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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!


Drum Fever
Polydor, 1973. New Copy (reissue)
One of Candido's funkiest albums! The record's got a similar sound to Candido's great albums for Blue Note and Solid State – with short, hard funky tunes that have a really great 70s edge! Chico O'Farrill did the arrangements, and the record chops along nicely with some very funky tracks ... 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
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
Cosa Nuestra
Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
El Malo
Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Great stuff – and a very sharp album cut by Willie during the Latin soul era, featuring a bunch of tracks that veer more towards the boogaloo side of things than his later albums! The groove is nice and hard – stripped down with the youthful energy that Willie brought to the scene at ... 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
Willie
Fania, 1974. New Copy (reissue)
A solid 70s session from Willie Colon – a combination of a few tracks from previous efforts, mixed with other new ones, all featuring lead vocals by the wonderful Hector Lavoe! The work on the album's the kind that was so influential at the time, it's almost hard to hear how important it was ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Mozambique
Tico, 1965. New Copy (reissue)
An important early album from Eddie Palmieri – one in which he introduces the "mozambique" rhythm – essentially a conga-styled approach to the tune, and one that features a lot more percussion than on his earlier sides! The group that supports him is strong enough to carry ... 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
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
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
Tough!
Prestige, 1966. New Copy (reissue)
Killer Latin soul from Pucho and crew – and an album that's one of their greatest! The record is also one of the earliest by the group, and it features a different lineup than later ones – with William Bivens on vibes, Claude Bartee on tenor, and Vince McEwan on trumpet. There's a bit ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mucha Salsa
Luna/Everland (Austria), 1978. New Copy
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 ... CD
Los Destellos En Orbita
Odeon/Cal Comunicaciones (Peru), 1969. New Copy (reissue)
Los Destellos are heading into orbit here – soaring to the heavens on their wonderful mix of cumbia rhythms and electric guitar! The mode here is one that folks have later picked up on around the globe – but at the time of release, the album was pretty darn special, and still has a raw ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Hard Hands
Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Latin Soul
Prestige/New Jazz, 1965. New Copy (reissue)
A wonderful batch of Latin Jazz grooves – played by a group who more than deserved the right to call themselves the Latin Jazz Quintet! The core sound features vibes and piano jamming away nicely, really hitting some great modal rhythms – but this album's also got an added bonus in the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fania/Get On Down, 1968. New Copy (reissue)
Amazing Latin soul – and the first record ever by the youthful George Guzman! The grooves kick in from the word "go" – with strong electric bass setting the scene, and lots of dark, descending blue notes – copped from 60s soul and jazz influences, and crafted perfectly ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
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
Live It Up
West Side Latino, 1968. New Copy (reissue)
One of the best collaborations between Puerto Rican bandleader Kako and swingin' Panamanian vocalist Azuquita – and one of the seminal albums from the amazing late 60s era of West Side Latino Records! The record's got a number of nice tracks written by Louie Ramirez, including a few groovy ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Odeon/Cal Comunicaciones (Peru), 1968. New Copy (reissue)
The great first album by Los Destellos – a really unique Peruvian group who mixed the rhythms of cumbia with elements of garage rock – all in an electrified way that had plenty of impact on other artists at the time! These guys take the older Latin ensemble mode, and sift it down to a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Lion, Early 70s. New Copy
A totally cool collection of unusual cumbia cuts from 70s Peru – music that definitely earns the psychedelic tag promised in the title, given its heavy use of electric guitars and trippy production! The style here is different than more familiar cumbia from Colombia – rooted in the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Message
Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)
One of Ray Barretto's hardest-hitting salsa albums of the 70s – a raw set of grooves that's got Ray moving away from the playfulness of the Latin Soul years, into a more righteous mode that's easily guessed at from the title of the set! The vibe here is very straightforward – with Ray ... LP, Vinyl record album
United Artists, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)
A tight little Machito album from the 60s – produced by Leroy Holmes, and done with a bit more punch than some of his other records from the time! The format's similar to other Machito sessions – in that some tracks have Machtio singing with a larger backing group, and others focus on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Head Sounds
Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)
"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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Portrait Of Johnny
Cotique, 1971. New Copy (reissue)
A stunning portrait of one of the best young artists on the New York Latin scene at the end of the 60s! Johnny Colon initially cooked up a groove with a run of some really important Latin Soul albums – and here, as the 70s come on, he's moving into smoking salsa territory with all the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Heavy Smokin
Fania, 1965. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
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
Esto Si, Es Boogaloo
Seeco, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
A great boogaloo jammer! These guys are about as obscure as you can get – but that doesn't stop them from turning out some wonderful Latin Soul tunes – jumping percussive rhythms peppered with a lot of piano, and featuring some hard-wailing horn solos that cook up the groove nicely. ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Barretto Power
Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Alegre, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)
A smoking descarga session from the 60s – one of the best albums ever by percussionist Kako! The album explodes with wonderful jazzy playing, and features 4 very long tracks that are stuffed with great solo work on piano and sax – bubbling over in heavy percussive excitement, with the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Issste/Mr Bongo (UK), 1981. New Copy
A wonderfully hard-to-categorize album from the start of the 80s – a Mexican record that mixes folkloric roots with electronic instrumentation – but all in a way that sounds much more ancient than you'd expect for the time! The fusion of modes here is wonderful – almost at a ... CD
Issste/Mr Bongo (UK), 1981. New Copy Gatefold
A wonderfully hard-to-categorize album from the start of the 80s – a Mexican record that mixes folkloric roots with electronic instrumentation – but all in a way that sounds much more ancient than you'd expect for the time! The fusion of modes here is wonderful – almost at a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Daptone, 2018. New Copy Gatefold
A record that may well single-handedly mark the huge shift in American/Cuban relations in years to come – as the set's a tremendous project between the New York forces of Daptone Records, and the overlooked genius of the younger scene in Havana! Make no mistake, this isn't your usual Daptone ... LP, Vinyl record album
Brought Back Live From PJ's
Dunhill, 1967. New Copy (reissue)
Stunning stuff – and one of the best-ever Latin soul albums of all time! Despite the fact that Eddie Cano's earlier albums are more in a Latin easy mode, this late 60's side for Dunhill is totally smoking – and probably his greatest album ever! Forgive the superlatives, but we're ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Viva Zapata
Speed, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
The only album ever recorded by the combo of Milton Zapata – an obscure late 60s group, with a great talent for a mix of styles – from Latin Soul, to Latin Jazz, and beyond! The album's got the raw energy of the best releases on the Speed label – a perfect Spanish Harlem sound ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Grosso! (Spain), Late 40s/1950s. 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
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
Big Break
Fania/Get On Down, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
A mid 70s classic from Willie Colon – continuing the progression of "gangster" image by supposedly having him break out of prison! (Previously, Willie had been brought to justice on the Juicio album – but now on the loose, is described in a wanted poster on the cover – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Heat/Jungle Fire
Prestige/BGP (UK), 1968/1969. New Copy
A pair of killers from Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – back to bck on a single CD! First up is Heat – a record that's beyond definition – as it combines Latin, soul, jazz, and even a few funky touches – all into one totally amazing sound! This one really gets all the ... CD
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
Roulette/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1957. New Copy (reissue)
A real corker from Machito – a set that's got a lot more bite and earthy fire than some of his other albums of the 50s – as you might be able to guess from the cover and the title! The record definitely lives up to the Afro-Cuban promise on the front – thanks to very hip ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated October 18, 2018


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