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✨✧ Joe BataanSalsoul ... LP
Mericana, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 called "Salsoul", because of it's mixture of salsa and soul! The blend is fantastic, a real milestone in the NuYorican scene – and handled perfectly by Joe on every cut! There's some massive Latin funk on here, including the tracks "Latin Strut" and "Aftershower Funk", plus some straighter Latin jazz, like "Sunny Gets Blue Mambo", and a great Latin Soul cut with English vocals called "Johnny". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Joe BataanSalsoul (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Salsoul/Big Break (UK), 1973. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 called "Salsoul", because of it's mixture of salsa and soul! The blend is fantastic, a real milestone in the NuYorican scene – and handled perfectly by Joe on every cut! There's some massive Latin funk on here, including the tracks "Latin Strut" and "Aftershower Funk", plus some straighter Latin jazz, like "Sunny Gets Blue Mambo", and a great Latin Soul cut with English vocals called "Johnny". CD features bonus tracks – "Continental Square Dance", "Latin Strut (mono single)", "Peace Friendship Solidarity (mono single)", "Aftershower Funk (mono single)", and "Fin (mono single)". CD
 
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✨✧ ChocolatKings Of Clubs ... LP
Salsoul, 1977. Very Good+ ... $3.99
A lost groover on Salsoul, with 3 long cuts that all have a solid dancefloor sound! Tracks include the Latin-tinged "El Caravanero", which has a nice organ sound in it; "Orfeu Negro", a disco version of "Black Orpheus"; and the title cut, which runs for 15 minutes on side one. (Soul, Latin) LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has moderate wear.)

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LibreCon Salsa Con Ritmo – Vol 1 ... CD
Salsoul/Octave (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $24.99
The first crucial album from Manny Oquendo and his legendary Libre group – a combo who'd go onto have great power in the Latin scene in the years after this release – thanks to their perfect blend of rhythmic roots and bold jazzy elements! Libre almost prefigure the more sophisticated growth in Latin jazz to come in the 80s and 90s – that style, which was also unleashed by Eddie Palmieri, in which the core classic elements could still hold strongly – especially in rhythms and vocals – while soloists could get a bit more adventurous over the top. That latter aspect is a great thing – given that the record features a lineup that includes Dave Valentin on flute, Ronnie Cuber on baritone, Papo Vasquez and Barry Rogers on trombones, and Jerry Gonzaez and Milton Cardona on percussion. Marty Sheller handles the arrangements – and titles include a great version of Charlie Parker's "Donna Lee", done in a Latin medley with "A Gozar Y Bailar" – plus "Saoco", "Risque", "Lamento Borincano", and "Bamboleate". CD

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✨✧ LibreCon Salsa Con Ritmo Vol 2 – Tiene Calidad ... CD
Salsoul/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $22.99
Manny Oquendo's great group Libre were one of the high points in the New York Latin scene of the 70's. The group manage to bring traditional Latin jazz styles into play with some of the changes that were taking place in the city's music scene at the time – and the result is a beautiful blend of styles that still sounds extremely fresh today (especially when you consider the new fame that Manny has been enjoying in recent years.) This hard to find 2nd LP includes playing by Milton Cardona, Ronnie Cuber, Gene Golden, and Andy Gonzales, who also "co-led" the band with Manny. Titles include "Porque Tu Sufres", "Suavecito", "Imagines Latinas", and a very nice cover of Miles Davis' "Tune Up". CD

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✨✧ VariousSalseando – Selected By Raphael Sebbag ... CD
Salsoul/Octave (Japan), Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $26.99
A rich serving of salsa gems from the legendary Salsoul/Mericana Records label – all hand-picked by Japanese DJ/collector/musician Raphael Sebbag! 20 years ago, Raphael worked similar magic with the huge Fania catalog – turning out a series of key compilations that also accompanied his work in United Future Organization – and now Sebbag takes an overdue look at the early years of Salsoul – that time when the label wasn't yet putting out disco music, and instead created a very strong catalog of some of the best underground work on the New York scene! The music here is a great indie representation of sounds that are a lot less familiar than those during the big years of Fania – and as such, there may well be a lot more experimentation going on – more chances with new ideas, and other great elements that make these tracks really shine. The 2CD set features a whopping 38 tracks in all – and titles include "El Fumigador" and "El Que Tenga Sabor" by Latin Dimensions, "Soy Guinero" and "Sabrosona" by Roberto Torres, "Una Pregunta" and "Tambores Pa Yemaya" by Raul Marrero, "People Make The World Go Round" by Saoco, "Cuando En Pesar Se Convierta La Risa" and "El Galleton" by Tempo 70, "Soul Makossa" by Johnny Zamot, "Un Coro Africano" by Orquesta Power, "Borracho No Vale" by Rey Roig, "No Puedo Mas" by La Fantastica, "Decidete" by Libre, "Chambelona" by Cachao, "Muchacho Ordinario" by Joe Bataan, "Ese Eres Tu" by Ray Rodriguez, and "Aguanta La Bronca Compay" by Los Jigmaguas. CD

