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


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Malo
Warner (Japan), 1972. New Copy
Wonderful 70s Latin soul from the legendary Bay Area combo that included Jorge Santana, Luis Gasca, and Coke Escovedo – all players who'd go onto great solo fame on their own, working together here as a youthfully inventive group that really set the tone for the west coast sound of the decade! ... CD
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Mongo '70
Atlantic (Japan), 1970. New Copy
A killer set from Mongo Santamaria – one of his first albums on Atlantic, and a record that really keeps up the groove of his Columbia sides! Mongo's moving into very funky territory here – working with arranger Marty Sheller, and getting some great help on keyboards from Neal Creque ... CD
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Lo Dice Todo
Mericana/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy
The second album by this wonderful Latin music project – an ensemble who really live up to their name in the way they work with both folksy styles and more experimental modes – all while hitting the best sort of hip New York 70s vibe! The list of artists here is like a "who's ... CD
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Out Of My Mind
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy
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 ... CD
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Soul Jazz (UK), 1970s. New Copy
A completely amazing collection of sounds from the 70s scene in Venezuela – a really un-tapped legacy of fantastically creative music – most of it pretty darn groovy, too! Despite the "rock" in the title, the music here is more in a mix of funky jazz and other creative ... CD
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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
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Coke
Sound Triangle, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Funky Latin breaks and very groovy grooves – the kind of record that you hear for only a second, and say "oh yeah, this is the stuff!" Coke were an obscure Florida combo who mixed together Latin, funk, and soul – served up in a crossover style that's halfway between the sound ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Land Of Love
Speed, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
One of the grooviest records ever recorded – and pretty darn rare, too! The Moon People – aka Los Astronautas – were a Latin Soul studio band who played behind some of the other killer recordings on the Speed Label. They're best known for their sock-boogaloo instrumental "La ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Soul Jazz (UK), 1970s. New Copy
A completely amazing collection of sounds from the 70s scene in Venezuela – a really un-tapped legacy of fantastically creative music – most of it pretty darn groovy, too! Despite the "rock" in the title, the music here is more in a mix of funky jazz and other creative ... CD
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Righteous (UK), Late 50s. New Copy
A tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution – and a sweet little set that starts and ends with spoken bits from Fidel Castro, yet also includes lots of classic Latin grooves in the middle! Some of the work here predates the revolution, which might make it subject to false ... CD
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Rough Guide, Late 60s. New Copy
Cumbia sounds get trippy – as a host of Latin American artists picked up the electric guitar in the 60s, and really helped transform the style with some psychedelic touches! Most of these tracks feature cumbia rhythms at the core, but take the music far from its Colombian roots – ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Rough Guide, Late 70s. New Copy
Funk and soul meet Latin rhythms – and the result is a really special moment in the New York scene – a time when disco rhythms helped the underground scene burn brightly in the midtown clubs! Back in the 60s, nightspots in the city would routinely host Latin bands – but by the ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Infopesa/Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
One of the coolest collections of chicha we've ever heard – that ultra-cool Peruvian style that mixes cumbia rhythms with electric surf-styled guitar – all in a sound that's as fresh today as when it was first waxed back in the 70s! Chicha is one of those rare cross-cultural moments ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Mr Bongo
Jazzman (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A killer collection of work from percussionist Jack "Mr Bongo" Costanzo – a cat who's way cooler than you might guess from his gimmicky nickname – not only one of the most powerful forces on the west coast Latin scene in the 50s, but also one of the jazziest too! Jack's ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Grossoi (Spain), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
Great Latin groovers from the end of the 50s and start of the 60s – all tracks that are tight, upbeat, and filled with a lively mix of rhythm and jazz – all at a level that's designed to showcase the sorts of modes that led to the development of Latin Soul and boogaloo a few years later! ... LP, Vinyl record album
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El (UK), Late 40s/1950s. New Copy
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
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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
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Barry, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
A monster album of Latin soul – arguably the greatest record ever cut by Hector Rivera! The record's a rare cooker that never lets up at all – a non-stop boogaloo party that definitely lives up to its swinging cover image – and which is quite different than most other albums from ... LP, Vinyl record album
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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
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La Cuna
CTI, 1981. New Copy (reissue)
A nice jammer from the "second wind" period of CTI – and a strong return to Latin jazz for Ray! The set's a great mixture of smooth CTI electric funk and Latin-oriented grooves – and it features work by Ray on congas and percussion, plus a list of players that includes Tito ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated July 24, 2016


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