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La CunaTito Puente
Steve GaddLa Cuna
The Old Castle
Pastime Paradise$13.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Quatro: The Definitive CollectionOver the course of his impressive artistic career, Tito Puente was a perennial and prolific innovator of Latin tropical music and Latin jazz of the highest caliber. Now thanks to Sony Music Latin, we all get to enjoy the four signature and landmark albums (artwork - front & back- as it originally appeared), along with a fifth bonus album, that truly defined the "American Icon" and his golden era:
"Cuban Carnival" (1956) is included with the original artwork. "Dance Mania" (1958) is the best-selling album of Tito's career. "Night Beat" (1957) became one of Latin jazz's seminal albums, while "Revolving Bandstand" (1960), considered the most innovative jazz recording of its time with the simultaneous inclusion of two big bands in the studio, is re-issued for the first time, with original artwork and liner notes.
This impressive and ever so unique package of 5 albums is being collectively released as Quatro - The Definitive Collection. A compendium that's like no other in the discography of Tito Puente, as it focuses on his early years, the RCA era of 1955-1960, so beloved by fans, critics and music historians.
Quatro - The Definitive Collection includes informative liner notes written by Joe Conzo (curator & music historian and author of the book "Mambo Diablo My Journey with Tito Puente"), a close friend of Tito Puente. It also contains never-before published facts and photos, plus previously unreleased artwork and alternate takes.
Among the other highlights and most interesting, informative features of this collection are the quotes from a plethora of musicians, producers and others who personally knew and/or worked with Tito over the course of his six-decade musical career.LP1 - Cuban Carnival
1. Elegua Chango
2. Cuál Es La Idea (What's the Idea)
3. Pa' Los Rumberos
4. Que Sera (What Is It?)
5. Oye mi guaguanco
6. Yambeque (Mambo Yambu)
7. Happy Cha-Cha-Cha
8. Mambo Buda
9. Cha-Cha De Pollos (Cha-Cha for Chicks)
10. Guaguanco Margarito
11. Cuban Fantasy
LP2 - Night Beat
1. Night Beat
2. Mambo Beat
3. Sea Breeze
4. Emerald Beach
5. The Late, Late Scene
7. Night Ritual
8. Malibu Beat
9. Flying Down To Rio
10. Night Hawk
11. Live A Little
LP3 - Dance Mania
1. El Cayuco
3. Three D Mambo
4. Liego Mijan (Son Montuno)
5. Cuando Te vea
6. Hong Kong Mambo
7. Mambo Gozon
8. Mi Chiquita Quiere Bembe
9. Varsity Drag (Mambo Jazz instrumental)
10. Estoy Siempre Junto a Ti
11. Agua Limpia Todo
12. Saca Tu Mujer
LP4 - Revolving Bandstand
1. Bahia (Na Baixa Do Sepateiro)
2. I Concentrate On You
3. Autumn Leaves
4. Harlem Nocturne
5. Kiss Of Fire
6. The Continental
7. Blue Moon
9. So In Love
10. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
LP5 - Bonus Edition
1. Ran Kan Kan
2. Timbal Y Bongo
3. Pa' Los Rumberos (Out-Take 1)
4. Pa' Los Rumberos (Out-Take 2)
5. Pa' Los Rumberos (Out-Take 3)
6. Pa' Los Rumberos (Out-Take 4)
7. Pa' Los Rumberos (Out-Take 5)
8. Pa' Los Rumberos (Out-Take 6)
9. Pa' Los Rumberos (Out-Take 7)
10. The Continental (alternate take)
11. Blue Moon (alternate take)
12. Moonlight in Vermont
13. La Virgen De La Macarena$109.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 5 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Live At The Red Garter Vol. 2From the late '60s to the mid '90s, the Fania All Stars were probably the most important and influential group in salsa, Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican music. What began as a showcase band for a young label developed into a Latino supergroup capable of filling stadiums. The band's members were either successful bandleaders or the top musicians on their instruments at the time. As Fania Records expanded its horizons and endeavoured to reach outside its traditional Spanish speaking market in the 1970s, the All Stars became their musical ambassadors, traveling across the globe from South America to Africa to Europe spreading the salsa gospel.