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✨✧ CandidoDancin' & Prancin' (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Salsoul/Big Break (UK), 1979. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A key chapter in the rich long legacy of Candido on record – a set that pushes the percussion maestro strongly into the disco generation – with wonderful results that are still massively strong all these many years later! Candido had always been one of the funkiest conga players around – especially as his music moved into the 70s – but here, he really takes off with some sublime disco arrangements – full clubby grooves that are some of the best Salsoul sounds of the time, yet which still leave plenty of room for Candi's congas! The congas participate in the rhythms at every level – and often take on a nice solo spotlight too – and all tracks are nice and long, with killers that include a club remake of "Thousand Finger Man", plus "Dancin & Prancin", "Jingo", and "Rock & Shuffle". CD features a massive amount of bonus tracks – more than on the album – with gems from singles that include "Jingo (original 12" version)", "Thousand Finger Man (12" ext version)", "Jingo (Shep Pettibone mix)", "Thousand Finger Man (single)", "Jingo (single)", and "Jingo (inst)". CD

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✨✧ CandidoDancin' & Prancin' (2LP version with bonus tracks) ... LP
Salsoul (UK), 1979. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A key chapter in the rich long legacy of Candido on record – a set that pushes the percussion maestro strongly into the disco generation – with wonderful results that are still massively strong all these many years later! Candido had always been one of the funkiest conga players around – especially as his music moved into the 70s – but here, he really takes off with some sublime disco arrangements – full clubby grooves that are some of the best Salsoul sounds of the time, yet which still leave plenty of room for Candi's congas! The congas participate in the rhythms at every level – and often take on a nice solo spotlight too – and all tracks are nice and long, with killers that include a club remake of "Thousand Finger Man", plus "Dancin & Prancin", "Jingo", and "Rock & Shuffle". LP includes a couple bonus alternate mixes of "Thousand Finger Man" – 12" extended version and single version. LP, Vinyl record album
(2LP pressing with 2 bonus tracks.)

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✨✧ Grupo Folklorico & Experimental NuevayorquinoConcepts In Unity ... CD
Salsoul/Octave (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A landmark set of highly percussive tracks! Back in the mid-70's, when Salsoul was still recording Latin music and not disco, they put out this great double album of traditional Latin percussion playing by the new revivalist Grupo Folklorico, which featured Virgilo Marti and other great New York Latin percussion players of the time. The album's a totally stripped down mix of tracks that manages to swing all the way through – grooving in mode that has lots of the descarga touches of the 60s scene, and the mix of traditional and newer styles of the 70s years. This CD includes all the tracks from the double album, including "Cuba Linda", "Choco's Guajira", "A Papa Y Mama", and "Adelaida". CD

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✨✧ CachaoCachao y Su Descarga 77 Vol 1 ... CD
Salsoul/Octave (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An excellent batch of descarga tunes – very much in the same spirit as Cachao's groundbreaking Cuban work of the early 60s – but done here as a wonderful return to roots in the mid 70s – part of that key shift back towards tradition on the New York scene, yet one that was still flavored with all the newer experiences of salsa! The format is very loose and free – similar to some of the Grupo Folklorico y Experimental albums on Salsoul, or to some of the harder Latin jazz sides on the LPV label at the time. Cachao's leading the group on bass, and other players include Afredo Chocolate Armenteros, Virgilo Marti, Pupi Legaretta, Alfredo De La Fe, Charlie Palmieri, and Manny Oquendo. All tracks are long and hard-jamming – with plenty of solos over a traditional groove. Titles include "La Trompeta Y La Flauta", "A Ti No Te Falta Nada", "Adelante", and "Se Va El Matancero". CD

