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Latin — Recently Added

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


Mag/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1972. New Copy (reissue)
A very groovy set, and one that already won us over with its cover – even though we're not sure the pink-pantsuited lady playing vibes is part of the group at all! Instead, these guys are a heavily percussive combo that thrive on the best modes of small combo 60s Latin – think Joe Cuba ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fania/Craft, 1968. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Luis Santi Y Su Conjunto

Mi Nueva Generacion
Essential, Mid 70s. New Copy
Luis Santi opens up his groove to the new generation – and also welcomes his son as lead vocalist on the set! The album's got a crackling groove that's heavy on the Cuban roots that Luis Sr has in his piano – but tuned towards some of the warmer 70s modes of his new Miami home – ... CD

Luis Santi Y Su Conjunto

La Piramide
Essential, 1979. New Copy
A rare bit of 70s salsa from Luis Santi – a record that was so tied to the local scene in Miami, the pyramid on the cover is filled with ads for lots of that city's small businesses in the Latin community! Luis kicks back on the cover next to a bag of money – possibly revenues from ... CD

Hector Rivera & The Latin Renaissance

Hecto-Mania
4 Points, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
A fantastic little Latin soul album – cut by bandleader Hector Rivera, and the Latin Renaissance soul group. The group sings in a warm harmony vocal style, with three female singers, and one male. Hector's in fine fine form laying down some jazzy Latin backings – and the record's got ... LP, Vinyl record album
Worthy, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
A Latin monster – and one of our favorite albums from the New York scene! The record is the only one we've ever seen from pianist Earl Coleman – and it's a groove-happy fiesta that's every bit Spanish Harlem at its best. Earl's piano is flowing and free, and the band grooves through ... LP, Vinyl record album
Famoso/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1971. New Copy (reissue)
That's a mighty big loaf of bread on the cover – and there's a mighty big sound on the record as well – a fantastic blend of early 70s salsa modes from this very cooking little combo – served up in a blend of two saxes, two trumpets, and plenty of great percussion and piano! The ... LP, Vinyl record album
Discos Fuentes/Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
A dozen heavy groovers from the legendary Discos Fuentes – pulled from a time when the Colombian label was really finding its sound and strengths – mixing together older strands of Afro Cuban inspiration with a special vibe that would soon make their scene rival the Latin music power of ... CD
Grosso! (Spain), 1940s. New Copy 2LP
A massive slice of music from percussionist Chano Pozo – best known as the guy who helped forge the mix of bebop and Latin that became known as cubop in the 40s – but also a hell of a musician in his own right too! The set brings together work from a wealth of early 78rpm singles ... LP, Vinyl record album

Juaneco Y Su Combo

El Gran Cacique
Infopesa (Peru), 1972. New Copy (reissue)
A cornerstone of the classic chica groove in Peru – and one of the albums that put Juaneco and his very groovy combo on the musical map of 70s South America! The tracks are mostly instrumental, and have a fantastically tight blend of percussion, keyboard lines, and electric guitar – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2LP
A killer compilation of late 60s & 70s tunes by Peruvian cumbia combo Los Destellos – leaning on the psychedelia inspired sounds from their earlier years! The sound is rooted in cumbia rhythms and electric guitar – but it nimble and spindly of heavily fuzzed out – with a more ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fania/Craft, 1975. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ghetto Brothers

Power/Fuerza
Salsa International/Everland (Austria), 1972. New Copy (reissue)
A legendary record from one of the most unique Latin groups of their time! In an early 70s world where many Latin combos were going for class and poise, the Ghetto Brothers moved in another direction entirely – working here with a fair bit of electric guitar alongside more familiar Latin ... LP, Vinyl record album

Michi Sarmiento Y Su Combo Bravo

Salsa Con Monte (180 gram pressing)
Discos Fuentes/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1973. New Copy
Michi Sarmiento looks like a complete badass on the cover of this rare 70s album – and his group sounds completely badass as well – thanks to the wonderful mixing of modes that sometimes happened at the Disco Fuentes label! There's a loose vibe here that's quite different than New York ... LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia, Late 70s. New Copy
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 ... CD

Manzanita Y Su Conjunto

Arre Caballito
Infopesa (Spain), 1970. New Copy (reissue)
A massive hit from the Peruvian scene at the start of the 70s – and a record that firmly put the mighty guitar talents of Manzanita on the musical map! The man himself looks a bit easygoing on the cover – smiling out from inside his yellow tuxedo – but on the record, he's a man ... LP, Vinyl record album
Grosso! (Spain), Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy
A great little series that goes way deeper than the salsa you might expect from the title – as the approach here is to pick tracks from many years before, but which still have strong resonance with the pride and power of the Latin scene of the 70s! The collection includes lots of tracks that ... LP, Vinyl record album

