Lively cha cha tracks, all recorded in Mexico – with titles that include "Las Pelonas", "Poli Cha Cha Cha", "Cocktails For Two", "Los Normalistas", "Clases De Cha Cha Cha", "Senorita Catalina", and "Cha Cha Cha ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the more obscure artists from the early days of Tico Records – serving up cha cha cookers that include "Yo Sabia", "El Uno Dos", "Totiri Mundachi", "Las Secretarias", "La Cachimba De San Juan", and "Clases De Cha Cha Cha". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label pressing – nice and clean. Cover has a light stain in one corner, but is nice overall.)
Arrangements by Johnny Ventura and Bonny Cepeda – and titles include "El Ron Es Mi Medicina", "Yo Soy El Merengue", "No Te Imaginas", "A Construir", "Matilda", and "Mi Novia Y Mi Mujer". LP, Vinyl record album
A lucky seventh album from Roberto Roena and his groundbreaking Apollo Sound combo – a set that's filled with spectacular arrangements and a new level of sophistication for the group – yet one that's still firmly pointed towards the dancefloor! There's a richness here that's really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mexican pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole, with wide clear tape on the seams and spine.)
A very nice set of mellow west coast Latin vibes from Cal – sort of an updating of his classic 50s San Francisco groove on Fantasy, done with a host of California players that includes Roger Glenn, Poncho Sanchez, and Gary Foster. The record features a remake of Cal's big hit from the 60s ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ivy Pete & His Limbomaniacs —
Limbo Party ... LP Stereo-Fidelity, Early 60s. Very Good ...
A Limbo Party record from Ivy Pete & His Limbomaniacs – but a set that also seems to mix in a fair bit of Latin elements with the Caribbean styles! The record is way better than the usual limbo set from the time – as the instrumentation is razor sharp, and filled with tight, fast ... (Now Sound, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Perez turns his popular Latin sound to some even more popular 50s compositions – and even if it's not enough to swing the kids at the jukebox on the cover of the record, there's still some nice lively Latiny moments. Titles include "Isle Of Capri", "Three Little Words", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Living Stereo pressing, with deep groove. Cover has splitting on the top seam and light wear.)
Landmark work from Eddie Palmieri – a stunning performance by his Harlem River Drive band, recorded live before a very wild crowd at Sing Sing Prison! The feel here is a blend of the sound heard on the legendary Harlem River Drive album – a unique fusion of Latin, soul, and political ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Titles include "San Antonio", "Triangulo", "El Can", "El Toquecito", "Que Bueno Baila Celina", "Cana Brava", "Santa Barbara", "Que Lo Sepa Quien Lo Sepa", "A Burjujon Punao", and "Que Me Coma El ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The legendary Sonora Matancera with some of their famous singers – including Alberto Beltran, Celia Cruz, Bobby Capo, Vicentico Valdes, and Celio Gonzales! Titles include "Todo Me Gusta De Ti", "Y No Me Enganes Mas", "Amor A La Fuerza No", "Piel Canela" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some tape on the seams, and a small bit of pen.)
A rare Mexican set from Chico O'Farrill – cut during a time when he was also doing some great records up in the US! Includes jazzy Latin takes on "More", "Girl From Ipanema", "Misty", "Days Of Wine & Roses", and "April In Paris". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy original pressing.)
Charlie De La Cruz Y Su Orquesta —
Prision ... LP Marola, Mid 80s. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
A great salsa set – on a very tiny label! Titles include "Prision", "So Borincano", "Me Desespera", "El Vago", "Triste Y Sola", "Heprocrita", "El Canaveral", and "Betacun". LP, Vinyl record album
Features lead vocals from Angelo Pacheco and David Morales – on titles that include "Si", "Vagabundo", "As Escondidas", "Que Vuelva", "Search Is Over", "Cada Madrugada", and "De Donde Llegaste Tu". LP, Vinyl record album
A great set by one of the best Latin vocalists of the 70s – a bold solo effort recorded after a number of successful recordings with other groups! The set was produced by Ray Barretto, with whom Adalberto sang famously in years past – and is done with a really solid salsa sound that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Mongo's good electric Latin fusion LPs for Vaya, and a nice batch of tracks with a good groove to them, and a nice jazzy feel. There's some nice electric piano moments, and the band grooves nicely on cuts like "TV", "Images", "Havana", and "Mucho Mas". LP, Vinyl record album
Quique Y La Sabrosa Orchestra —
Yes Man Oh Boy ... LP Top Ten Hits, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
A great set of boogaloo tracks from the late 60s – the only record we've ever seen from this group! Congo player Quique leads a nice little combo with arrangements by John Thomas Donnet, and the group runs through some nice hard material like "Boogaloo Para Ti", "So Funny" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(1987 pressing – still hard to find!)
