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Fania All StarsQue Pasa – The Best Of The Fania All Stars ... CD
Columbia, Late 70s. New Copy ... $5.99 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-StarsLive At The Cheetah Vol 1 ... LP
Fania, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
Killer early work by the Fania All Stars – caught live at the legendary Cheetah club, which was the heart of the New York salsa scene at the start of the 70s! The album is easily one of the best by the group – and features long tracks that really capture the jamming intensity that occurred on stage when this many great artists were brought together in one space – kind of the "next step" for the older descarga mode put forth at the start of the 60s, pushed forward into the prouder, more unified Latin scene of the 70s! All Stars on this date include Ray Barretto, Larry Harlow, Bobby Valentin, Willie Colon, Johnny Pacheco, and others – and titles on this first volume include "Quitate Tu", "Descarga Fania", and "Anaconda". LP, Vinyl record album

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Fania All-StarsLive At Yankee Stadium Vol 1 ... CD
Fania, 1975. Used ... $6.99
By the mid 70s, the New York Latin scene was boomin' so large it could easily fill venues like Yankee Stadium – as you'll hear on this excellent live set from the Fania All-Stars, a monster record that easily ranks with the best live Latin sides of the time – like Eddie Palmieri at Sing Sing, the Tico-Alegre All Stars at Carnegie Hall, or Mongo Santamaria at Yankee Stadium! Tracks are nice and long – a real mix of soul and Latin, with slight funk and electric touches – and players include Ray Barretto, Willie Colon, Bobby Valentin, Mongo Santamaria, Ricardo Ray, and Roberto Roena. Vocals are by a host of singers that include Santos Colon, Hector Lavoe, Ismael Rivera, and Celia Cruz – and titles on this first volume include "Pueblo Latino", "Mi Gente", and "Soy Guajiro". CD

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Fania All-StarsLive At Yankee Stadium Vol 2 ... CD
Fania, 1975. Used ... $11.99
By the mid 70s, the New York Latin scene was boomin' so large it could easily fill venues like Yankee Stadium – as you'll hear on this excellent live set from the Fania All-Stars, a monster record that easily ranks with the best live Latin sides of the time – like Eddie Palmieri at Sing Sing, the Tico-Alegre All Stars at Carnegie Hall, or Mongo Santamaria at Yankee Stadium! Tracks are nice and long – a real mix of soul and Latin, with slight funk and electric touches – and players include Ray Barretto, Willie Colon, Bobby Valentin, Mongo Santamaria, Ricardo Ray, and Roberto Roena. Vocals are by a host of singers that include Santos Colon, Hector Lavoe, Ismael Rivera, and Celia Cruz. Manu Dibango also joins the group for the track "Congo Bongo", a great long number in which he does a hot little solo! Other tracks include "Bemba Colora", "Hermandad Fania", and "Echate Pa'Lla". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Live At Yankee Stadium Vol 2 (remastered edition) ... CD 9.99

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Fania All-StarsLive At Yankee Stadium Vol 2 (remastered edition) ... CD
Fania, 1975. Used ... $9.99
By the mid 70s, the New York Latin scene was boomin' so large it could easily fill venues like Yankee Stadium – as you'll hear on this excellent live set from the Fania All-Stars, a monster record that easily ranks with the best live Latin sides of the time – like Eddie Palmieri at Sing Sing, the Tico-Alegre All Stars at Carnegie Hall, or Mongo Santamaria at Yankee Stadium! Tracks are nice and long – a real mix of soul and Latin, with slight funk and electric touches – and players include Ray Barretto, Willie Colon, Bobby Valentin, Mongo Santamaria, Ricardo Ray, and Roberto Roena. Vocals are by a host of singers that include Santos Colon, Hector Lavoe, Ismael Rivera, and Celia Cruz. Manu Dibango also joins the group for the track "Congo Bongo", a great long number in which he does a hot little solo! Other tracks include "Bemba Colora", "Hermandad Fania", and "Echate Pa'Lla". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Live At Yankee Stadium Vol 2 ... CD 11.99

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Fania All-StarsRhythm Machine ... CD
Columbia/Fania, 1977. Used ... $9.99
One of the proudest moments of the New York Latin underground – a time when some of its best players wound up playing for Columbia, through a brief affiliation between Fania and the larger label! And although you might think that the album would totally sell out the group's best points, it's actually a great batch of cuts that mixes the All-Stars' strong salsa and jazz grooves with some nice club-oriented rhythms – a blend that was perfect to show the growing sophistication of the Nuyorican scene in the late 70s! All the right touches are still strongly in place – and the record features work from Pacheco, Roberto Roena, Mongo Santamaria, and Louie Ramirez, as well as guests Bob James and Eric Gale. Titles include "En Orbita", "Awake", "Juan Pachanga", "Steady", "Jubileo", and "Ella Fue". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Fania All-StarsLatin - Soul - Rock ... LP
Fania, 1974. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
After a disastrous attempt at recording a live show, the Fania All-Stars went in the studio with guests like Billy Cobham and Manu Dibango and created their funkiest and one of their finest albums of the seventies! A few cuts are more straight Latin sounding, some of these tracks have a nice hard funky jazz feel, and sound like they could have been recorded for Prestige. There's great versions of "Soul Makossa" and "Viva Tirado", plus a very nice track called "Smoke". Other titles include ""El Raton", "Congo Bongo", "Chanchullo", "There You Go" and "Mama Guela". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Fania All-StarsLive At Yankee Stadium Vol 1 ... LP
Fania, 1975. Used ... Out Of Stock
By the mid 70s, the New York Latin scene was boomin' so large it could easily fill venues like Yankee Stadium – as you'll hear on this excellent live set from the Fania All-Stars, a monster record that easily ranks with the best live Latin sides of the time – like Eddie Palmieri at Sing Sing, the Tico-Alegre All Stars at Carnegie Hall, or Mongo Santamaria at Yankee Stadium! Tracks are nice and long – a real mix of soul and Latin, with slight funk and electric touches – and players include Ray Barretto, Willie Colon, Bobby Valentin, Mongo Santamaria, Ricardo Ray, and Roberto Roena. Vocals are by a host of singers that include Santos Colon, Hector Lavoe, Ismael Rivera, and Celia Cruz – and titles on this first volume include "Pueblo Latino", "Mi Gente", and "Soy Guajiro". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sunrise label pressing. Cover has some wear, a name in pen, and some discoloration from age.)
Also available Live At Yankee Stadium Vol 1 ... CD 6.99

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✨✧ Fania All-StarsLive At The Red Garter Vol 2 ... LP
Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A Latin soul party – beyond compare! The album's a completely wonderful live set that really captures the energy, excitement, and warm sociability of the hip New York scene at the end of the 60s. The music is stunning – a freewheeling blend of jazz, soul, and Latin themes – played with effortless ease by a lineup that includes Joe Bataan, Ray Barretto, Willie Colon, Larry Harlow, Bobby Quesada, Louie Ramirez, Ralph Robles, and some of the other heavy-hitters of the Latin soul years. (Just imagine trying to get so many jazz or rock talents together on one stage – it would never happen!) The album's incredible – and even the spoken introductions and crowd noise really help set the feel of the era's mighty magic power! Titles on this second volume include "Kikapoo Joy Juice", "If This World Were Mine", "Richie's Bag", "Red Garter Strut", and "Son Cuero Y Boogaloo". Firey stuff, and one of their best records! LP, Vinyl record album

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Tito RodriguezFania Anthology ... CD
Fania, 1960s. Used 2CD ... $18.99
... CD
(Out of print.)
 
