Fania, 1972. New Copy ... $9.99 10.99
A really top-shelf album from Justo Betancourt – a perfect illustration of the power of his vocals at their height! The set's got a really classic 70s salsa feel – a horn-heavy groove that almost effortlessly flows from a combo of strong players, topped by majestic vocals from Justo – stretching out soulfully with these wonderful inflections, timings, and turns that go far beyond the simple lyrics of the tunes. The record's almost a casebook study in the way that the Fania singers of the 70s could be completely expressive without resorting to any sort of over-emotive cliches – a new level of Latin masculinity in song, served up here with impeccable arrangements by Javier Vazquez. Titles include "Pa Bravo Yo", "Psicologia", "Oyeme Cantar", "Guaguanco Ta Moderno", "Adios Felicidad", "Catano", and "Una Audiencia Muerta". CD

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New Ruben BladesBohemio Y Poeta (remastered edition) ... CD
Fania, Mid 70s. New Copy ... $9.99 10.98
A collection of important early work by Ruben Blades – and easily one of the best examples of his tremendous talents in the 70s! The title is very well put, as Blades is both poet and bohemian on the record – hitting themes that are both personal and political in a way that other Latin singers would never touch, and handled here with arrangements that bring in not only a bit of jazz, but also some deeper shadings of color and tone that sparkle with almost soundtrack-like sophistication. Many titles are relatively longish, especially when compared to the work of his contemporaries, and titles include "Juan Pachanga", "Sin Tu Carino", "Paula C", "Pablo Pueblo", "La Mora", and "Canto Abacua". CD

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Ruben BladesMaestra Vida – Segunda Parte ... CD
Fania, 1979. Used ... $16.99
An amazing achievement for Ruben Blades – a full suite of tracks conceived and composed by Ruben as a "disco drama" on wax! The work isn't the disco-styled album you might think from this description – and is more of a mini-opera or concept album by Blades, one that features ambitious arrangements from Louie Cruz, Marty Sheller, and Carlos Franzetti – using strings and more standard Latin backings to expand the tunes tremendously, and make the whole album work with the full drama it requires. There's a few spoken bits on the set, which give way to some great songs – and the album also has a few instrumental passages. Willie Colon produced and supervised the whole effort – and tracks on this second part include "Epilogo", "El Velorio", "Manuela Despues", "El Entierro", "Hay Que Viver", and "Maestra Vida". CD
(Out of print original Fania pressing.)

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Ruben BladesMaestra Vida Vol 1 – Primera Parte ... CD
Fania, 1979. Used ... $19.99
An amazing achievement for Ruben Blades – a full suite of tracks conceived and composed by Ruben as a "disco drama" on wax! The work isn't the disco-styled album you might think from this description – and is more of a mini-opera or concept album by Blades, one that features ambitious arrangements from Louie Cruz, Marty Sheller, and Carlos Franzetti – using strings and more standard Latin backings to expand the tunes tremendously, and make the whole album work with the full drama it requires. There's a few spoken bits on the set, which give way to some great songs – and the album also has a few instrumental passages. Willie Colon produced and supervised the whole effort – and tracks on the first part include "Prologo", "Manuela", "Carmelo (part 1)", "Dejenme Reir", and "El Nascimento De Ramiro". CD
(Out of print original Fania pressing!)

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New Johnny ColonBoogaloo Blues (remastered edition) ... CD
Cotique/Fania, 1967. New Copy ... $9.99 10.99
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 straight player with a love for the sound of the early 60s descarga era – but at another, he was a young kid absorbing all the soul, funk, and drug influences that were coming out of other groups at the time. The result is a really amazing album with a slow, sinister groove that's unlike anything else we can think of. Tracks roll over one another with uncanny beats and a sad and soulful feel – shifting between English and Spanish to reflect the speech patterns of the members of the band – and really opening up with some killer grooves that have made the album a treasure for years! Titles include "Judy (part 2)", "Canallon", "Jumpy", "Boogaloo Blues", "Descarga", and "Mi Querida Bomba". CD

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New Willie ColonCosa Nuestra ... LP
Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A monster album of 70s salsa – and one that has bad boy Willie Colon taking the Latin world by storm – forging the new sound that would push him and the New York scene into the frontline of 70s Latin! Willie's got a strength on the set that's very much in keeping with his machine gun pose on the cover – a no-nonsense salsa groove that's overflowing with righteous pride and youthful energy – consciously aware of its new direction, and not afraid to show it! The album features the classic dancefloor groover "Che Che Cole", plus the tracks "Lo Me Llores Mas", "Sonero Mayor", "Sangrigorda", "Ausencia", and "Te Conozco". LP, Vinyl record album

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New 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 the time – and the record features great vocals by Hector Lavoe, Yayo El Indo, and Elliot Romero. Features the wonderful piano-bassed groover – "Jazzy" – which spirals out with descarga-like energy! Other great tracks include the boogaloo numbers "Skinny Papa", "Willie Baby", "Willie Whopper", and "El Malo" – but the whole album's a winner! CD

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Willie ColonGood – The Bad – The Ugly ... LP
Fania, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
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 difference is the presence of Yomo Toro – who plays cuatro on the album, and gives it a sound that stretches back to earlier Afro-Cuban styles – a groove that's a lot more rootsy, mixed in with the soaring salsa style of Colon in the 70s. Lead vocals are by Willie, Hector Lavoe, and Ruben Blades – and arrangements are by Marty Sheller and Willie. Tracks include "Toma", "Dona Tona", "Potpourri III", "Cua Cua Ra, Cua Cua", "I Feel Campesino", and "Que Bien Te Ves". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Good – The Bad – The Ugly (remastered edition) ... CD 9.99

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New 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 difference is the presence of Yomo Toro – who plays cuatro on the album, and gives it a sound that stretches back to earlier Afro-Cuban styles – a groove that's a lot more rootsy, mixed in with the soaring salsa style of Colon in the 70s. Lead vocals are by Willie, Hector Lavoe, and Ruben Blades – and arrangements are by Marty Sheller and Willie. Tracks include "Toma", "Dona Tona", "Potpourri III", "Cua Cua Ra, Cua Cua", "I Feel Campesino", and "Que Bien Te Ves". CD
Also available Good – The Bad – The Ugly ... LP 9.99

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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 "No Me Den Candela", which steps about majestically in a slow and soulful groove; or the great instrumental cut "I Wish I Had a Watermelon", a nice mini-descarga with some really great piano! Other tracks include "El Titan", "Oiga Senor", "Guisando", and "Te Estan Buscando". Great stuff all around! CD
Also available Guisando – Doing A Job (remastered edition) ... CD 8.99

