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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!


Bwana

Bwana
Acid Symposium, 1972. New Copy
An insanely wonderful bit of Latin funk! The groove is super heavy, and falls somewhere in between NuYorican soul and Chicano Power rock – with a sound that's pretty close to Black Sugar, but a little bit more psychedelic, due to the heavy guitars and keyboards in the grooves. Hard congas ... CD

Ray Barretto

Senor 007
United Artists, 1965. New Copy (reissue)
One of our favorite Ray Barretto albums of the 60s – a real gem from the pre-Latin Soul years! The album's a clear attempt to cash in on the cash in on the James Bond craze of the time – issued by United Artists, who were releasing the Bond films, but also had Ray under contract during ... 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

Ray Barretto

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

Frankie Nieves

Terrible Frankie Nieves
Speed, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
A lost boogaloo classic! This is one of the rare few records to come out on the tiny Speed label during the 60s – a hotbed of production for some of New York's most unique Latin Soul sides. Like other albums on the label, this set is a nicely messed up batch of tracks that shifts ... LP, Vinyl record album

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

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

Willie Colon

Hustler
Fania, Late 60s. 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

Sabu Martinez

Jazz Espagnole
Alegre, 1960. New Copy (reissue)
A masterpiece of Latin jazz – and one of the truest expressions of the genre we can think of! The album's quite unique, especially for the time – a spare, stripped-down presentation of Latin-influenced jazz – a sound that has its roots in the cubop experiments of a decade before, ... 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

Los Mirlos

Cumbia Amazonica
Infopesa/Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1970s. New Copy
A sweet selection of sounds from Los Mirlos – a Peruvian group of the 70s, and one who recorded some really far out chica material at the time! The cuts here are mostly instrumental – although the group members also call out and shout along with their grooves – with some ... LP, Vinyl record album
Costeno/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1972. New Copy (reissue)
A salsa album, but one with some rootsier touches too – almost a bridge between two generations of Colombian music, and maybe some urban and rural modes too! There's really inventive work on both saxes and organ – instruments often used with odd tones, but driven forward strongly by ... LP, Vinyl record album
Vampi Soul (Spain), 2005. New Copy
Joe Bataan is alive and well – and to our ears, the king of Latin Soul is sounding better than he has in decades! This tasty little set really takes us back to Joe's classic work for Fania – but it's also got a slightly different twist – one that shows a new younger appreciation ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD
A fantastic look at one of the biggest contributions that Cuba ever made to music in the 20th Century – the rise of the jam session and descarga scene in Havana right before the revolution – a moment that saw an already-great style get even better in the hands of a few key musicians! ... 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

Ghetto Brothers

Power/Fuerza
Salsa International/Everland (Austria), 1972. New Copy
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 ... CD

Eddie Palmieri

Wisdom/Sabiduria
EP/Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy
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 ... CD

Louie Ramirez

Tipico
West Side Latino, 1974. New Copy (reissue)
An early 70s killer from Louie Ramirez – and a striking return to traditional styles after his work in the Latin Soul era! Louie shows that he can keep the groove as well as any young salseros, and the record's a mix of tracks done in an early 70s trad groove, with a few more jazzy elements. ... 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

Cosa Nostra

Cosa Nostra
Raff, Early 70s. New Copy
Heavy funk from the Peruvian scene – the massive first album from Cosa Nostra, and a burning blend of soul, Latin, and psychedelic influences! Cosa Nostra clearly come from the rock end of the spectrum, but have picked up plenty of funky grooves along the way – and hit a genre-blending ... 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

Robert Y Su Banda

Soy La Ley (180 gram pressing)
Zeida/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1978. New Copy (reissue)
A killer bit of salsa from the Colombian scene of the 70s – every bit as hard-driving and soulful as the best work coming from New York at the time! Robert's got a mighty tight combo for the set – heavy on percussion, which criss-crosses in these fast-moving lines – really ... 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

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

Willie Colon

El Juicio
Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)
Supposedly the end of Willie Colon's early "crime" career – as the title and cover imply that he's finally been brought to trial! Don't worry about Willie being beaten down, though, because the music on the album is every bit as fierce and powerful as ever – and features a ... LP, Vinyl record album

Cesar Ascarrunz

Cesar 830
Flying Dutchman, 1975. New Copy (reissue)
Lost Latin funk from the Bay Area scene of the 70s – and an album that may well blow away better-known work by groups like Malo, Azteca, or El Chicano! The album's near-perfect right from the start – and brings in plenty of New York elements to the groove, thanks to the inclusion of a ... LP, Vinyl record album