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Ray BarrettoAcid/Hard Hands ... CD
Fania/Nascente (UK), Late 60s. Used ... $24.99
2 of Ray Barretto's best albums on 1 CD! Acid is monster – an album needs little introduction to fans of Latin Soul Jazz grooves, but we'll give one anyway. A killer all the way through, with an incredible blend of material that never lets up, and which shows the world that Ray was working his hardest to develop a radical new style. Includes the masterpiece title cut, one of the most perfect Latin tracks we've ever heard, plus other great tracks like "Soul Drummers", "El Nuevo Barretto", and "Espiritu Libre", which is an extended Latin jazz track, with very "out" piano! Hard Hands is very similar to Acid – and equally great! The record has Ray cutting across many genres – blending Latin, soul, jazz, and a slight bit of funk – all into a set of grooves that never stops pleasing, and which will make you start digging through the Latin racks like mad, just to find another LP this great! Titles include "Hard Hands", "Abidjan", "Got to Have You", "New York Soul", and the fantastic track "Love Beads", which has a cool rolling piano line that sounds like a great De La Soul sample. It's a great track, and makes the entire album worth the price! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Ray BarrettoBarretto ... LP
Fania, 1975. Very Good Gatefold ... $14.99
A lost gem in the 70s catalog of Ray Barretto – a fantastic album with some really wonderful tracks! Although Ray's clearly in his salsa mode here, he's also got a very strong jazz approach to the tracks – picking up the changes, tones, and colors used on his Other Road album, and turning them back towards a more forward Latin approach. The ensemble's wonderfully tight – with players that include Roberto Rodriguez on trumpet, Art Webb on flute, Ray Romero on timbales, and the great Gil Lopez on piano. Ruben Blades sings on a few tracks, and the album includes some truly stellar moments – like "Ban Ban Quere", a heavy stormer, and the soulful 8 minute number "Canto Abacua", which has some great electric piano. Other cuts include "Guarare", "Eso Es Amar", "El Presupuesto", and "Testigo Fui". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original multi-color label pressing, with die-cut fold of congas on front. Die-cut is detatched but included.)

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Ray BarrettoHard Hands ... LP
Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Killer stuff all around! This album's a monster – one of Ray's greatest, with the same sort of Latin Soul groove heard famously on his classic Acid LP. The record has Ray cutting across many genres – blending Latin, soul, jazz, and a slight bit of funk – all into a set of grooves that never stops pleasing, and which will make you start digging through the Latin racks like mad, just to find another LP this great! Titles include "Hard Hands", "Abidjan", "Got to Have You", "New York Soul", and the fantastic track "Love Beads", which has a cool rolling piano line that sounds like a great De La Soul sample. It's a great track, and makes the entire album worth the price! LP, Vinyl record album

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Ray BarrettoHead Sounds ... LP
Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
"Head Sounds" is a heck of a great way to describe this album – as it's filled with some of Ray's most mind-expanding cuts! The album kicks off with the tune "Acid", which you probably know from the album of the same name, but which still really does a great job of setting the pace here – and then it rolls into some fantastic longer cuts that really have a very strong jazz component. Ray and the group stretch out tremendously, hitting off-color notes and tones that almost make the record feel like one of Eddie Palmieri's jammers from the same time. 3 tracks on the set are over 8 minutes long, which should give you a good feel of the openness of the work – and titles include "Abidjan", "Espiritu Libre", "Drum Poem", and "Tin Tin Deo". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ray BarrettoTogether ... LP
Fania, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
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 level that's far hotter than most of his contemporaries – with lots and lots of incredibly tight percussion, impeccable instrumentation, and even a more soulful approach to the vocals than usual. The album's got a short Latin soul groover called "Together", which has tight bass and a very catchy lyric; an extended Latin jazz version of "Tin Tin Deo", with some incredible piano that goes way way out over the groove; and plenty of other great Latin numbers, like "Invitacion Al Son", "Vive Y Vacila", "De Donde Vengo", and "Hipocresia y Falsedad". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Santos ColonFiel/De Mis Suenos De Ayer ... 7-inch
Fania, 1972. Very Good ... $3.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Willie ColonCosa Nuestra (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Fania (France), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $20.99 22.98
A monster album of 70s salsa – and one that has bad boy Willie Colon taking the Latin world by storm – forging the new sound that would push him and the New York scene into the frontline of 70s Latin! Willie's got a strength on the set that's very much in keeping with his machine gun pose on the cover – a no-nonsense salsa groove that's overflowing with righteous pride and youthful energy – consciously aware of its new direction, and not afraid to show it! The album features the classic dancefloor groover "Che Che Cole", plus the tracks "Lo Me Llores Mas", "Sonero Mayor", "Sangrigorda", "Ausencia", and "Te Conozco". LP, Vinyl record album

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Willie ColonGood – The Bad – The Ugly ... CD
Fania, 1975. Used ... $16.99
A roots-oriented 70s classic from Willie Colon – one of his standout albums of the decade! Willie continues his "life of crime" approach for the early 70s – moving into an old west look on the cover, and matching that with a slightly rootsier sound on the album! The real difference is the presence of Yomo Toro – who plays cuatro on the album, and gives it a sound that stretches back to earlier Afro-Cuban styles – a groove that's a lot more rootsy, mixed in with the soaring salsa style of Colon in the 70s. Lead vocals are by Willie, Hector Lavoe, and Ruben Blades – and arrangements are by Marty Sheller and Willie. Tracks include "Toma", "Dona Tona", "Potpourri III", "Cua Cua Ra, Cua Cua", "I Feel Campesino", and "Que Bien Te Ves". CD
(Out of print. Rear tray card has a crease.)

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Willie Colon & Hector LavoeDeja Vu ... CD
Fania, 1978. Used ... $17.99
It's deja vu all over again, in this strong set of tracks that features Willie Colon working again with his best lead singer – the legendary Hector Lavoe! The tracks are pulled from the pair's strong work for Fania from the early 70s – and the set's a great package that includes some of Willie's strongest recordings from the time. Titles include "Aguanile", "Te Estan Buscando", "Todo Tiene Su Final", "Sonando Despierto", and "Ausencia". Arrangements by Willie, Marty Sheller, and Mark Dimond – and every track is a winner! CD
(Out of print. CRC pressing.)

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Willie Colon & Ruben BladesSiembra ... CD
Fania (France), 1978. New Copy ... $12.99
A classic 70s salsa jammer from Willie Colon – working here with his one of his greatest vocalists – the young Ruben Blades, back before he'd crossed over to super-huge success! The album really marks a departure for Willie – moving past the bad boy style of earlier records, that kind of "tough guy in the hood" look – into a mode that was more open to other Latin scenes, and which marked an even greater rise to Latin stardom – really warm, open-handed, and a push forward with a new level of power and maturity. Titles include "Dime", "Plastico", "Buscando Guyaba", "Maria Lionza", "Ojos", and "Siembra". CD
Also available Siembra ... LP 29.99

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Willie Colon & Ruben BladesSiembra ... LP
Fania, 1978. Very Good Gatefold ... $29.99
A classic 70s salsa jammer from Willie Colon – working here with his one of his greatest vocalists – the young Ruben Blades, back before he'd crossed over to super-huge success! The album really marks a departure for Willie – moving past the bad boy style of earlier records, that kind of "tough guy in the hood" look – into a mode that was more open to other Latin scenes, and which marked an even greater rise to Latin stardom – really warm, open-handed, and a push forward with a new level of power and maturity. Titles include "Dime", "Plastico", "Buscando Guyaba", "Maria Lionza", "Ojos", and "Siembra". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some moisture stains.)
Also available Siembra ... CD 12.99

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Willie Colon/Ruben BladesCanciones Del Solar De Los Aburridos ... CD
Fania/Musica Latina, 1981. Used ... $24.99
One of the last classic efforts from the team of Willie Colon and Ruben Blades – a subtle but effective set of tracks that showcases both Blades' increasingly political concerns and the growing pan-Latin sound of Colon! The core approach is still mostly salsa, but you can hear plenty of other influences in the mix as well – all carried out with a sound that's simpler, and almost rootsier than some of Colon or Blades' more high-concept records at the end of the 70s. Tracks are all longish, with some good instrumental moments, and titles include "Tiburon", "Te Estan Buscando", "El Telefonito", "Y Deja", "Ligia Elena", "De Que", and "Madame Kalalu". CD
(Out of print.)

