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✨✧ Joe BataanSalsoul ... LP
Mericana, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... 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 ... 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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CachaoCachao y Su Descarga 77 Vol 1 ... CD
Salsoul/Octave (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $14.99
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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✨✧ CandidoDancin' & Prancin' (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Salsoul/Big Break (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $4.99
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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LibreIncreible ... CD
Salsoul/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $13.99
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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VariousSalseando – Selected By Raphael Sebbag ... CD
Salsoul/Octave (Japan), Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
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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✨✧ LibreCon Salsa Con Ritmo Vol 2 – Tiene Calidad ... CD
Salsoul/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ VariousRough Guide To Latin Disco (with bonus download) ... LP
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, Firewalker" by Jungle Fire, and "Everlasting Love" by Los Charly's Orchestra. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download – with bonus tracks!)

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Joe BataanSaint Latin's Day Massacre ... LP
Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
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 ... $13.99
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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Johnny ZamotZamot ... CD
Mericana/Octave (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $14.99
Quite an obscure little set by Johnny Zamot – the man who's best known for his boogaloo records of the 60s, but who was still grooving hard in the 70s! This set was a one-off date that Johnny recorded for Salsoul – in a tight mode that's mostly salsa-based, with lead vocals by Manny Roman on most tracks – who gives the record a soaring, soulful vibe that really reflects Johnny's new groove at the time! And while most titles might be more straight Latin than Zamot in the 60s, there's still lots of heavy percussion – and the album's got a great version of "Soul Makossa" – one that takes the Afro-funk classic and gives it a sweet Latin groove, with loads of bass at the bottom! Other tracks include "Oh Vida", "No Me Digas", "La China", "Aguadila", "Me Dejaron Flores", and "Con Mi Negrita De Mano". CD

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✨✧ Manny Oquendo's LibreRitmo, Sonido Y Estilo ... CD
Montuno, 1991. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little 80s album by Manny Oquendo's Libre group – recorded after their classic Salsoul LPs, but every bit as great! The group are in incredible form – very tight, with loads of jazzy touches, and an approach to the groove that won't quit. Players include Andy Gonzalez, Jerry Gonzalez, Steve Turre, Dave Valentin, and Milton Cardona – and the tracks are all long enough to allow the players plenty of space to express themselves. Arrangements are by Marty Sheller, Andy Gonzalez, and Manny Oquendo – and tracks include "Que Humanidad", "Elena Elena", "Bailala Pronto", "Llora Timberto", and a great version of "Little Sunflower". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Javier Vazquez Y Su SalsaJavier ... CD
Mericana/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Temporarily 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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✨✧ Rey RoigPor La Maceta (A Touch Of Class) ... CD
Mericana/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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