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XWe're especially heavy on New York sounds of the 60s and 70s -- Latin Soul, salsa, boogaloo, and more!



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Jack Costanzo & Gerrie WooLatin Percussion With Soul ... CD
Tico/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1968. Used ... $11.99
An obscure little album from Jack "Mr Bongo" Constanzo – his only entry into the Latin Soul genre, and a really nice batch of grooves! Jacko's working here with singer Gerrie Woo – who sings in English on about half of the album's tracks, giving the set a nice pop-styled Latin groove that reminds us a lot of Willie Bobo's work for Verve, and some of the more unusual indie Latin albums of the time. The set's filled with loads of great numbers – including Hector Rivera compositions "Recuerdos", "Que Vengo Acabando", "Don't Squeeze The Peaches", and "Mambo Jack" – plus covers of "Jive Samba", "Words", and "Green Onions". CD
(Out of print, digipack has an import sticker on the cover.)
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✨✧ Johnny ColonPortrait Of Johnny ... LP
Cotique, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A stunning portrait of one of the best young artists on the New York Latin scene at the end of the 60s! Johnny Colon initially cooked up a groove with a run of some really important Latin Soul albums – and here, as the 70s come on, he's moving into smoking salsa territory with all the youthful energy of his earlier work! There's a really dark edge to the tracks – lots of downturning blue notes on piano and trombone, making for a sound that's tremendously compelling. The album includes 2 great mambo tracks – "New York Mambo" and "Retorno Del Mambo" – plus the groovers "Son Montuno", "Guajira y Tambor", and "Ya Yi Ki". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Willie ColonWillie ... LP
Fania, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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 from this angle – because Willie's working in a tight, hard style that so many other groups copped afterward – yet this one's still the original, and a good solid listen will remind you of the power in these grooves! Tracks include the groovy "Ah Ah/O-No", "La Banda", "Ghana'e", "Pirana", and "Abuelita". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Celia Cruz & Johnny PachecoEternos ... CD
Vaya, 1978. Used ... $14.99
Legendary Latin singer Celia Cruz is in wonderful company here – working alongside some great grooves from the equally legendary Johnny Pacheco! Johnny's got a way of keeping things clean and lean throughout – in a mode that mixes 70s salsa impulses with some of the older, more traditional modes of Celia's roots – but always handled with a style and sound that reflects the album's importance on the 70s New York scene! We honestly dig Celia's vocals more in this setting than on some of her older records – and Pacheco knows how to set just the right sort of spark that allows Cruz to flame on titles that include "Flor De Mayo", "Danza Del Cocoye", "El Guaba", "El Bajio", "Saludo Celestial", "Yembe Laroco", and "El Celoso". CD
(Out of print.)

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Fania All StarsQue Pasa – The Best Of The Fania All Stars ... CD
Columbia, Late 70s. New Copy ... $4.99 6.99
Some of the best of the best of The Fania All Stars – magical music from that short stint when the combo were recording for Columbia Records in the late 70s! While at Columbia, the group grew even more than the styles of their roots at the Fania label – picking up some hipper touches of soul, club, and fusion – all of which were worked nicely to tighten up their groove. And while you might think that after playing side-long jams, these shorter cuts could represent a more commercial side for the group – to us, this shift is an important one that has the ensemble taking the old energy of the Latind descarga and bringing it nicely into focus for a huge crossover audience. The cuts here sparkle and glisten with the best non-Latin funk and club of the time – and the CD features 13 tracks from the albums Spanish Fever, Rhythm Machine, Cross Over, and Delicate & Jumpy – titles that include "Coro Miayre", "Ella Fue", "Fania All Stars Cha Cha Cha", "Los Bravos", "Peanuts", "Prepara", "Que Pasa", "Sin Tu Carino", "Isadore", and "Foofer Soofer". CD

