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Ricardo Ray & Bobby CruzBack To Back ... LP
Vaya, 1982. Very Good+ ... $9.99
The front image here isn't really one you'd want to put in a book of Latin Record cover art – but the record's another strong one from the time from Ricardo Ray & Bobby Cruz – a continuation of their blend of salsa rhythms and spiritual themes – quite unique for any artists of the time! The religion is upfront in the lyrics here, but the rhythms are still quite lively and Latin – and given that vocals are in Spanish, the message doesn't come across nearly as strongly to us Anglos – leaving us to focus most strongly on the overall sound of the record, which is still plenty darn great. Titles include "Vive", "Tu Ausencia", "Senales", "Caridad", "Buscame", "Nabucodonosor", and "Coco Coquito". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ricardo RayJala Jala Y Boogaloo Vol 2 ... LP
Alegre, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing follow up to Ricardo Ray's first album of Jala Jala and Boogaloo tracks – a real killer Latin soul set that's even better than the first! The record's got a full-on style that kicks in from the very first note – a blend of uptight Latin tracks and some very groovy 60s-styled numbers with plenty of sock-soul touches – a definite boogaloo influence, but still some strong Puerto Rican modes too. Lyrics are mostly in Spanish, but the grooves have a universal appeal that kicks in no matter what the language! Stormin and groovy all the way through – with tracks that include "Tin Marin", "Mr. Trumpet Man", "More Richie", and "Musica Ye Ye". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ricardo RayRicardo Ray Arrives – Comejen ... CD
Fonseca/Disco Hit, 1966. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Some of Ricardo Ray's earliest work – recorded in New York in the mid 60s, after Ray had "arrived" from the Puerto Rico scene! The set's actually got a groove that points the way towards the famous Ray sound of years to come – a style that has traces of older mambo modes, but which also extends out in a bold, proud, pre-salsa style with plenty of great lead vocals from Bobby Cruz. There's some great descarga elements in the mix too – tight rhythms with loads of jazzy instrumentation that really makes the record cook. Highlights include the jazzy "El Mulatu", the slamming descarga "Viva Richie Ray", the "monkey twist" "Brother Ray", and the shing-a-ling number "Mambo Jazz"! CD

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✨✧ Ricardo Ray & Bobby CruzEl Bestial Sonido (remastered edition) ... CD
Vaya/Fania, 1971. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the real standouts in the career of Ricardo Ray and Bobby Cruz – a record of incredible tightness, and one that set a whole new level for Puerto Rican salsa in the 70s! There's still a few traces here of the Latin Soul years – sometimes in the rhythms, at other times in the record's use of an additional female vocalist – who sings behind Bobby's vocals in a really cool way on some of the best numbers. But the main focus here is really on the tightness of the instrumentation – razor-sharp in the arrangements, and served up in a lean mix of piano, trumpets, and percussion. Titles include a nice slow funk remake of "Fire & Rain", plus "Sondido Bestial", "No Tin Pena", "La Vimari", "Cha Cha Huele Chango", and "Volver". CD
(Out of print.)
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✨✧ VariousKool It – Soul, Funk, & Jazz Go Latin ... CD
Harmless (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great collection – with a very hip concept! The set takes soul classics from the 60s and 70s, and has them redone by Latin Soul artists of the same time – offering up alternate takes of classics you'll recognize, done in versions that are often a lot harder and more slamming than the originals! If you've dug some of the other Latin compilations on Harmless – like Broasted Or Fried or Freak Off – you'll really groove on this set. Titles include "Young, Gifted, & Brown" by Joe Bataan, "I'm A Good Woman" by El Chicano, "Tighten Up" by Al Escobar, "Green Onions" by Jack Costanzo & Gerrie Woo, "Shaft" by Joe Bataan, "We Got Latin Soul" by Mongo Santamaria, "El Pato De La Bahia" by Roberto Roena, "Fever" by La Lupe, "Feel Like Making Love" by Ricardo Marrerro, and "Sookie Sookie" by Ricardo Ray. CD
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