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Celia Cruz & Johnny PachecoBest Of Celia Cruz & Johnny Pacheco ... CD
Fania, 1970s. Used ... $16.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Celia Cruz & Johnny PachecoCelia & Johnny (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Vaya/Fania (France), 1974. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
A fantastic pairing of talents – one that seems to push each individual artist to a new high point in their career! By the time of the set, Johnny Pacheco was emerging as one of the strongest forces in 70s salsa – a crack percussionist whose instrumentation was driving on a younger generation of musicians with a new sense of pride and power – which made his music a beautiful fit for the richly expressive vocals of Celia Cruz! Cruz was no stranger to recording, but really seems to come across like a brand new talent here – really on fire, with a new sense of soul – taking flight in ways that really make the album a standout classic in the Fania catalog. The instrumentation is as wonderful as the vocals – and features some great work on tres by Charlie Rodriguez. Titles include the tasty groover "Quimbara", plus "Tengo El Idde", "Toro Mata", "El Tumbao Y Celia", and "Lo Tuyo Es Mental". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Celia Cruz & Willie ColonCelia Y Willie ... CD
Fania, 1981. Used ... $19.99
Titles include "Mi Casa", "Apaga La Luz", "Come Down To Miami", "Don Jueyes", and "Ya Lo Puedoes Decir". CD
(Out of print, CRC pressing.)

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Cheo FelicianoCheo (remastered edition) ... CD
Fania, Mid 70s. Used ... $17.99
A wonderful mid 70s comeback from singer Cheo Feliciano – a set that still holds onto the soul of earlier years, but which also has a few wonderful touches of jazz in the mix! Arrangements here are by Bobby Valentin and Nick Jimenez, and they're played by a small combo that includes some especially great vibes by Louie Ramirez – ringing out on both traditional and modern numbers in a way that illuminates the record with some really wonderful tones and colors. Other players include Larry Harlow on piano, Bobby Valentin on bass, Johnny Pacheco on conga, and Charlie Rodriguez on tres – and the sound is wonderfully unified, really making the record one of Cheo's strongest! Titles include "Pienso En Ti", "Anacaona", "Si Por Mi Llueve", "Mano Caliente", "Medianoche Y Sol", "Poema De Otono", "Mi Triste Problema", and "Pa Que Afinquen". CD
(Out of print. Rear tray card has a crease.)

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Hector LavoeComedia ... CD
Fania, 1978. Used ... $19.99
A hokey cover but a really classic album from Hector Lavoe – one of his biggest records of the 70s, and a great mix of modes that showcases the full range of his talents! The standout number here is the 10 minute groover "El Cantate" – a driving salsa tune penned by Ruben Blades, and performed here with some great arrangements by Willie Colon, who also produced the whole record. Other tracks mix together the same sort of grooves from "El Cantate" with some mellower more introspective moments – tunes that really have Lavoe shining as one of the most mature and compelling singers in Latin music at the time. Titles include "Bandolera", "Porque Te Conoci", "Songoroscosongo", "La Verdad", and "El Cantante". CD
(Out of print first CD pressing with the white back.)

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Hector LavoeComedia (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Fania, 1978. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
A hokey cover but a really classic album from Hector Lavoe – one of his biggest records of the 70s, and a great mix of modes that showcases the full range of his talents! The standout number here is the 10 minute groover "El Cantate" – a driving salsa tune penned by Ruben Blades, and performed here with some great arrangements by Willie Colon, who also produced the whole record. Other tracks mix together the same sort of grooves from "El Cantate" with some mellower more introspective moments – tunes that really have Lavoe shining as one of the most mature and compelling singers in Latin music at the time. Titles include "Bandolera", "Porque Te Conoci", "Songoro Consongo", "La Verdad", and "El Cantante". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Comedia ... CD 19.99

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Hector LavoeDe Ti Depende ... CD
Fania, 1976. New Copy ... $12.99
A killer of a mid 70s album from Hector Lavoe – recording here as a solo act after his split from the Willie Colon group, but still with strong backings and musical supervision from Willie himself! The style here is very similar to the last few albums Lavoe recorded with Colon – a brilliantly bouyant mix of samba and soul, carried off with increasing sophistication few might have expected from the pair's early years, and a depth of feeling that clearly made Hector one of the most important Latin singers of the 70s. Titles include "Tanto Como Ayer", "Vamos A Reir Un Poco", "Consejo De Oro", "De Ti Depende", and "Mentira". CD
(Remastered!)

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Hector LavoeLe Canta A Boriquen ... CD
Fania, Late 70s. Used ... $14.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Hector LavoeQue Sentimiento (remastered edition) ... CD
Fania, 1981. Used ... $13.99
An unusual self-produced effort from Hector Lavoe – but a record that's every bit as strong as his other solo records from the time! Of course, Hector's got some big help on the record from Louie Ramirez and Jose Febles – who most likely did most of the arranging work, and ensure that the album grooves along in the focused salsa mode that always sounds best with Lavoe's vocals. Tracks are mostly upbeat and lively, with a strong focus on vocals – and titles include "Amor Sonando", "Juventud", "Soy Vagabundo", "El Son", "Seguire Mi Viaje", and "Yo Ta Cansa". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Lebron BrothersSalsa Y Control (remastered edition) ... CD
Cotique/Fania, Early 70s. Used ... $24.99
A stone kicker by the Lebron Brothers – not as all-out Latin soul as the group's first few records, but a heck of a great session nonetheless! The album's got the brothers moving into more of a 70s salsa mode, but still keeping the small combo edge of their earlier albums – singing in Spanish all the way through, but delivering a groove that's musically universal! Titles include "Estoy Loco", "Bongo Loco", "Que Pana", "Piensa Lo Bien", and "Tu Llegaste A Mi Vida". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ismael MirandaNo Voy Al Festival (remastered edition) ... CD
Fania, 1977. Used ... $29.99
Soaring 70s salsa from Ismael Miranda – cut at a time when he was making some great waves with the Fania All Stars, but sounding even better on his own! Miranda's got a positive, powerful vocal approach here – one that's oozing with soul and humanity, but never falls into the too-emotive traps of some of his contemporaries. Arrangements are full and rich – put together by Jorge Millet with a fair bit of horns, but also some nice use of acoustic guitar to pull out a slightly rootsy mode at times. Titles include "La Puerta Esta Abierta", "No Voy Al Festival", "Piensas", "Sauavecity", "Ten Fe", and "Vuelve Cipriano". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ismael Miranda con Orchestra HarlowAbran Paso! (remastered edition) ... CD
Fania, 1971. Used ... $17.99
The last album that Ismael Miranda cut with Orchestra Harlow – but an extremely strong effort that draws from all the great work they did together! Larry Harlow's still very firmly at the helm of the set – producing, arranging, and playing piano with the classic Orchestra Harlow lineup – but Miranda's vocals are a key focus of the album, stepping out proudly on a range of salsa themes that show a growing confidence in New York Latin for the 70s. One of the standout tracks is actually a Latin Soul groover with an earlier feel – the mighty "Rise Up", which features righteous soul lyrics in English, and plenty of great keyboard work alongside the percussion! Other tracks include Oigan Bien Mi Guaguanco", "Dolor Y Amor", "Abran Paso", "Se Casa La Rumba", and "Vengo Virao". CD
(Out of print.)

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OchoOcho 1 (remastered edition) ... CD
West Side Latino/Fania, 1972. Used ... $16.99
The rare first album by Ocho – and a killer batch of Latin tracks that breaks down all definitions of the music! Ocho were a seminal group in the NuYorica scene of the early 70s – blending soul, funk, Latin, jazz, and other styles into a groove that was perhaps a bit too complicated for the audiences of their time, which might be why they're only finally getting their due these days. This first record's excellent all the way through – with loads of great little numbers like "Flautira", "Undress My Mind", "Coco May May", "Suena Tu Bongo", "Que Pelota", and "Oriza". There's a great mix of electric piano, percussion, vibes, and some pretty sharp work on tenor and flute! CD
(Out of print.)

