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Fania All StarsQue Pasa – The Best Of The Fania All Stars ... CD
Columbia, Late 70s. New Copy ... $5.99 6.99
Some of the best of the best of The Fania All Stars – magical music from that short stint when the combo were recording for Columbia Records in the late 70s! While at Columbia, the group grew even more than the styles of their roots at the Fania label – picking up some hipper touches of soul, club, and fusion – all of which were worked nicely to tighten up their groove. And while you might think that after playing side-long jams, these shorter cuts could represent a more commercial side for the group – to us, this shift is an important one that has the ensemble taking the old energy of the Latind descarga and bringing it nicely into focus for a huge crossover audience. The cuts here sparkle and glisten with the best non-Latin funk and club of the time – and the CD features 13 tracks from the albums Spanish Fever, Rhythm Machine, Cross Over, and Delicate & Jumpy – titles that include "Coro Miayre", "Ella Fue", "Fania All Stars Cha Cha Cha", "Los Bravos", "Peanuts", "Prepara", "Que Pasa", "Sin Tu Carino", "Isadore", and "Foofer Soofer". CD

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✨✧ Fania All-StarsDelicate & Jumpy ... LP
Fania/Columbia, 1976. Very Good- ... Just Sold Out!
A stunner of a record from the Fania All Stars – a tremendous attempt to move into a 70s soul vein, complete with Satin Soul arrangements from Gene and Billy Page! The record bubbles over with the funky orchestrations you'd expect from the best Barry White work at the time – strings soaring over snapping beats and warmly soulful instrumentation – bearing little resemblance overall to the earlier work of the Fania All Stars, but blowing our minds all the more because of the rich ability to change sound so much. There's load of wonderful funk tracks on the album – and titles include "Picadillo", "I'll See You Again", "Foofer Soofer", "Sabrosa", "Desafio", and a great cover of "Rosemary's Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring and edge wear, bent corners, and clera tape remnants along the opening. Label has a name in marker.)

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✨✧ Fania All-StarsLive At Yankee Stadium Vol 2 ... CD
Fania/Wagram (France), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
By the mid 70s, the New York Latin scene was boomin' so large it could easily fill venues like Yankee Stadium – as you'll hear on this excellent live set from the Fania All-Stars, a monster record that easily ranks with the best live Latin sides of the time – like Eddie Palmieri at Sing Sing, the Tico-Alegre All Stars at Carnegie Hall, or Mongo Santamaria at Yankee Stadium! Tracks are nice and long – a real mix of soul and Latin, with slight funk and electric touches – and players include Ray Barretto, Willie Colon, Bobby Valentin, Mongo Santamaria, Ricardo Ray, and Roberto Roena. Vocals are by a host of singers that include Santos Colon, Hector Lavoe, Ismael Rivera, and Celia Cruz. Manu Dibango also joins the group for the track "Congo Bongo", a great long number in which he does a hot little solo! Other tracks include "Bemba Colora", "Hermandad Fania", and "Echate Pa'Lla". CD

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VariousGood Good Feeling – The Latin Soul Of Fania Records (4CDs with bonus 7 inch single) ... CD
Fania/Craft, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 4CD & 7 inch ... $58.99 63.99
A mighty nice little package – one that's overflowing with the special sort of Latin and soul music hybrids that rose up from the Spanish Harlem scene in the late 60s – the kind of cuts that helped establish Fania Records as one of the most important Latin labels around – and one of the grooviest too! These aren't the 70s salsa tracks that Fania spread across the globe – but the more New York-styled numbers that often had English language lyrics in the lead, sung by a soulful vocalist – and set to small combo rhythms that were overflowing with energy, and plenty of touches of jazz, soul, and funk! These are all the mixes from the rare 45rpm singles issued by Fania back in the day – and although the songs are wonderful, the collection together is even cooler as a whole – dozens of tracks, including some really rare ones – all bound up in a 7" book-styled cover, with 60 pages of notes, and a bonus funky 45! Titles include "Silent Heart" by 125th Street Candy Store, "Micro Mini" and "Make Out" by Harvey Averne, "Too Much Lovin" and "So Fine" by Joe Bataan, "Willie Baby" by Willie Colon, "Soul Drummers" and "Mercy Mercy Baby" by Ray Barretto, "Geronimo" and "Funky Big Feet" by Bobby Valentin, "Mercie" by Ralph Robles, "Camel Walk" by The Latinaires, "Batola Boogaloo" by Bobby Quesada, "Grazin In The Grass" by Orchestra Harlow, "Spinning Wheel" by El Apollo Sound, "Hey Sister" by Monguito Santamaria, "Who Is The Girl For Me" and "Look At Her" by Ralfi Pagan, "New York Soul" by Ray Barretto, "Some Lonely Heart" by ronnie Marks, "Let's Get It Together This Christmas" by Harvey Averne, "Shaft" and "If I Were A King" by Joe Bataan, "Johnny's No Good" and "Blonde Latin Blues" by WRLC, and "Today" and "Try Just a Little Harder" by Butter Scotch. Lots more too – and the bonus 7" single features two promo tracks recorded for DJ Symphony Sid – one by Joe Bataan, the other by Bobby Valentin! CD
 