Chico O'Farrill —
Nine Flags ... LP Impulse, 1966. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
Very groovy work from Chico – still very Latin at the core, but with lots of light 60s touches on top, ala the work of Gary McFarland, or some of the other groove-conscious arrangers for Verve and Impulse! Players on the set include Art Farmer, Clark Terry, JJ Johnson, Seldon Powell, and Pat ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & black label stereo pressing. Cover has lightly bumped corners, in great shape otherwise.)
An obscure but excellent session – recorded at the end of the 70s with some of the best players in the New York salsa underground! The music is extremely vibrant – and the styles of the tracks range from hard Afro-Cuban percussion grooving to tight Latin jazz in a classic mode – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing. Cover has light wear, a cutout hole, and a bit of marker.)
Arrangements by Sonny Bravo, Marty Sheller, Louie Ramirez, and Horacio Malvicino – on titles that include "Canta Bajo", "Por Accidente", "Cualquiera", "Bestio Pa Ti", "No Pienses Mal De Mi", "Todo Aquel", and "Esta Es Mi ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has a click on one track, but is nice overall.)
A sharp-edged set from the great Jose Curbelo – with titles that include "Guaguanco En New York", "La La La", "Poco Pelo", "Do Re Mi", "Mambo Y Cha Cha Cha", "Rendezvous", and "Mimi". LP, Vinyl record album
Titles include "El Aqua No", "Merengue Loco", "Soy Pilongo", and "Pregon Cha Cha" by Joe Cuba – and "Vuelta Al Mundo", "Zapataro Cha Cha", "Parada De Cha Cha", and "Danubia Azul Cha Cha" by Sonny Rossi. More cha ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small address sticker in a bottom corner, but is nice overall.)
Lovely tracks from Ramon Marquez and his Orquesta America – titles that include "Classes Of Cha Cha Cha", "Amor", "Sube Y Baja El Telon", "Cha Cha Cha Con Melodia", "Solamente Una Vez", and "El Zaptero". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has light wear, but is nice overall.)
Pete El Conde Rodriguez always has a "touch of class" in his music – a sense of soul and style that really sets him apart, especially on a well-produced 70s session like this! Louie Ramirez handled the record for Pete, and he does arrangements along with Louie Cruz and Jose Febles ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great document of the crossover between the New York Latin scene and the Catskills – the upstate resort community that was as important to the Latin groups as the uptown clubs! Like many groups of the period, Machito's found a heck of a lot of work in the Catskills during the 50s – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Small orange label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
A collection of hit singles by Celia, most with backing by La Sonora Matancera – her most frequent collaborators back in the early days. Titles include "Poco A Poco", "Chango Ta Vine", "Bajo La Lune", "Que Voy Hacer", and "Los Ritmos Cambian". LP, Vinyl record album
An excellent album of spare Latin percussion tracks! Montego Joe put together this session for the Music Minus One label – ostensibly as a spare set of backings for melody solos, but it also works extremely well as a spare stripped-down set of Latin tracks. The whole thing reminds us of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco join forces with vocalist Justo Betancourt and pianist Papo Lucca – the latter of whom was making plenty big waves in music with Sonora Poncena at the time! Pacheco's the leader of the group on flute and percussion, but Lucca's piano has plenty of force in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Features music direction by Johnny Pacheco – and titles that include "A La Hora De Amar", "El Control", "Carcelero", "Es Casado Y Le Pegan", "Te Canto Colombia", and "Corazon De Hielo". LP, Vinyl record album
Features vocals from Jose Mangual Jr – and titles include "Maria", "Barranquillero Arrebatao", "Que Seas Feliz", "Abrazame", "Tu Panuelo", and "Cali Rumbera". LP, Vinyl record album
Conjunto Constanza —
Atacando ... LP Salsa International, Early 80s. Near Mint- ...