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Orchestra HarlowHeavy Smokin ... LP
Fania, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
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 style, but not far off either – and definitely showing their strong ties to the youthful scene in Spanish Harlem! There's a surprising amount of traditional instrumentation in the set – especially considering the stoned out image on the cover – but that's no problem for us, given the overall quality of the set! Tracks include "Chancletas", "Orchestra Harlow", "Mi Guaguanco", "Adios Mama", and "Rica Combinacion". LP, Vinyl record album

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Orchestra HarlowLive In Quad ... CD
Fania, 1974. Used ... $24.99
The "quad" here seems to be mostly conceptual – but the "live" part of the set is definitely in place! The album's a real stormer – one of the best mid 70s sides from Larry Harlow's excellent group, recorded in front of a small but enthusiastic crowd, and done with the same sort of energy as the best live albums on Fania at the time – a cooking sort of energy that connects that musicians and the audience wonderfully, and shows the sheer raw power of New York Latin during these legendary years. There's some really great live tracks on the set – including the massive 9+ minute "Descarga Final" – worth the price of the record alone – the percussive "Tumba Y Bongo", and the cuts "Mayari" and "Jovenes De Muelle". Other tracks include "La Cartera", "Gracia Divina", and "Senor Sereno". CD
(Out of print "white back" pressing. Rear tray card has a crease.)

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Pacheco & Pete 'El Conde' RodriguezLos Compadres (remastered edition) ... CD
Fania/Codigo, 1972. Used ... $18.99
About as tight as you can get from the team of Pacheco and vocalist Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez – a record cut after a strong run of sides from Pacheco's Nuevo Tumbao, a finely-honed unit that moved with supple grace few other groups could match! Pete's great here on both the mellower cuts and uptempo numbers – a singer who brought a new depth to Latin music in the 60s, really working here at the height of his powers. Titles include "Dulce Con Dulce", "Moreno", "Yolanda", "Mujer Ingrata", and "De Que Te Vale". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Pacheco With Pete 'El Conde' RodriguezTres De Cafe Y Dos De Azucar ... CD
Fania, 1973. Used ... $12.99
One of the last albums from the team of Johnny Pacheco and Pete El Conde Rodriguez – and one of the best, too! The set's got an all-solid feel all the way through – a well-crafted approach to the tunes that's simple, and almost effortless – but which comes from Pacheco's years of experience as a leader, and Pete's beautifully soulful way of putting over a tune! Pacheco plays both percussion and flute – and instrumentation includes trumpet lines from Hector Zarzuela and tres from Charlie Rodriguez. Titles include "Primoroso Cantar", "Cositas Buenas", "Son Labori", "Viralo Al Reves", "La Gloria Eres Tu", "Harina Con Boniato", and "Ponle Punto". CD
(Out of print original CD pressing.)

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Ralfi PaganRalfi ... LP
Fania, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
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 things into the best New Jersey/Philly mode of the period, while still hanging onto some Latin rhythms too. Most numbers have a harmony group behind Pagan's soaring lead – and the instrumentation has some sweet electric touches that mix in a bit of funk with the Latin, too. Ralfi chose some great material this time around, too – and the album features versions of "Too Late", "Brother Where Are You", "Bottom Line", and "Wonderful Thing". LP, Vinyl record album

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Charlie PalmieriLa Herencia ... CD
Fania/Codigo, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $17.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Joey PastranaJoey (remastered edition) ... CD
Cotique/Fania, Late 60s. Used ... $29.99
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 of the best late 60s albums on Cotique. There's a nascent salsa groove on here that bubbles forth amidst some more stripped down Latin soul numbers – making for a really winning album overall, one that's got loads and loads of solid tunes! Tracks include "That's How Rumors Start", "Yehco De Rumbon", "Ricki Chi", "Orquesta Pastrana", "King Of Latin Soul", "Dance Donna", and "Cotique All Stars". Great stuff by one of the most-overlooked talents of the late 60s! CD
(Out of print.)

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Ismael Rivera Con KakoLo Ultimo En La Avenida (remastered edition) ... CD
Tico/Fania, 1971. Used ... $18.99
A great meeting of talents in the studio – as Ismael Rivera sings lead vocals for Kako's smoking combo, complete with congas by Patato Valdez! The sound here is a great – rootsy and highly percussive on the bottom, yet smooth on the top thanks to Ismael's vocals – sung here in a style that's slightly soulful, and reaching out with a good degree of personal inflection. The whole thing's a nice precursor to more popular salsa modes of the 70s – and titles include "La Cumbita", "Moti-Agua", "Cantar Maravilloso", "Mi Negrita Me Espera", and "El Truquito". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ismael Rivera Y Sus CachimbosEsto Si Es Lo Mio ... CD
Fania/Uniko (Canada), 1978. New Copy ... $7.99 14.98
A classic example of the power of the male vocalist in 70s New York Latin – as Ismael Rivera represents himself as a simple working class Puerto Rican on the front and back covers of the record, but steps out with a tremendous sense of majesty on his vocals for the set! The instrumentation features a fair bit of timbales, clave, maracas, and guiro – with only a bit of trumpet and saxophone to sweeten things up – and Rivera's vocals soar wonderfully over all the tunes, inflecting the lyrics with an earthy sense of soul that's a far cry from the more staid romantic Latin singers of years back. Titles include "Comedia", "Angelica", "La Perla", "A Medias No", "De Medio Lao", and "Las Caras Lindas". CD
Also available Esto Si Es Lo Mio ... CD 16.99

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Roberto RoenaRoberto Roena Y Su Apollo Sound 5 (remastered edition) ... CD
International/Fania/Codigo, 1973. Used ... $14.99
The mighty Apollo Sound combo at the height of their powers – hard-hitting on percussion, but also sparkling with some jazzier touches on tenor sax, flute, and trombone! Roberto Roena had a slightly looser groove than some of his contemporaries, and as you'll hear on this set, there's space in the rhythms for a good deal of variety without losing the overall strength of the album. Vocalists include Tito Cruz, Sammy Gonzalez, and Frankie Calderon – and titles include "Cui Cui", "Asuncion", "Que Se Sepia", "Oriza Eh", "Solo Contigo Basta", and "Ponte Duro". CD
(Out of print.)

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Monguito SantamariaBlack Out ... LP
Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Stone funky Latin soul from the younger member of the Santamaria family! Black Out is one of Monguito's greatest – a hip album of groovy late 60s tracks that perfectly blend the Latin and soul sides of the Spanish Harlem scene. Marty Sheller handled arrangements on some of the album's best cuts, giving them the same tight funky feel as his best work with the senior member of the Santamaria clan – and Ronnie Marks sings English language lyrics on the tracks "All Your Talk", "I've Got To Find", "Crying Time", and "You Need Help". Other tracks are Latin, and titles include "Guarara", "Sueno Contigo", and "Todo Es Todo". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Black Out ... LP 9.99

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Monguito SantamariaBlack Out ... LP
Fania, Late 60s. Near Mint- (reissue)... $9.99
Stone funky Latin soul from the younger member of the Santamaria family! Black Out is one of Monguito's greatest – a hip album of groovy late 60s tracks that perfectly blend the Latin and soul sides of the Spanish Harlem scene. Marty Sheller handled arrangements on some of the album's best cuts, giving them the same tight funky feel as his best work with the senior member of the Santamaria clan – and Ronnie Marks sings English language lyrics on the tracks "All Your Talk", "I've Got To Find", "Crying Time", and "You Need Help". Other tracks are Latin, and titles include "Guarara", "Sueno Contigo", and "Todo Es Todo". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Black Out ... LP 9.99