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✨✧ Ray BarrettoBarretto ... LP
Fania, 1975. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
A lost gem in the 70s catalog of Ray Barretto – a fantastic album with some really wonderful tracks! Although Ray's clearly in his salsa mode here, he's also got a very strong jazz approach to the tracks – picking up the changes, tones, and colors used on his Other Road album, and turning them back towards a more forward Latin approach. The ensemble's wonderfully tight – with players that include Roberto Rodriguez on trumpet, Art Webb on flute, Ray Romero on timbales, and the great Gil Lopez on piano. Ruben Blades sings on a few tracks, and the album includes some truly stellar moments – like "Ban Ban Quere", a heavy stormer, and the soulful 8 minute number "Canto Abacua", which has some great electric piano. Other cuts include "Guarare", "Eso Es Amar", "El Presupuesto", and "Testigo Fui". LP, Vinyl record album
(Multi-color label pressing in the die-cut conga cover, which has some ring & edge wear.)

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✨✧ Ray BarrettoEye Of The Beholder ... LP
Atlantic/Fania, 1977. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
A really wonderful album from Ray Barretto – more jazz fusion than his usual 70s salsa – but in a way that we really really love! The album's a crossover gem that has Ray working with Stix Hooper, Joe Sample, and Wilton Felder of The Crusaders – a trio who produced the record, and add in some of their instrumental help as well – which helps Ray find this bouncy, sometimes funky sort of groove – a sublime blend of LA fusion and New York Latin! There's still loads of great percussion from Barretto – but the set also has some wicked keyboards, guitar, and lots of jazzy inflections too. Titles include the killer cut "Here We Go Again" – a great midtempo number with a perfect steppers groove – plus the cuts "Tumbao Africano", "Leti", and "Expresso". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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George GuzmanIntroducing George Guzman ... LP
Fania/Get On Down, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 22.98
Amazing Latin soul – and the first record ever by the youthful George Guzman! The grooves kick in from the word "go" – with strong electric bass setting the scene, and lots of dark, descending blue notes – copped from 60s soul and jazz influences, and crafted perfectly to fit the Spanish Harlem sound of the time! Lyrics are mostly in English, and nearly every track is a mad groover – of the sort that will make your stereo perk up its too-tired ears! Trust us, this one's a gem – a record we'd recommend to anyone – and filled with wonderful tracks like "Lazy Boogaloo", "French Boogaloo", "Herba Buena", "Chant Of The Isles", "Marilu", and the goofy "Banana Freak Out"! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Latin FeverLarry Harlow Presents Latin Fever ... LP
Fania, 1978. Very Good- ... Just Sold Out!
A real gem recorded at the height of the Latin Disco years – a trio of female singers, set up in a style that's similar to the First Choice/Three Degrees Philly style of club work, but produced by Larry Harlow with loads of great New York Latin touches! There's actually a bit more salsa in the grooves than there is disco – but that's more than ok to our ears, because Larry really knows how to get things right. Arrangements by Sonny Bravo, Louis Ortiz, and Marty Sheller – and tracks include "Our World", "La Mujer Latina", "Chirrin Chirrin", and "Rumba Del Monte Adentro". LP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE: Record has a hairline crack at the start, which makes for a click on the first track on eacy side – rest is OK.)

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✨✧ Papo LuccaLa Herencia ... CD
Fania, Late 60s/1970s. Used ... $8.99
Classic cuts – including "Night In Tunisia", "Prende El Fogon", "Fuego En El 23", "Hachero Pa Un Palo", "Noche Como Boca E Lobo", "Bomba Carabomba", "Suena El Piano", "Moreno Soy", and "Ramona". CD
(Out of print. Still sealed.)

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Orquesta NovelNovel Invites You To A Novel Experience ... LP
Fania, 1980. Very Good+ ... $9.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring and edge wear.)

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Ismael QuintanaLa Herencia ... CD
Fania, Mid 70s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
15 classics – including "Piano Man", "La Blusita Colora", "Un Valentin", "A Guava No", "Justicia", "Oyelo Que Te Conviene", "Jessica", "Me Debilidad", "Donde Estan Los Rumberos", "You're Gonna Hear From Me", "Vamanos Pal Monte", and "Maestro De Rumberos". CD
(Out of print. Still sealed.)