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Willie ColonGuisando – Doing A Job (remastered edition) ... CD
Fania, 1969. Used ... $8.99
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 "No Me Den Candela", which steps about majestically in a slow and soulful groove; or the great instrumental cut "I Wish I Had a Watermelon", a nice mini-descarga with some really great piano! Other tracks include "El Titan", "Oiga Senor", "Guisando", and "Te Estan Buscando". Great stuff all around! CD
Also available Guisando – Doing A Job (remastered edition) ... CD 9.99

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Willie ColonHustler ... LP
Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
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 that makes the whole thing come off like magic. A young Hector LaVoe is on lead vocals, but the real star here is the group – who have a lean, mean, stripped-down sound that's really great! Includes the jammer "The Hustler", plus "Eso Se Baila Asi", "Havana", "Guajiron", "Montero", and "Que Lio". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Hustler (remastered edition) ... CD 14.99

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New Willie ColonHustler (remastered edition) ... CD
Fania, Late 60s. Used ... $14.99
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 that makes the whole thing come off like magic. A young Hector LaVoe is on lead vocals, but the real star here is the group – who have a lean, mean, stripped-down sound that's really great! Includes the jammer "The Hustler", plus "Eso Se Baila Asi", "Havana", "Guajiron", "Montero", and "Que Lio". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)
Also available Hustler ... LP 9.99

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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 keeps things going here – helping to lay down some excellent rhythms that are perfect for the soaring vocals from Rivera, and other singers who include Azuquita, Pepito Negron, Jorge Millet, and Nacho Sanabria. Titles include "Sacame De Aqui", "Fuerza E Cara", "Coje Pa La Cola", "Calambre", "Bombon De Canela", "Agua Que Va A Caer", "Se Escapo Un Leon", "Aqui Estoy Ya Llegue", and "Arrecotin Arrecotan". CD

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Jack Costanzo & Gerrie WooLatin Percussion With Soul (limited edition vinyl) ... LP
Tico/Fania, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99 14.98
An obscure little album from Jack "Mr Bongo" Constanzo – his only entry into the Latin Soul genre, and a really nice batch of grooves! Jacko's working here with singer Gerrie Woo – who sings in English on about half of the album's tracks, giving the set a nice pop-styled Latin groove that reminds us a lot of Willie Bobo's work for Verve, and some of the more unusual indie Latin albums of the time. The set's filled with loads of great numbers – including Hector Rivera compositions "Recuerdos", "Que Vengo Acabando", "Don't Squeeze The Peaches", and "Mambo Jack" – plus covers of "Jive Samba", "Words", and "Green Onions". LP, Vinyl record album
(Remastered version on 140 gram vinyl. Limited to 1000 copies.)

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Celia CruzBravo Celia Cruz (remastered edition) ... CD
Tico/Fania, 1967. Used ... $13.99
A late 60s album from Celia Cruz – but one with a sound that's very similar to her classic early recordings of the 50s! The feel here is quite similar to those – recorded in Mexico, with backings from the orchestras of Memo Salamanca and Juan Bruno Tarraza – both of whom support Celia's vocals with a warmly swinging Afro-Cuban approach! There's plenty of jazzy flourishes in the horns behind the vocals, and they really help keep things light and lively – without some of the more overdone modes that can sometimes show up on Cruz's work. The tracks include a lot of guarachas, plus a few that are referred to as "tropical a Go Go" numbers – titles include "Bravo", "La Campeona", "El Cinturon", "Guantanamera", "Suenan Los Tambores", "Asi VA Mi Cantar", and "Ay Que Vecino". CD
(Out of print.)

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George GuzmanIn Line/En Linia ... LP
Fania, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
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 for a perfect back and forth mood to the set, handling both straight Latin and Latin Soul numbers with ease! Loads of great tracks – including "Diggin' Rice & Beans", "Manteca", "Really Bad Scene", La Banda Ya Llego", and "Winter Love". Nice, tight, and very very groovy. LP, Vinyl record album

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LatinairesCamel Walk ... LP
Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Killer Latin soul! This record is one of the hardest to find from the late 60's boogaloo era, and it's a massive stormer filled with tasty grooves! The band is small and tight, with a 2-sax frontline, for an extra-soulful sound. Vocals are in English and Spanish, and the album wails away like a siren out of control. Things kick off with the organ-heavy instrumental, "Camel Walk" – then they leap into one of the catchiest vocal numbers ever from Fania, the tasty "Afro-Shingaling" – which starts with Ray Ramirez shouting "I just come from Africa – and I learned to do the Shing-a-ling!" Other nice ones include "Chevere", "Guajira", and "Creation" – but the whole thing's great! LP, Vinyl record album

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Hector LavoeAnthology ... CD
Fania, Late 60s/1970s. Used 2 CDs ... $19.99
CD
(Out of print, penmark through barcode.)

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Luis OgandoLuis Ogando ... CD
Fania, 1993. Used ... $5.99
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(Out of print.)

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New Orchestra HarlowEl Exigente ... LP
Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A stunning album from Orquesta Harlow – one of their wildest of the 60s, and filled with delights! The record starts with this strange sound of a train pulling into a station, then rolls into a massive boogaloo groove that really sets the pace for the album – hitting hard with some heavy percussion, and really pushing the group through a great blend of English and Spanish language numbers! The whole thing's great – easily one of the best by the group – and titles include "Be Free", "El Exigente", "That Groovy Shingaling", "Mess Around", "Freak Off", and "Groovin' to the Afro-Twist". LP, Vinyl record album

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Orchestra HarlowHeavy Smokin ... LP
Fania, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A great early record by Larry Harlow's famous combo – every bit the "smokin" set that the title might imply! Harlow and the group are in full force here – ripping through a set of short tracks that really groove with a darkly percussive edge. There's a surprising amount of traditional instrumentation in the set – especially considering the stoned out image on the cover – but that's no problem for us, given the overall quality of the set! Tracks include "Chancletas", "Orchestra Harlow", "Mi Guaguanco", "Adios Mama", and "Rica Combinacion". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Ralfi PaganRalfi ... LP
Fania, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Sublime falsetto soul from the great Ralfi Pagan – one of the most unique artists on the New York Latin scene at the start of the 70s! Ralfi shares some of the sweet soul modes of Joe Bataan – when Joe's in the right mood – but he also goes further, too – and really pushes things into the best New Jersey/Philly mode of the period, while still hanging onto some Latin rhythms too. Most numbers have a harmony group behind Pagan's soaring lead – and the instrumentation has some sweet electric touches that mix in a bit of funk with the Latin, too. Ralfi chose some great material this time around, too – and the album features versions of "Too Late", "Brother Where Are You", "Bottom Line", and "Wonderful Thing". LP, Vinyl record album

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Joey PastranaHot Pastrana (limited edition) ... LP
Fania, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $12.99
Ahhhhh . . . The wonderful sounds of Joey Pastrana – the hip Latin Soul bandleader who was known to the kids as "Hot" Pastrana! This album's one of his best for Cotique – a strong mix of boogaloo numbers and straighter Latin tracks, all played with the kind of fire that was making Joey and his generation draw big crowds in New York – causing the older leaders to quake in their boots and plot their revenge! The album's filled with nice Latin soul numbers – including the groovers "Afro Azul", "My Victrola", "How Sweet It Is", and "Problems". LP, Vinyl record album
(Remastered 140 gram vinyl. Numbered limited edition of 1000.)