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VariousJohn Leguizamo – Ghetto Klown – Music From My Hood ... CD
Fania, 1970s. Used ... $5.99
Music from the Fania All Stars, Celia Cruz & Johnny Pacheco, Hector Lavoe, LA Lupe, Willie Colon & Ruben Blades, Orchestra Harlow, Ray Barretto & more. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousSoul Of Spanish Harlem – Beautiful Soul Music From The Heart Of New York's Spanish Harlem ... LP
Fania/BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $18.99 22.99
One of the hippest sets we've ever seen on Spanish Harlem – a collection that goes way past the Latin Soul hits, to dig deep in the uptown underground at the end of the 60s! The package is compiled with gems from the Fania catalog, but rally moves past the obvious – going for some of the more obscure artists who recorded singles for some of the smaller Fania-held labels – and often focusing on tunes that drew more from late 60s soul and funk than they did from any Latin rhythms of the time. The singers are especially wonderful – and often hit a vibe that's right up there with some of Joe Bataan's best of the period – richly soulful, but often deeply personal too – never as polished as chart soul, and often showing a grittier, more realistic style that's totally great – especially when mixed with instrumentation as tight as this! Titles include "Reflections Of My Life" by 125th Street Candy Store, "On Old Broadway" by 107th Street Stickball Team, "Don't Be Afraid" by Lebron Brothers, "Central Park" by Harvey Averne Dozen, "Heaven" by Tito Ramos, "Your Smile" by Parris, "Some Lonely Heart" by Ronnie Marks, "There's No Girl" by Olivieri, "Maria Maria" by King Nando, "Already Satisfied" by Tony Middleton & Bobby Matos, "Nitty Boo Boo" by The Nitty Sextette, "Lonely Has Been My Day" by Ralphie & The Latin Lovers, "I'm Gonna Leave You" by Russell Cohen & The New Yorkers, and "Ain't No Big Thing" by Ralfi Pagan. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousSuper Salsa Singers Vol 1 ... CD
Fania, 1977. Used ... $29.99
A totally great album that's almost worth it alone for the cover – a great cartoon image that features some of the biggest stars at Fania Records, all costumed like 60s superheroes! As the title implies, the collection focuses on the vocal talents at the label – with a different track from each new star in the Fania galaxy. Titles include "Mi Debilidad" by Ismael Quintana, "Pa Bravo Yo" by Justo Betancourt, "Ay Carino" by Santos Colon, "Anacaona" by Cheo Feliciano, "El Todopoderoso" by Hector Lavoe, "Quimbara" by Celia Cruz, and "Alma Con Alma" by Adalberto Santiago. CD
(Out of print "white back" pressing.)

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✨✧ Ray BarrettoBarretto Power ... CD
Fania, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great Ray Barretto album from 1972 – one that beautifully showcases the master percussionist as he effortlessly shifts between Latin soul and 70's salsa styles! The group's nice and lean – with Adalberto Santiago on vocals, Papy Roman on trumpet, Louis Cruz on piano, and the great Andy Gonzalez on bass – a heck of a player whose solid rhythmic pulse was a big part of so many great albums of the time. Two great tracks make the album totally worth owning – "Right On" and "Power", both of are funky Latin soul numbers that are right out of Ray's Hard Hands period! Other tracks are equally great salsa numbers – and titles include "Y Dicen", "Perla Del Sur", and "Oye La Noticia". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Ray BarrettoHead Sounds (CDr pressing) ... CD
Fania, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
"Head Sounds" is a heck of a great way to describe this album – as it's filled with some of Ray's most mind-expanding cuts! The album kicks off with the tune "Acid", which you probably know from the album of the same name, but which still really does a great job of setting the pace here – and then it rolls into some fantastic longer cuts that really have a very strong jazz component. Ray and the group stretch out tremendously, hitting off-color notes and tones that almost make the record feel like one of Eddie Palmieri's jammers from the same time. 3 tracks on the set are over 8 minutes long, which should give you a good feel of the openness of the work – and titles include "Abidjan", "Espiritu Libre", "Drum Poem", and "Tin Tin Deo". CD
(Out of print CDr pressing.)
Also available Head Sounds ... LP 9.99

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✨✧ Ray BarrettoIndestructible ... CD
Fania, 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
By this point in his career, Ray Barretto certainly was Indestructible – one of the biggest Latin leaders of his day, working at the forefront of new trends and new sounds! This fact is wonderfully displayed by the front cover, which shows Ray unbuttoning his shirt and taking off his Clark Kent-styled glasses to reveal a Superman costume underneath – and apart from this easy gimmick, the album itself is a straight ahead Latin jammer, with no tricks, no silliness – just a perfect early 70s salsa sound! Arrangements are by Eddie Martinez, Louie Cruz, and Louie Ramirez – and titles include "Ay No", "La Orquesta", "El Hijo Do Obatala", "Indestructible", "La Familia", and "El Diablo". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Ray BarrettoOther Road ... LP
Fania, 1973. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Ray Barretto's definitely going down different road here – and sounding amazingly great in the process! The record is unlike anything else that Ray did at the time – a stunning batch of fusion tracks, with more of an electric jazz approach than usual – one that's a soaringly sublime blend of Latin, fusion, and soul – all delivered with a near-perfect sound throughout! There's a depth of soul and sophistication here that's hard to match – save, perhaps, by Bobby Vince Paunetto's mid 70s gems – and the group features killer Fender Rhodes from Eddy Martinez, plus a three trumpet frontline dancing together with a sound that's a lot more soul jazz than Latin leads. Billy Cobham plays drums, Art Webb is on flute, and titles include "Lucretia The Cat", "Oracion", "The Other Road", "Little Ting", and "Abidjan Revisited". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original multi color label pressing. Cover has some wear and some splitting on the bottom seam.)

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✨✧ Joe BataanSaint Latin's Day Massacre ... LP
Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A real turning point for Joe Bataan – and the beginning of his funky Latin sound of the 70s! The album was one of the first in Joe's "Salsoul" style – a sweet blend of Latin rhythms, late 60s Latin soul influences, and some of the hipper styles bubbling through the NuYorican scene. A few cuts are in the sweet soul ballad mode of Joe's earlier years – but there's others that pick up the groove nicely, and add in some guitar and vibes for a sweet electrified groove. Includes a great remake of "Theme From Shaft", plus the two-part "I Wish You Love", "If I Were A King", "Coco E", "El Regreso", and "Charangaringa". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Joe BataanSubway Joe/Gypsy Woman ... CD
Fania/Nascente (UK), Late 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A brilliant package of Latin soul tunes – sung by one of the best in the business! Joe Bataan was truly an original – and although his method of mixing 60s soul and New York Latin had an influence on countless other singers for years to come, nobody did it better than Joe! The two albums on this set are a brilliant mix of pathos, humor, deep soul, and Latin grooves – a delight at every turn, with cuts that explode at once with both joy and sadness. Titles include "Special Girl", "Subway Joe", "So Fine", "Fuego", "Campesino", "Chickie's Trombone", "Figaro", "Ordinary Guy", "Nuevo Jala Jala", "Triste", "Magic Rose", and "Too Much Lovin". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Justo BetancourtDistinto Y Diferente ... CD
Fania, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little salsa set from Justo – with arrangements by Pap Lucca, Jorge Millet, and Bobby Valentin, and tracks that include "Distinto Y Diferente", "Nuestro Juego", "Oyela", "Flores De Olvido", "Soy Professional", and "La Vida Mia". CD
(Out of print "white back" pressing.)