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VariousSoul Of Spanish Harlem – Beautiful Soul Music From The Heart Of New York's Spanish Harlem ... CD
Fania/BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
One of the hippest sets we've ever seen on Spanish Harlem – a collection that goes way past the Latin Soul hits, to dig deep in the uptown underground at the end of the 60s! The package is compiled with gems from the Fania catalog, but rally moves past the obvious – going for some of the more obscure artists who recorded singles for some of the smaller Fania-held labels – and often focusing on tunes that drew more from late 60s soul and funk than they did from any Latin rhythms of the time. The singers are especially wonderful – and often hit a vibe that's right up there with some of Joe Bataan's best of the period – richly soulful, but often deeply personal too – never as polished as chart soul, and often showing a grittier, more realistic style that's totally great – especially when mixed with instrumentation as tight as this! Titles include "Reflections Of My Life" by 125th Street Candy Store, "On Old Broadway" by 107th Street Stickball Team, "Don't Be Afraid" by Lebron Brothers, "Central Park" by Harvey Averne Dozen, "Heaven" by Tito Ramos, "Your Smile" by Parris, "Some Lonely Heart" by Ronnie Marks, "There's No Girl" by Olivieri, "Maria Maria" by King Nando, "Already Satisfied" by Tony Middleton & Bobby Matos, "Nitty Boo Boo" by The Nitty Sextette, "Lonely Has Been My Day" by Ralphie & The Latin Lovers, "I'm Gonna Leave You" by Russell Cohen & The New Yorkers, and "Ain't No Big Thing" by Ralfi Pagan. CD

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✨✧ Ray BarrettoAcid ... LP
Fania, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A monster! If you buy one Latin record this year – make it this one – because it's one of the greatest ever recorded! Ray's late 60s Acid album is a landmark recording – a sublime mixture of Latin jazz, percussion, and soul – grooving hard in a variety of styles, and always hitting the money on every single track. The title cut "Acid" is one of those tunes you'll be playing until you're locked up in a nursing home – and the rest of the record is equally great – with cuts like the bouncy groover "Soul Drummers", the tasty boogaloo "El Nuevo Barretto", and the extended "Espiritu Libre", a great Latin jazz track, with very "out" piano! LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent Scorpio reissue.)

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✨✧ Ray BarrettoIndestructible ... CD
Fania/Wagram (France), 1973. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
By this point in his career, Ray Barretto certainly was Indestructible – one of the biggest Latin leaders of his day, working at the forefront of new trends and new sounds! This fact is wonderfully displayed by the front cover, which shows Ray unbuttoning his shirt and taking off his Clark Kent-styled glasses to reveal a Superman costume underneath – and apart from this easy gimmick, the album itself is a straight ahead Latin jammer, with no tricks, no silliness – just a perfect early 70s salsa sound! Arrangements are by Eddie Martinez, Louie Cruz, and Louie Ramirez – and titles include "Ay No", "La Orquesta", "El Hijo Do Obatala", "Indestructible", "La Familia", and "El Diablo". CD

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✨✧ Willie ColonEl Malo ... LP
Fania, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great stuff – and a very sharp album cut by Willie during the Latin soul era, featuring a bunch of tracks that veers more towards the boogaloo side of things than his later albums! The groove is nice and hard – stripped down with the youthful energy that Willie brought to the scene at the time – and the record features great vocals by Hector Lavoe, Yayo El Indo, and Elliot Romero. Features the wonderful piano-bassed groover – "Jazzy" – which spirals out with descarga-like energy! Other great tracks include the boogaloo numbers "Skinny Papa", "Willie Baby", "Willie Whopper", and "El Malo" – but the whole album's a winner! LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue with gold labels.)

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✨✧ Willie ColonHustler ... LP
Fania, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Brilliant early work from a young Willie Colon – a true hustler if there ever was one! The album has an amazing energy that really bridges a number of Latin scenes – it's part descarga jamming, part Latin soul, and part traditional Latin – put together with a no-nonsense approach that makes the whole thing come off like magic. A young Hector LaVoe is on lead vocals, but the real star here is the group – who have a lean, mean, stripped-down sound that's really great! Includes the jammer "The Hustler", plus "Eso Se Baila Asi", "Havana", "Guajiron", "Montero", and "Que Lio". LP, Vinyl record album
(Scorpio reissue. Cover has lightly bent corners.)

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✨✧ Los DementesMi Deuda De Amor ... LP
Fania, 1976. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Issued by Fania, but different than their usual New York productions – with arrangements from Ray Perez, and titles that include "Mata Que Dios Perdona", "Chicharrita", "Mi Deuda De Amor", "Sombra Que Gesa", "Aqui Estoy Yo", and "La Llorona". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s sunrise label pressing – in great shape!)