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✨✧ LibreIncreible ... CD
Salsoul/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A very well-titled set from Libre – as the group were one of the more incredible acts on the New York scene of the 70s – always a bit more underground than the salsa mainstream, and able to easily bridge so many generations with their music! Leader Manny Oquendo has a great ear for unusual sounds – and finds a way to blend contemporary jazzy currents with some deeper Afro-Cuban rhythms – with a sound that's both holding to tradition, but able to really push things forward – without some of the more reactionary tendencies found in some of his scenemates. The quality of the musicians is one of the great strengths of the record – as the set features work from Dave Valentin on flute, Jerry Gonzalez on congas and trumpet, and Papo Vasquez on trombone – under the direction of bassist Andy Gonzalez, who handles arrangements with Marty Sheller and Luis Cruz. Titles include "Tracionera", "Decidete", "Yo No Vuelvo Contigo", and "Goza La Vida". CD
 
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La Fantastica2001 ... CD
Mericana/Octave (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $22.99
The only album we've ever seen by this cool New York combo of the 70s – quite a shame, as they're really cooking on all levels – with the kind of youthful energy that matches some of their best contemporaries during the early Latin years of the Salsoul label! The record's got a tight, indie vibe throughout – that post-Latin soul vibe that had some of the younger groups burning like the bigger ensembles of years back – with a new sense of pride, and a hell of a lot of salsa in the mix! Instrumentation is nice and tight – very jazzy in all the right points – and vocals are by the soulful Tito Miranda, on titles that include "Sagittarius 2001", "El Final", "Rumbero Bueno", "Moliendo Cafe", "Maria Merce", "Wild Flower", and "Las Nenas". CD

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Latin DimensionsLatin Dimensions II ... CD
Mericana/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $22.99
A sweet set of 70s salsa from Latin Dimension – a group who are both at home with traditional Latin modes, and some of the hipper touches of their time! The group's heavy on percussion, but also have lots of jazzy touches too – thanks to use of sax and flute on the record, which gives the set a nicely soulful vibe – especially alongside the piano Eddie Lebron, who also handles the arrangements! There's a sweet shifting of modes throughout – the kind of depth you'd expect from a bigger Latin act, but delivered with the lean, upfront quality that we love from these early Salsoul sessions – and titles include "El Fumigador", "Que Salsa, Tiene Esa Orquesta", "Oiga Senor", and "Ay Guajira". CD

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Rey RoigPor La Maceta (A Touch Of Class) ... CD
Mericana/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $22.99
Wonderful sounds from Rey Roig – a leader who works here in a mode that recalls the bigger Latin ensembles of the 50s and early 60s, but with a lean vibe that really reflects the changes taking place on the New York scene! The album isn't as much of a hard salsa effort as other Salsoul Latin dates from the time, but definitely has that sense of fire – as Rey leads the group on piano and a bit of vocals, working with other singers Luisito Rodriguez and Julian Llanos – and a trio of trumpets who provide some sharp flourishes over the top of the grooves. Titles include "Por La Maceta", "El Muerto Vivo", "Monsieur La La La", "Loco Loco Loco", and "El Munequito". CD

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VariousRough Guide To Latin Disco (with bonus download) ... LP
Rough Guide, Late 70s. New Copy ... On June 24, 2016
Funk and soul meet Latin rhythms – and the result is a really special moment in the New York scene – a time when disco rhythms helped the underground scene burn brightly in the midtown clubs! Back in the 60s, nightspots in the city would routinely host Latin bands – but by the disco generation, much of the Latin action had retreated uptown – until grooves like these got things going again in a whole new light – returning the artists to a wider audience through a swirling blend of strings, jazzy instrumentation, and soulful vocals! The style's one that was so strong back in the day, it's had plenty of power over the years – and the set here also brings together some later variants of Latin disco from around the globe. Titles include "Sunny" by Yambu, "Salsoul Hustle" by Salsoul Orchestra, "La Botella" by Joe Bataan, "Dancin & Prancin" by Candido, "C'Mon Baby Do The Latin Hustle" by Jose Fajardo, "Combate A Kung Fu" by Wganda Kenya, "Latin Lover" by Joe Bataan, "X-Perience" by Grupo X, "Firewalker" by Jungle Fire, and "Everlasting Love" by Los Charly's Orchestra. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Joe BataanSaint Latin's Day Massacre ... LP
Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
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 scene. A few cuts are in the sweet soul ballad mode of Joe's earlier years – but there's others that pick up the groove nicely, and add in some guitar and vibes for a sweet electrified groove. Includes a great remake of "Theme From Shaft", plus the two-part "I Wish You Love", "If I Were A King", "Coco E", "El Regreso", and "Charangaringa". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ MachitoLa Voz De Graciela ... CD
Mericana/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most obscure albums ever from Machito – and also one of the best! This lesser-known 70s record was cut for Salsoul during the earliest days of the label, and although its title names the singer Graciela – one of Machito's frequent musical partners – Machito himself also sings a bit too, over grooves that are wonderfully tight, and maybe even sharper than the early days! The arrangements are what really make the record great – and have this way of holding onto all the best elements of Machito's roots, while focusing on some hipper edges that give the record a slightly more modern vibe – although never in a salsa-styled way. Chico O'Farrill, Joe Madera, and Frankie Colon handled the charts – and titles include "Masacote", "Como Quieras", "Chango Ta Beni", "Dale Jamon A La Jeva", "Buena Noche Che Che", and "Rumbantela". CD

