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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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One of the best-selling albums ever from the team of Ricardo Ray & Bobby Cruz – and a key set that marked a sharp dedication to spirituality in their music! The rhythms here are strongly in the best salsa mode the pair was forging in the 70s – heavy piano from Ricardo, and majestic ... LP, Vinyl record album
Hard grooving salsa tracks, with a bit of Latin Soul thrown in for good measure! The album includes the sublime "part 2" version of "Trumpetman", one of Ray's best groovers from the late 60s, and an excellent party Latin tune – plus the tracks "Wakamba", "Ba ... LP, Vinyl record album
Johnny Pacheco's working here with vocalist Luis Angel Silva Nava – also known as "Melon", hence the title and cover! The album's a crackling batch of straight samba from the 70s – played by a sharp little group with Sonny Bravo on piano, Luiz Perico Ortiz on trumpet, Luis ... LP, Vinyl record album
A stone 60s smoker from Mongo Santmaria – and a great little set that really lives up to its title! The "soul" reference points to the record's host of 60s soul tunes, which are given a hip Latin spin by Mongo – working here with killer boogaloo arrangements from the great ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great little record – and a prime example of the strong Jewish/Latin crossover that was going on in the late 50s and early 60s. The record features the kind of crack cha cha sound that was bringing couples into the Palladium from Long Island, but it's also touched with occasional yiddish ... LP, Vinyl record album
A classic 70s salsa jammer from Willie Colon – working here with his one of his greatest vocalists – the young Ruben Blades, back before he'd crossed over to super-huge success! The album really marks a departure for Willie – moving past the bad boy style of earlier records, that ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of Cuba's biggest groups of the 50s – presented here in a set that got equal circulation in the US, thanks to RCA! The sound here is a nice precursor of the charanga groove that would dominate New York in a few years to come – violin from Rafael Lay, the leader of the group – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Early merengue tracks, nice and raw – with titles that include "La Pachanga", "Just A Minor Merengue", "Comiendome Un Cable", "National Emblem Merengue", "Trumpet In Merengue", and "La Escalarita". LP, Vinyl record album