Tornado ... CD El Sondido/Universal Sound (UK), 1976/1996. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
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 instrumentation and hard-hitting 70s salsa modes – produced to perfection by the great Bobby Marin, and given a bit of vocal help from Tito Allen and Willie Torres. There's some sweet flute lines in the mix alongside some great tenor and alto lines too – and titles include the extended 4 part suite "Majnabuca", with the great cut "Hustle A Nova" – plus the titles "Mamey Colorado", "Tornado", and "Sneakin Up Behind You". CD
One of the coolest, grooviest albums of Latin Soul you could ever hope to find – one of the few records ever from the great Ray Terrace – and a set that goes even beyond some of the similar sides on Tico or Fania at the time! Ray's groove here is totally wonderful – upbeat, joyous, and blending soul and jazz in equal parts – often with English language lyrics that have the best sort of Spanish Harlem sound. Many tunes are covers, but they're completely remade by the record – with lively arrangements from Marty Sheller that never let up, and smoking soul lead vocals by Willie Torres. The whole thing swings, and there's never a dull minute – on titles that include "Get On Up", "You've Been Talking 'Bout Me Baby", "Half Way Down", "Listen To Me", and the great "I Make A Fool Of Myself". CD