(Cover has a cutout hole, taped seams, and large stickers on front.)
Ambergris ... LP Paramount, Early 70s. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
A genre-busting batch of tunes from Ambergris – a group with styles that range from Memphis soul, to New York Latin, to some of the heavier sides of the underground rock scene of the time! The ensemble features Latin Soul maestro Larry Harlow on piano, organ, and percussion – working ... (Rock, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A crackling bit of piano jazz from the Peruvian scene of the 60s – and a record that's somewhere between the best of Horace Silver on Blue Note, and some of the Brazilian bossa trios of the time! There's a strong sense of rhythm throughout – round, rolling basslines punctuated by great ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The deepest work we've heard so far from Dayme Arocena – a Cuban singer we first discovered in Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura project, but one who's really gone onto find her own strong musical paths in recent years! This set has Dayme working with Dexter Story on production – and ... (Neo Soul, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent album by Latin Soul arranger Harvey Averne! This set is miles ahead of Harvey's work from the 60s – a heavy set of 70s grooves that has a lot of Chicano rock influences, and which mixes together percussion, electric guitar, soulful vocals, and plenty of other tasty instrumental ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet sounds from the days when Fania Records was one of the greatest things going on the New York scene – and some of its key artists got a chance to work for other labels! This set's one of the best examples of that moment – as Ray Barretto steps out here in some sweet soulful ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
"Head Sounds" is a heck of a great way to describe this album – as it's filled with some of Ray's most mind-expanding cuts! The album kicks off with the tune "Acid", which you probably know from the album of the same name, but which still really does a great job of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Joe Bataan —
Riot ... LP Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Joe Bataan —
Salsoul ... LP Mericana, 1973. New Copy (reissue)...
A landmark album from Joe Bataan – so great, that it made the entire record company change its name! The record has Joe really bursting out after his seminal Latin Soul work of the late 60s – blending Latin rhythms and American soul into a whole new style of music – one that Joe ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Boogaloo – and nothing but! This is the kind of groovy Latin soul record you always hope to find when digging for Latin sides – and it's got that perfect mix of soul vocals and sock-boogaloo grooves that some of the best young combos were turning out in the late 60s. Bennito and crew ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant set of jazzy Latin fusion – one of Willie Bobo's best of the 70s, and a seminal crossover LP! The album takes the heavy Latin soul of Willie's earlier work, and gives it a sweet 70s twist – adding in larger arrangements, impeccable production, and plenty of space to let the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Latin soul percussionist Willie Bobo hits a new dimension here – singing as well as playing timbales, hitting a groovy groove that's perfect for his rough and ready vocals! The track list is a mix of 60s soul covers and a few very tasty original tunes – all done in a mod style that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible work by Willie Bobo – a slamming record of hard funky instrumentals, one that sounds different than any of his other albums! The record's a killer all the way through – a mixture of Latin and deep 70s funk, one of the few perfect fusions of the styles, held up beautifully ... (Soul, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very obscure LP by what seems to be a lost Chicano funk group from Chicago. Released by the small Pipas label on the south side, the LP includes a nice cover of "Funky Nassau", plus covers of "Do Me Right", "Simple Song", and "Them Changes". The LP also ... (Soul, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An interesting piece of modernist jazz – recorded by a quartet that features vibist Jack Brokensha, in a lineup that includes piano, bass, and drums. Brokenshaw's originally an Australian player, but he's working here with a group that he hooked up with in Detroit, where he was working ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few albums ever issued as a leader by the great Joe Cain – a wonderful Latin arranger with a really mad ear for a groove! Cain's approach is often quite choppy in the rhythms – short, hard, and very very sharp – then topped with sweeter, jazzier lines – played on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Stunning stuff – and one of the best-ever Latin soul albums of all time! Despite the fact that Eddie Cano's earlier albums are more in a Latin easy mode, this late 60's side for Dunhill is totally smoking – and probably his greatest album ever! Forgive the superlatives, but we're ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Coke ... LP Sound Triangle, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
Funky Latin breaks and very groovy grooves – the kind of record that you hear for only a second, and say "oh yeah, this is the stuff!" Coke were an obscure Florida combo who mixed together Latin, funk, and soul – served up in a crossover style that's halfway between the sound ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A Latin monster – and one of our favorite albums from the New York scene! The record is the only one we've ever seen from pianist Earl Coleman – and it's a groove-happy fiesta that's every bit Spanish Harlem at its best. Earl's piano is flowing and free, and the band grooves through ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunning portrait of one of the best young artists on the New York Latin scene at the end of the 60s! Johnny Colon initially cooked up a groove with a run of some really important Latin Soul albums – and here, as the 70s come on, he's moving into smoking salsa territory with all the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jack Costanzo —
Mr Bongo ... LP Jazzman (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
A killer collection of work from percussionist Jack "Mr Bongo" Costanzo – a cat who's way cooler than you might guess from his gimmicky nickname – not only one of the most powerful forces on the west coast Latin scene in the 50s, but also one of the jazziest too! Jack's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a very cool "How To Play Bongos" instructional booklet – replicating one that was included in one of Jack's classic albums!)
