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


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
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
Grosso! (Spain), Late 30s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 2LP
A great look at the earliest years of Machito – a set that follows him from early Cuban recordings, through bebop experiments on the New York scene of the postwar years, to some of his classic group albums of the 50s! Machito always had a strong ear for the jazzier sides of Latin styles - ... LP, Vinyl record album
Little Brown Eyed Soul
Key Loc/Big Crown, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
One of the greatest albums 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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Rito Esclavo (180 gram pressing)
Discos Fuentes/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1961. New Copy (reissue)
If a cover was enough, we'd already love this record – but fortunately the music's even better than the image on the front – which makes the whole thing a stone cold winner! The album's a great early example of the fresh, raw sound that was coming out of Colombia at the start of the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Celia & Johnny (180 gram pressing)
Vaya/Fania (France), 1974. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
A fantastic pairing of talents – one that seems to push each individual artist to a new high point in their career! By the time of the set, Johnny Pacheco was emerging as one of the strongest forces in 70s salsa – a crack percussionist whose instrumentation was driving on a younger ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
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
Camel Walk
Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Killer Latin soul! This record is one of the hardest to find from the late 60's boogaloo era, and it's a massive stormer filled with tasty grooves! The band is small and tight, with a 2-sax frontline, for an extra-soulful sound. Vocals are in English and Spanish, and the album wails away like a ... 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
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
Jungle Fire!
Prestige/BGP (UK), 1969. New Copy (reissue)
One of the greatest albums by this funky Latin combo! The record differs from some of their earlier Prestige albums in that the tracks are longer, more instrumental, and have a hard fuzzy electric groove. The band jams hard in a way that's more like some of the funk combos of the early 70s, than ... 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
Ocho 3
United Artists, 1974. New Copy (reissue)
The killer 3rd album by this legendary Latin group from the early 70s! The set's a very tasty batch of Latin jazz, Latin funk, and a few straighter Latin cuts – and it's possibly their toughest album to find in the original. The group gets hot and heavy on a Latin version of James Brown's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)
A real turning point for Joe Bataan – and the beginning of his funky Latin sound of the 70s! The album was one of the first in Joe's "Salsoul" style – a sweet blend of Latin rhythms, late 60s Latin soul influences, and some of the hipper styles bubbling through the NuYorican ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fuego
Vaya, 1973. New Copy (reissue)
One of Mongo Santamaria's best albums from the 70s – and one of his funkiest too! The record's got a sweet electric groove that sounds mighty nice next to the Latin jazz arrangements on the set – almost in the feel of some of Candido's funky work from the time, but possibly even ... LP, Vinyl record album
Afro Brazil Oba!
Tower, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)
A very unique little record – and one with a sublime blend of Latin, soul, and vocal styles! The record's a fair bit more sophisticated than most other efforts like this from the 60s – thanks to a strong batch of talents that includes Gil Fuller on arrangements, Phil Moore III on piano ... 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
Madri Gras, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)
One of our favorite Latin jazz albums ever – and a truly amazing record! Bobby Pauntteo, aka Bobby Vince Paunetto, is probably best known for his groundbreaking Latin fusion albums of the NuYorican era – but this rare gem from the 60s shows that he was a really forward thinker, even at ... 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
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
Time, 1962. New Copy (reissue)
One of the few albums ever issued as a leader by the great Joe Cain – a wonderful Latin arranger with a really mad ear for a groove! Cain's approach is often quite choppy in the rhythms – short, hard, and very very sharp – then topped with sweeter, jazzier lines – played on ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
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
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
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
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
Oh! Pharoah Speak
Trip, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)
An insanely great record – filled with lots of odd twists and turns, and done in a really unusual way! The session is an obscure one that features Pharoah Sanders joining the tight combo, who are working here with a very different sound than usual! Earlier Latin Jazz Quintet albums have the ... 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
Take A Trip Pussycat
Speed, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
A wild wild album of Latin soul – one of the maddest albums ever recorded for the legendary Speed label! The group, like a rare few others of their generation, are an insane mix of Latin jamming, psychedelic soul, and stoner funk riffing – all sifted together in a blender, with a sound ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Siembra
Fania (France), 1978. New Copy
A classic 70s salsa jammer from Willie Colon – working here with his one of his greatest vocalists – the young Ruben Blades, back before he'd crossed over to super-huge success! The album really marks a departure for Willie – moving past the bad boy style of earlier records, that ... CD
Jungle Fire! (180 gram pressing)
Prestige, 1969. New Copy (reissue)
One of the greatest albums by this funky Latin combo! The record differs from some of their earlier Prestige albums in that the tracks are longer, more instrumental, and have a hard fuzzy electric groove. The band jams hard in a way that's more like some of the funk combos of the early 70s, than ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Orquesta Akokan
Daptone, 2018. New Copy
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 ... CD
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
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
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
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
Bitter Acid
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1967. New Copy
A killer album of hard instrumental Latin soul tracks – one of the few albums ever done by funky reed player Mauricio Smith! On the set, Smith plays flute, alto, and soprano sax – and the record's filled with short little groovers that have a nice choppy sound, and lots of heavy conga ... CD
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Late 70s. New Copy
Funky disco from 70s Spain – a wonderful collection of upbeat, hard-grooving titles that owe plenty to the sound of New York and Philly – but which also have their own sort of groove too! There's elements here that take off from the early 70s Spanish rumba mode of blending flamenco ... CD
Discos Fuentes/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1980. New Copy (reissue)
Los Chicos Malos look a bit folksy on the cover, but the sound of the album is anything but – and instead is a cool Colombian take on the best New York salsa modes of the 70s! The sound is clear and sharp throughout – on-fire tracks that are driven by plenty of percussion, and topped ... LP, Vinyl record album
Breaking At The Party (vocal, inst)
Peoples Potential, Mid 80s. New Copy (reissue)
A wild cut from the great Joey Pastrana – a Latin leader that most folks remember from the boogaloo and early salsa years – but who steps out here with a sweetly electric groove from the 80s! In a way, the cut's similar to the shift that Joe Bataan made at Salsoul during the decade ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Bossa Nova
Omega/Pregador Do Som (Germany), 1972. New Copy
Way way more than just bossa nova – a mighty groover from the great Nico Gomez! Nico's known for his harder pounding tracks that have become favorites with the funky crowd, but this stellar album shows that Nico could also work in jazzier territory when he wanted to – as the album's a ... CD
Fania (France), 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
Tico (France), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
Brilliant 70s work by Eddie Palmieri – easily one of his greatest records of the decade! The album features Eddie really showing off his jazz chops on a number of longer tracks – tunes that bring together some of the spirit forged during the Harlem River Drive era, with some of the ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
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
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Early 70s. New Copy
Fierce Spanish funk from the 70s – served up here by the wild female singer Dolores Vargas! The style here is maybe a bit different than what you might be used to if you only know American soul – but there's plenty of heavy basslines, tight horns, and funky drums – all to serve ... CD
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Early 70s. New Copy
Spanish sounds with plenty of groove – a killer compilation from a time when older flamenco styles were coming into play with fresher forms of funk and soul – all of which makes for a really amazing sound! All the drama of previous years gets packed into these upbeat, fast-moving tunes ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated May 26, 2018


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