La Cumbia Moderna De Soledad

La Clavidad (180 gram pressing)
Costeno/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1979. New Copy (reissue)
There's some rootsy-looking instruments on the front cover, but the music also has all of the modern touches promised by the group's name – hardly the more familiar mainstream cumbia of the late 70s, and instead this wonderful hybrid that's really unique! We don't normally dig albums with ... LP, Vinyl record album

Adolfo Echeverria Y Su Orquesta

Sabroso Bacalao (180 gram pressing)
Discos Fuentes/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1977. New Copy (reissue)
A cracker of a Colombian session from the 70s – a record that hits equally hard on both the salsa and cumbia sides of the spectrum – and which features vocals from the trio pictured on the cover – Adolfo Echeverria, Manuel Cassinai, and Freddy Cruz! The music bristles with that ... LP, Vinyl record album
INS/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1975. New Copy (reissue)
Julian's got a cooking little combo – one that's driven strongly by his own great guitar work throughout – which has almost the tone of a chicha-styled guitar, but set here to a whole host of jazzy salsa backings! The group features both alto and tenor sax, whose presence adds in a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Discos Fuentes/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1965. New Copy (reissue)
A cracker of a set from 60s Colombia – a record that certainly has plenty of the cumbias promised in the title, but which also features other lively grooves in a guaracha, charanga, and montuno style! The rhythms are upbeat throughout, and recorded in a great way that really gets at all the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Eddie Palmieri

Wisdom/Sabiduria
Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
The genius of Eddie Palmieri never seems to dim at all as the years go on – and, if anything, the genius only seems to flower even more – finding new ways of expression that maybe even blow away some of Eddie's classic work from the 60s and 70s! This set is amazing – a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Salsoul/Octave (Japan), 1973. New Copy
A landmark album from Joe Bataan – so great, that it made the entire record company change its name! The record has Joe really bursting out after his seminal Latin Soul work of the late 60s – blending Latin rhythms and American soul into a whole new style of music – one that Joe ... CD
Barbes, 2008. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A new take on the older chica groove – a slightly romping rhythm that's almost a South American take on Tex Mex modes! The sound here has a nicely old-style feel – despite contemporary origins of the recording – and instrumentation is heavy on keyboards, including Electravox, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Dorado/Everland (Austria), 1969. New Copy (reissue)
Lost grooves from Spanish Harlem – an incredible set of Latin Soul from The 107th Street Stickball Team! With a name like that, the group certainly aren't as well-remembered as contemporaries like Joe Bataan or Willie Colon, but they've got a soulful groove that definitely fits the style of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Discos Fuentes/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1971. New Copy (reissue)
A triple-time killer from the Colombian scene at the start of the 70s – one of those rare gems on Discos Fuentes that had the label setting a new sort of fire on its own, in comparison to the New York Latin generation! In addition to the cumbia tracks you might expect, the set's also got ... LP, Vinyl record album

Harlem River Drive

Harlem River Drive
Roulette/Get On Down, 1970. New Copy (reissue)
A legendary Latin funk album – spearheaded by Eddie Palmieri! The record is a landmark crossover album from the early 70s – cut at the end of the Latin soul era, but featuring that genre's wonderful mix of Puerto Rican soul, Spanish Harlem Latin, and New York funk – which are ... LP, Vinyl record album

Sunny & The Sunliners

Little Brown Eyed Soul
Key Loc/Big Crown, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
One of our favorites ever cut by Tex-Mex soulsters Sunny & The Sunliners – largely because it's got some really nice funk tracks! The album features a set of all English language tracks – with Sunny Ozuna singing in his best sweet soul style on the ballad tracks, and hitting a raw ... LP, Vinyl record album

El Tipo Este Y Al Quetz

La Revancha De La Manana
Pura Vida (France), 2019. New Copy
That's a pretty darn striking image on the cover – and the sounds within are pretty darn striking too – a fantastic mix of Cuban roots and contemporary hip hop production! French producer Al Quetz works here with El Tipo Este of Cuban hip hop group Obsesion – and the style is far ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
A cool collection of work from Bob Azzam – a unique talent on the French scene at the start of the 60s, and one who was responsible for some mighty nice grooves! Bob hails from Algeria, and works here in a mix of Latin rhythms and Mid-East inflections – blending the groovy and the ... CD
CBS/Elemental (Spain), 1974. New Copy
A fantastic album from the Spanish scene of the 70s – one divided up into sections of "Angeles" and "Demonios" – the last of which is pretty darn funky! The album starts with the demonic material – which has these great heavy drums and percussion – ... CD