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Louie RamirezAli Baba ... LP
Fania, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of the wildest albums in the history of Latin music – a crazy batch of Latin soul tunes made by Louie Ramirez under the alter ego of Ali Baba! The album starts with Ali saying "I hope you buy this album. I need the bread to buy a couple of camels. You see, I haven't had a hump in about a month!" – then rolls into a massively grooving tune entitled "Ungawa". This blend of Middle Eastern, African, and Latin themes in such short space – however goofball – really gets at the expansive feel of the set, as Louie's stepping way past the simple format of his earlier years, into the tripped-out styles that the Latin kids were digging in the late 60s. The album's even got a secret message hidden by backward masking – but even the forward bits are great, especially the tunes that cook with English lyrics by Bobby Marin! Titles include "I Dig Rhythm", "Ungawa", "Ali Baba", "Cookin' with Ali", "Yambu", "It's Not What You Say", and "Cachita". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Ricardo Ray & Bobby CruzEl Sonido De La Bestia (remastered edition) ... CD
Vaya/Fania, Late 70s. Used ... $12.99
Don't let the title fool you, because it's similar to the album that Ricardo Ray and Bobby Cruz started off the 70s with – El Bestial Sonido – but the record's something quite different indeed! This set has Ricardo and Bobby exploring a more spiritual side of their music – one that's still socially conscious, and still plenty heavy on the Puerto Rican salsa of their fame – but one that also features all original material with themes of faith and redemption. Of course, if you're not a Spanish speaker, all you'll really notice is that the album's got plenty of salsa grooves – and at some level, that's really the genius of the album – as Ray and Cruz pushed a new sensibility into mainstream salsa audiences. Titles include "Eres Tu", "El Relajo", "Juan En La Cuidad II", "Pra Tra Y Pa Tra", and "El Sonido De La Bestia". CD
(Out of print.)

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Richie Ray & Bobby CruzLa Herencia ... CD
Fania, Mid 70s. Used ... $13.99
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(Out of print.)

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New Pete Conde RodriguezSoy La Lay ... LP
Fania, 1979. Near Mint- ... $16.99
One of our favorite albums ever from Pete El Conde Rodriguez – a bold little session that seems to have a bit more jazz in the mix than some of his other records! There's a soaring sound here that starts from the very first note – a somewhat joyous groove that steps out with tight percussion, piano, and really bright horns – all woven together alongside Pete's deeply soulful vocals. Victor Paz plays some key trumpet lines on the record – and arrangements are by Louie Cruz, Louie Ramirez, and Louie Perico Ortiz. Titles include "Soy La Ley", "Mi Viaje", "Mi Negra Mariana", "Cabildo", "Piroleando", and "Aqui En Mi Pueblo". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Monguito SantamariaHey Sister ... LP
Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Oooooo-weee – a monster album by one of our favorite talents of the Latin soul era! Monguito Santamaria had a really great way of putting the electric bass right up front in his tracks – kicking things up with a bouncing groove that's as sock-boogaloo as boogaloo can get, and which makes for some of the most outta site tracks of his era! Nearly ever number's a winner – and the album's stuffed with killer groovers like "Groovetime", "Work Out", "Monguito's Theme", "Mambo New", "Chango", "Hey Sister", and "El Dorado". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Lenni SesarLenni Sesar ... LP
Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A lost slammer from the Fania catalog of the 60s – the one and only album from the highly dynamic Lenni Sesar! Lenni's got a sound that's quite different from other Latin leaders of his time – very jazzy overall, especially on the uptempo numbers on the set – with a really full horn section that knows how to swing, and really let loose with some mad mad solo bits! The album's got some really stunning groovers that include "Return Of Cochise", "Morris Park", and "Straw Boss" – and the whole thing's a rare treasure that really stands out from other Fania albums of the time! LP, Vinyl record album

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New 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 – up therewith their best Fania recordings of the decade. It's a wide range of material, from a heavy brass and percussion heat to a slower cooking, more meditative approach, passionate lead and chorus vocals, and the incredible leadership & instrumental genius of Papo. Includes "Acere Ko", "Toto El Mundo Escucha", "Cenizas", "Ingrato Corazon", "Yemaya", "Nobleza". "Pa' Los Poncenos", "Chanflin" and more. CD

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Tipica 73Tipica 73 (limited edition) ... LP
Fania, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99 14.98
The landmark first album by Tipica 73 – one of the important "new traditionalist" groups of the 70s, and a great mix of newer salsa and older styles – done by a group that features Sonny Bravo on piano, Orestes Vilato on timbales, and Rene Lopez on trumpet. Titles include "Oye Mi Guajira", "Tintorera", "Descarga 73", and "Son De La Loma" – and Adalberto Santiago sings lead vocals. LP, Vinyl record album
(Remastered 140 gram vinyl. Limited edition of 1000)

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New Tipica 73Tipica 73 Orchestra – Tipica 73 Vol 2 ... CD
Inca/Fania, 1974. Used ... $12.99
Tipica 73 at their early best – filled with life, fire, and imagination – a mighty approach that tries to grab up many different Latin styles at once, and which makes most of them come out pretty darn great! There's a nice return to tradition on most tunes here – but the approach differs slightly from track to track – sometimes very back to basics, sometimes filled with the looser, more expressive modes of the times. Adalberto Santiago is on vocals on most numbers – and instrumentation includes piano from Sonny Bravo and tres from Nelson Gonzalez. Titles include the excellent "Watergate" – about the closest the group ever came to cutting a Latin funk number – plus "Amalia Batista", "Carahuico", "Asi No Se Quiere A Nadie", "A Mi Que", and "Where Is The Love". CD
(Out of print.)

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Bobby ValentinBad Breath ... LP
Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Killer early work from Bobby Valentin – one of his few Latin Soul recordings, cut back when he was leading the band on trumpet! The album's got a lyrical side that's different from some of Bobby's other work – with a number of tracks in Spanish, but a few even better numbers in English – sung with a heck of a lot of soul, and a great sense of humor that makes the album easily as playful as the best work from the time by Joe Cuba or Joe Bataan! The title cut, "Bad Breath", is a parody of a famous 60s mouthwash commercial – set to a tight boogaloo groove that's a direct ripoff of "Bang Bang" – and other tracks include "Zip Zap", "Love Me So", "Que Mate", "Ritmo Merembe", and "Chango Ta Beni". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bobby ValentinSe La Comio ... CD
Fania, Late 60s. Used ... $31.99
If a cover was enough, this album would already be great – but it's also one of the hardest-grooving sets from Bobby Valentin, cut at the end of the 60s with a heavy early salsa groove! Bobby's really stepping off his Latin soul work nicely with the set – moving into a realm of longer, more complicated songs that's handled with a style that's got a timeless edge that makes you think you've heard half the songs on the record before! Titles include "Que Mujer", "Beribicua", "Son Son Charari", "Grarambembere", and "Me Abandonaste". CD
(Out of print original Fania pressing.)