A nice little group with a strong Cuban groove – the kind of rootsy mix of older styles that came back during the 70s salsa generation – a time when traditional sounds played strongly on the New York scene! The personnel aren't listed on the jacket – but the album's got tight ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent set of funky tunes from the Antilles! The 12-track package features incredible tunes that we'd never heard before – a fresh mix of Latin, jazz, and African-inspired rhythms, most of them vocal, but with a focus on the groove that far surpasses language! The vintage of the ... (Global Grooves, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Alegre's massively popular early albums by Pacheco – featuring the kind of tight charanga grooves that set the New York scene on edge during the early 60s. Percussion is very tight, Pacheco's flute is great, and most tracks feature vocals by Pete Rodriguez, Vitin Lopez, and Elliot ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Features Pepe Mora, Octavio Salazar, and Fidel Tony Columbie on vocals – on titles that include "Condicion", "Levantate", "No Voy A Perdonarte", "Despertar", "Me Estan Cantando", and "Vuelveme A Querer". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has very light wear, and a small cutout hole.)
A collection of work handled by mighty Latin producer Pancho Cristal – with tracks that include "Miguel El Abusao", El Samaritano", "Deliero", "No Puedes Seguir Asi", "La Empaliza", and "Los Barberos". LP, Vinyl record album
A killer bit of salsa from the Colombian scene of the 70s – every bit as hard-driving and soulful as the best work coming from New York at the time! Robert's got a mighty tight combo for the set – heavy on percussion, which criss-crosses in these fast-moving lines – really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A tight set of French-recorded cha cha tracks – issued here for the US market! Titles include "I Want To Be Happy", "Paradis Bolero", "Love In Porofino", "Achoo Cha Cha", "Tierra Y Luna Cha Cha", and "Porque No". LP, Vinyl record album
A great little LP – even if it is a discographer's nightmare! The record was most likely recorded originally under Machito's name, and only featured Mann as a soloist – but it's not the album Kenya, so we're not sure which one it is, although it does look like a repackaging job ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really surprising turn in the career of Mongo Santamaria – especially after a run of successful mainstream Latin sides for Columbia and Atlantic! The album's definitely "up from the roots", and features Mongo in a percussion-heavy exploration of older Afro-Cuban rhythms – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label Broadway pressing. Cover has some wear, with a promo sticker in the top right corner and a name in marker on both sides. Label has a name in marker.)
Xavier Cugat turns his hit Latin sound to tunes from Mexico – working his way through medleys of traditional tunes, all given a late 50s zip, plus shorter numbers that work equally well in his choppy, percussive style. Titles include "Cielito Lindo", "Ay Jalisco No Te ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Living Stereo pressing with deep groove. Back cover has light staining.)
A sweet set from that great record moment when Latin styles were coming into play with the hipper sounds of the bachelor pad world! Jack "Bongo" Burger was a west coast percussionist with a very similar style to Jack "Mr Bongo" Costanzo – and in fact, since they're both ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split top seam held with clear tape.)
One of Cal's first albums for Verve, and a great set of Latin tracks with Lonnie Hewitt on piano, Armando Peraza on bongos, Johnny Rae on timbales, and Paul Horn on flute. The overall sound is great – and the album has a straight-on jazzy groove that makes it much better than some of Cal's ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing with deep groove.)
Leo Acosta & Su Orquesta —
Mas Boogaloo ... LP Capitol (Mexico), Late 60s. Very Good ...
Old school cumbia tunes – with plenty of raw rhythms and acoustic instrumentation in the mix! The package is a wicked batch of rare numbers from Colombia's legendary Discos Fuentes – most of which are from the early and mid 60s, recorded at a time when the imprint was really making ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not really a "Broadway" album, as you might guess from the title – although Tito and group do play a version of the soul hit "On Broadway" on the set – but a nicely-honed set with a strong Latin jazz groove, much more back to basics than some of Tito's work from the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is lightly stained on the bottom 3 inches, with peeling/stuck-on paper on front.)
A brilliant new move for Willie Colon – a set that goes even further than his mid 70s classics with Ruben Blades, and pushes Willie into a Pan-American consciousness carried off with ambitious musical vision! The sound is still salsa at the core, but Willie's also brought in bits of other ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Eddie Palmieri's work for the Coco label is some of his best of the 70s, and this album is no exception – and while the title may call the record "unfinished", it sounds pretty darn well done to our ears – far better than most other Latin sides of the time! The album includes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not entirely one of Eddie's firest, but a nice batch of cha cha tracks, with Eddie playing in a manner that's a lot livelier than on his early 60s pop Latin recordings. Eddie's piano is backed by a nice tight percussion group, and titles include "Boga Gondolero", "Sensacion", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has some tape remnants and notes in pen.)