A fantastic pairing of talents – one that seems to push each individual artist to a new high point in their career! By the time of the set, Johnny Pacheco was emerging as one of the strongest forces in 70s salsa – a crack percussionist whose instrumentation was driving on a younger ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Celia Cruz Y La Sonora Poncena —
La Ceiba ... LP Fania, 1979. Near Mint- ...
One of a number of successful 70s pairings of vocalist Celia Cruz with another strong Fania act – in this case the mighty La Sonora Poncena, who support Celia's vocals with a really full and focused sound! The styles here vary a bit – from a few rougher numbers to tighter tracks that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the weirdest, coolest Latin Soul albums we've ever heard – the only offering ever from the duo of Dianne & Carole – two female singers who come off with a great deal of enthusiasm on the set! That's our way of saying that the ladies are a bit rough on the vocals – but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent album from El Chicano – still very much in the jazzed-up mode of Viva Tirado, and working here with a very similar mix of organ and guitar, filtered into a soulful LA funky Latin mode. The guitarist, Mickey Lespron, is in fantastic form here – jamming away over the organ ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing stuff – and the beginning of a strong tradition of west coast funky Latin groups! El Chicano were one of a number of groups to emerge from LA of the 60s – rising forth on a wave of Mexican American pride to come up with a west coast version of the Latin Soul sound that had been ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pure brilliance from Coke Escovedo – an artist who really finds a way to make so many different things come together perfectly – with results that are even stronger than his previous work in Azteca and Santana! The set's got a warm blend of Latin roots, modern soul, and jazzy fusion ... (Soul, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Free Soul anniversary series from Japan!)
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Oh, the feeling here is more than good – as the album's a stunner from the legendary Jose Feliciano, the kind of set that never fails to make us smile when we hear it! Jose's really evolved here from his earliest days – going even farther past the genius of his late 60s work for RCA, ... (Soul, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great small combo set from percussionist Gerardo Frisina – a set that feels as if it's got some programming in the rhythms, a bit like some of his earlier singles – but which also features a fair bit of live jazz instrumentation too! The album's got a sound that really fits the color ... (New Grooves, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pedro Garcia & His Del Prado Orchestra —
Cha Cha Cha ... LP Audio Fidelity, Early 60s. Very Good ...
A great Dizzy Gillespie Latin session recorded during the mid 70s – proof that he could still hold onto the cubop spirit of the old days! The session features a larger group arranged and conducted by Chico O'Farril – who manages to keep a solidly Cuban groove at the base, but really ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing. Cover has an unglued bottom seam and some gloss separation on the spine.)
Fierce funky grooves from the legendary Nico Gomez – a set cooked up in Europe, but heavy with influences from the other side of the Atlantic – from Havana all the way up to New York! There's definitely a Latin groove to the record – one that's similar to other Gomez productions ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavy funk from the Mexican scene of the early 70s – a great little combo that blends together equal parts soul, rock, and jazz! Grupo Oz are clearly influenced by some of the jazzier groups going down on the west coast Latin scene of the time – and like many of those groups, they also ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(This reissue on Secret Stash includes a code for the full album download plus 2 bonus tracks!)
