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Vinyl should be very clean, but can have less luster than near mint.
Should still shine under a light, but one or two marks may show up when tilted.
Can have a few small marks that may show up easily, but which do not affect play at all. Most marks of this quality will disappear when the record is tilted, and will not be felt with the back of a fingernail.
This is the kind of record that will play "near mint", but which will have
some signs of use (although not major ones).
May have slight surface noise when played.
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cover damage or wear as noted above, or strictly cosmetic flaws.
A really smoking set from Ray Barretto – recorded at a later date than his Latin Soul classics, but a beautifully imaginative batch of tracks that shows that Ray never stopped perfecting his art! The centerpiece of the album is the long track "Canto Abacuba", which has an ... 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
One of the last classic efforts from the team of Willie Colon and Ruben Blades – a subtle but effective set of tracks that showcases both Blades' increasingly political concerns and the growing pan-Latin sound of Colon! The core approach is still mostly salsa, but you can hear plenty of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Orchestra Harlow were already at the top of their game by the time of this classic early 70s album – yet they also managed to leap forward strongly too – both embracing and lending a name to the growing salsa movement of the time! The streetwise sounds that Harlow created in the 60s ... LP, Vinyl record album
The debut album of Monguito Quian – not to be confused with Monguito Santamaria – who was also recording for Fania around the time, and who was also a Cuban singer recording in New York in the early 70s. This Monguito's more of a straight ahead Latin singer – presented here by ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic stuff from Ray Barretto – and one of his most sophisticated albums of the 70s! The album mixes together rootsy percussion and smoother jazzy arrangements – in a manner that keeps things fresh at all points, and which shifts the focus nicely from track to track – ... LP, Vinyl record album
A standout 70s session from Bobby Valentin – his last record for Fania, and a perfect example of the strengths that had allowed him to rise up to the ranks of the label's famous All-Stars! Bobby's playing electric bass throughout, but his biggest skill here is really that of a leader – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Madly romping Latin from this obscure group led by pianist Phil Moore III – a combo who effortlessly groove through a blend of boogaloo, Latin jazz, and plenty of percussion-heavy exotica – all in a style that's very much their own! There's a loose and free feel here that's far ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bobo Motion is groovy motion – heard here on one of Willie's best albums for Verve from the late 60s – a really unique blend of jazz, Latin, and soul-based rhythms! The set's even tighter than some of Willie's other Verve records – and like the classic Uno Dos Tres, it's got some ... LP, Vinyl record album
A wicked batch of Latin groovers from Willie Rosario – one that takes all the energy of his rare indie sides from the 60s, and fuses it with the tight approach to Latin Soul being hipped up by Atlantic at the time! The whole thing's great, and has a vibe that's very lively overall – ... LP, Vinyl record album