A record that's every bit as groovy as you might guess from the title – served up by one of the most unique combos to record for Colombia's Discos Fuentes in the 70s! Afrosound certainly have plenty of rhythms and sounds that resonate with their contemporaries at the top of the South ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A cool collection of very unusual grooves from Argentine composer/guitarist Rodolfo Alchourron – part of a generation of groundbreaking musicians in his homeland that also included Lalo Schifrin and Gato Barbieri – yet unlike those artists, a talent that never achieved greater global ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An amazing little soundtrack – written in mid 60s Peru by jazz pianist Jaime Delgado Aparicio, but easily on a par with some of the best American or Italian scores from the time! The music's got a really wonderful feel throughout – jazz at the core, but with touches of spy soundtrack ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Breezy genius from 70s Brazil – a set that has some fantastic harmonies over really groovy instrumentation – but all at a level that's very different than other Brazilian groups of this nature! Aquarius often use both male and female voices, layered in ways that are more complex than ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fred Fisher Atalobhor & His Ogiza Dance Band —
African Carnival ... CD Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy 2CD ...
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Funky African work from Fred Fisher – a Nigerian trombonist who crafted his own unique groove at the end of the 70s! Fred both sings and plays trombone – the latter with a Fred Wesley-like soulfulness – and his rhythms here are really wide-ranging, and embrace a host of new ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Joe Bataan is alive and well – and to our ears, the king of Latin Soul is sounding better than he has in decades! This tasty little set really takes us back to Joe's classic work for Fania – but it's also got a slightly different twist – one that shows a new younger appreciation ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet little album from Jorge Ben – an 80s groover with a sound that's a bit of a change from his 70s classics! The backings show Ben picking up some modern soul elements from the US scene of the time – but these are also mixed with some rougher, rhythmic styles that are definitely ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bruce & Vlady (Bruce Powell & Wladyslaw Jagiello) —
Reality ... CD Svensk American/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1970. New Copy ...
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An American Hammond player and a Polish drummer – both recording together in Sweden at the start of the 70s, and without any other instrumentation at all! The blend of organ and drums is wonderful – very spacious, but still pretty groovy too – thanks to these cyclical currents ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Heavy Nigerian funk from the great Segun Bucknor – an artist who was working during the same Afro Funk revolution as Fela Kuti & Africa 70, but one who never fully got the exposure he deserved on a global level! By the time of these cuts, Segun had already been working hard in a variety ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A record with a gimmick – but one that we really really like! The set's a tribute to the sounds of older Brazilian porn movies, done in a style that's really faithful to the original sound of the 70s – a mode that's never too kitschy, never just easy funk – but really well-done ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Trumpeter Tito Chicoma's in great territory here – hard-swinging late 60s Latin grooves, all somewhat in the mode of early work from the great Bobby Valentin! As with Valentin during his trumpet playing years, Tito's set up here with a fair bit of boogaloo grooves – Latin soul sounds ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing Latin grooves from the Peruvian scene of the 60s – an a record that well lives up to its "descarga" title! Congolero Coco Lagos may hail from Lima, but he's got a sound that's right up there with the best of the New York scene of his generation – a hard-hitting and ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very groovy organ work from the amazing Mike Dogliotti – a player with a wonderful sense of whimsy and rhythm, heard here in a key collection of jazzy groovers – tracks that are almost the Argentine answer to Walter Wanderley's classic bossa sides from the 60s! The styles here are all ... (Jazz) read moreCD
El Clan Antillano —
El Clan Antillano ... LP Vampi Soul (Spain), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
$29.9934.99About November 17, 2023 (delayed)
El Gran Fellove —
Mango Mangue ... CD Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ...