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✨✧ Orchestra HarlowSalsa ... LP
Fania, 1974. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 were a key force in taking older Latin styles and giving them a new sort of youthful pride and energy – to a point where Larry also feels more than comfortable to reach back and grab some older sounds as well, blending them in a really compelling mix of roots and new ideas! A key element of the old school is the album's use of tres by Harry Vigiano – who rings out with a Cuban current on his instrument, while the rest of the group hits some warmer New York and Puerto Rican tones. Larry's piano holds the whole thing together strongly – and Yayo El Indio and Adalberto Santiago join Junior Gonzalez on vocals on many tracks, making for a fuller, festive sound that really earns the "salsa" in the title. Titles include "Wampo", "No Hay Amigo", "Popo Pa'Mi", "Silencio", and "Sueltame". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mexican pressing. Cover has some wear and aging, with a small stain and some peeling at the top left corner.)

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✨✧ Santos ColonBrindis De Navidad ... LP
Fania, Early 70s. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Happy Latin Christmas from Santos – working here in a set of mellow arrangements from Calandrelli for the holiday season! The sound is more romantic and lush than some of Santos' other albums, and although lyrics are in Spanish, there's some familiar holiday tunes in the mix. Titles include "Navidad De Nieve", "Triste Navidad", "Navidad Blanca", "Gracias A Dios", and "Noche Buena". LP, Vinyl record album
(Multicolor label stereo pressing, in fantastic shape!)

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✨✧ VariousSoul Of Spanish Harlem – Beautiful Soul Music From The Heart Of New York's Spanish Harlem ... LP
Fania/BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
One of the hippest sets we've ever seen on Spanish Harlem – a collection that goes way past the Latin Soul hits, to dig deep in the uptown underground at the end of the 60s! The package is compiled with gems from the Fania catalog, but rally moves past the obvious – going for some of the more obscure artists who recorded singles for some of the smaller Fania-held labels – and often focusing on tunes that drew more from late 60s soul and funk than they did from any Latin rhythms of the time. The singers are especially wonderful – and often hit a vibe that's right up there with some of Joe Bataan's best of the period – richly soulful, but often deeply personal too – never as polished as chart soul, and often showing a grittier, more realistic style that's totally great – especially when mixed with instrumentation as tight as this! Titles include "Reflections Of My Life" by 125th Street Candy Store, "On Old Broadway" by 107th Street Stickball Team, "Don't Be Afraid" by Lebron Brothers, "Central Park" by Harvey Averne Dozen, "Heaven" by Tito Ramos, "Your Smile" by Parris, "Some Lonely Heart" by Ronnie Marks, "There's No Girl" by Olivieri, "Maria Maria" by King Nando, "Already Satisfied" by Tony Middleton & Bobby Matos, "Nitty Boo Boo" by The Nitty Sextette, "Lonely Has Been My Day" by Ralphie & The Latin Lovers, "I'm Gonna Leave You" by Russell Cohen & The New Yorkers, and "Ain't No Big Thing" by Ralfi Pagan. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Soul Of Spanish Harlem – Beautiful Soul Music From The Heart Of New York's Spanish Harlem ... CD 11.99
 
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Cachao/Juliu Guiterrez/Fajardo/Nino RiveraComplete Cuban Jam Sessions (5CD set) ... CD
Panart/Craft, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 5 CDs ... $53.99 59.99
An incredible collection of records – a series of albums that forever changed the sound of Latin music around the world! These five sets were all cooked up in the changing Cuban scene at the start of the 60s – where musicians were getting looser and freer, with a sound that was quite different than the tighter big bands of a few years before – strongly influenced by changes in American jazz, including the jam session mode that was big on record during the 50s! In a way, these sides are an answer to that – as they feature all-star musicians coming together on long, more spontaneous tracks – often in smaller combos with heavy influence on rhythm, and lots of work from the key soloists on the dates. Each record has a different leader, but often some of the same musicians – and there's some especially great work on trumpet and tenor by other members of the group – at a level that went on to influence the small combo sound of artists like Joe Cuba, the grooves of the Latin Soul/boogaloo scene, and even the all-star American groups like the Alegre All Stars and Fania All stars in years to come. Records 1 and 2 feature leadership by Julio Gutierrez, record 3 is led by Nino Rivera, record 4 (the most famous) is led by bassist Cachao, and record 5 is led by flautist Fajardo. Great box set – all CDs in small LP-styled sleeves with original art – alongside a 96 page booklet of notes and photos! CD

