Anthology

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Since Fania began remastering and reissuing its vast catalog on CD, and putting together some of the most killer compilations of Latin jams ever heard, they've discovered an entirely new audience than the beatheads who could seldom find the original albums. Spread over two discs, containing 26 monster jams, this is all-killer, no-filler. Disc one is identical to the 2006 double-disc compilation The Essential Ray Barretto: A Man and His Music. It relies heavily on Latin soul and boogaloo material. It commences with "El Watusi" from Charanga Moderna, and "El Bantu" from On Fire Again. The title jam from Señor 007 is here (despite the fact that it's an album Barretto didn't ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Since Fania began remastering and reissuing its vast catalog on CD, and putting together some of the most killer compilations of Latin jams ever heard, they've discovered an entirely new audience than the beatheads who could seldom find the original albums. Spread over two discs, containing 26 monster jams, this is all-killer, no-filler. Disc one is identical to the 2006 double-disc compilation The Essential Ray Barretto: A Man and His Music. It relies heavily on Latin soul and boogaloo material. It commences with "El Watusi" from Charanga Moderna, and "El Bantu" from On Fire Again. The title jam from Señor 007 is here (despite the fact that it's an album Barretto didn't particularly like, it's a smoking tune). There are a couple of tracks from the classic Acid -- his first album on Fania proper -- "Soul Drummers" and the monster freak-out title track. Disc two differs from the Essential Ray Barretto in that it contains three less tracks. The reasoning appears to be that instead of offering a portrait of Barretto's diversity in the '70s and '80s as he branched out into Latin jazz, fusion, and funk, the second disc hones in on what the great conguero did best: hard salsa. Some of the highlights are "Indestructible," "Guararé," "Guaguancó Bonito," and Quítate La Mascara." As awesome as this set is, it simply introduces the man's work. What we really need is a three-or four-disc collection, digging deeper into all of the music Barretto played as a leader and with the Fania All-Stars. Anthology is a nice update to The Essential Ray Barretto, but it's not an essential purchase for anyone who already possesses the earlier compilation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2012
  • Label: Fania
  • UPC: 846395071467
  • Catalog Number: 71462
  • Sales rank: 62,711

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 El Watusi (2:38)
  2. 2 007 (2:13)
  3. 3 Do You Dig It? (2:27)
  4. 4 Soul Drummers (3:49)
  5. 5 Hard Hands (2:29)
  6. 6 Together (2:37)
  7. 7 Right On (2:42)
  8. 8 Acid (5:05)
  9. 9 Abidjan (4:50)
  10. 10 Hipocrecía Y Falsedad (4:55)
  11. 11 Lucretia the Cat (5:34)
  12. 12 Cocinando (5:05)
  13. 13 Arrepientete (5:14)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Que Viva La Musica (5:28)
  2. 2 La Pelota (4:16)
  3. 3 Indestructible (4:13)
  4. 4 El Hijo De Obatalá (5:01)
  5. 5 Guarare (5:36)
  6. 6 Vale Mas Un Guaguancó (4:21)
  7. 7 Llanto De Cocodrilo (3:53)
  8. 8 Tu Propio Dolor (4:13)
  9. 9 Fuerza Gigante (4:40)
  10. 10 Guaguancó Bonito (4:18)
  11. 11 Manos Duras (5:12)
  12. 12 Quítate La Mascara (4:28)
  13. 13 Aguadilla (4:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ray Barretto Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Ray Barretto Composer
John Barry Composer
Manny Duran Composer
Izzy Sanabria Cover Photo
Gilberto Lopez Composer
Hugo Gonzalez Composer
Joseph Roman Composer
Roberto Rodriguez Composer
Solange Lopez Composer
Louis Cruz Composer
Hernan H. Rodriguez Composer
George Penco Composer
Roberto Padilla Liner Notes
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