King of Latin Soul

King of Latin Soul

by Joe Bataan
     
 

While it's almost de rigueur for many classic artists who've fallen out of the spotlight to revisit their back catalogs and re-record, remix, or otherwise mess with greatness, it's far more rare that the end results bear even discussing. This set of Joe Bataan classics -- and some lesser known tunes -- is well worth checking out. For starters, he cut the recordSee more details below

Overview

While it's almost de rigueur for many classic artists who've fallen out of the spotlight to revisit their back catalogs and re-record, remix, or otherwise mess with greatness, it's far more rare that the end results bear even discussing. This set of Joe Bataan classics -- and some lesser known tunes -- is well worth checking out. For starters, he cut the record with the Barcelona-based Latin funk mob Los Fulanos. Given the extreme energy that Los Fulanos pack into their own recordings and live performances, Bataan needed to step up his game as well. The coming together resulted in a new approach from both sides, relying more on the singer's more soul-oriented material. While "Gipsy Woman" (sic) and "Subway Joe" don't stray too far from the originals -- save for the production style -- other tracks, such as "Latin Soul Square Dance," "Mestizo," and his update on his first reading of Gil Scott-Heron's "The Bottle," are reinventions. They don't take away from or replace the classic versions, but they stand on their own as fine interpretations of them. King of Latin Soul is certainly for the faithful or seasoned Bataan fan to be sure; the merely curious still need to check out these on one of the excellent anthologies out there -- Fania's Under the Streetlamps: Anthology 1967-72 would be an excellent starting point.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/07/2011
Label:
Vampisoul
UPC:
8435008862008
catalogNumber:
111
Rank:
124338

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Bataan   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Tom Johnson   Trombone
Victor Correa   Trombone
Kiwi   Trombone,Conga,Drums,Guiro,Pailas
Manuel Benitez   Vocals
Daniel Posen   Trumpet
Juan Carlos Diaz   Bass
Paco "Mantecao" Manzanares   Piano
Paquito Sex Machine   Background Vocals
Marian Barahona   Background Vocals
Lalo López   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Juanito Hernandes   Piano,Clavinet,fender rhodes,Hammond B3
Carlos "Compota" Reyes   Bongos,Conga,Guiro,Cabasa,Campana
Dani "Doc" