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A record that you'd buy to play, cheap, but which you wouldn't buy for collecting.
Will have marks across all parts of the playing surface,
and will most likely play with surface noise throughout.
May have some other significant flaws, such as residue, or a track that skips.
In most cases, a poor quality copy of a very difficult to find record.
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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 LP Acid. 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
A great album of salsa tracks recorded at the end of the 70s – when Ray was returning to the scene after a prolonged hand injury kept him out of music for a while. Despite this time off, though, Ray's in top top form – coming back to basics with a really heavy groove, picking up right ... LP, Vinyl record album
Stellar Latin grooves! This album is one of Ray's best from the early 60s, and it's an incredible batch of edgey tracks that far outshines most of his other work from the time! For the record, Ray took the standard Charanga format, and updated it by adding sweet jazzy touches, pushing the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Compilation of classic early stuff by Machito, back when Mario Bauza was playing trumpet, and acting as his music director. The band has a good hard sound, with lots of strong jazz soloing, and plays with a fire that's missing from a lot of his later recordings. Tracks include "Asia ... LP, Vinyl record album
The Soul of Spanish Harlem – and the upbeat sound of the Joe Cuba Sextet – a hard-to-find album recorded just before the dawn of the classic Latin soul era! This one has been underappreciated for years, which is a shame, because it's got a lot of very nice grooves with that tight Joe ... LP, Vinyl record album
US issue of a set of vocal tracks that this Latin diva recorded in Madrid, with arrangements by Javier Vazquez and Osvaldo Estivill. Titles include "Estando Contigo", "Camina Y Ven", "El Malo", "Me Vas A Recordar", and "I Have Been Here". LP, Vinyl record album
Two sides of La Lupe – one relaxed, the other a bit more formal – both presented in an album that's sort of half Latin Soul and half boleros – but with some other elements thrown in for good measure too! Side one is our favorite – as it's got Lupe picking up some of the ... LP, Vinyl record album
A collection of Valdes' earlier work, featuring arrangements by Joe Cain, Tito Puente, and Javier Vazquez. Titles include "Soy Feliz", "Dulce Desengano", "No Lo Hago Mas", "Si Me Dices Que Si", "Corazon No Llores", "Tus Ojos", "Sin ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the more obscure artists from the early days of Tico Records – serving up cha cha cookers that include "Yo Sabia", "El Uno Dos", "Totiri Mundachi", "Las Secretarias", "La Cachimba De San Juan", and "Clases De Cha Cha Cha". LP, Vinyl record album
An excellent collection of rare sides from Tico – most from the early 60s, and a mixture of charanga and Latin jazz grooves that are pretty hard to find on vinyl. Titles include "El Watusi" by Ray Barretto, "Twist Changa" by Machito, "Nunca" by Caney, "Piano ... LP, Vinyl record album