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One of the first international collections to showcase the genius of Francisco Fellove Valdes – a singer and percussionist who first rose up on the scene in Havana in the 50s, but who made an undeniably strong contribution to the Mexican scene of the late 50s and early 60s – with the ... (Latin) read moreCD
Early work from Colombian music legend Fruko, and a very different style than some of his later material – as you might guess from the album's cover image of a junkie shooting up in a graveyard! The sound here is more than dark enough to match that image – heavily percussion, with fast- ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fruko Y Sus Tesos —
El Violento ... LP Discos Fuentes/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1973. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the most hard-hitting early albums from the legendary Fruko – a set that really lives up to the powerful image on the cover and the title of the record – almost as if Fruko's trying to answer the badass energy of Willie Colon on the New York scene! The record definitely burns as ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunning tribute to one of the real giants of Colombian music in the 70s – the legendary Fruko, a man who almost singlehandedly kick-started a new groove for the decade! Fruko was clearly inspired by the hip late 60s sounds of New York – but his work here is almost headier and more ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two rare albums from this great pianist – back to back on a single CD! First up is Jazz Argentino – key work from Ruben Lopez Furst, a wonderful pianist from the Argentine scene of the 60s – heard here on one of his greatest albums ever! Despite the local placement in the title, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A really burning record from the Venezuelan scene at the height of its musical growth – and an album that seems to echo the blend of Latin and rock styles that were happening on the American west coast at the time – but with a nicely different vibe! Guitars and keyboards come into play ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not the sort of salsa you might expect from the New York scene – as Alfredo Gutierrez leads a very cool group here – one that has a special sort of Colombian brew in the instrumentation – as the lineup mixes heavy percussion, bass, trombones, and saxes with some very cool touches ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bola Johnson —
Man No Die ... CD Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ...
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A stunning collection of work from Bola Johnson – a key figure on the scene in Lagos in the years before Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade! Johnson's style here really shows Nigerian music at the crossroads – upbeat elements of early highlife informing the rhythms with plenty of lean guitar ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Karamanduka and Melcochita build a bridge from Lima to New York with this wonderful collection of sounds – a record that's every bit as strong as the most cooking sessions on Peru's Mag label from the time, but which also has a special flavor that really nods to the Latin Soul generation too! ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the funkiest Colombian records we've ever heard – a set that really resonates strongly with some of the Latin funk experiments taking place up in the US at the time, and one that has a vibe that's very different than some of the cumbia and other styles you'd be more likely to hear on ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Don't let the cover put you off, as this isn't some marching band record – although the set does have plenty of funky drums! There's a jazzy vibe to the record that's different than most other Venezuelan records of the time – and overall, the whole thing has maybe the feel of some sort ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Andres Landero —
Yo Amaneci ... CD Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ...
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Andres Landero has a pretty wild look on the cover here – and the sound of his music is equally wild, too – a very raw, rootsy approach to cumbia – very much in the most hard-edged style of the genre, with a quality that often feels more ancient than the 70s recording dates of ... (Latin) read moreCD
A beautiful Brazilian album from the early 80s – one that has ties to some of the bigger world of MPB at the time, but which is much more obscure – given that Chico Lessa released the whole thing himself! The vibe is something in the territory of the corner club crowd that circled ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Alfredo Linares —
El Pito ... LP Mag/Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
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The title track's a great Latin soul classic originally cut by Joe Cuba – but Peruvian pianist Alfredo Linares more than makes it his own here – as he takes off strongly in a range of tight combo grooves! There's as much descarga jazz going on here as Latin soul – and the whole ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early genius from Venezuelan pianist Ray Perez – an artist who's clearly taking a lot of inspiration from the small combo Latin of Joe Cuba's mid 60s work – and turns out a hell of a record that could match the best sounds of the New York scene at the time! There's a lean, raw energy ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Los Destellos —
Sicodelicos ... LP Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2LP ...
A killer compilation of late 60s & 70s tunes by Peruvian cumbia combo Los Destellos – leaning on the psychedelia inspired sounds from their earlier years! The sound is rooted in cumbia rhythms and electric guitar – but it nimble and spindly of heavily fuzzed out – with a more ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tripped-out funk from contemporary Colombia – played by a group who've clearly dug all the nation's rich legacy of groove-heavy music! The album's got a vintage feel at points – especially when the heavy drums are mixed with weirdly-distorted guitars – which almost have the feel ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
The cover image here will give you a great idea of the vibe of the record – as Melochita was a comedian as well as a Latin musician, and brings a great sense of playful wit to the album! A number of cuts feature vocals that have this really odd, almost cartoony style that's totally great ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mita Y Su Monte Adentro —
Arecibo ... LP Mag/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1969. New Copy (reissue)...