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Bobby ValentinYoung Man With A Horn ... LP
Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Massive work from the great Bobby Valentin – his first-ever album, issued back when he was a jazzy trumpeter! The record offers the "best in boogaloo" – as the cover states – and features a very mod mix of tunes that really gets at the mish-mash crossover energy of the Spanish Harlem scene of the late 60s! Highlights include the very groovy "Batman's Boogaloo", a reworking of the "Batman" theme; a hard driving remake of the hit "Good Lovin", one that really exposes its Latin roots; a driving descarga number called "The Gate"; a Latin jazz remake of "Song For My Father"; and the super-hip, super-swingin tune "Geronimo" – a Latin soul winner all the way through! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Louie Vega/Elements Of LifeEclipse ... CD
Fania, 2013. New Copy 2 CDs ... $17.99 18.98
Louie Vega on Fania Records – a long-overdue match that really makes for some amazing sounds on this set! The pairing isn't that much of a surprise – given that Louie's done plenty to keep Latin music alive in the past few decades in the clubs – from his own Nuyorican Soul experiments, to some of the key remixes he's done for other artists. Yet this time around, there's something extra-special going on – not only a presentation of the Vega sound that's even tighter than before, but which has a way of pulling together a rich array of historical strands – and not just the salsa you might expect from Fania! Rootsy elements mix perfectly with tight club instrumentation – and the set features great guest work from Josh Milan, Lisa Fischer, Cindy Mizelle, and Anane – on cuts that include some very cool covers – including "Overtake Don Overtake Overtake", "Barbara Ann", "I Believe In Miracles", "Sodade", "I Dream A World", "Harlem River Drive", "Berimbau", and "Children Of The World". 2CD version features a massive 24 tracks – including some bonus remixes too! CD
Also available Eclipse (with download) ... LP 16.99

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Louie Vega/Elements Of LifeEclipse (with download) ... LP
Fania, 2013. New Copy 2 LPs Gatefold ... $16.99 18.98
Louie Vega on Fania Records – a long-overdue match that really makes for some amazing sounds on this set! The pairing isn't that much of a surprise – given that Louie's done plenty to keep Latin music alive in the past few decades in the clubs – from his own Nuyorican Soul experiments, to some of the key remixes he's done for other artists. Yet this time around, there's something extra-special going on – not only a presentation of the Vega sound that's even tighter than before, but which has a way of pulling together a rich array of historical strands – and not just the salsa you might expect from Fania! Rootsy elements mix perfectly with tight club instrumentation – and the set features great guest work from Josh Milan, Lisa Fischer, Cindy Mizelle, and Anane – on cuts that include some very cool covers – including "Overtake Don Overtake Overtake", "Barbara Ann", "I Believe In Miracles", "Sodade", "I Dream A World", "Harlem River Drive", "Berimbau", and "Children Of The World". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download card.)
Also available Eclipse ... CD 17.99

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New VariousEl Barrio – Gangsters, Latin Soul, & The Birth Of Salsa 1967 to 1975 ... CD
Fania, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
One of the hippest reissues to come from the newly-invigorated Fania Records – a brilliant exploration of the sound of Latin Soul that broke hard in the New York scene at the end of the 60s! The package is equally heavy on the "soul" as it is on the "Latin" – so alongside the expected boogaloo and shing-a-ling styles, you'll also find a fair number of tracks that have a much more soul-based style – a sound that echoes the modes going down in African-American culture at the time, but which comes off slightly different here – thanks to some unusual rhythms, instrumentation, and production techniques! The track list goes way past the obvious and overly-familiar – thanks to great compilation efforts by Adrian Gibson, Dean Rudland, and Lubi Jovanovich, who also wrote the notes. Titles include "Do You Feel It" by Joe Cuba, "Big T" by Tito Ramos, "Johnny's No Good" by Joe Bataan, "Brother Where Are You" by Ralfi Pagan, "Black Brothers" by Tito Puente, "Either You Have It Or You Don't" by Charlie Palmieri, "New York Soul" by Ray Barretto, "Si Dame Tu Amor" by Cafe, "Boogaloo Lebron" by Lebron Brothers, "Que Se Sepa" by Roberto Roena, "Red Garter Strut" by Fania All Stars, "Puerto Rican Soul" by Pete Bonet, and "Measure For Measure" by Alexander Review. CD

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VariousEl Barrio – Latin Disco – Dancefloor Grooves With A Latin Touch ... CD
Fania, 1970s. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
A very different side of the sound of Fania Records – tracks that draw heavily from the club and disco rhythms of the New York scene of the 70s, but serve up the music with a sweet little Latin twist! The set really illustrates the evolution of Latin Soul from the 60s – showing a generation of artists who were equally willing to draw from the styles of their African-American contemporaries on the scene, but in different ways than the Latin artists of a decade before! Most tracks still have a fair bit of Latin percussion in the mix (it's no secret that Latin rhythms were a big influence on 70s disco) – and the selection of cuts is really wonderful – way past the obvious, and in ways that are different than other collections of this nature, including the Nuyorica classics on Soul Jazz. Titles include "Waterbed" by LTG Exchange, "Dance Dance Dance" by Orquesta Novel, "To Be With You" by Jimmy Sabater, "Good Times" by Charanga 76, "Salsa" by Louie Ramirez, "Mambo Rock" by Seguida, "Afro Hustle" by Lou Perez, "Call Me" by Joe Bataan, "Es Un Demonio Ella" by Fausto Rey/Larry Harlow, "My Love Supreme" by Milton Hamilton Crystalized, "Wata Wasuri" by Tito Puente, and "Johnny's No Good" by WRLC. CD

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VariousEl Barrio – Latin Funk – Ny Yorican Funk 1968 to 1976 ... CD
Fania, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
Heavy funk with a Latin groove – a wonderful mixing of modes that's completely fresh and unique! The set follows nicely off other El Barrio explorations of late 60s Latin Soul, and traces the groove that emerged in its wake – a blending of hipper funky styles in the 70s with some of the bolder, prouder Latin modes of the time! Unlike Latin Soul, which was concentrated enough to get strong attention at the time, Latin Funk was often a bit more dispersed – just a track here and there, scattered over albums by both older artists and lesser-known newcomers – some of whom gave more famous acts a real run for their money. This overstuffed collection does a great job of pulling together tracks from a variety of different albums over an 8 year span – and it's a perfect introduction to an under-compiled genre that's finally getting its due! Track selection and notes are by the mighty Adrian Gibson – and titles include "You Need Help" by Monguito Santamaria, "Identify Yourself" by Cafe, "Dynamite" by Harvey Averne, "I'm Satisfied" by Joe Bataan, "Together" by Ray Barretto, "Guajiro Bacan" by Azuquita, "Funky Felix" by Seguida, "I Got The Feeling" by Chollo Rivera & The Latin Soul Drives, "There You Go" by Fania All Stars, "I'm Gonna Get To You Yet" by TNT Boys, "Black Dice" by Mongo Santamaria, and "Hot Pants" by Gilberto Cruz. CD