Ray Terrace

Home Of Boogaloo
Tower/Universal (Japan), 1968. New Copy
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, ... CD
Chulo, 2013. New Copy
A contemporary Latin combo, but one with a really unique feel as well – a mix of 60s charanga modes, 50s Cuban roots, and some definite modern phrasing! The group has a really wonderful blend of flute, violin, trombone, tres, and percussion – and congolero Hector "Papote" ... LP, Vinyl record album

Eddie Palmieri

Full Circle
Ropeadope/Uprising, 2018. New Copy
Fantastic work from Eddie Palmieri – sounding here as if he hasn't changed a thing since the 70s! With most artists, that would be a critique – but given that during the 70s, Eddie was constantly ablaze with creative activity, and always pushing his boundaries – we mean that ... CD

Ralfi Pagan

Ralfi
Fania, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Latin Jazz Quintet

Chant
Prestige/Tru Sound, 1962. New Copy (reissue)
One of the best albums ever recorded by this groundbreaking Latin jazz combo – and a magnificent blend of jazz instrumentation and deeper Latin roots! Juan Amalbert's Latin Jazz Quintet was a new sound in Latin jazz – one that took the piano/bass/conga rhythms of smaller groups of the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fania, 1975. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Dianne & Carole

Feeling The Pain
Speed, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
One of the weirdest, coolest Latin Soul albums we've ever heard – the only offering ever from the duo of Dianne & Carole – two female singers who come off with a great deal of enthusiasm on the set! That's our way of saying that the ladies are a bit rough on the vocals – but ... LP, Vinyl record album

Tito Puente

Top Percussion
RCA, 1958. New Copy (reissue)
One of the greatest Tito Puente albums from the 50s, and a spare percussion jam session that's right up there with his legendary Puente In Percussion album! The group features Mongo Santamaria, Bill Correa, Julito Collazo, and Enrigue Marti on percussion with Tito – and the only other ... LP, Vinyl record album

Monguito Santamaria

Hey Sister
Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Joe Bataan

Subway Joe
Fania, 1969. New Copy (reissue)
One of our favorite Latin soul albums ever – a rollicking mix of upbeat party tracks, gentle ballads, and more – all handled with the undeniable magic that is Joe Bataan at his best! The album kicks off with the fantastic groover "Subway Joe" – a hilarious tune about ... LP, Vinyl record album

Latin Souls

Boogaloo & Shingaling
Kapp, 1967. New Copy (reissue)
One of the grooviest groups of the Latin Soul scene – but they'd have to be, given their name! The Latin Souls are a vocal group with a really soulful feel – a great link between the earlier harmony sounds that were bubbling under in Spanish Harlem, and some of the hipper rhythms that ... LP, Vinyl record album

Pete Terrace

King Of The Boogaloo
Somerset, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Pete Terrace challenges Pete Rodriguez for the title of "King Of The Boogaloo" in this live set recorded at Chez Jose in New York! The album's got a few tracks that say boogaloo, but which aren't – but that's still ok with us, because the bulk of the set is a hard grooving batch of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
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, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Bennito Sextet

Bennito Sextet Plus One
Mardi Gras, 1968. New Copy (reissue)
Boogaloo – and nothing but! This is the kind of groovy Latin soul record you always hope to find when digging for Latin sides – and it's got that perfect mix of soul vocals and sock-boogaloo grooves that some of the best young combos were turning out in the late 60s. Bennito and crew ... LP, Vinyl record album

Peru Negro

Son De Los Diablos
Virrey/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1974. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
A classic set from Peru Negro – an ensemble that was partly a performance group, but who also had a deep legacy in presenting the deeper roots of culture in Peru – especially that nation's ties to West African styles that were brought over during the colonial years! Their work is a ... LP, Vinyl record album
INS/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1975. New Copy (reissue)
A killer cooker from this young Colombian group of the 70s – one who issued this gem of a salsa album back in 1975, with hard-hitting energy that may well top some of the best on the New York scene of the 70s! The sound is very tight – lots of percussion, massive electric basslines, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Bola De Nieve

Este Si Es Bola
Sonotone/Essential, 1960. New Copy
The first Cuban recording in many years of the legendary Bola De Nieve – and a record that maybe stands today as one of the strongest demonstrations of his unique talents! The set is just solo – Bola on vocals and piano – working with this easygoing, comfortable approach that's ... CD
Ansonia, Mid 60s. Very Good+
The king of tres works here with vocals from Ignacio and Mario Hernandez! LP, Vinyl record album

Chico O Farrill

Fiebre Tropical
Orfeon (Mexico), Mid 50s. Very Good-
Rare work from Chico O'Farrill – recorded in Mexico, with Cesar Molina and Jesus Navarro on trumpets, and Cayetano Perez and Patricio Gonzalez on tenor! LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated March 30, 2020


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