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May not shine under light, but should still be pretty clean,
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May have a number of marks (5 to 10 at most), and obvious signs of play,
but never a big cluster of them, or any major mark that would be very deep.
Most marks should still not click under a fingernail.
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.
This is clearly a copy that was played by someone a number of times,
but which could also be a good "play copy" for someone new.
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A mellow album of Latin tunes, offered as sort of a "break" from dancing – and done very much in the easy style of Luis Arcaraz's other 50s RCA recordings! The works were mostly composed by Arcaraz and Gabriel Ruiz – and titles include "Mar", "Noche", ... LP, Vinyl record album
Well, since we're partial to Eddie's boogaloo material, we wouldn't exactly say that this was the best of Eddie's work – but it is a great batch of his RCA sides, with a spare, no-nonsense piano and percussion style that Eddie applies to a nice mix of pop and standards. Titles include "L ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great record of mambo tracks from Prado and his orchestra! Tracks include "The Whistling Mambo", "Pachito E-Che", "Cuban Mambo", "Perdido", "Pianola", and "Mambo Jambo". Some of the songs have vocals and each have really nice moments! LP, Vinyl record album
Noro Morales turns his rich talents to a set of merengue tracks – but the style's a lot different than you'd expect from the later sound of the genre! Instead, these cuts have a sly sinister sound, with kind of a snakey approach that adds a nice element to the music, and which keeps things ... LP, Vinyl record album
Perez Prado at his best – sock-hard, with a choppy groove that's supported by some great percussion and really nice orchestrations! The feel here is in his best 50s mode – and possibly even better, as the recording quality on the set is great, and the mambo-focus makes for an album ... 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
A nice RCA stormer from Tito, and one that has him hitting a nice jazzy groove on a mix of Latin tunes and standards. Tito plays drums and timbales – and titles include "Ecstasy", "Noche De Ronda", "Tito's Guajira", "Duerme", and "Un Poquito De Tu ... 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
Good people, these Latin Teens – a very cool group that was young enough to not worry about names or labels, and who jammed in the best open-ended style of the time! As their name might imply, the group was mostly made up of kids – and as such, they had kind of a freewheeling approach ... LP, Vinyl record album