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VariousEl Barrio – Sounds From The Spanish Harlem Streets ... CD
Fania, Late 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
A killer batch of boogaloo and Latin Soul – and a set that even features 2 unissued gems from the vaults of Fania Records! As with the previous entry in this series, the sound here is plenty darn soulful throughout – lyrics that are often in English, and rhythms that borrow heavily from American funk and soul of the late 60s – mixing African-American musical styles with Puerto Rican and Cuban elements – all to come up with a groove that's as fresh today as it was back in the Spanish Harlem scene of the time! Previously unreleased tracks include "Evil Ways" by Pete & Louie, and the full length version of "O Elefante" by Ray Barretto – and other tunes include "Rise Up" by Orchestra Harlow, "Safari" by Tito Puente, "Revolucionando" by New Swing Sextet, "Times Are Changing" by Jimmy Sabater, "MC2" by Willie Colon, "Crystal Blue Persuasion" by Joe Bataan, "Musica Del Alma" by TNT Boys, "Here Comes The Judge" by Pete Rodriguez, "Ape Walk" by Al Escobar, and "Rat Race" by Ralfi Pagan. CD

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New VariousEl Barrio – The Bad Boogaloo – Nuyorican Sounds 1966 to 1970 ... CD
Fania/Codigo, Late 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
Nothing bad here, as the grooves are all totally great – and pulled from the hardest-hitting side of the New York Latin scene at the end of the 60s! The collection does a great job of mixing together some of the key favorites from the classic Fania catalog with a few other bits that haven't been reissued before – and together, the tracks work perfectly to serve up that unique blend of soul, funk, and Latin that was going down in the Spanish Harlem scene during these crucial crucial years! Dean Rudland compiled and handled the notes – and he's definitely at the top of his game here. Collection features 16 tracks in all – including "Gimme Some Love" by Joe Cuba, "Morris Park" by Lenni Sesar, "Come & Get It" by Ralph Robles, "Bad Breath" by Bobby Valentin, "Mercy Mercy Baby" by Ray Barretto, "King Of Latin Soul" by Joey Pastrana, "Aye Que Rico" by Eddie Palmieri, "Mama's Girl" by King Nando, "Marilu" by George Guzman, "Fever" by La Lupe, "Happy Soul With A Hook" by Dave Cortez & The Moon People, "Camel Walk" by The Latinaires, "What You Mean" by Johnny Colon, "Guajira Con Soul" by Johnny Ventura, "Jumpin With Symphony Sid" by Ray Rodriguez, and "Baby Boo Boogaloo" by Vladimir & His Orchestra. CD

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VariousHammock House – Africa Caribe – Produced & Mixed by Joe Claussell ... CD
Fania, 1960s/1970s/2011. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99 16.98
Classic Latin, in the hands of Joe Claussell – served up here in a mighty mix that's heavy on roots, but also has an ear for the future as well! The building blocks of the set come from the classic catalog of Fania Records – older tracks from the 60s and 70s that are heavy on the rawer side of the Afro Cuban spectrum – mixed by Joe with slight elements in the background that really link together the numbers wonderfully – especially on some of the between-the-cuts soundscapes, and light use of strings that Claussell uses to create this pan-Latin sort of space! Core tunes include "Mambo Mongo" by Mongo Santamaria, "Chango" by Celia Cruz, "Lucumi" by Eddie Palmieri, "Siembra" by Willie Colon, "Funk Down" by Mongo Santamaria, and "Me Voy Ahora" by Ismael Miranda – but almost all of these are first reworked into new mixes by Joe, then integrated into a cool larger mix too. And as a bonus, CD2 features 9 core singles – all remixed by Joe outside of the larger 72 minute mix on CD1! CD

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VariousHammock House – Eastbound L ... CD
Fania, 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
Classic Latin, beautifully remixed – as a host of Fania Records gems are given a fresh twist by Louie Vega, Joe Claussell, Gilles Peterson, and others! The package is way more than you might expect – not clunky remixes of Latin styles, but some beautiful numbers that really expand the warmth and spontaneous energy of the originals – mostly keeping a strong 70s vibe intact, and approaching the project with a really loving feel overall! In fact, the sound is almost as if Schema got their hands on Fania – since there's echoes here of some of the updated Latin modes you'd find on that label too. Titles include "Saona (Gilles Peterson & Simbad rmx)" by Noro Morales, "Me Voy Ahora (Sacred Rhythm dance version)" by Ismael Miranda, "Siembra (Joe Claussell rmx)" by Ruben Blades, "Mi Gente (Louie Vega eol rmx)" by Hector Lavoe, "Take Five (Nicola Conte rmx)" by Roberto Roena, "Morris Park (Bonde De Role rmx)" by Lenni Sesar, and "O Elefante (Shh rmx)" by Ray Barretto. CD

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VariousHammock House – Lower East Side ... LP
Fania, 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
A nice entry in the Hammock House series of hip remixes of Latin classics from the Fania canon – this one featuring Twin Shadow, Whiskey Barons, Toy Selectah and Isa GT nicely mixing up classics by Ray Barretto, Justo Betancourt, Ismael Rivera and Hector Lavoe & Willie Colon! Includes "Acid (Twin Shadow Remix)", "Power (Whiskey Barons Heavy Funk Mix)" and Right On (Whiskey Barons Got Some Afro Mix)" all by Ray Barretto, plus "Catano (Whiskey Barons Cumbia Dub Mix)" by Justo Betancourt, "Aguanile (Toy Selectah 2013 Cosmico Remix)" by Hector Lavoe and Willie Colon and "Las Caras Lindas (Isa GT Remix)" by Ismael Rivera. LP, Vinyl record album