Orchestra Harlow

El Exigente
Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
A stunning album from Orquesta Harlow – one of their wildest of the 60s, and filled with delights! The record starts with this strange sound of a train pulling into a station, then rolls into a massive boogaloo groove that really sets the pace for the album – hitting hard with some ... LP, Vinyl record album

Sabu Martinez

Afro Temple
EFG, 1973. New Copy (reissue)
Percussionist Sabu Martinez is one of the all-time greats of Latin music – and this record is probably the rarest he ever cut! The album came out of Sweden, where Sabu was residing during the 70s – enjoying some success as an expatriot jazz player in the European scene. The album ... 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

Orlando Marin

Out Of My Mind
Brunswick, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
A Latin Soul classic – but one that's a lot more obscure than some of the better-remembered albums on Fania and Tico from the late 60s! Orlando Marin is probably mostly known as an arranger, and a leader from the earlier years of the New York scene – but during the Latin Soul years he ... LP, Vinyl record album

Louie Ramirez

Ali Baba
Fania, 1968. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tico, 1966. New Copy (reissue)
A Latin classic from the word "bang"! This album was the one that busted Joe Cuba out of the Latin ghetto – into the sound of 60s soul, early funk, and beyond. The record's a stone winner – filled with boogaloo tracks delivered by Joe's firey young sextet, a killer ensemble ... LP, Vinyl record album
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

Candido

Beautiful
Blue Note (Japan), 1970. New Copy
A beautiful bit of Latin funk – and one of the rarest albums ever from the mighty Candido! The album's one of the first that has Candido stepping out of the straighter Latin jazz mode of earlier years – working with a funky lineup of players arranged by the mad genius Joe Cain, and ... 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

Cachao/Juliu Guiterrez/Fajardo/Nino Rivera

Complete Cuban Jam Sessions (180 gram pressing – 5LP set)
Panart/Craft, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 5LP
LP...$99.99 114.99
An incredible collection of records – a series of albums that forever changed the sound of Latin music around the world! These five sets were all cooked up in the changing Cuban scene at the start of the 60s – where musicians were getting looser and freer, with a sound that was quite ... 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

Peru Negro

Peru Negro
Virrey/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
An Afro-Peruvian classic, and a folkloric set that really gets at the complicated modes of the genre! There's plenty going on here, but always in a relatively organic way – an unusual blend of Spanish-styled guitar, earthy percussion, and vocal passages that evoke styles from island cultures ... LP, Vinyl record album
RCA/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1958. New Copy (reissue)
Tito Rodriguez has three musical loves – and he does a pretty great job of dividing his attention equally between them – serving up some especially nice mambo and guaguanco tracks alongside more familiar cha cha modes for RCA! But over and above the rhythms, the album itself is one of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Honest Jons (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
The rebirth of the Afro-Cuban groove on the New York scene of the 70s – great recordings in the "new traditionalist" sound of the time! After the boom of the Latin Soul sound of the late 60s, and the rise of salsa in the early 70s, there was also a "back to basics" ... 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
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

Grupo Magnetico

Positivo
Athens Of The North (UK), 2018. New Copy
An album recorded in Scotland, but done with all the strong fire as some of our favorite Latin classics from the New York scene! These guys are fantastic, right from the start – tight percussion, mighty sharp horns, and this great use of Fender Rhodes that recalls those late 70s moments when ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ray Camacho

Mucha Salsa
Luna/Everland (Austria), 1978. New Copy (reissue)
An obscure salsa set from Ray Camacho – an artist who always seems willing to mix up styles in his music! That's definitely the case here, as Ray mixes straighter Latin modes with a few border touches – creating a hybrid of New York and Mexican modes that's pretty unique – but ... 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
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
Discos Fuentes/Domino Sound, 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy
Old school cumbia tunes – with plenty of raw rhythms and acoustic instrumentation in the mix! The package is a wicked batch of rare numbers from Colombia's legendary Discos Fuentes – most of which are from the early and mid 60s, recorded at a time when the imprint was really making ... LP, Vinyl record album

Tita Duval Y El Nuevo Ritmo De Bobby Rey

Cumbias Internacionales (180 gram pressing)
Discos Fuentes/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1974. New Copy (reissue)
A cumbia record with a very unusual groove – served up by Argentine star couple Tita Duval and Roberto Rey, who were both living in Colombia during the 70s – where they clearly felt free to mess with lots of the usual modes of the local style! The record's definitely a cumbia set in ... LP, Vinyl record album
Barbes, Late 60s. New Copy 2LP
A cool little compilation that's as groovy as you might guess from the title – and one that finally brings to light the lesser-known genre of chica – an odd fusion of cumbia rhythms with more psychedelic-styled instrumentation on farfisa, organ, and guitar! The core grooves remind us a ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated August 20, 2019


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