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Guajira Y Guaguanco

LP (Item 22097) Tico, 1964 — Condition: Near Mint-

An early stunner from Ray Barretto – and an album that really has the percussionist coming into his own! There's only a bit of a trace of more popular Latin modes on this set – as Ray really takes off in this new territory of bold rhythms, dark inflections, and jazzy touches that really deepen the music – way way past his solo records of even the year before! You can almost even hear the formation of Ray's later "Acid" groove in some of these tracks – in the way the rhythms criss-cross with effortless ease – and the instrumentation soars alongside some very soulful vocals. Tracks include the groovy "Ska Cha" (a cha cha/ska number!), plus "Guajira Soul", "Swing La Moderna", and Guaguanco Bonito" – plus a cool version of "Nature Boy".  © 1996-2020, Dusty Groove, Inc.
(Orange label checkerboad pressing. Cover has light wear, and a light stain on the back, but vinyl is great.)

Near Mint - (minus)

  • Black vinyl that may show a slight amount of dust or dirt.
  • Should still be very shiny under a light, even with slight amount of dust on surface.
  • One or two small marks that would make an otherwise near perfect record slightly less so. These marks cannot be too deep, and should only be surface marks that won't affect play, but might detract from the looks.
  • May have some flaws and discoloration in the vinyl, but only those that would be intrinsic to the pressing. These should disappear when the record is tilted under the light, and will only show up when looking straight at the record. (Buddah and ABC pressings from the 70's are a good example of this.)
  • May have some slight marks from aging of the paper sleeve on the vinyl.
  • Possible minor surface noise when played.

Additional Marks & Notes

If something is noteworthy, we try to note it in the comments — especially if it is an oddity that is the only wrong thing about the record. This might include, but isn't limited to, warped records, tracks that skip, cover damage or wear as noted above, or strictly cosmetic flaws.



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