Perez Prado at his best – sock-hard, with a choppy groove that's supported by some great percussion and really nice orchestrations! The feel here is in his best 50s mode – and possibly even better, as the recording quality on the set is great, and the mambo-focus makes for an album ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great look at the years when Ismael Miranda was singing with Orchestra Harlow – a great vocalist who really helped the group hit new heights with their sound! The package runs the gamut of work that Miranda cut with Larry Harlow and group – a range of Latin styles, all of which come ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This record wins for having the word "cha" as in "cha cha" appear more times than on any other record one will ever see. The record consists of Cano and his orchestra performing four different sets of "cha cha" medleys. You will get a little of the "Mama Inez ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and aging, with some writing on back. Label has a bit of marker.)
Pretty raw stuff – but unfortunately released with no liner notes, or any indication of when this material is from. We don't hear Arsenio playing tres on the record at all, and most of the tracks feature a lush male voice that doesn't sound like Arsenio's, with backing by a harmony combo. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some great Latin work that Herbie cut for Verve at the end of the 50s – featuring tracks pulled from the Flautista album, plus other that showed up on another release. The tracks on the set are nice and long – with Herbie doing a snakey flute groove that's almost better than any of his ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brilliant early work from a young Willie Colon – a true hustler if there ever was one! The album has an amazing energy that really bridges a number of Latin scenes – it's part descarga jamming, part Latin soul, and part traditional Latin – put together with a no-nonsense approach ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seemed like Joe was always in a mambo mood at the time he was making these sides for Tico – but that's A-OK with us, as the record's a corker – tight little grooves in Joe's best percussion/piano format! A few tracks even have some vibes, which makes for a nice sound – and titles ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has aging and fully split seams.)
Tito Rodriguez returns to the Palladium – in a smoking set that's got all the great jazzy touches of his first volume at the famous club, but a bit more of a charanga groove overall! The core combo elements that make Tito great are firmly in place – that strong sense of rhythm and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing. Cover has some wear with center splits in the spine)
One of the better Fania All Stars albums from the time – recorded live in Havana, with a lineup that includes Roberto Roena, Larry Harlow, Reuben Blades, Johnny Pacheco, Ismael Quintana, and Papo Lucca. Includes the extended "Descarga A Cuba", plus "Castellanos Jam", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent album of spare percussion and piano tracks – one of the best by pianist Geri Galian, and recorded with a no-nonsense sound that really gets to the root of his pyrotechnic style on the keys. Backing is by the "Carribean Rhythm Boys", who seem to be handling bass, conga, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split top seam and half split bottom.)
An early 70s killer from Ray – recorded right in the same era as most of his best albums! The feel here is strongly in the salsa mode – as Ray steps effortlessly from the Latin Soul era into a whole new decade of musical magic. And like the best of his 60s work, Ray's salsa cooks at a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has a cut corner, with half split top and bottom seams with some staining.)
Michi Sarmiento looks like a complete badass on the cover of this rare 70s album – and his group sounds completely badass as well – thanks to the wonderful mixing of modes that sometimes happened at the Disco Fuentes label! There's a loose vibe here that's quite different than New York ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Latin Jazz Quintet —
Chant ... LP Prestige/Tru Sound, 1962. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the best albums ever recorded by this groundbreaking Latin jazz combo – and a magnificent blend of jazz instrumentation and deeper Latin roots! Juan Amalbert's Latin Jazz Quintet was a new sound in Latin jazz – one that took the piano/bass/conga rhythms of smaller groups of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the grooviest groups of the Latin Soul scene – but they'd have to be, given their name! The Latin Souls are a vocal group with a really soulful feel – a great link between the earlier harmony sounds that were bubbling under in Spanish Harlem, and some of the hipper rhythms that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Joe Bataan —
Riot ... LP Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
A real killer from the legendary Joe Bataan – an album of righteous power that really lives up to the dynamic promise of the title and cover! Joe Bataan's in top form throughout – serving up a blend of Latin grooves and 60s soul influences that few other artists of the time could touch ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A solid 70s session from Willie Colon – a combination of a few tracks from previous efforts, mixed with other new ones, all featuring lead vocals by the wonderful Hector Lavoe! The work on the album's the kind that was so influential at the time, it's almost hard to hear how important it was ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Willie Colon —
El Juicio ... LP Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
Supposedly the end of Willie Colon's early "crime" career – as the title and cover imply that he's finally been brought to trial! Don't worry about Willie being beaten down, though, because the music on the album is every bit as fierce and powerful as ever – and features a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album