A Latin Soul classic – but one that's a lot more obscure than some of the better-remembered albums on Fania and Tico from the late 60s! Orlando Marin is probably mostly known as an arranger, and a leader from the earlier years of the New York scene – but during the Latin Soul years he cut this fantastic set for Decca – easily one of the best of the all-great Latin sides the label was doing at the time! Lyrics are often in English, and sung with a good deal of soul by Eddie Revere – and Orlando's group crackles with the intensity of the Joe Cuba Sextet – thanks to a timbales-heavy sound in the lead, lots of dark piano on the bottom, and some trumpety flourishes on the top – all with a nice dose of jazz in the mix. Soul-based titles include "Sugarfoot Baby", "The Hustler", and "Out Of My Mind" – and other titles include "Eenie Meenie Chow Chow", "Chickie's Cookie", "La Lengua", "Palo Monte", and "No Puede Ser". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole & some light wear.)
Sandra St Victor with Mark De Clive-Lowe —
Oya's Daughter ... CD Shanachie, 2013. New Copy ....
Some of the best work we've heard from Sandra St Victor in years – a stunning full-length project done in close collaboration with Mark De Clive-Lowe! Sandra's always had one hell of a voice – one we first fell in love with when she was a member of The Family Stand – but here, Mark really helps push St Victor into rich new territory – soaring to the heavens on his own cosmic beats and keys, which unlock this righteous energy that makes the record Sandra's hippest ever! Yet throughout, Sandra also really keeps things grounded in a strong soul tradition – bringing rootsy inflections to the lyrics that are much deeper than the usual sort of singer you might find on a cosmically-tuned project – showing a relationship between vocalist and producer that's very double-sided. Mark hangs onto some of those snapping Family Stand tones that always seemed to spark the best energy in St Victor's vocals, while still pushing the boundaries a lot too – and titles include "Is This Thing On", "Stuff Momma Used To Say", "Awakenings", "Presence", "I Prefer", "Eternal", "Sugarfoot Is Dead", and "Spirit Talk". CD