Some of the most soulful Latin tunes ever recorded – brilliant work by Joe Bataan
, the self-styled Latin Funk Brother who forever changed the course of the music! The tracks on the set date from Joe
's late 60s and early 70s sides for Fania – pre-Salsoul work that had Joe
working in a variety of styles that blended together Latin rhythms and influences from American soul – including doo wop harmonies, sock-soul lyrics, and some unbelievably touching ballad styles. This set's a great introduction to Joe
's work – with more soul than the funk in the title might imply, but extremely great stuff nonetheless! Titles include "Cry", "Ordinary Guy", "It's A Good Feeling (Riot)", "Shaft", "Johnny's No Good", "Make Me Smile", "Chili Beans", "Special Girl", "Too Much Lovin", "Gypsy Woman", and "I'm Satisfied".
(Out of print. Digipack tray has some broken teeth.)