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer 70s work from this legendary Cuban group! The record's better than most of their output outside of Cuba, and it features a stunning mix of Latin grooves and electric funky elements, in a manner that's very similar to some of the NuYorican groups in America during the time. The great Chucho ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great stuff from this legendary Cuban jazz group – live material, and arguably better than even their studio LPs from the time! All the material in the set was recorded live at different points during the mid 70s – and it's all got a great style that mixes up Latin jazz with electric ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A smoking descarga session from the 60s – one of the best albums ever by percussionist Kako! The album explodes with wonderful jazzy playing, and features 4 very long tracks that are stuffed with great solo work on piano and sax – bubbling over in heavy percussive excitement, with the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kako & Azuquita —
Live It Up ... LP West Side Latino, 1968. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the best collaborations between Puerto Rican bandleader Kako and swingin' Panamanian vocalist Azuquita – and one of the seminal albums from the amazing late 60s era of West Side Latino Records! The record's got a number of nice tracks written by Louie Ramirez, including a few groovy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wild wild album of Latin soul – one of the maddest albums ever recorded for the legendary Speed label! The group, like a rare few others of their generation, are an insane mix of Latin jamming, psychedelic soul, and stoner funk riffing – all sifted together in a blender, with a sound ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Latin Jazz Quintet —
Chant ... LP Prestige/Tru Sound, 1962. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the best albums ever recorded by this groundbreaking Latin jazz combo – and a magnificent blend of jazz instrumentation and deeper Latin roots! Juan Amalbert's Latin Jazz Quintet was a new sound in Latin jazz – one that took the piano/bass/conga rhythms of smaller groups of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Latin Jazz Quintet —
Hot Sauce ... LP Prestige, 1961. New Copy (reissue)...
A lost treasure – one of the few albums ever cut by this fantastic Latin Jazz ensemble, an ultra-hip group led by congolero Juan Amalbert, with a modal vibes/piano groove that's simply wonderful! The combo were one of the hippest early 60s Latin acts – and took equal part inspiration ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An insanely great record – filled with lots of odd twists and turns, and done in a really unusual way! The session is an obscure one that features Pharoah Sanders joining the tight combo, who are working here with a very different sound than usual! Earlier Latin Jazz Quintet albums have the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE: This reissue seems to have a bit of distortion on a track or two – not noisy, but something rumbling in the background. Most of the record sounds great, though!)
One of the grooviest groups of the Latin Soul scene – but they'd have to be, given their name! The Latin Souls are a vocal group with a really soulful feel – a great link between the earlier harmony sounds that were bubbling under in Spanish Harlem, and some of the hipper rhythms that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer early set from The Lebron Brothers – a gem of a record from the years when the group were first starting out as a Latin Soul combo, and really mixing a lot of groovy elements into their music! The group have a young, free, genre-blending approach on the record – easily ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing work from the New York underground of the late 60s – an album that's as magical as its title implies! Latin definitely goes psychedelic on this one – burning through a cloud of smoke with a brilliant blend of soul, jazz, and the hipper rhythms of the Spanish Harlem scene at the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hard-driving Latin from Los Hacheros – a group of younger players who really get the sound of the classic era down perfectly – mixing Cuban roots, descarga jamming, and some really wonderful vocal refrains throughout! Instrumentation is heavy on percussion, and the grooves feature lots ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet set of 70s Latin Disco – less Afro-Cuban than you might expect, but a great illustration of the way that older Latin modes had filtered down to more mainstream dancefloors at the time! There's definitely still some Latin elements in the mix – but the set's also got Michael ... (Soul, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)
Malo ... LP Warner, 1972. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Wonderful 70s Latin soul from the legendary Bay Area combo that included Jorge Santana, Luis Gasca, and Coke Escovedo – all players who'd go onto great solo fame on their own, working together here as a youthfully inventive group that really set the tone for the west coast sound of the decade! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bit of marker on the back, with light aging.)
