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May have a number of marks (5 to 10 at most), and obvious signs of play,
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May not look near perfect, but should play fairly well,
with slight surface noise, and the occasional click in part of a song,
but never throughout a whole song or more.
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An important early album from Eddie Palmieri – one in which he introduces the "mozambique" rhythm – essentially a conga-styled approach to the tune, and one that features a lot more percussion than on his earlier sides! The group that supports him is strong enough to carry ... 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
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Machito album from the early 60's, when he was making the group a little bit smaller, and giving it a more modern sound. Graciela's on vocals on a number of tracks, including some nice originals. LP, Vinyl record album
A Latin classic from the word "bang"! This album was the one that busted Joe Cuba out of the Latin ghetto – into the sound of 60s soul, early funk, and beyond. The record's a stone winner – filled with boogaloo tracks delivered by Joe's firey young sextet, a killer ensemble ... LP, Vinyl record album
Nice jazzy Latin groovers from Marco – played on hard heavy piano, with lots of tight spare percussion in the background! The tracks push past the usual Cha Cha sort of groove – and seem to encompass a number of complicated themes and styles, agumented by some extra exotic percussion. ... LP, Vinyl record album
Nicely laidback Latin tracks from the early days of Tico – featuring work by Tito Puente, and a few more other obscure artists on the label! Titles include "Temptation", "Tito's Merengue", "The Fence", and "Cha Cha Cha Bounce" by Tito; "Make A ... LP, Vinyl record album
An obscure late 50s set on Tico – one that puts its money where its mouth is, with titles that include "Trinidad Cha Cha Cha", "Cha Cha Cha In Barcelona", "USA Cha Cha Cha", "Cha Cha Cha In Hawaii", and "Monaco Cha Cha Cha". LP, Vinyl record album
Pete in a very Latin Beat – playing vibes with heavy percussion, in a style that has equal parts jazz and equal parts Latin, and which moves past the sleepier sound of some of his earlier, mellower records. Cha cha is the basic groove of the tunes, but the execution and the heavier style of ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of THE killers of the Latin soul years – and a record that sometimes doesn't always get its due because it was issued on Mercury, not one of the New York indies! But don't let that association fool you, because this record's every bit as hard – if not harder than – any of the ... LP, Vinyl record album