Azucar

Azucar

by Los Van Van
     
 

From the 1960s to the 1990s, the U.S. embargo of Cuba made it illegal for Americans to receive or purchase products that were manufactured in Cuba -- and that includes everything from cigars to records, cassettes, and CDs. So under the embargo, Los Van Van's Cuban albums could not legally be imported to the U.S.; if U.S. customs saw an LP that was manufactured in… See more details below

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From the 1960s to the 1990s, the U.S. embargo of Cuba made it illegal for Americans to receive or purchase products that were manufactured in Cuba -- and that includes everything from cigars to records, cassettes, and CDs. So under the embargo, Los Van Van's Cuban albums could not legally be imported to the U.S.; if U.S. customs saw an LP that was manufactured in Havana, they would confiscate it. But while American retailers couldn't legally sell a Cuban release, they could sell Cuban recordings that American labels had licensed from Latin American and European labels. One of the excellent Van Van albums that has been available in the U.S. is Azucar. Most of the CD consists of straight-ahead Afro-Cuban salsa; however, it also contains a few cuts that are essentially Latin pop with Afro-Cuban elements, such as the moody "Oh, No." Among American salseros, Los Van Van isn't as well known as El Gran Combo or El Conjunto Classico. But as Azucar illustrates, the band (whose name is Spanish for the Go-Gos, although it had that name at least seven years before Belinda Carlisle's all-female new wave/power pop band) certainly deserves to be.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/18/1994
Label:
Xenophile Records
UPC:
0048248402521

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Van Van   Primary Artist
Juan Formell   Indexed Contributor,Bass,Vocals
Pedro Calvo   Vocals
Orlando Canto   Flute
Alvaro Collado   Trombone
Manuel Labarrera   Conga
Gerardo Miro   Violin
Hugo Morejon   Synthesizer,Trombone
Juliol Noroña   Maracas,Guiro
César Pedroso   Keyboards
Mario Valdes   Vocals
Juan Fornell   Bass,Vocals
Angel Bonne   Saxophone,Vocals,MIDI Sax
Manuel Leyva   Violin
Jose Luis Quintana Fuerte   Timbales

Technical Credits

Rachel Faro   Executive Producer,Visual Concept
Juan Formell   Director,Producer,Liner Notes
Joe Lopes   Mastering
Juan Fornell   Director
Nina Miller   translation
Dean Janoff   Art Direction
Ernesto Nodarse   Engineer
Ramón Alón   Engineer

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