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A crackling little set from Latin percussionist Antonio "Chocolate" Mena – not to be confused with the Latin trumpeter who also went by the name of Chocolate! The album's got some wonderfully jazzy numbers – put together with arrangements from Duke Pearson and Lalo Schifrin, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic work from the 50s New York scene – and a legendary set that offers up its own interpretation of Santerian rhythms! The groove on the set is very percussion-heavy – and done with that rich sort of vibe you might get on some of the classic Sabu Martinez records – or maybe ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the grooviest records ever recorded – and pretty darn rare, too! The Moon People – aka Los Astronautas – were a Latin Soul studio band who played behind some of the other killer recordings on the Speed Label. They're best known for their sock-boogaloo instrumental "La ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very unique little record – and one with a sublime blend of Latin, soul, and vocal styles! The record's a fair bit more sophisticated than most other efforts like this from the 60s – thanks to a strong batch of talents that includes Gil Fuller on arrangements, Phil Moore III on piano ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer stuff! This rare boogaloo album is a monster batch of tracks by one of the best combos working the New York scene in the late 60s. The New Swing Sextet were extremely youthful, and at their best moments, they had a great raw sound the mixed Latin Soul and Latin Jazz into an extremely tasty ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lost boogaloo classic! This is one of the rare few records to come out on the tiny Speed label during the 60s – a hotbed of production for some of New York's most unique Latin Soul sides. Like other albums on the label, this set is a nicely messed up batch of tracks that shifts ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ocho 3 ... LP United Artists, 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
The killer 3rd album by this legendary Latin group from the early 70s! The set's a very tasty batch of Latin jazz, Latin funk, and a few straighter Latin cuts – and it's possibly their toughest album to find in the original. The group gets hot and heavy on a Latin version of James Brown's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
There's a tornado on the cover, and a tornado in the grooves as well – as the mighty Ocho step off their first three albums for UA Latino, and move into even headier territory here on the El Sonido label! The group are really at the top of their game – effortlessly blending jazzy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second album from this cool Colombian project that includes Will "Quantic" Holland – a group that's very much in the same criss-crossing of cultures as his Flowering Inferno ensemble! The first Ondatropica album had a vibe that was maybe more traditionally Colombian at times ... (Global Grooves, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The dances of today – circa 1962 – served up here by Orquesta Aragon with a sweet blend of pachanga and charanga styles! Instrumentation is relatively lean – and even the string elements are used in a nicely punctuated style – one that works well with the sweet-stepping ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mid 70s cracker from Pacheco – salsa with a mix of traditional influences, in a mode that follows shifts of other Latin acts at the time, yet still keeps things in the lean grooves you'd expect from Pacheco! The album is is first in many without Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mexican pressing. Cover has some wear and seam splitting.)
Ralfi Pagan —
Ralfi ... LP Fania, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An important early album from Eddie Palmieri – one in which he introduces the "mozambique" rhythm – essentially a conga-styled approach to the tune, and one that features a lot more percussion than on his earlier sides! The group that supports him is strong enough to carry ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brilliant 70s work by Eddie Palmieri – easily one of his greatest records of the decade! The album features Eddie really showing off his jazz chops on a number of longer tracks – tunes that bring together some of the spirit forged during the Harlem River Drive era, with some of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great obscure boogaloo album recorded on Decca (and if you know this stuff, you know how hard the Decca albums are to find!) The record indeed lives up to the title in its excitable moments, with some firey playing and an all around propulsive atmosphere, but there are also some pretty delicate ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The only album ever cut by conga player Armando Peraza – the killer percussionist who worked with Cal Tjader in the 60s! The album's got a very similar feel to Cal's work of the time – blending together jazz, Latin, and groovy 60s rhythms – with lots of percussion on the bottom, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A cracker of a Latin set from the end of the 60s – one originally issued in Venezuela, but done with all the hard, soulful styles of the New York scene of the time! Ray Perez has a very sharp, tight combo here – one that can pull out a heavy bassline when needed, or hit the piano with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very cool group from Peru – one that's as far-reaching as it is funky, thanks to a huge amount of experience and talent from all of its individual members! The core force here might be the electric bass of Enrique Luna, which creates a pulse on all of the numbers, even when the ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Nice reissue – heavy vinyl, with bonus insert of notes!)
A real lost chapter in the career of vibist Dave Pike – an obscure one-off Latin session recorded for Decca in the mid 60s! The album was done in the years between Pike's first few early jazz sides and his later tripped-out sessions for MPS and Vortex – and features Dave leading a ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a speach bubble in pen, split spine & bottom seam, tape residue on the edges. Vinyl has an edge chip on side 1 that does not affect play.)
A great lost album from Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – not classic vintage, despite the front cover image, but an excellent session from the early 90s that still has Pucho very much at the top of his game! The album's way heavier than some of Pucho's other material from the period ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers —
Jungle Fire! ... LP Prestige/BGP (UK), 1969. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the greatest albums by this funky Latin combo! The record differs from some of their earlier Prestige albums in that the tracks are longer, more instrumental, and have a hard fuzzy electric groove. The band jams hard in a way that's more like some of the funk combos of the early 70s, than ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album