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✨✧ Javier Vazquez Y Su SalsaJavier ... CD
Mericana/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the more obscure Latin albums from the early days of Salsoul Records – the only one we've seen by this group led by pianist Javier Vazquez, who brings in lots of offbeat touches to the music! The core approach is close to other salsa combos at the time – two trumpets, a trombone, and plenty of percussion – and on most numbers, the group can cook mightily – with some soaring lead vocals from Chito, and backup from Roberto Torres and Yayo El Indio. But at other points, Javier seems to play this weird keyboard (a rocksichord?), which creates some unusual currents in the music, sometime augmented by the guitar of Vince Bell. Titles include "Salsa Melodica", "Si Acaso", "Que Sofocacion", "Tu No Me Has Visto Miguel", "Guaguanco Habanero", and "Ya Soy Feliz". CD

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✨✧ VariousSon Cubano NYC – Cuban Roots New York Spices 1972-1982 ... LP
Honest Jons (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
The rebirth of the Afro-Cuban groove on the New York scene of the 70s – great recordings in the "new traditionalist" sound of the time! After the boom of the Latin Soul sound of the late 60s, and the rise of salsa in the early 70s, there was also a "back to basics" movement within the players of the New York Latin community – a shift that stripped down the sound, reintroduced traditional instrumentation, and worked in rhythms that might have been used on older sessions, but which were slightly updated for the newer recordings. The work of that period, although strong, has often been overlooked in favor of some of the flashier sounds of the scene – and this set wonderfully corrects that fault by bringing together a great sampling of work from the traditional spectrum of the Salsoul and SAR record labels, along with the kind of notes and commitment to quality that makes the Honest Jon's reissues so great! Titles include "Son Sabroson" by Rey Roig, "Chuchillo Para La Pina Cubana" by Charlie Rodriguez, "Chocolate En C7" and "Trumpet En Montuno" by Chocolate, "Oriente" and "Tiene Sabor" by Henry Fiol, "Yo Perdi El Corazon" by Lita Branda, "Camina Y Ven Pa La Loma" by Roberto Torres, "Celosa" by Angelo Y Su Conjunto Modelo, and "Los Dos Hermanos" by Los Jimaguas. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousRough Guide To Latin Disco ... CD
Rough Guide, Late 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Funk and soul meet Latin rhythms – and the result is a really special moment in the New York scene – a time when disco rhythms helped the underground scene burn brightly in the midtown clubs! Back in the 60s, nightspots in the city would routinely host Latin bands – but by the disco generation, much of the Latin action had retreated uptown – until grooves like these got things going again in a whole new light – returning the artists to a wider audience through a swirling blend of strings, jazzy instrumentation, and soulful vocals! The style's one that was so strong back in the day, it's had plenty of power over the years – and the set here also brings together some later variants of Latin disco from around the globe. Titles include "Sunny" by Yambu, "Salsoul Hustle" by Salsoul Orchestra, "La Botella" by Joe Bataan, "Dancin & Prancin" by Candido, "C'Mon Baby Do The Latin Hustle" by Jose Fajardo, "Combate A Kung Fu" by Wganda Kenya, "Latin Lover" by Joe Bataan, "X-Perience" by Grupo X, "Firewalker" by Jungle Fire, and "Everlasting Love" by Los Charly's Orchestra. CD
 
 
 



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