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✨✧ La New Breed OrchestraJala Jala Woe Woe Baby ... LP
Fonseca/Andale, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
No woe here at all – because the album's very upbeat, and very joyous all the way through – played in the best young combo mode of the 60s! Latin soul, jazz, and older descarga modes all come into play on the set – mixed up in the Puerto Rican groove of the Fonseca Records scene of the time – all with more grit in the grooves than any similar records on Fania or Tico! Piano and horns are often competing in the lead with runaway energy – and vocals are both in English and Spanish, which really helps create some groovy crossover modes. Titles include the choppy boogaloo number – "New Breed Bugaloo" – plus "Woe Woe Baby", "Follow The Sun", "Three In One", "Ritmo Tropical", "Dulce Son", "Quinto Bongo", and "Tenia Que Ser Asi". LP, Vinyl record album

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107th Street Stickball TeamSaboreando – Pot Full Of Soul (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Dorado/Everland (Austria), 1969. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Lost grooves from Spanish Harlem – an incredible set of Latin Soul from The 107th Street Stickball Team! With a name like that, the group certainly aren't as well-remembered as contemporaries like Joe Bataan or Willie Colon, but they've got a soulful groove that definitely fits the style of the time – a sweet uptown blend of Harlem soul and Latin rhythms – with the same blend of sweet soul ballads and uptempo groovers you'd find on some of Bataan's classic albums for Fania Records! Bobby Marin put the whole album together, with a tight groove that's very similar to his work for Speed Records – played here by a group that includes Orlando Marin, Louie Ramirez, Ozzie Torrens, and Joey Pastrana – all kings of Latin Soul at the time! Vocalists include Butch Johnson and Danny Agosto – but there's a real group feel to the record, with lots of harmonies behind the lead – the kind of streetcorner soul you might have heard while catching a stickball game on one of the side streets up north of Harlem. Titles include "Toma Guajira", "Look To Me", "You Put A Hurt In My Heart", "Rhythm & Soul", "Mojo Shingaling", "Barbara With The Kooky Eyes", "Tell Her I Love Her", and "Let Me Do My Thing". CD features 3 bonus tracks by The Nitty Sextet, all previously unissued – "Nitty Boo Boo", "Something New", and "Say Listen". CD
Also available Saboreando – Pot Full Of Soul (with bonus tracks) ... CD 11.99

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107th Street Stickball TeamSaboreando – Pot Full Of Soul (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Dorado/BGP (UK), 1969. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Lost grooves from Spanish Harlem – an incredible set of Latin Soul from The 107th Street Stickball Team! With a name like that, the group certainly aren't as well-remembered as contemporaries like Joe Bataan or Willie Colon, but they've got a soulful groove that definitely fits the style of the time – a sweet uptown blend of Harlem soul and Latin rhythms – with the same blend of sweet soul ballads and uptempo groovers you'd find on some of Bataan's classic albums for Fania Records! Bobby Marin put the whole album together, with a tight groove that's very similar to his work for Speed Records – played here by a group that includes Orlando Marin, Louie Ramirez, Ozzie Torrens, and Joey Pastrana – all kings of Latin Soul at the time! Vocalists include Butch Johnson and Danny Agosto – but there's a real group feel to the record, with lots of harmonies behind the lead – the kind of streetcorner soul you might have heard while catching a stickball game on one of the side streets up north of Harlem. Titles include "Toma Guajira", "Look To Me", "You Put A Hurt In My Heart", "Rhythm & Soul", "Mojo Shingaling", "Barbara With The Kooky Eyes", "Tell Her I Love Her", and "Let Me Do My Thing". CD features 3 bonus tracks by The Nitty Sextet, all previously unissued – "Nitty Boo Boo", "Something New", and "Say Listen". CD

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Mongo SantamariaLive At Yankee Stadium ... LP
Vaya, 1974. Near Mint- ... $29.99
One of Mongo Santamaria's best albums of the 70s – a killer live set recorded at Yankee Stadium, during the same night that produced a live date by the Fania All Stars! The groove here is a wonderful blend of Latin, funk, soul, and jazz – grooving with a kickass approach that's almost even better in the live setting than on Mongo's studio records of the time – stretched-out, open-ended, and filled with fiery performances in front of a very enthusiastic crowd! Arrangements are by Mongo, Marty Sheller, Luis Gasca, and William Allen– and the group is totally great – with Luis Ortiz on trumpet, Allen on bass, Justo Almario on tenor and flute, and Hector Veneros on alto and baritone sax. Amazing stuff all the way through – with tracks that include "Cousin Jody", "Black Dice", "Coyulde", "Naked", "Leah", and "Dr. Gasca". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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ShindigIssue 120 ... Magazine
Shindig, 2021. New Copy ... $9.99
Pink Floyd started out with some weird and wonderful vocal work by Syd Barrett – but after those days, they soon stepped into a more instrumental mode – and have a great legacy of work for films at the end of the 60s – all covered here in the cover story, which looks at their musical contributions for More, Zabriskie Point, La Vallee, and Tonite Let's All Make Love In London! And as usual, the issue's overflowing with other great bits too – a look at Latin powerhouse Fania Records, Andy Partridge on songs that inspired him tow rite, and lots more on Dion, Freshmen, Gypsy, Rudy Ray Moore, Nolan Potter, Howlin Rain, and the great Nashville impresario, Shelby Singleton! Magazine