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New VariousI Like It Like That – (2CD edition with remixes & originals) ... CD
Fania, 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2CD ... $13.99 14.98
Remixes and original versions of purely classic Fania! Disc one is cool collection of benchark Latin remixed – contemporary takes on the Fania Records grooves of the 60s and 70s – all done in a very groovy way! The tracks are quite respectful of the original tunes – no surprise, considering the Fania influence on many of these producers and mixers – and the new versions here really come off with a great deal of charm and soul – no silly gimmicks at all! Most numbers push older Latin grooves into surprisingly compelling territory, yet still keep the best original elements intact – and although we were initially suspicious of the concept, we're surprised at how much we love the results. Titles include "Take Five (Nicola Conte rmx)" by Roberto Roena, "O Elefante (Shh rmx)" by Ray Barretto, "Saona (Gilles Peterson & Simbad rmx)" by Noro Morales, "Plastico (Bugz In The Attic rmx)" by Willie Colon & Ruben Blades, "Morris Park (Bonde De Role rmx)" by Lenni Sesar, "I Didn't Want to Have To Do It (4 Hero rmx)" by Ralfi Pagan, "Boogaloo De Johnny (Quantic rmx)" by Johnny Pacheco, and "Mi Gente (Louie Vega EOL rmx)" by Hector Lavoe. This edition also includes a CD of the original songs!! CD

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New VariousNYC Salsa – The Incendiary Sound Of Latin New York ... CD
Fania, 1970s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $17.99 18.99
A searing compilation of NYC Latin grooves from the golden age of the 70s – some of the best raw, percussive greatness from the Fania label proper – plus the Tico, Alegre, Cotique, Inca and other subsidiaries – 30 tracks on 2CDs! The set does a terrific job of blending the far-reaching sounds of the boroughs & Barrio – with loads of percussive jams with incredible solos, rootsy material and a few jazzier turns. Great tunes all around – with a nice mix of big names and lesser known combos! Titles include "Sonaremos El Tambor" by Tipica 73, "Los Rumberos" by Mark Dimond & Frankie Dante, "El Destino" by Latin Tempo, "Tumba La Cana Jibarito" by Sonora Poncera, "Guasasa" by Larry Harlow Orchestra, "Todo Tiene Su Final" by Willie Colon & Hector Lavoe, "Mama Guela" by Fania All Stars, "Ahora Es El Tiempo" by Louie Ramirez, "Toro Mata" by Celia Cruz & Johnny Pacheco, "Sin Ti" by Lebron Brothers, "Bilongo" by Eddie Palmieri, "Vengo Del Monte" by Tommy Olivencia and more! CD
Also available NYC Salsa – The Incendiary Sound Of Latin New York ... CD 14.99

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New VariousNYC Salsa – The Incendiary Sound Of Latin New York ... CD
Fania, 1970s. Used 2CD ... $14.99
A searing compilation of NYC Latin grooves from the golden age of the 70s – some of the best raw, percussive greatness from the Fania label proper – plus the Tico, Alegre, Cotique, Inca and other subsidiaries – 30 tracks on 2CDs! The set does a terrific job of blending the far-reaching sounds of the boroughs & Barrio – with loads of percussive jams with incredible solos, rootsy material and a few jazzier turns. Great tunes all around – with a nice mix of big names and lesser known combos! Titles include "Sonaremos El Tambor" by Tipica 73, "Los Rumberos" by Mark Dimond & Frankie Dante, "El Destino" by Latin Tempo, "Tumba La Cana Jibarito" by Sonora Poncera, "Guasasa" by Larry Harlow Orchestra, "Todo Tiene Su Final" by Willie Colon & Hector Lavoe, "Mama Guela" by Fania All Stars, "Ahora Es El Tiempo" by Louie Ramirez, "Toro Mata" by Celia Cruz & Johnny Pacheco, "Sin Ti" by Lebron Brothers, "Bilongo" by Eddie Palmieri, "Vengo Del Monte" by Tommy Olivencia and more! CD
(Includes original slipcase.)
Also available NYC Salsa – The Incendiary Sound Of Latin New York ... CD 17.99

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VariousSoul Of Spanish Harlem – Beautiful Soul Music From The Heart Of New York's Spanish Harlem ... LP
Fania/BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $19.99
One of the hippest sets we've ever seen on Spanish Harlem – a collection that goes way past the Latin Soul hits, to dig deep in the uptown underground at the end of the 60s! The package is compiled with gems from the Fania catalog, but rally moves past the obvious – going for some of the more obscure artists who recorded singles for some of the smaller Fania-held labels – and often focusing on tunes that drew more from late 60s soul and funk than they did from any Latin rhythms of the time. The singers are especially wonderful – and often hit a vibe that's right up there with some of Joe Bataan's best of the period – richly soulful, but often deeply personal too – never as polished as chart soul, and often showing a grittier, more realistic style that's totally great – especially when mixed with instrumentation as tight as this! Titles include "Reflections Of My Life" by 125th Street Candy Store, "On Old Broadway" by 107th Street Stickball Team, "Don't Be Afraid" by Lebron Brothers, "Central Park" by Harvey Averne Dozen, "Heaven" by Tito Ramos, "Your Smile" by Parris, "Some Lonely Heart" by Ronnie Marks, "There's No Girl" by Olivieri, "Maria Maria" by King Nando, "Already Satisfied" by Tony Middleton & Bobby Matos, "Nitty Boo Boo" by The Nitty Sextette, "Lonely Has Been My Day" by Ralphie & The Latin Lovers, "I'm Gonna Leave You" by Russell Cohen & The New Yorkers, and "Ain't No Big Thing" by Ralfi Pagan. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Ismael MirandaEl Nino Bonito ... CD
Fania, 1970s/Early 80s. Used 2CD ... Just Sold Out!
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New Willie ColonEl Malo ... LP
Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 the time – and the record features great vocals by Hector Lavoe, Yayo El Indo, and Elliot Romero. Features the wonderful piano-bassed groover – "Jazzy" – which spirals out with descarga-like energy! Other great tracks include the boogaloo numbers "Skinny Papa", "Willie Baby", "Willie Whopper", and "El Malo" – but the whole album's a winner! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available El Malo (remastered edition) ... CD 9.99

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New Willie ColonWillie ... LP
Fania, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 from this angle – because Willie's working in a tight, hard style that so many other groups copped afterward – yet this one's still the original, and a good solid listen will remind you of the power in these grooves! Tracks include the groovy "Ah Ah/O-No", "La Banda", "Ghana'e", "Pirana", and "Abuelita". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Willie Colon & Hector LavoeDeja Vu ... CD
Fania, 1978. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
It's deja vu all over again, in this strong set of tracks that features Willie Colon working again with his best lead singer – the legendary Hector Lavoe! The tracks are pulled from the pair's strong work for Fania from the early 70s – and the set's a great package that includes some of Willie's strongest recordings from the time. Titles include "Aguanile", "Te Estan Buscando", "Todo Tiene Su Final", "Sonando Despierto", and "Ausencia". Arrangements by Willie, Marty Sheller, and Mark Dimond – and every track is a winner! CD

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New Willie Colon & Ruben BladesSiembra ... CD
Fania, 1978. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic 70s salsa jammer from Willie Colon – working here with his one of his greatest vocalists – the young Ruben Blades, back before he'd crossed over to super-huge success! The album really marks a departure for Willie – moving past the bad boy style of earlier records, that kind of "tough guy in the hood" look – into a mode that was more open to other Latin scenes, and which marked an even greater rise to Latin stardom – really warm, open-handed, and a push forward with a new level of power and maturity. Titles include "Dime", "Plastico", "Buscando Guyaba", "Maria Lionza", "Ojos", and "Siembra". CD