But that was the future! The Fania All Stars began at the Red Garter Club in Greenwich Village. By 1967 Fania Records was on the rise and label owner Jerry Masucci was wanting to feature a showcase of all his artists, which now included long-established bandleaders Ray Barretto and Fania co-owner Johnny Pacheco, alongside the new generation (Willie Colon, Larry Harlow, Monguito, Joe Bataan, Louie Ramirez, Ralph Robles, Bobby Valentin). The idea was to record a live session which would serve as a showcase for the label using the all star format which had already proved popular by Fania's rivals Tico and Alegre.
In 1968, Masucci and popular Latin music/jazz DJ Symphony Sid talked Red Garter promoter Jack Hooke into putting on a series of nights with the Fania musicians, but to broaden the appeal of the concerts and records, a host of guest stars were added to the bill. The Live At the Red Garter Vol 2 album sleeve reads like a who's who of Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican music in the late 1960s! Special guest stars include the mambo king Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri on piano and timbalero/sonero Jimmy Sabater from the million selling Joe Cuba Sextet. A supporting cast from the bands of Puente, Palmieri, Pacheco and Barretto included vocalists Ismael Miranda, Pete Conde Rodriguez, bassist Bobby Rodriguez and timbalero Orestes Vilato. A truly staggering bill though at the time, many musicians were just starting out, Willie Colon was just 18, however, almost every player present at these sessions would go on to be a salsa star in the next decade.
After Barretto's introduction, the band gets counted in and that unmistakable bassline starts, 8 bars of low-end heaven as smooth as Baileys on ice, the trademark riff to Son Cuero Y Boogaloo, a Barretto's signature tune of the period. It's much more than just a boogaloo, it's a son montuno with soul! An earlier version of the song had appeared on Barretto's album Hard Hands, but this live version smoked! After the coro and brass sections traded 8's the tension builds, then the band hits a break and timbalero Orestes Vilato comes in and blazes a monsterous solo.
The next track Noche featured its composer, pianist Larry Harlow, on a slow guajira montuno. Harlow was a non-Latino but his solo is pure Cuban proving it's not where you're from but it's how you play and what you feel that matters! The last track on the opening side was a full-on soul/funk instrumental jam called Red Garter Strut, the Fania All Stars kicking like Junior Walker or the Famous Flames! Another example of the cross-cultural experiments going on at the time in New York.
Side two is equally mixed, a Charlie Palmieri funky montuno salsa called Kikapoo Joy Juice opening the set. An uptempo dance tune with the vocalists singing in English, a sign of the times when boogaloo ruled everything in sight. Next up, If This World Were Mine, a Marvin Gaye cover featuring Joe Bataan and female vocalist La La doing their best Marvin and Tammi Tyrrell impression over a slow soulful latin-tinged groove.Richie's Bag closes side 2, written by and featuring pianist Richie Ray, another soul montuno dancefloor classic with the vocalists singing English lyrics quoting Joe Bataan's present and future hits , Gypsy woman, Subway Joe, "Ordinary Guy.