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Ray TerraceHome Of Boogaloo ... CD
Tower/Universal (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the coolest, grooviest albums of Latin Soul you could ever hope to find – one of the few records ever from the great Ray Terrace – and a set that goes even beyond some of the similar sides on Tico or Fania at the time! Ray's groove here is totally wonderful – upbeat, joyous, and blending soul and jazz in equal parts – often with English language lyrics that have the best sort of Spanish Harlem sound. Many tunes are covers, but they're completely remade by the record – with lively arrangements from Marty Sheller that never let up, and smoking soul lead vocals by Willie Torres. The whole thing swings, and there's never a dull minute – on titles that include "Get On Up", "You've Been Talking 'Bout Me Baby", "Half Way Down", "Listen To Me", and the great "I Make A Fool Of Myself". CD
(Part of the Free Soul 20th Anniversary series!)

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✨✧ VariousBig Ol' Bag O' Boogaloo Vol 1 ... LP
Andale, Late 60s. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
One of the hippest compilations of boogaloo work we've ever stocked – and one that goes way past the bigger names on Fania or Tico, into the underground of small labels from the late 60s! The tunes here are all especially rare – issued originally on labels that include Speed and Ghetto, and brought together beautifully here with an ear for soulful vocals, snapping rhythms, and some of the grooviest styles of the Latin Soul generation! The Speed recordings are especial favorites of ours, because the label had a really great way of setting up a groove, and often broke from more conventional Latin modes to hit some very unique rhythms. But all the work here is totally great – and titles include "Alla Tu" by Conjunto Universal, "Do Your Shing A Ling" by Pijuan, "I'll Be A Happy Man" by Latin Blues Band, "Return To Spanish Harlem" by Tony Middleton & Bobby Matos, "Latin Soul Boogaloo" by Paul Serrano, "One Way Ticket" by The Real Thing, "Symphony Sid In Acapulco" by Frankie Nieves, "Brass Boogaloo" by Sounds Tropicana, "Hippy Skippy Moon Strut" by Moon People, and "Mi Negra Va Gozar" by Paul Ortiz. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousBig Ol' Bag O' Boogaloo Vol 4 (with download) ... LP
Andale, Late 60s. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
A massive batch of Latin soul from the late 60s – all pulled from the deeper corners of the New York underground – from a range of fresh, young musicians who go way beyond the bigger names on Fania and Tico! The tunes here really show the sharpest changes in Latin music at the time – the strong embrace of soul and jazz sounds from other stretches of the uptown scene – and the move to smaller, tighter groups after years of bigger bands – which makes for the kind of lively instrumental interplay you're more likely to hear from a funk combo! Some numbers here have swinging soulful vocals, others are really cooking on the instrumental tip – and titles include "The Aztec Theme" by The Aztecs, "Having Fun" by Pepe Fernandez, "Ain't That Right" by Arthur Sterling, "Mi Guajira" by Frankie Nieves, "El Gallo" by Al Gonzalez, "Damelo Baby" by The Aztecs, "C-Rations & Cornbread" by Pepe Fernandez, and "Do The Boogaloo" by New York All Stars & Orquesta Novel. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus download for the whole album!)

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VariousGozalo – Bugalu Tropical Vol 2 ... CD
Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 60s. New Copy ... $9.99 16.99
A second amazing set of grooves from the Peruvian scene of the 60s – upbeat Latin sides that easily rival the greatness of work at the time from New York, Colombia, or Puerto Rico! The Peruvian approach is a bit different than the rest – often a hybrid of outside influences, recast slightly with some local flavor – in ways that make these tunes sound a fair bit different than 60s Latin on Fania or Tico – which makes for a very fresh sound throughout! Instrumentation includes trumpet, guitar, vibes, and plenty of percussion – often recorded with a sharp-edged quality that uses a bit of echo as well. The package features a whopping 28 tracks in all, plus full notes in Spanish and English – and titles include Humo" by La Sonora De Lucho Macedo, "El Diri Bop" by Tito Chicoma, "Las Guitarras Tropicales" by Silvestre Montez, "El Conductor" by Carlos Munoz, "Arroz Con Coco" by Pedro Miguel, "Boogaloo Del Perro" by Enrique Delgado, "Descargando" by Mario Allison, "Mulata Rumbera" by Compay Quinto, "Aqui" by Tito Chicoma, "Ciquita Bonita" by Luis Duran, "Dejen Bailar Al Loco" byMelochita, and "Guajira Boogaloo" by Coco Lagos. CD

