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
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
A long lost late 60s Latin Soul record by Nitty Gritty Sextet – featuring legendary New York Latin players, and a hip, soulful boogaloo sound that should have made major waves on the scene – but somehow never saw release back in the day! The personnel reads like a who's who of the ... read moreCD
A pretty decent album of slightly funky slightly Latin fusion, recorded by this obscure Chicago group from the late 70s. The feel of the record is more along the lines of some of the slicker LA sessions from the 70s, with electric keyboards and guitar, and compressed production on the drums that ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant meeting of modes from the mighty Arturo O'Farrill – a set that combines a rich tapestry of Cuban styles with American jazz elements from the cubop years and beyond – all into a spacious double-length set of performances that brings together musicians from around the globe, ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
Ocho 2 ... LP United Artists, 1973. New Copy (reissue)...
A seminal album from the NuYorican Latin generation! Ocho only get better on this second album – mixing together jazz, funk, soul, and Latin into a sound that was shared by few other groups – using vibes, electric piano, and flute in combination with older elements of Latin Jazz to ... 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
A great early record by Larry Harlow's famous combo – every bit the "smokin" set that the title might imply! Harlow and the group are in full force here – ripping through a set of short tracks that really groove with a darkly percussive edge – not entirely a Latin Soul ... read moreCD
A great early record by Larry Harlow's famous combo – every bit the "smokin" set that the title might imply! Harlow and the group are in full force here – ripping through a set of short tracks that really groove with a darkly percussive edge – not entirely a Latin Soul ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A group with all the power you'd expect from their name – a youthful 70s combo led by Juan Robles on timbales – and featuring some nice sax lines from Luis DeJesus amidst the trumpets and trombones! There's some great sinister currents between the piano and percussion – almost a ... read moreCD
Lean, lively work from Orquesta Aragon – a set that has the famous Cuban combo firmly hitting the pachanga era with a sweet mix of flute, violin, piano, and percussion! Vocals on some tracks echo an older Cuban mode, with some romantic touches – but the overall instrumentation has much ... 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
Orquesta Aragon —
En Route ... CD World Village (Germany), 2001. Used ...
Orquesta Aragon —
Ja Ja Pacha ... LP Discuba, Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
Sweet pachanga grooves from Orquesta Aragon – and a set that's a lot more stripped down than some of their material from the 50s! There's still a few echoes of the cha cha groove here, but the overall approach is definitely in keeping with the image on the cover – light flute lines ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet little cooker from this contemporary combo – and even better than the group's previous record! These guys get things going right out of the gate – using deep Puerto Rican roots to craft a tight salsa groove that also has some nice little twists and turns – certain ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little album of boogaloos and hard Latin tracks – one of the few rare gems on the long-lost Speed label. The set features the work of the Orquesta Olivieri, led by trumpeter Herbie Olivieri, and featuring more trumpet, piano, and percussion, plus lead vocals by Angelo Jiminez and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Arranged by Joe Cain – with cuts that include "Mas", "Noche De Lluvia", "Otra Vez Adios", "Vas", "Hoy", "Tocame", and "En Un Rincon Del Alma". LP, Vinyl record album
Ralfi Pagan —
Ralfi ... LP Fania, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
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
(Cover has some wear and masking tape on all seams.)
Joey Pastrana —
Joey ... CD Cotique, Late 60s. New Copy ...
Brilliant early work by one of the sharpest bandleaders of the Latin Soul era! A young Joey Pastrana leads his sharp little combo through a stunning mix of Latin jazz, Latin soul, and descarga tracks – all with the kind of hard playing, jazzy grooves, and dark edges that characterized a lot ... read moreCD
A landmark in 70s jazz and Latin – one of 2 legendary sets cut during the decade by composer/arranger Bobby Vince Paunetto – easily one of the most unique voices of his generation! Bobby's got an approach to melody that's all tied up in the rhythms – one that has most of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A groovy take on Latin Soul from this ultra-chic French combo! "Tropical Soul" bubbles along with soulful trombone in the lead, and this cool piano line dancing over percussion – while two female singers work together to create a very sunny vibe on the lyrics! "First ... (Funky 45's, Latin)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
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 killer collection of work from the legendary Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – one of the coolest, grooviest groups to record in the 60s – and one who equally touched the worlds of soul, jazz, and Latin at the time! The group have a really special blend here – a ... read moreCD
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
Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers —
Mucho Pucho ... CD Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1997. New Copy ...