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New Cortijo & Su ComboLa Quiniela Del Dia (remastered edition) ... CD
Tico/Fania, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 keeps things going here – helping to lay down some excellent rhythms that are perfect for the soaring vocals from Rivera, and other singers who include Azuquita, Pepito Negron, Jorge Millet, and Nacho Sanabria. Titles include "Sacame De Aqui", "Fuerza E Cara", "Coje Pa La Cola", "Calambre", "Bombon De Canela", "Agua Que Va A Caer", "Se Escapo Un Leon", "Aqui Estoy Ya Llegue", and "Arrecotin Arrecotan". CD
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Also available La Quiniela Del Dia ... CD 9.99

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New Joe CubaAnthology ... CD
Fania, Late 50s/1960s/1970s. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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New Cheo FelicianoCheo ... LP
Fania, Mid 70s. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 especially great vibes by Louie Ramirez – ringing out on both traditional and modern numbers in a way that illuminates the record with some really wonderful tones and colors. Other players include Larry Harlow on piano, Bobby Valentin on bass, Johnny Pacheco on conga, and Charlie Rodriguez on tres – and the sound is wonderfully unified, really making the record one of Cheo's strongest! Titles include "Pienso En Ti", "Anacaona", "Si Por Mi Llueve", "Mano Caliente", "Medianoche Y Sol", "Poema De Otono", "Mi Triste Problema", and "Pa Que Afinquen". LP, Vinyl record album
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New Orchestra HarlowHeavy Smokin ... CD
Fania, 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great early record by Larry Harlow's famous combo – every bit the "smokin" set that the title might imply! Harlow and the group are in full force here – ripping through a set of short tracks that really groove with a darkly percussive edge. There's a surprising amount of traditional instrumentation in the set – especially considering the stoned out image on the cover – but that's no problem for us, given the overall quality of the set! Tracks include "Chancletas", "Orchestra Harlow", "Mi Guaguanco", "Adios Mama", and "Rica Combinacion". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Heavy Smokin ... LP 9.99

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New Johnny Pacheco with Pete Conde RodriguezLa Perfecta Combinacion (remastered edition) ... CD
Fania, 1971. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stellar Latin groover from Johnny Pacheco & Pete Colde Rodriguez – rightfully dubbed a perfect combination – recorded in 1969 and released in 1971, and we can think of no reason to have delayed such a smoking set! It's one of the better albums in the successful series of them that Pacheco cut with vocalist Rodriguez – with styles that stick mostly in a traditional Latin mode, with a few salsa touches that would become much more pronounced in the 70s. Titles include "La Esencia Del Guaguanco", "Blanca", "Sin Cana Y Sin Platanal", "Sonero", "Mi Nuevo Amor", and "Lo Anoro". Nice cover, too – with the pair toasting and playing dice! CD
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New Tito PuenteTito Unlimited ... CD
Fania, 1974. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great bit of funky Latin from Tito Puente – a really unique record from the legend, in that it's got lots of electric instrumentation – and a vibe that's almost more CTI than Fania Records! Tito always complained about influences from soul music during the late 60s – but he seems to really embrace them here – as he soars to the skies with a great groove that includes plenty of Fender Rhodes and vibes – which get their own sort of push from Puente's percussion. The album features loads of good cuts, including "Acosta's Feeling", "Borinquen", "Vibe Mambo", "Margie's Mood", "Watu Wasuri" – and cool covers of "Valley of The Dolls" and "Lost Horizon". CD

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New Monguito SantamariaOn Top ... CD
Fania, 1968. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer rare boogaloo album – and one of the few great late 60s sides cut by pianist Monguito Santamaria, son of Mongo! Monguito's different than his old man in that he's a pianist and a singer – and not a percussionist – but this gem of an album has a hard-hitting sound that easily ranks with the best of Mongo's work from the time, and perhaps is even better because it's got a more freewheeling New York Latin sound! The group features a young Rene McLean on alto – blowing nice and soufully – as well as Harvey Hargraves on trumpet and Jose Mangual on bongo – and tracks include some groovy Latin Soul numbers – like "Juicy", "Beans & Greens", "Boogaloo Sabroso", and "Puchi's Boogaloo". CD

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New SeguidaLove is...Seguida ... CD
Fania, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fierce and funky grooves from the glory days of the NuYorican scene! The album's a killer – filled with uptempo tracks that mix together Latin funk, jazz, and salsa – into an electrified groove that burns mightily across all the tracks! The album's got a great blend of electric keys and funky bass, layered against lots of acoustic percussion and cutting horn solos on soprano, tenor, and flute. Most tracks have vocals, and overall, the album's sort of a funkier version of the legendary Harlem River Drive album – if you can believe that! Titles include "Love Is", "NYC Blues Day", "Afro Rican Suite (parts 1 & 2)", "Mambo Rock", and "Funky Felix". CD
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New SeguidaOn Our Way To Tomorrow ... CD
Fania, 1976. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The second album from Seguida – a great little Latin funk group from the Nuyorican scene of the 70s! This set's got Seguida working in a style that's got a bit more of a dancefloor focus than before – bringing in some of the fuller Latin disco touches that were popular in the wake of Joe Bataan's 70s hits – but also going for a groove that keeps all the group's best soulful elements nicely in tact! The style is smooth, but still has plenty of great instrumentation that includes lots of great fusion jamming – handled with some nice jazz and funk touches on the album's best cuts! Titles include "Om Marreo", "Buscando", "Next To You", "Fields Of Laughter", "Yo Nunca Te Olvidare", and "Finale In B Flat Major". CD