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✨✧ VariousHey Ho Guaguanco – Rare & Unissued Salsa Jams From The Speed & Fonseca Catalog 1968/1969 Vol 1 ... LP
Speed/Andale, Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99 19.99
Fantastic tracks from two ultra-rare labels from the New York scene – the Latin Soul empire Speed Records, and the super-tight Fonseca label – which provided a real mainline to Puerto Rican grooves at the time! Both labels cut some of the hardest-hitting Latin tracks of the time – music that was often rawer and more unbridled than material for other indies, like Tico or Fania – and the tracks here are from some of the obscure albums issued by both imprints, and some even-rare 7" singles – all with an upbeat groove, and a sound that's much more the Latin groove of the streets uptown, instead of the bigger ballrooms down in midtown. Titles include "Descarga Los Bravos" by Kent Gomez, "Asi Asi Descarga" by Mike Hernandez & Su Sonora Casino, "El Bembe" by Terrible Frankie Nieves, "Milton's Jala Jala" by Milton Zapata, "Palos Bravos De St John" by Orquesta Oliveri, "Yemaja" by Kent Gomez, "Palacio Descarga" by Danny Palacios, and "Melao Melaito" by Orquesta Oliveri. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousSubway Salsa – The Montuno Records Story ... CD
Montuno/Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy 2CD ... Just Sold Out!
Killer grooves from the Montuno record label – a crucial imprint in the New York scene of the 70s and 80s – with a roster of artists to rival the best at Fania and Alegre! At a time when some of the bigger Latin labels were crossing over with commercial hits, Montuno was really dedicated to keeping a traditional sound – often returning the music back to its Cuban roots in the way it was presented and produced – which meant a nicely stripped-down style that holds up beautifully over the years! Instrumentation often includes a nice touch of jazz – and the lyrics are lively, and perfectly tied in with the rhythms – as you'll hear in this overstuffed collection of goodies. Titles include "Caballo" by Yambu, "La Tia" by Batacumbele, "Aqui Se Puede" by Airto, "Zaperockero" by Zaperoko, "Songo Y Guantanamo" by Son De La Loma, "Mientras Yo Viva" by Tambo, "Ensem Ensem" by Scorpio, "Bailala Pronto" by Manny Oquendo Y Libre, "Bon Bon De Chocolate" by Lou Perez, "What's Your Name" by Totico Y Sus Rumberos, "Corta La Cana" by Bongo Logic, "A Sandy" by Skah Shah 1, and "Vencindad" by Yambu. Also features great notes on the legendary Record Mart store, which was home to the label – a place where we still shop for Latin music in New York! CD

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✨✧ Paul Ortiz Y La Orch SonLos Que Son ... LP
Ghetto/Nature Sounds, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An obscure salsa set from the start of the 70s, and a stone cooker too – thanks to top-shelf production from Joe Bataan – a great artist in his own right, and a surprising choice to helm this set! Yet the credit here really goes to leader Paul Ortiz – who plays piano and leads the group through some very fresh salsa changes – that new young spirit of pride and power that was bubbling on on Fania at the time, handled here with equal care, and arrangements from Jose Madera Jr, who plays timbales in the group! Papo Felix delivers lead vocals, and the group has a bold four-trumpet frontline – which really soars on titles that include "Guajiron", "Quien Quita", "Total", "Mi Amiga", "Son Los Que Son", "Despierta Puertoriqueno", and "Me Negra Va A Gozar". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Johnny ZamotTell It Like It Is! (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Decca/Bomba (Japan), 1967. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A heck of a great little boogaloo album – and one of the few 60s sides by the legendary Johnny Zamot! Although cut for Decca, the album's every bit as tight and soulful as contemporaneous work for Tico, Fania, or Cotique – and the set features a similar blend of English lyrics, Latin rhythms, and a nicely gritty Spanish Harlem approach to the music! The horns cut wonderfully into most of the tunes – blasting out with a soul instrumental sort of vibe, while the lyrics tackle simple themes of love and lust on titles that include "Baby, Bring It To Me", "You Cheated On Me", "Harlem Boogaloo", "Hey Girl", "You Dig", and the sweet instrumental "Latino Baby", written by Pat Patrick, from Sun Ra's group! CD
(Out of print – includes obi.)