A great revival set for Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – recorded at a time when the group was firmly coming back into the limelight, thanks to discovery and new appreciation by a generation of younger listeners! Pucho's still very much at the top of his game here – and brings in ... read moreCD
Despite the "for lovers" in the title, this is a fairly lively set of cha cha tracks by Tito Puente, with a feel that's in keeping with the best of his 50's work. Like the other Tico recordings, this record's got a harder sound than some of his RCA albums, and is much closer to the New ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label mono pressing with deep groove, including the plastic Tico inner sleeve, in the sepia toned cover. Cover has a bit of gloss separation along the opening, but looks great otherwise.)
A standout Latin Soul session from Tito Puente – one of his first nods to the younger generation of Latin music, after bad-mouthing boogaloo for the first few years! The sound here is kind of a split between Tito's groove of the earlier 60s and some of the more soul-based ones of the time ... read moreCD
A pretty darn nice album of Latin tracks – despite the obvious cheeseball theme of the record. Sure, it seems a bit of a cop-out for Tito to be doing a My Fair Lady album – but keep in mind that just about everyone was doing one of them at the time (after Shelly Manne had his big hit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent set from Tito – very funky, unlike most of his other work from the time! The record has a great electric vibe to it – thanks to a hip bass player in the group, to Charlie Palmieri, who plays organ and electric piano on the record, and to Tito himself, who's never sounded ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest Tito Puente albums from the 50s, and a spare percussion jam session that's right up there with his legendary Puente In Percussion album! The group features Mongo Santamaria, Bill Correa, Julito Collazo, and Enrigue Marti on percussion with Tito – and the only other ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Take a groovy "Safari" with Tito Puente – in a sweet little number that has plenty of his own percussion at the bottom, and lots of great jazzy horns on the top – almost in a sweet 60s Verve Records sort of way! Willie Bobo's on the flipside, on an excellent cut that's got ... (Funky 45's, Latin)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
One of the wildest albums in the history of Latin music – a crazy batch of Latin soul tunes made by Louie Ramirez under the alter ego of Ali Baba! The album starts with Ali saying "I hope you buy this album. I need the bread to buy a couple of camels. You see, I haven't had a hump in ... read moreCD
Louie Ramirez —
Tipico ... LP West Side Latino, 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
An early 70s killer from Louie Ramirez – and a striking return to traditional styles after his work in the Latin Soul era! Louie shows that he can keep the groove as well as any young salseros, and the record's a mix of tracks done in an early 70s trad groove, with a few more jazzy elements. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very groovy work – and one of the best-selling albums of the Latin Soul era! During the 70s, Ricardo Ray was best known for his salsa work – but back in the 60s, he was really swinging around in the early blend of boogaloo and shing-a-ling styles! The set's got a really frenetic feel ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing follow up to Ricardo Ray's first album of Jala Jala and Boogaloo tracks – a real killer Latin soul set that's even better than the first! The record's got a full-on style that kicks in from the very first note – a blend of uptight Latin tracks and some very groovy 60s-styled ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very early merengue sounds from Ricardo Rico – served up with an earthy blend that really gets to the root of the genre! The tracks often feature strong percussion alongside these really bouncing basslines – but acoustic ones, without the too-heavy style of more contemporary merengue ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove, including the original plastic Tico inner sleeve.)
A wonderful collection of Latin recordings from postwar France – all recorded by Cuban native Filiberto Rico, an artist who moved between Havana and Paris in the early part of his life – and seemed to leave quite a musical legacy in the process! Rico was part of seminal Cuban ... read moreCD
Chollo Rivera & The Latin Soul Drives —
By Chollo ... LP Cotique, 1969. New Copy (reissue)...
An obscure classic from the Latin Soul generation – the standout set recorded by the young Chollo Rivera and his strangely-named group The Latin Drives! The set's got equal parts soul and equal parts Latin – in a way that's similar to some of Joe Bataan's albums for Fania from the same ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Danny Rivera —
Alborada ... LP Graffiti, 1976. Very Good Gatefold ...
A monster album of Latin soul – arguably the greatest record ever cut by Hector Rivera! The record's a rare cooker that never lets up at all – a non-stop boogaloo party that definitely lives up to its swinging cover image – and which is quite different than most other albums from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hector Rivera & The Latin Renaissance —
Hecto-Mania ... LP 4 Points, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
A fantastic little Latin soul album – cut by bandleader Hector Rivera, and the Latin Renaissance soul group. The group sings in a warm harmony vocal style, with three female singers, and one male. Hector's in fine fine form laying down some jazzy Latin backings – and the record's got ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album