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✨✧ Chuito & The Latin UniquesFrom The Street (remastered edition) ... CD
Speed/Fania, Late 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of our favorite Latin Soul albums ever – a really standout session on the legendary Speed label! The set's a perfect example of the best brewing of modes going on in late 60s Spanish Harlem – as it's got tight Latin rhythms, an undercurrent of funk, and some incredible soul vocals at points – all with a heartbreaking quality that's almost more soul than Latin! Jesus "Chuito" Santiago leads a crack little group on timbales – with a sound that's really sharp-edged, and often a bit earthier than grooves at the time on bigger Latin labels – but the mighty Morty Croft is also in the house on percussion, and helps some of the tracks that that joyous bounce we associate with his other great work on Speed. Soul singer Tony Middleton turns out some amazing vocals for the track "Spanish Maiden" – a tune that's worth the price of admission alone – and other cuts include "Hey Funky Mama", "Dixie Peach", "Ponte A Sonar", "Wish I Could", "Aqui Llego", and "Stan's Stamina". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Willie ColonCosa Nuestra ... LP
Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A monster album of 70s salsa – and one that has bad boy Willie Colon taking the Latin world by storm – forging the new sound that would push him and the New York scene into the frontline of 70s Latin! Willie's got a strength on the set that's very much in keeping with his machine gun pose on the cover – a no-nonsense salsa groove that's overflowing with righteous pride and youthful energy – consciously aware of its new direction, and not afraid to show it! The album features the classic dancefloor groover "Che Che Cole", plus the tracks "Lo Me Llores Mas", "Sonero Mayor", "Sangrigorda", "Ausencia", and "Te Conozco". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Cosa Nuestra (180 gram pressing) ... LP 20.99

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✨✧ Willie ColonGood – The Bad – The Ugly ... LP
Fania, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A roots-oriented 70s classic from Willie Colon – one of his standout albums of the decade! Willie continues his "life of crime" approach for the early 70s – moving into an old west look on the cover, and matching that with a slightly rootsier sound on the album! The real difference is the presence of Yomo Toro – who plays cuatro on the album, and gives it a sound that stretches back to earlier Afro-Cuban styles – a groove that's a lot more rootsy, mixed in with the soaring salsa style of Colon in the 70s. Lead vocals are by Willie, Hector Lavoe, and Ruben Blades – and arrangements are by Marty Sheller and Willie. Tracks include "Toma", "Dona Tona", "Potpourri III", "Cua Cua Ra, Cua Cua", "I Feel Campesino", and "Que Bien Te Ves". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Good – The Bad – The Ugly ... CD 16.99

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✨✧ Willie ColonHustler ... CD
Fania, Late 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 that makes the whole thing come off like magic. A young Hector LaVoe is on lead vocals, but the real star here is the group – who have a lean, mean, stripped-down sound that's really great! Includes the jammer "The Hustler", plus "Eso Se Baila Asi", "Havana", "Guajiron", "Montero", and "Que Lio". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Willie ColonHustler ... LP
Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 that makes the whole thing come off like magic. A young Hector LaVoe is on lead vocals, but the real star here is the group – who have a lean, mean, stripped-down sound that's really great! Includes the jammer "The Hustler", plus "Eso Se Baila Asi", "Havana", "Guajiron", "Montero", and "Que Lio". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Hector LavoeComedia ... LP
Fania, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A hokey cover but a really classic album from Hector Lavoe – one of his biggest records of the 70s, and a great mix of modes that showcases the full range of his talents! The standout number here is the 10 minute groover "El Cantate" – a driving salsa tune penned by Ruben Blades, and performed here with some great arrangements by Willie Colon, who also produced the whole record. Other tracks mix together the same sort of grooves from "El Cantate" with some mellower more introspective moments – tunes that really have Lavoe shining as one of the most mature and compelling singers in Latin music at the time. Titles include "Bandolera", "Porque Te Conoci", "Songoroscosongo", "La Verdad", and "El Cantante". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover & label have some pen.)
Also available Comedia ... CD 19.99

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✨✧ Hector LavoeDe Ti Depende (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Fania, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer of a mid 70s album from Hector Lavoe – recording here as a solo act after his split from the Willie Colon group, but still with strong backings and musical supervision from Willie himself! The style here is very similar to the last few albums Lavoe recorded with Colon – a brilliantly bouyant mix of samba and soul, carried off with increasing sophistication few might have expected from the pair's early years, and a depth of feeling that clearly made Hector one of the most important Latin singers of the 70s. Titles include "Tanto Como Ayer", "Vamos A Reir Un Poco", "Consejo De Oro", "De Ti Depende", and "Mentira". LP, Vinyl record album
(Remastered!)
Also available De Ti Depende ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ Hector LavoeLlore/Ceora ... 7-inch
Fania, 1980. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Ismael MirandaBorinquen Tiene Montuno/Nervios De Acero ... 7-inch
Fania, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Vinyl has a slight warp but plays fine.)

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✨✧ Ismael MirandaExitos De Los 50 Vol 2 ... CD
Fania, 1985. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Titles include "China Hereje", "El Bardo", "El Cuartito", "Que Me Mate La Bebida", and "Mentira". CD
(Out of print. Flipside of the front artwork has some marker.)

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✨✧ Ismael MirandaLa Clave Del Sabor ... CD
Fania, 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Ismael Miranda is standing proud at the start of the 80s with this great little set – bringing some new boldness into his work, and recording in the expanded salsa sound of Fania at the time! The record augments basic salsa backings with some larger orchestrations on a number of tunes – in a way that was being used with Willie Colon and others at the label – but instead of softening Miranda's sound, the approach seems to push him on a bit more – buoying his vocals up on a batch of well-penned arrangements from Luis Cruz, Luis Garcia, Ray Santos, Louie Ramirez, and others. Titles include "Rebeca", "Galera Tres", "Para Ismael Rivera", "Espiritu En Flor", "Mi Decision", and "Yo No Me Vuelvo A Enamorar". CD
(Out of print/)

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✨✧ Ismael MirandaNo Voy Al Festival ... LP
Fania, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Soaring 70s salsa from Ismael Miranda – cut at a time when he was making some great waves with the Fania All Stars, but sounding even better on his own! Miranda's got a positive, powerful vocal approach here – one that's oozing with soul and humanity, but never falls into the too-emotive traps of some of his contemporaries. Arrangements are full and rich – put together by Jorge Millet with a fair bit of horns, but also some nice use of acoustic guitar to pull out a slightly rootsy mode at times. Titles include "La Puerta Esta Abierta", "No Voy Al Festival", "Piensas", "Sauavecity", "Ten Fe", and "Vuelve Cipriano". LP, Vinyl record album
(Spanish pressing on Discophon.)
Also available No Voy Al Festival (remastered edition) ... CD 29.99

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✨✧ Monguito 'El Unico'El Unico ... CD
Fania, 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
10 strong vocal numbers from Monguito "El Unico" – not to be confused with Monguito Santamaria, who was more of a Latin soul artist for Fania. This Monguito has a more traditional approach – in the manner of 60s Cuban vocalists, with a lot of warmth and soul in his vocals, which stay strong on the set, and never get too flowery. Titles include "Mi Flor", "Eres", "Borinquen Tu Guaguanco", "Flora", "Tonada Guajira", and "Mascote". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Orchestra HarlowSalsa ... CD
Fania, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Orchestra Harlow were already at the top of their game by the time of this classic early 70s album – yet they also managed to leap forward strongly too – both embracing and lending a name to the growing salsa movement of the time! The streetwise sounds that Harlow created in the 60s were a key force in taking older Latin styles and giving them a new sort of youthful pride and energy – to a point where Larry also feels more than comfortable to reach back and grab some older sounds as well, blending them in a really compelling mix of roots and new ideas! A key element of the old school is the album's use of tres by Harry Vigiano – who rings out with a Cuban current on his instrument, while the rest of the group hits some warmer New York and Puerto Rican tones. Larry's piano holds the whole thing together strongly – and Yayo El Indio and Adalberto Santiago join Junior Gonzalez on vocals on many tracks, making for a fuller, festive sound that really earns the "salsa" in the title. Titles include "Wampo", "No Hay Amigo", "Popo Pa'Mi", "Silencio", and "Sueltame". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Orquesta ImmensidadUn Nuevo Amanecer ... CD
Fania, 2005. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Orquesta InmensidadDe Qui Pa La Eternidad ... LP
Fania, 1989. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An overlooked salsa smoker by Orquesta Inmensidad – a group who came to the Fania label later than most of the big stars, but who did some excellent work for the imprint during the 80s! Raul Gallimore leads the group on piano and vocals, and also handled arrangements as well – and the group's got two trombones, two trumpets, and plenty of percussion! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original US pressing.)

