Landmark recordings from Cuban singer Abelardo Barroso – one
of the most expressive voices on the Havana scene – both before and after the revolution! Barroso is heard here in he company of Orquesta Sensacion – a great group with a very rhythmic vibe, and a style that's often in the best charanga mode of the period – especially that sharper style that bubbled big in Cuba before hitting the mainstream up north. Instrumentation is tight and light – very focused rhythms, piano, flute, and violin – and Abelardo's lead vocals get lots of room for these soulful, colorful inflections that really illuminate the tunes – with a range of feeling that even exceeds some of his important contemporaries. Equally great is the package – which has notes and a wonderful vintage look – overall way
nicer than some of the cheaper collections of Cuban sounds on the market. Sound quality is great – and titles include "El Panquelero", "El Huerfanito", "Triste Lucha", "Bruca Manigua", "El Manisero", "La Mulata Rumbera", "Yo Ta Cansa", and "Tiene Sabor".
(Comes with a bonus download of the album too!)