And that's it! The whole album is just 6-tracks long but it serves as a historical musical document of something new and vibrant that was evolving in Latin New York in the '60s. A coming together of black, white and brown as music crossed ethnic barriers. Music, like society, was attempting to integrate. What Masucci and Pacheco succeeded to do with this recording and Fania Records in general was to bring together the older and new generations of Latin musicians, where it became the roots of what became salsa in the next decade, whilst making the first recordings of the Fania All Stars, the band that would be most associated with spreading the music to a global audience. These reasons make this album a must for any true aficionado of Puerto Rican music from New York.1. Son Cuero Y Boogaloo
3. Red Garter Strut
4. Kikapooo Joy Juice
5. If This World Were Mine
6. Richie's Bag$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
PerfectamundoPerfectamundo, the debut solo album from Billy Gibbons, ZZ Top guitarist/vocalist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
inductee, is a blend of Blues, Jazz, Latin and Rock, as Gibbons explores songs with a new backing band, The
BFG's, who are a handpicked group of musicians selected for this unique outing. The album itself was inspired by
Billy's early influence of Cuban Jazz and studying Latin percussion with Tito Puente at an early age, along with
being invited to the Havana Jazz Festival.1. Got Love If You Want It
2. Treat Her Right
3. You're What's Happenin', Baby
4. Sal Y Pimiento
5. Pickin' Up Chicks On Dowling Street
6. Hombre Sin Nombre
7. Quiero Mas Dinero
8. Baby Please Don't Go
9. Piedras Negras
11. Q-Vo$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Abraxas (Awaiting Repress)Ranked 205/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Released in 1970, Abraxas, Santanas second album, sees the band expanding its already wildly diverse Latin rock sound by adding deeper elements of blues and jazz to the sizzling mix. Abraxas is home to two more of the groups signature monster hits: the hypnotic, rhythmically hectic interpretations of Tito Puentes Oye Como Va and Fleetwood Macs Black Magic Woman.1. Singing Winds, Crying Beasts
2. Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen
3. Oye Como Va
4. Incident At Neshabur
5. Se A Cabo
6. Mother's Daughter
7. Samba Pa Ti
8. Hope You're Feeling Better
9. El Nicoya$28.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Mi TierraMi Tierra (English: My Homeland) is the third studio album by Cuban-American recording artist Gloria Estefan, released in 1993. Produced by husband Emilio Estefan, it is her first Spanish-language album and pays homage to her Cuban roots. The album features Cuban musical genres, including Boleros, Danzan and Son music. Recorded at Crescent Moon Studios in Miami, Florida and produced by Estefan's husband, Emilio Estefan, Mi Tierra features notable Latin musicians such as Arturo Sandoval, Tito Puente, Cachao López, Chamin Correa and Paquito D'Rivera. Also Sheila E and Miami Sound Machine members Clay Ostwald and Jorge Casas play on the album.
The album was an international success, selling eight million copies worldwide as of 2006, the majority of listeners non-Hispanics. The album received favorable reviews from critics, who praised the album's production, songs and Estefan's vocals. Its success won the singer a Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album. Mi Tierra spawned no less than seven singles: Mi Tierra, Con Los Años Que Me Quedan, Tradición, Montuno, ¡Sí Señor!..., Mi Buen Amor and Ayer.1. Con Los Años Que Me Quedan
2. Mi Tierra
4. Mi Buen Amor
5. Tus Ojos
6. No Hay Mal Que Por Bien No Venga
7. ¡Si Señor!...
10. Hablemos El Mismo Idioma
11. Hablas De Mi
12. Tradicion$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
La Cuna (Speakers Corner)Ray Barretto disliked his music being labelled 'Latin Jazz' - yet the album La Cuna is one of the most memorable of this genre, since it amalgamates the diverse moods of both Americas. In this album, the expertise of the legendary producer Creed Taylor is combined with an all-star ensemble and the supreme musicality of the skilful jazz percussionist Barretto to create a tightly-knit performance. The title-giving opening number sails along merrily with a salsa swing, but then the soaring flute melodies and the powerful piano improvisations cool down the Caribbean rhythms. How the players mingle driving patterns with delicate melodies to form beautiful song is demonstrated best in Doloroso and also in Mambotango, whereby the latter exudes controlled coolness in the somewhat electric mood.
John Tropea leans seemingly intentionally towards Santana and his art of guitar-playing, and this is further enhanced by the late Joe Farrell's phenomenal performance.
A further tribute is paid to one of the greatest musicians ever to combine various styles and trends with a speeded-up version of Stevie Wonder's Pastime Paradise.
To conclude: if not Latin Jazz, then definitely Latin AND Jazz.
