Barretto Power

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Back into a mostly traditional bag by 1972, Ray Barretto served notice that his was the heavyweight band in the salsa scene with this LP. Aside from the devastating three-man trumpet line Roberto Rodriguez, Rene Lopez, Papy Roman and Adalberto Santiago's vocals plus chorus, Barretto Power is entirely a rhythm-section record, lean and economical yet no less powerful for it. The compositions are mostly group originals, and range from the leader's salsa-fied opener, "Oye la Noticia," to Rodriguez's chorus-heavy "Perla del Sur" to a pair of slightly modernized horn-led numbers, "Right On" and the closer, "Power" the latter being Exhibit A should any listeners doubt the claim in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Back into a mostly traditional bag by 1972, Ray Barretto served notice that his was the heavyweight band in the salsa scene with this LP. Aside from the devastating three-man trumpet line Roberto Rodriguez, Rene Lopez, Papy Roman and Adalberto Santiago's vocals plus chorus, Barretto Power is entirely a rhythm-section record, lean and economical yet no less powerful for it. The compositions are mostly group originals, and range from the leader's salsa-fied opener, "Oye la Noticia," to Rodriguez's chorus-heavy "Perla del Sur" to a pair of slightly modernized horn-led numbers, "Right On" and the closer, "Power" the latter being Exhibit A should any listeners doubt the claim in the title. Pianist Luis Cruz contributes an affectionate yet stately ballad, "Se Que Volveras," and the trumpets never fail to come together, even when they're diverging along creative harmonic lines. Barretto Power isn't a flashy record; earlier triumphs like Acid and Hard Hands earned Barretto more notices than this one ever did. Still, it's as good a proof of Barretto's strength as any record in his discography.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/7/2009
  • Label: Hi Horse Records
  • UPC: 725543261113
  • Catalog Number: 391
  • Sales rank: 99,136

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Oye la Noticia - Adalberto Santiago (5:30)
  2. 2 Perla del Sur - Adalberto Santiago (5:46)
  3. 3 Right On - Adalberto Santiago (2:47)
  4. 4 De Que Te Quejas Tu - Adalberto Santiago (4:10)
  5. 5 Y Dicen - Adalberto Santiago (3:57)
  6. 6 Quitate la Mascara - Adalberto Santiago (4:30)
  7. 7 Se Que Volveras - Adalberto Santiago (3:49)
  8. 8 Power - Adalberto Santiago (6:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ray Barretto Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Percussion, Conga, Vocals, Background Vocals, Musical Direction
Héctor Lavoe Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Justo Betancourt Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Andy González Bass, Bass Guitar
Rene Lopez Trumpet
Roberto Rodriguez Trumpet
Adalberto Santiago Maracas, Vocals
Willie Torres Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Orestes Vilató Timbales
Papy Roman Trumpet
Louie Cruz Piano
Tony Fuentes Percussion, Bongos, cowbell, Guiro, Cencerro
Roberto Luis Rodriguez Trumpet
Louis Cruz Piano, Celeste
Technical Credits
Ray Barretto Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Jerry Masucci Producer, Executive Producer
Roberto Rodriguez Composer
Bobby Sanabria Liner Notes
Izzy Sanabria Cover Painting
Luis Cruz Composer
Antonio Fuentes Composer
Felix Romero Inspiration
Louise Hilton Graphic Design
Fred Weinberg Engineer
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