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Fania All-StarsSalsa – Original Soundtrack ... CD
Fania, Early 70s. Used ... $18.99
A wonderful soundtrack to one of the most important films to Latin music in the 70s! This double-length set features a huge array of work from the movie – not only important musical bits, both live and in the studio, but also snippets from TV, concert introductions, and lots lots more that show the range and cultural impact of the early 70s New York scene – stretching way past a simple understanding that you might have from other records! Players include Ray Barretto, Willie Colon, Larry Harlow, Pacheco, and Bobby Valentin – and tracks include "Drum Story", "The Sugar Cane", "Hollywood", "Barrio", "Mi Gente", "Congo Bongo", "Slave Ship", "African Village", and "Soul Makossa". Also features gues appearances by Geraldo Rivera, Dezi Arnaz, Ismael Quintana, Carmen Miranda, and Al Jolson! CD
(Out of print, CRC pressing.)

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Machito & His Afro Cuban OrchestraVacation At The Concord ... LP
Coral, 1958. Very Good ... $9.99
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 – most notably at the Concord Resort, paid tribute to by this set – which includes photos of famous Concord staffers that include swimming instructor Buster Crabbe and golf pro Jimmy Demarest! But apart from that gimmicky approach, the album's actually a strong one for Machito – showing the kind of grooves that helped his 50s group cross over big – a mix of mambo and early cha cha tracks that include "Patricia", "Guaglione", "Torero", "Cha Cha Cha Loco", "Cotillon Mambo", and "Mambo La Concord". LP, Vinyl record album
(Small orange label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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Eddie PalmieriMozambique ... LP
Tico, 1965. Very Good ... $19.99
An important early album from Eddie Palmieri – one in which he introduces the "mozambique" rhythm – essentially a conga-styled approach to the tune, and one that features a lot more percussion than on his earlier sides! The group that supports him is strong enough to carry off the sound well – and features Manny Oquendo on timbales and bass, Tommy Lopez on conga, and vocals by Ismale Quintana – and the overall shift is similar to the one that Pacheco made between his records on Alegre and those on Fania. The album's filled with loads of great upbeat tracks – and titles include "Mi Mambo Conga", Manha De Carnaval", "Que Suene La Orquesta", " "Estamos Chao", "Camagueyanos Y Habaneros", and "Pobre Pedro". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo orange label pressing. Cover has splitting on the seams and some light surface wear.)

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✨✧ Leyo PenaQue Traigan El Son Cubano ... LP
Inca, 1972. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nice set of Puerto Rican salsa, produced by Ricardo Ray & Bobby Cruz, with a sound that's very similar to their own work of the time. Vocals are by Terry Rivera & Tonito Alvarez – and titles include "El Vago", "Carimbo", "La Gente", "Como Candela", "Guaguacno Borincano", "Dia Y Noche", "Que Me Importa Usted", and "Que Traigan El Son Cubano". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! Cover has a small cutout mark, and a small bit of aging near the top on the back – but this is a great copy overall.)

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✨✧ Mongo Santamaria & Justo BetancourtUbane ... CD
Vaya, 1976. Used ... Out Of Stock
A classic collaboration between singer Justo Betancourt and percussionist Mongo Santamaria – who gives Justo some of his strongest backings of the 70s! Marty Sheller produced, conducted, and arranged most of the tracks – and gives the record the same sort of rock-solid sound he'd brought to Mongo's music from the 60s onwards – and the players are a stellar list of Latin talents, with Barry Rogers on trombone, Justo Almario on tenor and flute, Victor Paz on trumpet, Andy Gonzales on bass, Steve Berrios on timbales, and Mongo himself on congas and bongos! Most tunes are originals by Mongo, and Justo's vocals soar mightily over the grooves – on titles that include "Manana", "Cantandole Al Amor", "Cumbia Tipica", "Ubane (Canto Abacua)", "Miedo", "Kindimbia", "No Me Importa", and "Serpentina". CD
(Out of print.)

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