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New Yomo ToroGreatest Hits ... CD
Fania, Late 60s/1970s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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New VariousNYC Salsa 3 – The Incendiary Sound Of Latin New York ... CD
Fania, 1970s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
New York's on fire with this cooking batch of salsa tracks from the 70s – mostly numbers pulled from the catalog of the mighty Fania Records, plus some of the other smaller imprints who've come under its wing! The music here is the stuff that pushed Fania over the top at the time – bold, beautiful Latin grooves that are filled with righteous power, enough so to extend far past their NYC origins, to a much larger audience worldwide. As with other volumes in the series, the track list is very well-chosen, and the package is equally well done overall – and the CD features a total of 16 tracks that include "Papa Boco" by Latin Tempo, "Baila Que Baila" by Tipica 73, "Asi Son Bongo" by Chamaco Ramirez, "Con Su Permiso" by Hector Rivera, "Avisale" by La Muralla, "Aprovechate" by Orquesta Flamboyan, "Los Cabezones" by Tommy Olivencia, "Enamorado" by Los Kimbos, "Mi Timbal" by Ray Rodriguez, and "De Se Mismo Trago" by Pete Bonet & Louie Ramirez. CD
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New Ray BarrettoAcid ... LP
Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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 always hitting the money on every single track. The title cut "Acid" is one of those tunes you'll be playing until you're locked up in a nursing home – and the rest of the record is equally great – with cuts like the bouncy groover "Soul Drummers", the tasty boogaloo "El Nuevo Barretto", and the extended "Espiritu Libre", a great Latin jazz track, with very "out" piano! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Willie ColonCrime Pays ... LP
Fania, 1972. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Classic work from Willie Colon – the "payoff" of his youthful hoodlum routine, and a hard-hitting batch of salsa tunes pulled from earlier records – all in a package that defines his groove of the 70s! Hector LaVoe's on vocals with Willie's group – and he's also standing with Willie on the cover, a nice image that has the two of them dressed as big-time gangsters, standing next to a Rolls Royce! (Wonder what it cost them to rent that for the cover shoot?) But more important than Willie's perpetuation of himself as the bad boy of Latin music, is the overall sound of the record – fierce salsa, with a really strong approach that's as bold and proud as the image which supports it. Solid all the way through, and tracks include "El Malo", "Jazzy", "El Titan", and "Che Che Cole", a nice groover. LP, Vinyl record album
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New Orchestra HarlowHommy – A Latin Opera ... CD
Fania, 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 that trace the story of the record, but which also have the humorous touches of some of the older Alegre All Stars albums from the 60s. And although Orchestra Harlow borrow the name of the Who's album, the work here is all original – not covers – two long "acts", spread out over the sides of the record with a sophisticated approach that shows the Harlow group moving into much deeper territory at the time. Lead vocals are by Junior Gonzalez, and you'll also hear Adalberto Santiago, Cheo Feliciano, Justo Betancourt, and Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez. Tracks include "Gracia Divina", "Mantecadito", "El Doctor Y La Razon", "Es Un Varon", "El Dia De Navidad", and "Soy Sensacional". CD

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New Joe BataanSubway Joe ... LP
Fania, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of our favorite Latin soul albums ever – a rollicking mix of upbeat party tracks, gentle ballads, and more – all handled with the undeniable magic that is Joe Bataan at his best! The album kicks off with the fantastic groover "Subway Joe" – a hilarious tune about Joe trying to find a seat on the subway – and it rolls into killers like "Nuevo Jala Jala", "Juanito", "Ponte En Algo", and the wonderfully emotive "Special Girl". There's a really wonderful quality to all the tunes – honest, open, and done with instrumentation that includes lots of dark passages, yet which also continues to flower in hope! A landmark, and a record that delights us again and again over the years! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Louie RamirezAli Baba ... CD
Fania, 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the wildest albums in the history of Latin music – a crazy batch of Latin soul tunes made by Louie Ramirez under the alter ego of Ali Baba! The album starts with Ali saying "I hope you buy this album. I need the bread to buy a couple of camels. You see, I haven't had a hump in about a month!" – then rolls into a massively grooving tune entitled "Ungawa". This blend of Middle Eastern, African, and Latin themes in such short space – however goofball – really gets at the expansive feel of the set, as Louie's stepping way past the simple format of his earlier years, into the tripped-out styles that the Latin kids were digging in the late 60s. The album's even got a secret message hidden by backward masking – but even the forward bits are great, especially the tunes that cook with English lyrics by Bobby Marin! Titles include "I Dig Rhythm", "Ungawa", "Ali Baba", "Cookin' with Ali", "Yambu", "It's Not What You Say", and "Cachita". CD
Also available Ali Baba ... LP 9.99

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New VariousMellow Taste Of Latin, NY – Featuring Nancy O'Neill ... CD
Fania, Mid 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Wonderful work from the amazing 70s Latin scene in New York – not the better-known salsa tracks of the time, but lots of the more obscure soul and funk cuts that were coming out of the Nuyorican underground! The tracks here share the same criss-crossing of Spanish Harlem modes that you'd find in the work of the Latin Soul generation – but updated nicely, as Joe Bataan did with his Salsoul album – in ways that bring in more electric elements, and even some club and disco grooves too! The collection's a great one – way better than you'd expect from its cover art – and titles include "Latin Thing" and "Wonderful" by Eddie Benitez, "Brother Where Are You" and "Too Late" by Ralfi Pagan, "Taste Of Latin" and "Feel Like Making Love" by Ricard Marrero, "Volvere Algun Dia" and "Que Te Pasa Corazon" by Latin Fever, "Mind Blowing Decision" by Jimmy Sabater, "Afro Hustle" by Lou Perez, and "Let's Make Up" by Lebron Brothers. CD

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New VariousSoul Of Spanish Harlem – Beautiful Soul Music From The Heart Of New York's Spanish Harlem ... CD
Fania/BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the hippest sets we've ever seen on Spanish Harlem – a collection that goes way past the Latin Soul hits, to dig deep in the uptown underground at the end of the 60s! The package is compiled with gems from the Fania catalog, but rally moves past the obvious – going for some of the more obscure artists who recorded singles for some of the smaller Fania-held labels – and often focusing on tunes that drew more from late 60s soul and funk than they did from any Latin rhythms of the time. The singers are especially wonderful – and often hit a vibe that's right up there with some of Joe Bataan's best of the period – richly soulful, but often deeply personal too – never as polished as chart soul, and often showing a grittier, more realistic style that's totally great – especially when mixed with instrumentation as tight as this! Titles include "Reflections Of My Life" by 125th Street Candy Store, "On Old Broadway" by 107th Street Stickball Team, "Don't Be Afraid" by Lebron Brothers, "Central Park" by Harvey Averne Dozen, "Heaven" by Tito Ramos, "Your Smile" by Parris, "Some Lonely Heart" by Ronnie Marks, "There's No Girl" by Olivieri, "Maria Maria" by King Nando, "Already Satisfied" by Tony Middleton & Bobby Matos, "Nitty Boo Boo" by The Nitty Sextette, "Lonely Has Been My Day" by Ralphie & The Latin Lovers, "I'm Gonna Leave You" by Russell Cohen & The New Yorkers, and "Ain't No Big Thing" by Ralfi Pagan. CD
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New PachecoLatin Jam ... CD
Fania/Uniko (Canada), 1965. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The title's no lie – as the album's one of Pacheo's hardest-swinging albums! The set is miles away from the more composed style of Pacheco's charanga years – and has him really opening up with a descarga style that has lots of jazzy touches. Jose Chombo Silva plays some great tenor on the record, giving it a soulful flourish that really deepens the best tracks – and the whole thing was recorded live in the studio, with lots of background noises, in true jam session style! Tracks are longer than usual – with some great solos – and titles include "Yembere", "Latin Gravy", "Asi Son Bonco", "Sugar Frost (Azucare)", and "Tinguaro". CD
 
 
 



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