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✨✧ Orquesta NovelSalsamania ... CD
Fania, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Despite the salsa in the title, this one actually borrows a lot from more traditional sounds – and includes tipica style violin (by Eddie Drennon) and flute, next to lead vocals by Alberto Gonzales and Marco Motroni. Includes a few nice groovers, though – like the breezy "Mia Sera", and the lively "Mi Ritmo Bonito". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Johnny Pacheco & Hector CasanovaLos Amigos ... LP
Fania, 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nice mix of 70s salsa and more traditional themes – part of the ever-evolving Pacheco sound during the great years of Fania, served up here with richly-ranged vocals from Hector Casanova! Casanova seems to push things a bit more than Pete El Conde Rodriguez did with Pacheco before – not only in terms of his vocals, but also in the overall aesthetics of the tunes, which seem to have a pan-historical feel. Titles include "Agua De Clavelito", "La Mulata", "Si La Tierra Tiembla", "Chamaca", "Me Llevaron La Cartera", "El Rey", and "Sale A Buscar". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some pen on front and small bits of stuck-on paper on the bottom corners.)

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✨✧ PachecoCositas Buenas/Ponle Punto ... 7-inch
Fania, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ PachecoEl Maestro ... CD
Fania, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A mid 70s cracker from Pacheco – salsa with a mix of traditional influences, in a mode that follows shifts of other Latin acts at the time, yet still keeps things in the lean grooves you'd expect from Pacheco! The album is is first in many without Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez on vocals – but that aspect's more than taken care of by lead singer Hector Casanova, who follows Pacheco well into this slightly shift in a new direction. Many tracks on the set are upbeat and lively, and titles include "Mango Mangue", "Prestame Los Guantes", "Las Muchachas", "El Chivo", "Simani", and "El Faisan". CD
(Out of print original CD pressing. Back artwork has a light crease, but the rest is great.)

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✨✧ PachecoSpanish Popcorn/Lazy Flute ... 7-inch
Fania, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Pacheco & MonguitoSabrosura ... LP
Fania, 1980. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Charlie PalmieriHeavyweight (remastered edition) ... CD
Fania, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Massive work – one of Charlie's best albums of the 70s! The album's a straight salsa set, but it's done with a truly pummeling level of energy that kicks in from the first note – really blasting in with some strong statements by the band, then letting loose on longer tracks than usual, all of which have Charlie's jazzy touch firmly in place! Arrangements are all wonderful – done by Charlie, Roy Roman, and Bobby Valentin – and vocals are by Menique and Julito Villot. Includes the instrumental track "Melodica In F" – which features Charlie playing some very weird melodica – plus "Arroz Con Bacalao", "Tiene Sabor", "Consuelate", and "No Puedo Mas". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Chamaco RamirezAlive & Kicking (remastered edition) ... CD
Fania, 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pretty sweet late 70s salsa set from Chamaco Ramirez – a wonderful singer best remembered for his work in the 60s & 70s for bandleader Tommy Olivencia – and this is the one-and-only solo album to Chamaco's name! Alive & Kicking was released in 1979, and in a bit of sad irony, came out just a few years before Ramirez was killed, but sad history aside, it's a nice little record! Arrangements are by Javier Vazquez – and the group features lots of strong trumpet from Chocolate Armanteros, and tenor from Mario Rivera. Titles include "San Agustin", "Rumba Moderna", "Cuando Manda El Corazon", "Kikiriki", "Respetala", "No Es Vacilon", "Fania" and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Ismael RiveraMaelo – El Sonero Mayor (remastered edition) ... CD
Tico/Fania, 1980. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Ismael's still going strong at the end of the 70s – working with a set of arrangements by pianist Javier Vazquez – all in a tight salsa mode, but with some nice rootsy touches! Mario Hernandez plays tres on the record, giving some tunes a really nice bottom rhythm – and the group also features some nice work on alto sax by Manolin Gonzalez, whose work opens up the horn section a bit. Titles include "Me Tienes Loco", "Cachita", "Suena El Bongo", "A Bailar Mi Bomba", "Dime La Verdad", and "A Quilo El Bombon". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Ralph RoblesRalph Robles Was Here ... CD
Fania, 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sock boogaloo! Although Ralphie Robles never cut that many records after the Latin Soul era, his late 60s sides for Fania are among some of our favorite, and they groove with a non-stop hard-edged vibe! This album's a winner all the way through – filled with tight short tracks, smoking instrumentation on sax and trumpet, and lots of great English lyrics handled with a very soulful approach! The band here features Ralphie on trumpet, Hector Rivera on piano, Jose "Piliche" Elisier on vocals, and some great sax work by Raymond Crevates. Groovers include "Mi Negro", "Banana Juana", "Val's Candy", "Jezebel", and "Come & Get It". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Pete Conde RodriguezEste Negro Si Es Sabroso ... CD
Fania, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A real 70s classic from Pete Conde Rodriguez – a set that has the singer's warmly soulful voice really soaring in a set of strong salsa backings penned by Papo Luca, Louie Cruz, and Jose Febles! There's a cohesiveness here that other records by Pete sometimes lack – a sense of the proud, full mission that was blossoming strongly at Fania at the time – carried off by one of the greatest voices to sing for the label in the 70s. Pete's talents are great on the ballads, but even better on the more uptempo numbers – of which there are plenty – and titles include "Catalina La O", "La Abolicion", "Se Vende Un Corazon", "Sentimiento", "Tumbakutun", and "Amor Perdido". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Monguito SantamariaHey Sister ... LP
Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Oooooo-weee – a monster album by one of our favorite talents of the Latin soul era! Monguito Santamaria had a really great way of putting the electric bass right up front in his tracks – kicking things up with a bouncing groove that's as sock-boogaloo as boogaloo can get, and which makes for some of the most outta site tracks of his era! Nearly ever number's a winner – and the album's stuffed with killer groovers like "Groovetime", "Work Out", "Monguito's Theme", "Mambo New", "Chango", "Hey Sister", and "El Dorado". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Bobby ValentinLet's Turn On/Arrebatarnos ... LP
Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Stone slamming boogaloo – and one of the greatest albums from a young Bobby Valentin! Bobby's really cooking on all burners here – mixing together a bit of Latin jazz with a headier, trippier style of Latin soul – one that features lots of sinister undercurrents in the rhythms, making for a sense of darkness that's really counterbalanced by the joyous feel of the grooves. This sublime mix can be heard to perfect effect in the amazing "Use It Before You Lose It", a monster track that's sure to fill any dancefloor – but the whole album's wonderful, and other tracks include "Boogaloo y Shingaling", "Keep the Faith", "Funky Big Feet", and "Descarga En Mozambique". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ray BarrettoAcid ... LP
Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A monster! If you buy one Latin record this year – make it this one – because it's one of the greatest ever recorded! Ray's late 60s Acid album is a landmark recording – a sublime mixture of Latin jazz, percussion, and soul – grooving hard in a variety of styles, and always hitting the money on every single track. The title cut "Acid" is one of those tunes you'll be playing until you're locked up in a nursing home – and the rest of the record is equally great – with cuts like the bouncy groover "Soul Drummers", the tasty boogaloo "El Nuevo Barretto", and the extended "Espiritu Libre", a great Latin jazz track, with very "out" piano! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Joe BataanMr New York & The East Side Kids ... LP
Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Amazing work from the Spanish Harlem underground of the late 60s! From the title, to the cover, to the beautiful blend of songs, this album perfectly sums up the rich energy and raw power bubbling in the NuYorican scene of the time – effortlessly blending together soul, Latin, jazz, and funk – making the whole thing work perfectly because that's the way it was! These cats didn't know anything about rules – at least not until the big bad older Latin mafia snapped them in place – and the result is a freewheeling album of hard grooving jammers and sweetly emotive soul tunes! Tracks include "Puerto Rico Me Llama", "Make Me Smile", "Es Tu Cosa", "The Prayer", "Aguanta La Lengua", and "Chili Beans". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Willie ColonSolo ... LP
Fania, 1979. Used ... Out Of Stock
An amazing little record from Willie Colon – one that has him stepping forth into the limelight as both singer and leader – after years of working with better-known vocalists like Hector LaVoe and Ruben Blades! But even more than the vocals the thing we really love here are the arrangements – bold, soaring, and really complex – often mixing larger string passages with some incredible work on sax and flute from players who include Mauricio Smith, Ronnie Cuber, and Bobby Porcelli – all coming together here with a sense of dynamism that reminds us of some of our favorite work at the time from Bobby Vince Paunetto. The scope of the record is really amazing and very powerful, and titles include "Nueva York", "Chinacubana", "Juancito", "Urubatan", "Julia", "Tu Eres Tu", and "Sin Poderte Habiar". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover & label have some pen.)

