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One or two small marks that would make an otherwise near perfect record slightly less so.
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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.)
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Possible minor surface noise when played.
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A really wonderful album from Ray Barretto – more jazz fusion than his usual 70s salsa – but in a way that we really really love! The album's a crossover gem that has Ray working with Stix Hooper, Joe Sample, and Wilton Felder of The Crusaders – a trio who produced the record, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Orchestra Harlow's answer to the Who's Tommy – Hommy, a Latin Opera, and one of the few concept albums we know from the New York Latin scene of the time! The tracks are fairly short, and they're separated by short "interludes" throughout the album that feature some cool spoken bits ... LP, Vinyl record album
Despite the salsa in the title, this one actually borrows a lot from more traditional sounds – and includes tipica style violin (by Eddie Drennon) and flute, next to lead vocals by Alberto Gonzales and Marco Motroni. Includes a few nice groovers, though – like the breezy "Mia ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of Ray Barretto's hardest-hitting salsa albums of the 70s – a raw set of grooves that's got Ray moving away from the playfulness of the Latin Soul years, into a more righteous mode that's easily guessed at from the title of the set! The vibe here is very straightforward – with Ray ... LP, Vinyl record album
Forget the cartoony cover image of this one, because the record's got a tremendous depth and very little gimmicks – a reall standout set of work by one of the greatest salsa vocalists of the 70s! Sure, the title track does reference the Popeye cartoons a bit, but overall the record's got a ... LP, Vinyl record album
A key early moment for the great Ismael Rivera – really stepping out here strongly with a tight group of his own! Ismael's in the lead on vocals, but his arrangements for the group are quite strong too – cast in that best mix of jazz and Latin roots that you'll find in forward-thinking ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ray's taking it back to the beginning on this one – getting a bit more spare and percussive, showing off a strong understanding of the history of the roots of the Afro-Cuban sound. Adalberto Santiago's on vocals on the album – and tracks include "Oye La Noticia", "Hipocre ... LP, Vinyl record album
A real gem recorded at the height of the Latin Disco years – a trio of female singers, set up in a style that's similar to the First Choice/Three Degrees Philly style of club work, but produced by Larry Harlow with loads of great New York Latin touches! There's actually a bit more salsa in ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the great recordings from Eddie's classic 70's period. Vocals are by Ismael Quintana, and the LP includes an excellent 10 minute track called "Pa La Ocha Tambo", of the long jamming type that Eddie was so good at during this time. Other cuts include "El Molesto", "M ... LP, Vinyl record album
Amazing stuff – and the beginning of a strong tradition of west coast funky Latin groups! El Chicano were one of a number of groups to emerge from LA of the 60s – rising forth on a wave of Mexican American pride to come up with a west coast version of the Latin Soul sound that had been ... LP, Vinyl record album