Latin — LPs

We're especially heavy on New York sounds of the 60s and 70s -- Latin Soul, salsa, boogaloo, and more!




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Ray BarrettoHead Sounds ... LP
Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
"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 setting the pace here – and then it rolls into some fantastic longer cuts that really have a very strong jazz component. Ray and the group stretch out tremendously, hitting off-color notes and tones that almost make the record feel like one of Eddie Palmieri's jammers from the same time. 3 tracks on the set are over 8 minutes long, which should give you a good feel of the openness of the work – and titles include "Abidjan", "Espiritu Libre", "Drum Poem", and "Tin Tin Deo". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ray BarrettoSenor 007 ... LP
United Artists, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of our favorite Ray Barretto albums of the 60s – a real gem from the pre-Latin Soul years! The album's a clear attempt to cash in on the cash in on the James Bond craze of the time – issued by United Artists, who were releasing the Bond films, but also had Ray under contract during the period too. But despite that simple gimmick, it's a great little set – with a quality level that goes way beyond Bond soundtracks, or the usual from Barretto at the time! The tracks are all hard and groovy, with an excellent jazz feel – and some killer arranging from Ray that's right up there with the work he did for his legendary Charanga Moderna album! You may recognize the song titles – but their versions here are superb, and the album's filled with many many wonderful moments that step out with mad rhythms and great jazzy touches. Titles include "Mister Kiss Kiss Bang Bang", "OO7", "Search For Vulcan", "Thunderball", and "Goldfinger". Nice "spy" shot of Ray on the cover, too! LP, Vinyl record album

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Willie Bobo & the Bo-GentsDo What You Want To Do ... LP
Sussex, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
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 all the way through the set. We've always liked Willie a lot, but honestly, we don't know how he managed to make a record this funky – but we're also not arguing, just enjoying the grooves with tremendous delight and surprise. Great all the way through, and includes the break cuts "Do What You Want to Do", "Broasted or Fried", and "Soul Foo Young" – plus a version of "Dindi", which, for some reason, Willie seemed to record every chance he got! Other titles include "Shut Up & Pay Attention", "Come Together", and "Never You Mind". (Soul, Latin) LP, Vinyl record album

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Eddie Cano & His QuintetBrought Back Live From PJ's ... LP
Dunhill, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
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 totally serious on this one – as the set's a firey batch of Latin instrumentals, with a slammin' boogaloo groove all the way through – filled with mad percussion, jazzy piano riffs, and a non-stop groove that's totally great. The set was recorded live at PJ's nightclub, and it's a non-stop Latin Soul party that includes massive originals like "Slip Slip", "Brown & Blue", "Miro Como Es", and "Don't Ever Change" – plus smoking covers of "El Pito" and "Louie Louie". The set screams with excitement, and is as great as the album is rare! LP, Vinyl record album

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Jack CostanzoMr Bongo ... LP
Jazzman (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $25.99 29.99
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 records are all uniformly great – some of our first go-to records for Latin jazz, year after year – and this cooking collection from Jazzman brings together the best Costanzo cuts from a variety of different records, on a variety of different labels – all with great notes that finally give the legend his due! Some numbers feature small combo instrumentation, with searing jazz solos – others feature larger groups who really take off with a lot of vivid colors – and many numbers feature smoking percussion passages from Jack, not just on bongos, but on congas as well. Titles include "Sax Con Ritmo", "Rabo E Mula", "Pharoahs Curse", "Latin Fever", "Abainaquito", "Atu", "Oye Negra", "Tabu", "Bongo Festeris", "Jarochito", "La La La", "Qiere", and "Robin's Mambo". LP, 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!)
Also available Mr Bongo ... CD 9.99

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Flash & The DynamicsNew York Sound ... LP
Tico, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
The one and only album we've ever seen from this ultra-hip Latin Soul combo – an outfit that has a sweet swinging sound, soulful lead vocals, and some nicely tripped-out guitar! The style here is a bit different than some of the other New York groups of the time – as these guys bring the focus more on the guitar than on the piano, or horns – and go for a style that's clearly influenced as much by rock and soul of the time as it is by the general changes on the Latin scene. The groove changes up often over the course of the album – making for a record that's got a really unique feel, and a sound that stays fresh throughout – moving way beyond boogaloo and shing-a-ling into some really tripped-out territory! Titles include "Electric Latin Soul", "Everybody's Got Soul", "Guajira Sicodelica", "Chango", "Yo te Quiero", "Borinquen", "Nena", "El Son De La Loma", "Campesino", and "Santa Isabel De Las Lajas". LP, Vinyl record album

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Nico Gomez & His Afro Percussion IncRitual (with download) ... LP
Omega/Mr Bongo (UK), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.98
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 – but there's also lots of heavy funk at the bottom – with basslines that drive most numbers along boldly, really raw percussion played with a nice sense of spontaneity, and these super-tight keyboards and guitars that you might find in American funk! The mix of modes is very much in the best spirit of contemporary groups like Chakachas or Lafayette Afro Rock Band – and titles include "Caballo Negro", "Lupita", "Baila Chibiquiban", "Pa! Pa! Pa! Pa!", "One Note Samba", "Cuba Libre", and "El Condor Pasa". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes MP3 download.)

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Joe BataanCall My Name (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Vampi Soul (Spain), 2005. New Copy ... About June 15, 2016 (delayed)
Joe Bataan is alive and well – and to our ears, the king of Latin Soul is sounding better than he has in decades! This tasty little set really takes us back to Joe's classic work for Fania – but it's also got a slightly different twist – one that shows a new younger appreciation of the funk side of Joe's work that wasn't always able to come to the forefront in earlier years. Joe recorded the album at the Daptone Studios in New York – so the sound of the set is spot-on all the way through – perfectly recorded to bring out the soul in Joe's music, and handled with some great touches that make the instrumentation as wonderful as Joe's classic-styled vocals! And even more than that, there's also a heck of great new songs on the set – tunes that follow very strongly in the spirit of Joe's older classics, but which have a freshness that makes the album a totally essential part of Joe's catalog. Titles include "Chevere Que Chevere", "Keep The Change", "Call My Name", "Chick A Boom", "I'm The Fool (parts 1 & 2)", "Cycles Of You", "Secret Girl My Superfraud", and "Ernestine". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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