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✨✧ LatinairesCamel Walk ... CD
Fania, 1968. Used ... Out Of Stock
Killer Latin Soul – with great Harvey Averne arrangements! This record is one of the hardest to find from the late 60's boogaloo era, and it's a massive stormer filled with tasty grooves! The band is small and tight, with a 2-sax frontline, for an extra-soulful sound. Vocals are in English and Spanish, and the album wails away like a siren out of control. Things kick off with the organ-heavy instrumental, "Camel Walk" – then they leap into one of the catchiest vocal numbers ever from Fania, the tasty "Afro-Shingaling" – which starts with Ray Ramirez shouting "I just come from Africa – and I learned to do the Shing-a-ling!" Other nice ones include "Chevere", "Guajira", and "Creation" – but the whole thing's great, and we're very happy to have it in stock! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ LatinairesCamel Walk ... LP
Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Killer Latin soul! This record is one of the hardest to find from the late 60's boogaloo era, and it's a massive stormer filled with tasty grooves! The band is small and tight, with a 2-sax frontline, for an extra-soulful sound. Vocals are in English and Spanish, and the album wails away like a siren out of control. Things kick off with the organ-heavy instrumental, "Camel Walk" – then they leap into one of the catchiest vocal numbers ever from Fania, the tasty "Afro-Shingaling" – which starts with Ray Ramirez shouting "I just come from Africa – and I learned to do the Shing-a-ling!" Other nice ones include "Chevere", "Guajira", and "Creation" – but the whole thing's great! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Orquesta NovelNovel Invites You To A Novel Experience ... CD
Fania, 1980. Used ... Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Eddie PalmieriLa Verdad – The Truth ... LP
Fania, 1987. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great little salsa session – issued in kind of a cheapo cover, but with some of Eddie's best grooves of the 80s! The album's got a great jazzy touch, and the rhythm section is excellent – very subtle, and with a dark edge that works perfectly with Eddie's piano solos. Most tracks have vocals, but the overall arrangements are much more complicated than your average salsa album. Features the experimental tracks "Buscandote" and "Lisa", plus "Congo Yambumba", "El Cuarto", and "Noble Cruise" LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl is clean overall, but has a short click on 'Congo Yambumba'.)

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✨✧ Louie RamirezAli Baba ... LP
Fania, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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 about a month!" – then rolls into a massively grooving tune entitled "Ungawa". This blend of Middle Eastern, African, and Latin themes in such short space – however goofball – really gets at the expansive feel of the set, as Louie's stepping way past the simple format of his earlier years, into the tripped-out styles that the Latin kids were digging in the late 60s. The album's even got a secret message hidden by backward masking – but even the forward bits are great, especially the tunes that cook with English lyrics by Bobby Marin! Titles include "I Dig Rhythm", "Ungawa", "Ali Baba", "Cookin' with Ali", "Yambu", "It's Not What You Say", and "Cachita". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ray BarrettoAcid (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Fania (France), Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A monster! If you buy one Latin record this year – make it this one – because it's one of the greatest ever recorded! Ray's late 60s Acid album is a landmark recording – a sublime mixture of Latin jazz, percussion, and soul – grooving hard in a variety of styles, and always hitting the money on every single track. The title cut "Acid" is one of those tunes you'll be playing until you're locked up in a nursing home – and the rest of the record is equally great – with cuts like the bouncy groover "Soul Drummers", the tasty boogaloo "El Nuevo Barretto", and the extended "Espiritu Libre", a great Latin jazz track, with very "out" piano! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Joe BataanGypsy Woman ... LP
Fania, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Stunning soul from the great Joe Bataan – a really groundbreaking mix of modes that's right up there with the best of the Spanish Harlem scene of the late 60s! The album is Joe Bataan's debut for the Fania Records label – and the start of an incendiary run of Latin classics that forever changed the face of the New York scene – a mindblowing mix of Latin rhythms and soul-based inspiration, served up in a mix of English and Spanish language lyrics! The title track is a sublime cover of Curtis Mayfield's "Gypsy Woman" – one that's even more heartbreaking than the original – and other titles include "Ordinary Guy", Sugar Guaguanco", "So Fine", "Fuego", and the groovy "Chickie's Trombone" – a tight little jammer that shows that Joe's group also drew plenty of inspiration from the descarga scene too. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ruben BladesMetiendo Mano (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Fania, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Willie Colon declares Ruben Blades as the champ on the cover of this early solo set – and for good reason too, as the album's one of Blades' best! There's a clear, clean simplicity to the record that's totally wonderful – a purity of vision before some of Ruben's later crossover efforts – and a standout sense of voice that's a bit different than the work he'd recorded with Willie Colon as a leader. Of course, given the image on the front, Willie's never too far off – arranging some tracks, producing the record, and playing trombone as well – yet somehow, there's a slight divergence here from the usual Colon groove – and an initial expression of Ruben Blades' grander Latin vision. In addition to Colon, arrangements are also by Louie Ramirez and Louie Cruz – and the band's as tight as can be, and features Yomo Toro on cuatro, Sonny Bravo on piano, and Jose Mangual and Milton Cardona on percussion. Titles include "La Maleta", "Fue Varon", "Pueblo", "Me Recordaras", and "Lluvia De Tu Cielo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Remastered!)

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✨✧ George GuzmanIn Line/En Linia ... LP
Fania, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A killer bit of Latin Soul – one of the few albums ever recorded by conga player George Guzman, working here with a very cool, very hip, late 60s ensemble! The group sport 3 trumpets, piano, bass, and some very strong percussion – plus vocals in both English and Spanish, which makes for a perfect back and forth mood to the set, handling both straight Latin and Latin Soul numbers with ease! Loads of great tracks – including "Diggin' Rice & Beans", "Manteca", "Really Bad Scene", La Banda Ya Llego", and "Winter Love". Nice, tight, and very very groovy. LP, Vinyl record album
 
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✨✧ VariousZaire 74 – The African Artists ... CD
Wrasse, 1974. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Amazing music from an amazing moment – the legendary Zaire 74 concerts that took place before the Rumble In The Jungle fight between Muhammad Ali and George Frazier! The moment was one of great pride and power – and although the concert performances have become the stuff of legend over the years, this is the first time they've ever been properly issued – presented as a huge collection of tracks with very detailed notes! Other music from this festival has been issued – famous concerts by James Brown and Fania All Stars – but these tracks are all by African artists, and really show the tremendous cultural activity taking place on the continent at the time – in a mix of modes that are fierce and funky throughout. It's crazy that we've had to wait so long to hear this music – but the quality of the tracks is more than worth it – in a triple-length package that features smoking performances by Miriam Makeba, Franco & TP OK Jazz, Abeti, Orchestre Stukas, Abumba Masikini, Tabu Ley Rochereau & Afrisa, and Pembe Dance Troup. 34 tracks in all – and a really wonderful package! CD

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✨✧ Joe BataanYoung, Gifted, & Brown ... CD
Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $18.99
An excellent collection of Joe Bataan's most soulful work for Fania records – the sort of brown-eyed classics that broke him out of the Latin ghetto, into the dreamy world of east coast indie soul! Joe's unique origins gave him a wonderful take on a soulful vocal – inflecting it with personal hardship, open emotions, and a willingness to reach out that was rare for even the best soul singers at the time. The tunes on the set are done in a mode that rivals the best harmony groups and sweet soul artists of the time – but there's also some occasional Latin touches that make them sound all the more unique! The originals have some incredible lyrics by Joe, and even the covers are completely transformed by his wonderful approach to the work. Titles include "Poor Boy", "My Cloud", "What Good Is A Castle", "Ordinary Guy", "I'm No Stranger", "I'll Be Sweeter Tomorrow", and "Unwed Mother". CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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