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A really cool record, and one that uses the Cuban tres in a style that's nicely different than more traditional modes – often blending it with some of the hipper small combo Latin elements that had popped up on the New York scene in the mid 60s, which gives the instrument a very different ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Orquesta Reve were one of the greatest modern ensembles during the Castro years in Cuba – but they actually recorded this killer set in Peru – as a rare date done for the mighty Mag Records label! There's a lean quality here that's a bit different than the expansive modes of Reve ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Os Sambeatles (Manfredo Fest) —
Os Sambeatles ... LP Fermata/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1966. New Copy (reissue)...
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A bossa nova take on The Beatles – served up with plenty of great keyboard work from the legendary Manfredo Fest! Fest is well known to bossa fans for his killer combo sides of the 60s – and although this album's a much more obscure effort, it follows in a very similar vein – ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ray Perez Y Perucho Torcat —
They Do It ... LP Pyraphon/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1971. New Copy (reissue)...
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A really raw cooker from the great Ray Perez – an album that's overflowing with heavy percussion, hard-edged piano, and some mighty soulful vocals from Perucho Torcat – all with a vibe that feels like some lost New York indie Latin session from the mid 60s! The arrangements are nice ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunning set from the great Ray Perez – the Venezulan pianist and Latin bandleader who cut some killer records back in the day, but hardly ever got the global fame he deserved! As with some of Ray's other gems from the time, the music here is nicely offbeat – partly in that small ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really cool, complicated set of grooves – Peruvian tropical at its best, with plenty of sweet guitar lines mixed in with lots of rootsy percussion! Kroffer Jimenez handles the lead vocals, and has this style that leaps one minute, swells the next – very individual, and kind of a ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Principe Y Su Sexteto —
Salsa De Guaguanco ... LP Vampi Soul (Spain), New Copy (reissue)...
$29.9933.99About December 15, 2023
Sweet funky jazz with some really wonderful keyboards – a double-length set that brings together two rare albums from Argentine combo Quinteplus! The group here clearly have a love of the Cannonball Adderley style of soul jazz – particularly that Cannon groove as the 60s wore into the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the few albums ever issued under the name of Emil Richards – an important percussionist on the LA scene, and one who played on countless jazz albums and other sessions over the years! This set has Richards working almost exclusively on vibes – as a rare outing for the mostly-rock ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sweet soulful fusion from Alex Rodriguez – a Venezuelan guitarist, but one who recorded this set up in New York – which means that he's got some great help from other American musicians too! Yet the record's not the kind of slick fusion material that bigger labels were putting out at ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wanda Sa —
Vagamente ... LP RGE/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1964. New Copy (reissue)...
A stunning early bossa session by Wanda Sa – the singer who recorded for Capitol in the US under the name Wanda De Sah – but who sounds even better here in her native Brazil! Roberto Menescal put the session together, and it's filled with all of the inventive twists and turns of his ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the first-ever collections to focus on the very groovy music of Jimmy Salcedo – the Colombian creator who's maybe best known for his work for Elia and Elizabeth – but who maybe sounds even cooler here at the head of his own group! Onda Tres often have a criss-crossing of vocal ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
That's Betico Salas on the cover – a hell of a trumpet player, and one who really sets the tone for this rare album from the Peruvian scene! The record's very much in the best small combo mode of the New York scene of the time, but also has some unique South American touches too – some ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rarely early bossa recording from Hermeto Pascoal – heard here on both piano and flute, and working in a pre-Quarteto Novo trio alongside a young Airto Moreira on drums! The sound is much more conventionally bossa than any of Hermeto's later work – but still filled with a tremendous ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredibly lovely little record, with a sound that's very much all its own – served by a female trio who were part of the unusual scene in Uruguay at the time – all in a mix of harmonized vocals, acoustic guitar, and a very personal, up-close sort of presentation! The harmonies ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Anibal Velasquez plays the accordion, but not in a style that's anything like the polka kings of years past – as here, he mixes up the instrument with some mighty hefty Latin rhythms – all in the best criss-crossing stylistic mode of the Discos Fuentes label in the 70s! The groove is ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A decade's worth of grooves from keyboardist Emil Viklicky – one of the funkiest cats working behind the Iron Curtain during the 70s! Viklicky plays a variety of keyboards, and even a bit of vibes too – working with fusion combos Energit and SHQ – but also jamming strongly as a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Wganda Kenya —
Africa 5000 ... LP Discos Fuentes/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1975. New Copy (reissue)...