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✨✧ Hugh MasekelaLive In Lesotho ... LP
Matsuli (UK), 1981. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
It's a strange thing to see Hugh Masekela sitting on a horse, out in a field – and the cover hardly gets at the energy that's going on inside – since the album features a full, funky live performance from the famous trumpeter – at a time when his group included piano and keyboards from the great Don Blackman! The style's a blend of funk with some of Hugh's older South African styles – served up on very long tracks that have Masekela singing a fair bit too, but with ample solo space for solos from great musicians who include Rene McLean on alto and tenor, and Victor Bailey on bass. Blackman did all the arrangements with Hugh, and you can really hear his sophisticated touch – on titles that include "Sister Fania", "Healing Song", "Stimela", "Part Of A Whole", "Ashiko", and "Ha Le Se Le Li Khanna". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Pucho & The Latin Soul BrothersSaffron & Soul/Shuckin & Jivin ... CD
Prestige/BGP (UK), 1966/1967. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A double-header to die for – two of the rarest albums from Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – back to back on a single CD! First up is Saffron & Soul – one of the first albums from the legendary Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – a wonderful little record that evenly blends together jazz, Latin, and soul music! There's a stronger soul jazz vibe here than on some later Pucho sets – partly due to the strong use of jazz in the rhythms, but also to the record's excellent horn work – not by the Pazant Brothers, but by Harold Alexander on tenor and flute, Claude Bartee on tenor, and Vicent McEwan on trumpet – all players who really make the record sparkle! The set's heavy on vibes too – a Pucho trademark, played here by Willie Bivins – and titles include the excellent "Soul Yamie", plus "Something Black", "The Groover", "Caravan", "Aye Ma Ma", and "What A Piece". Shuckin & Jivin is one of the most soulful albums ever recorded by Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – a set that really shows the changing sound of Latin music in the late 60s – with some fresh vocals added to the group by Jackie Soul! Jackie only sings on a few cuts, but really brings in a raw Spanish Harlem vibe – one that gives the set a bit more of a Fania/Cotique sort of groove than usual – even when the group are leaping ahead on tight instrumentals – tunes that really sparkle with piano from Neal Creque, vibes from Willy Bivens, and tenor sax from Claude Bartee! Vocal gems include "Shuckin & Jivin", "CC Rider", and "You Are My Sunshine" – instrumental tracks include "Return To Me", "Swing Thing", "Maiden Voyage", and "How Insensitive". CD

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✨✧ Los AfroinsGoza La Salsa (180 gram pressing) ... LP
INS/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A killer cooker from this young Colombian group of the 70s – one who issued this gem of a salsa album back in 1975, with hard-hitting energy that may well top some of the best on the New York scene of the 70s! The sound is very tight – lots of percussion, massive electric basslines, and just the right use of trumpet over the top to pepper up the grooves – even leaner than some of the Fania groups of the period, and with production that keeps things nice and raw. Titles include "Matusa", "Esta De Bala", "El Boga", "Alejada", "Una Manana", "Puerto Rico Power", "El Bombon", and "Salsa Al Pindin". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Orchestra SoledadVamonos/Let's Go ... CD
Futuro/BBE (UK), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Raw salsa from the streets of Brooklyn – served up here by a very obscure group, but one who work in the best styles of the Fania and Cotique Records scenes of the time! There's a strong Puerto Rican influence on the rhythms at times – very much that new spirit that was emerging with pride and power as the 70s moved in – but there's also some trailing currents of the Latin Soul generation, in the way that Cotique was working at the time – particularly on records by Joey Pastrana! Lyrics are in English on some tracks, and mighty darn soulful – and the group's led by Hector Ramos, who both sings and plays some massive trombone! Titles include "I'll Make You A Queen", "Vamanos/Let's Go", "Uptight", "Just Like A Fool", "Problems", "Cuero", and "Candela" CD
 
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Stefania RavaSend In The Clowns (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Deja Vu/Norma Blu (Japan), 2009. Used ... $14.99
Beautiful work from an Italian singer – a vocalist who works here in English throughout, with a breezy vibe that's like some of our favorite work of the 70s! The set's a Dejavu co-production, and as such, has a really classic sound – deeply soulful instrumentation from a core combo, topped with vocals from Stefania that are really great – often arranged with the sort of hip rhythms and unusual inflections you'd expect to hear on older records from singers like Lorez Alexandria and Dee Dee Bridgewater, both of whom are clear inspirations for the music here! Many tunes have a hard-grooving modal rhythm – making the album almost a club jazz set – and instrumentation includes piano from Claudio Filippini, trombone from Roberto Rossi, and trumpet from Guido Pistocchi, who co-produced the album with Paolo Scotti. Titles include a killer version of "Send In The Clowns", done in the classic Lorez groove – plus "Summertime", "Jubilee", "A Time For Love", "The One Who Needs You", "Sambandrea", and "Speak Low". CD
(Out of print, 2009 HQ CD pressing. Obi has some wear and small tears on the back.)
 
 
 



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