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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!


Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)
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 – ... LP, Vinyl record album

Fania All-Stars

Live At The Cheetah Vol 1
Fania, 1971. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ocho

Ocho 1
United Artists, 1972. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Joe Bataan

Salsoul
Mericana, 1973. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Joe Bataan

Riot
Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
A real killer from the legendary Joe Bataan – an album of righteous power that really lives up to the dynamic promise of the title and cover! Joe Bataan's in top form throughout – serving up a blend of Latin grooves and 60s soul influences that few other artists of the time could touch ... LP, Vinyl record album

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

Johnny Colon

Boogaloo Blues
Cotique, 1967. New Copy (reissue)
A landmark record that should be in any Latin collection! At the time of this album, Johnny Colon was a young trombonist just getting his start – working in the turbulent late 60s Spanish Harlem scene, and picking up on the wide range of styles going down in the hood. At one level, he was 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

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

Eddie Palmieri

Mi Luz Mayor
Ropeadope, 2019. New Copy
A hard-driving set from the great Eddie Palmieri – and a record that's maybe his strongest salsa effort in years, even though it's still filled with lots of the edgey, jazzy touches he's also brought to his best material in recent decades! The album's got a very strong lead vocal presence ... CD
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 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

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

Ray Terrace

Home Of Boogaloo
Tower, 1968. New Copy (reissue)
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, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Monguito Santamaria

Black Out
Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... 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
El (UK), Late 40s/1950s. New Copy
CD...$3.99 13.99
Seminal sounds from the mighty Machito – all recorded during those key years when he was having a huge impact on both the jazz and Latin scenes in New York! Much of the work here features that blend of Havana roots and bebop performance that Machito and Mario Bauza pioneered during the ... CD

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

Lebron Brothers

Llegamos/We're Here
Cotique/Get On Down, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Soaring salsa from the mighty Lebron Brothers – a group who first burst on the Latin scene with a strong run of Latin Soul recordings, but who are taking a more straightforward approach here! Yet that change hardly makes any difference, as the Lebrons still have that bold, youthful energy ... LP, Vinyl record album

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

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

Willie Colon

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

Orquesta Olivieri

Swingin Combination
Speed, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
A great little album of boogaloos and hard Latin tracks – one of the few rare gems on the long-lost Speed label. The set features the work of the Orquesta Olivieri, led by trumpeter Herbie Olivieri, and featuring more trumpet, piano, and percussion, plus lead vocals by Angelo Jiminez 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

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

Har-You Percussion Group

Har-You Percussion Group
ESP/CuBop, 1969. New Copy (reissue)
A legendary bit of Latin from the New York scene of the 60s – recorded by a host of youthful players working under the direction of percussionist Montego Joe! The group's name is a contraction of "Harlem Youth" – a program in which all players participated, as part of an ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ray Barretto

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

Ray Barretto

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

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

Ray Barretto

Together
Fania, 1971. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Kako & Azuquita

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

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

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
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
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

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

Johnny Colon

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

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
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

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
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

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

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
Discos Fuentes/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1968. New Copy (reissue)
Sexteto Miramar are putting plenty of salsa on their seafood on the cover – and they're also putting plenty in their music, too – as they work with a tight combo mode that owes a lot to the Joe Cuba Sextet of the mid 60s, and which also borrows a bit of Latin Soul from the New York ... 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
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
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
 
Updated June 26, 2019


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