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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!


Ernie Agosto Y La Conspiracion

Ernie's Conspiracy
Vaya, 1972. New Copy (reissue)
Soaring trumpet-heavy salsa from the combo of Ernie Agosto – a great little album with the tightness and focus of some of the best early 70s work from producer Willie Colon! Ernie arranged the album with pianist Nelson Sanchez – and the sound here is chunky on the bottom, with some ... LP, Vinyl record album

Willie Colon

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

Willie Colon

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

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

Fania All-Stars

Latin - Soul - Rock
Fania, 1974. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
After a disastrous attempt at recording a live show, the Fania All-Stars went in the studio with guests like Billy Cobham and Manu Dibango and created their funkiest and one of their finest albums of the seventies! A few cuts are more straight Latin sounding, some of these tracks have a nice hard ... 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
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), 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 ... 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

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

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
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
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
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

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

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
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
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 20s/1930s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD
A wonderful overview of the Cuban musical style of son – the core Afro-Cuban blend that influenced generations of American Latin music in the 50s, 60s, and 70s – and which also laid the groundwork for salsa too! This package stretches back to the roots of the style on record in a ... CD
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

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

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

Roberto De La Barrera Y Su Sonora

Se Formo La Salsa (180 gram pressing)
Discos Fuentes/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1970. New Copy (reissue)
A fantastic cooker from the Colombian scene at the start of the 70s – the sort of record that's a bit different than more familiar New York work of the time, but which has an equally appealing sort of vibe! The set's got some killer descarga tracks that nicely update the approach from its ... 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
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
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

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
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
Cotique, 1968. New Copy (reissue)
Groovy Sounds is right – as the Gilberto Sextet were one of the coolest bands of their day! The group were equal parts soul and equal parts Latin – grooving in that unique New York crossover style that percolated nicely at the end of the 60s. The album makes a strong statement of this ... 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
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

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

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
Tico, 1973. New Copy (reissue)
An excellent set from Tito – very funky, unlike most of his other work from the time! The record has a great electric vibe to it – thanks to a hip bass player in the group, to Charlie Palmieri, who plays organ and electric piano on the record, and to Tito himself, who's never sounded ... LP, Vinyl record album

Sabor with Angel Canales

Sabor
Alegre, 1975. New Copy (reissue)
Possibly the greatest album ever from Angel Canales – a 70s salsa classic through and through, and one with great links between the New York scene and Canales' Puerto Rican roots! The tunes are wonderfully heartfelt throughout – sung with a youthful sense of soul that's far different ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tico/Craft, 1970. New Copy (reissue)
A really great project from Tito Puente – maybe not his only collaboration with Celia Cruz, but maybe one of the best – a top-to-bottom album of unified vision, topped with sublime vocals from the legendary lady! The set was arranged and produced by Tito – and brings together ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated February 22, 2020


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