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Should still shine under a light, but one or two marks may show up when tilted.
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Tight groovy cha cha tracks by Tito, recorded with more edge than his similar stuff for RCA, and presented here in a reissue of a record that's darn rare in the original (we've never seen a copy!) Tito's joined by vocalist Pepe Luis, and the set list includes nice ones like "Cha Cha ... LP, Vinyl record album
This one's a bit subdued, but it's still classic RCA material by Tito – with a strong easy Latin vibe, of the sort that went down very big with the Catskills crowd. The record's got plenty of Cha Cha and Mambo Latin jazz tracks, most of which are covers, apart from the originals "Dancing ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of Tito's classic 50's recordings for Tico, all of which have a much rawer sound than his work for RCA from the same time. The tracks on here represent some Tito's best work in the Cha Cha Cha format – played with a hard sound and a good percussive drive aimed towards a very appreciative ... LP, Vinyl record album
If there's anything Eddie isn't, it's straight ahead – as even a basic session like this bristles with free thinking energy! The album starts off with a hard mix of percussion and piano – very spare, almost rootsy, but done by Eddie with a style that's strong, proud, and filled with ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great meeting of talents in the studio – as Ismael Rivera sings lead vocals for Kako's smoking combo, complete with congas by Patato Valdez! The sound here is a great – rootsy and highly percussive on the bottom, yet smooth on the top thanks to Ismael's vocals – sung here in a ... LP, Vinyl record album
An excellent little set from Tito – recorded in the late 50s for Tico, with a groove that's harder than much of his 60s work for United Artists! The lineup includes some nice jazzy vibes work on a few tracks – and the album includes the great percussive track "Suena Tu Bongo (Beat ... LP, Vinyl record album
A late 60s album from Celia Cruz – but one with a sound that's very similar to her classic early recordings of the 50s! The feel here is quite similar to those – recorded in Mexico, with backings from the orchestras of Memo Salamanca and Juan Bruno Tarraza – both of whom support ... LP, Vinyl record album
Landmark work from Eddie Palmieri – a stunning performance by his Harlem River Drive band, recorded live before a very wild crowd at Sing Sing Prison! The feel here is a blend of the sound heard on the legendary Harlem River Drive album – a unique fusion of Latin, soul, and political ... LP, Vinyl record album
Latin pianist Noro Morales leads his quintet in this nice moody album of instrumentals, played in a mellow jazzy vein, with a spare sound, and lots of percussion/piano interplay. The set's got a number of nice originals – like "Casemonos Ya", "Saona", and "Campanitas ... LP, Vinyl record album
This one's got kind of a campy cover, but it's a surprisingly great little set – not the Parisian-styled record you might expect from the title and image, but a crackling set of New York salsa played by Tito Puente with vocals by Azuquita! The French touches are a reference to the fact that ... LP, Vinyl record album
Classic Joe Loco material for Tico from the 50s – hard and heavy piano work, leaping around with almost as much inherent rhythm as the percussion that accompanies it! Loco's style gets a bit, well, "loco" at times – but never too much so – and titles include "Happy ... LP, Vinyl record album