- Ray Barretto (conga, percussion)
- Joe Farrell (tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute)
- John Tropea (guitar)
- Charlie Palmieri (piano,percussion)
- Carlos Franzetti (piano)
- Jeremy Wall (synthesizer)
- Francisco Centeno (bass)
- Steve Gadd, Mark Craney (drums)
- Willy Torres (vocal)
- Tito Puentes (timbales)
Recording: August 1979 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, USA
Production: Creed Taylor
About Speakers Corner1. La Cuna
4. The Old Castle
5. Pastime Paradise$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Top Percussion (Out Of Stock)Elequana
Four By Two (Part I)
Ti Mon Bo
Hot Timbales$13.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Abraxas (45 RPM Box Set) (Out Of Stock)Santana Abraxas Numbered Limited-Edition Ultradisc One-Step 45rpm Vinyl 2LP Box Set From Mobile Fidelity
Limited To 2,500 Copies
Mobile Fidelity's Premier Ultradisc One-Step Release: Mastered From The Original Master Tapes, Santana Abraxas UD1S 45RPM Box Set Reaches Sonic Heights Never Before Achieved By Analog
Deluxe Packaging Includes Opulent Box, Special Jackets, Unique Insert, And Fine-art Print Of The Original Mati Klarwein Painting: No Expense Spared On Very Limited Audiophile Pressing
Get Literally And Figuratively Closer To The Music Of Santana's 1970 Masterwork: Set Ranked By Rolling Stone As 205th Greatest Album Of All Time Includes Black Magic Woman And Oye Como Va
Abraxas stands alone as the consummate Latin rock album. The confident sound of Santana stretching out and carving out a distinctive new genre, the 1970 set is daubed with psychedelic accents and Afro-Latin grooves. Not surprisingly, Abraxas immediately captured the public's ear, spending six weeks as the nation's #1 album and spawning the cosmic "Black Magic Woman" as a Top 5 single that's since become one of the most widely recognized songs in history. Befitting such a classic, Mobile Fidelity's 45RPM 2LP version of this ambitious work presents the music in the richest, most dynamic and realistic sound it's ever enjoyed.
Improving upon the label's critically acclaimed 180g LP pressing, Mobile Fidelity's deluxe 45RPM set is mastered from the original master tapes and overflows with the information, clarity, textures, and colors afforded by wider grooves. The result: Spacious, airy, and you-are-there sonics that trump all prior versions. Experience Abraxas the way it is meant to be heard, with the instruments and musicians placed in the proper channels. In addition to correcting the imaging, Mobile Fidelity's collectable version captures the full tonal range of Santana's guitar and nuances of his distinctive touch. Every imaginable detail is brought to the forefront and properly scaled, bringing you closer to the music and enhancing your emotional connection to this legendary record.
A confluence of celebratory vibes, bluesy jams, mellow vocals, and hip-shaking grooves, Abraxas is a cornerstone of any music collection. Picking up on the momentum of its excellent 1969 self-titled debut and drifting into more versatile territory, Santana reimagines what's possible in melding various disciplines and styles. Mysticism and spirituality abound amidst cohesive performances involving a vibrant mÉlange of purring organs, conga beats, and fluid bass lines. And that says nothing of the bandleader's extraordinary playing.
Wild, free, and loose, the group conjures the feeling of mountains and rivers on the lead-off instrumental "Singing Winds, Crying Beasts," leads a salsa parade on the definitive version of Tito Puente's "Oye Como Va," and explores its sensual side on the stellar showcase "Samba Pa Ti," a tune indicative of the album's Latin vibes and percussion. Sonically, Abraxas takes advantage of studio techniques such as cross-fading and mixing lacking on its predecessor.
As stated in The Mojo Collection: "Dissatisfied with the sound of their debut, the group brought in as a co-producer veteran jazz engineer Fred Catero, whose skills proved invaluable in balancing the new range of musical flavors Santana [was] bringing into its sound: the result was a giant step on from [the band's] debut."
But just like 1969's equally essential Santana, Abraxas lays claim to one of the biggest (and unfortunate) production gaffes in music history. Until Mobile Fidelity fixed the error with its 180g LP and 24K Gold CD releases, Abraxas had never been heard correctly. For nearly four decades, copies were produced with the left and right channels reversed, meaning that everything was placed in a backwards manner. This even extended to compilations on which individual songs from Abraxas were included. Rest assured that, in addition to enjoying reach-out-and-touch it sound, this 45RPM 2LP edition gets all the specifications exactly right.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Singing Winds, Crying Beasts
2. Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen
3. Oye Como Va
4. Incident At Neshabur
5. Se A Cabo
6. Mother's Daughter
7. Samba Pa Ti
8. Hope You're Feeling Better
9. El Nicoya$99.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM Box Set - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Tito Puente and his Concert Orchestra (Out Of Stock)El Rey Del Timbal
Last Tango In Paris
Ritual Fire Dance
110th St. and 5th Ave.
Preparate Para Ranarte
Picadillo$14.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Temporarily out of stock