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Wganda Kenya were one of the most unique groups to record for the Discos Fuentes label in the 70s – and they were maybe also one of the coolest, too – as they never stopped in their pursuit of a groove, and were always able to mix together so many different styles at once! This gem of ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wganda Kenya —
Wganda Kenya ... LP Discos Fuentes/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1976. New Copy (reissue)...
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Massive rhythms from this legendary 70s group – one created in the Discos Fuentes studios in Colombia – as a way to combine some of the bigger African and Caribbean rhythms of the time! The sound is very percussive, and very raw – lots of acoustic elements in the rhythms, mixed ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer cuts from two different studio groups led by the legendary Fruko – work that bristles with all the best raw energy from the more underground side of the Discos Fuentes label in the 70s – plenty of percussion, really rootsy basslines, and a fair bit of electric guitar and ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really wonderful dip into the music of Colombia – and a set that offers way more than just the usual Latin-styled sounds! The collection definitely takes its "Afrosound" title seriously – and goes for grooves that are deeper than usual, with rhythmic interplay that ranges ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A mighty dip into the legendary vaults of King Records – and one that manages to come up with a motherlode of funky grooves, even though none of them feature James Brown! The package is an essential look at the hinterland of King – artists who mostly just cut singles for the label in ... (Funky Compilations) read moreCD
A smoking third volume in this mighty look at the Peruvian cumbia scene of the 70s – music that often shares the same blend of guitar, percussion, and keyboards that makes some of the chica grooves from that time so great! The music here maybe owes a bit more to Latin sounds from up north, ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Classic cumbia cuts from the label that did it best – Colombia's landmark Discos Fuentes, a real powerhouse when it came to putting forth music like this! The rhythms follow styles you'll know from later, more famous crossover cumbia work – but at an earlier level that's nicely varied, ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tremendous work from the Spanish scene of the 60s and early 70s – way more than just a batch of obscure jazz cuts, and instead a true testament to this very vibrant musical community! The package brings together some really special tracks from Spanish labels like Edigsa, Ensayo, Hispavox, ... (Funky Compilations) read moreCD
A killer batch of boogaloo material – but not from the usual sources! Although boogaloo is a genre normally associated with the New York scene at the end of the 60s, the music here all hails from Peru and represents a great new sound – music inspired by the Nuyorican originals, but ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An ear-opening collection of work from the Peruvian scene of the late 60s – kind of a secret hotbed of Latin grooves, at least to our American ears – and one that was overflowing with some of the best elements of the small combo scene at the time! These guys clearly take a lot of ... (Latin) read moreCD
A wealth of grooves from one of the most surprising entries into the global funk scene of the 21st Century! The words "Spain" and "funk" aren't often used in the same sentence, but that's probably about to change – thanks to the efforts of all the artists on this set! As ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
A rich serving of grooves from the contemporary Spanish scene – a surprisingly strong place for heavy funk and heady rhythms – played here by a wealth of groups we've never heard before! The package is a real revelation – an indication that there's plenty going on in Spain that ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Rare soul from the legendary King Records – hand-picked by Mr Fine Wine, with a special ear for sharp-edged R&B grooves! Most of the work here is from the same early soul stretch as James Brown's initial work for King – and recorded with an equally raw sound overall – heavy ... (Funky Compilations) read moreCD
A legendary look at the sounds of Puerto Rico – one that brings together tracks from a time when the island was really hopping with fresh new rhythms, served up by a host of young, soon to be important leaders – music that's every bit as powerful as work coming from Havana and New York ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Newly remastered version, served up as a 2LP set!)