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Fania Records 1964-1980: The Original Sound of Latin New York

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Fania is, bar none, the greatest Latin recording label of all time, the home of the most sparkling salsa and the boogiest boogaloo ever set down on a mold of wax barely able to resist melting from the heat. During its heyday, it hosted most of the best recordings by the biggest salsa stars of all time: Willie Colón, Hector Lavoe, Ray Barretto, Eddie Palmieri, Celia Cruz, Rubén Blades, Mongo Santamaria, and many others (even El Rey, Tito Puente, recorded frequently). But with the advent of dozens of compilations, from Fania and others, available in periodic waves during the last half of the 2000s, it's easy to forgive weary listeners who look at this compilation from the Strut...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Fania is, bar none, the greatest Latin recording label of all time, the home of the most sparkling salsa and the boogiest boogaloo ever set down on a mold of wax barely able to resist melting from the heat. During its heyday, it hosted most of the best recordings by the biggest salsa stars of all time: Willie Colón, Hector Lavoe, Ray Barretto, Eddie Palmieri, Celia Cruz, Rubén Blades, Mongo Santamaria, and many others (even El Rey, Tito Puente, recorded frequently). But with the advent of dozens of compilations, from Fania and others, available in periodic waves during the last half of the 2000s, it's easy to forgive weary listeners who look at this compilation from the Strut label and ask, "What's the difference?" Of course, anyone who knows Strut knows that the label takes quality control to an insane level of detail, and this two-disc celebration of all things Fania is no different. First off, there's the sound. These tracks have never sounded better, not even from Fania itself, whether it's the tearing brass and pin-point bass of early hits like Joe Bataan's "Subway Joe" or the later, more sophisticated material from Celia Cruz (and yes, original masters were used). Also, while most of the hits are here, Strut clearly wanted to focus on the most propulsive numbers they could find, which is why listeners will discover two of the biggest Latin dancers of all time -- "Use It Before You Lose It" by Bobby Valentin and "Mercy Mercy Baby" by Ray Barretto -- front-loaded among these 30 tracks. Throughout, Strut tells the story of Fania via the label's musical progression, from its beginnings with Johnny Pacheco and his pachanga, its rebellious adolescence as it embraced street-level, Spanish Harlem-type toughness with upstarts like Willie Colón and others, finally its increasing sophistication (and experimentation) via the advent of the fully arranged salsa orchestra in the '70s (tracks here from Roberto Roena, Celia Cruz, and the act with no equal, Ismael Miranda leading Larry Harlow's Orchestra Harlow). As it should be, the focus is clearly on the Fania label, not the other labels that were independent during the '60s and '70s but brought under the Fania umbrella later. No caveats apply here, but strict historians should note that Strut's emphasis on dance affects the choices, but only slightly. Of all the Fania compilations put out, and they number in the thousands, Fania Records 1964-1980: The Original Sound of Latin New York is the one to own. What's more, of all the compilations of late-20th-century Latin music put out, this is also the one to own.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/29/2011
  • Label: Strut Records
  • UPC: 730003307829
  • Catalog Number: 78

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dakar, Punto Final - Johnny Pacheco (3:43)
  2. 2 La Juventud - Orchestra Harlow (3:12)
  3. 3 Subway Joe - Joe Bataan (2:55)
  4. 4 Mercy Mercy Baby - Ray Barretto (2:46)
  5. 5 Use It Before You Lose It - Bobby Valentín (3:01)
  6. 6 The Hustler - Willie Colón (6:32)
  7. 7 Mambo De Bataan - Joe Bataan (4:46)
  8. 8 Consolacion - Roberto Roena Y Su Apollo Sound (3:27)
  9. 9 Abran Paso - Orchestra Harlow (3:30)
  10. 10 Sonido Bestial - Richie Ray (6:48)
  11. 11 Che Che Cole - Willie Colón (3:29)
  12. 12 Anacaona - Cheo Feliciano (4:12)
  13. 13 Quitate Tu - Fania All-Stars (9:56)
  14. 14 Pa' Bravo Yo - Justo Betancourt (3:45)
  15. 15 Asi Se Compone Un Son - Ismael Miranda (5:34)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Indestructible - Ray Barretto (4:13)
  2. 2 Calle Luna, Calle Sol - Willie Colón (3:45)
  3. 3 Que Se Sepa - Roberto Roena Y Su Apollo Sound (3:14)
  4. 4 Coco Seco - Bobby Valentín (3:35)
  5. 5 Quimbara - Celia Cruz (4:49)
  6. 6 Pa'lante Otra Vez - Tommy Olivencia (5:49)
  7. 7 Mi Gente - Héctor Lavoe (5:27)
  8. 8 O Mi Shango (4:23)
  9. 9 Bomba Carambomba - La Sonora Ponceña (5:11)
  10. 10 Pablo Pueblo - Willie Colón (6:10)
  11. 11 El Cantante - Héctor Lavoe (10:22)
  12. 12 Pedro Navaja - Willie Colón (7:23)
  13. 13 Sonaremos El Tambo - Celia Cruz (4:30)
  14. 14 Cuando Despiertes - Celia Cruz (5:50)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Ray Barretto Composer
Rubén Blades Composer
Willie Colón Composer, References
Larry Harlow Composer
Johnny Pacheco Composer
Joe Bataan References
Ismael Miranda Composer
Baden Powell Composer
Bobby Cruz Composer
Bobby Marin References
Jerry Masucci Composer
Louie Ramirez Composer
Mongo Santamaría Composer
Harvey Averne References
George Rivera References
Dean Rudland Liner Notes
Izzy Sanabria References
Mary Kent References
C. Alonso Curet Composer
Joseph Roman Composer
Titti Sotto Composer
Luis Reyes Bacallao Composer
Junior Cepeda Composer
Horacio de la Lastra Composer
Richie Ray Composer
Anam Munar Composer
Greg Moore Mastering
Roberto Valentin Composer
A. Amadeo Composer
Bataan Nitollano Composer
Jaime Torres Torres References
Curet Alonso Composer
Agustin Gurza References
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