While the New York version of African/
Latin American crossover culture took the form of Latin Soul in the 60s and NuYorican grooves in the 70s – LA had a much deeper tradition that ran back to the 50s, and exploded in the 70s, when bands like War were putting the city's crossover sound on the map. The action in LA mostly went down on the east side – where black and Hispanic music fans mingled often in the areas clubs, record stores, and showplaces. This great set on Rhino does a good job of documenting the scene and the music that was important to it – and this first volume's filled with 15 classic East LA tunes, like "I'm A Fool" by The Turks
, "Pachuko Hop" by Chuck Higgins, "Mr DJ" by Van McCoy, "The Town I Live In" by Thee Midnighters, "Symbol Of Heaven" by Little Julian Herrera, "Our Anniversary" by The Five Satins, "Me & You" by Brenton Wood, "Tonight" by The Carlos Brothers, "All Day Music" by War, and "Brown Eyed Girl" by El Chicano.
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)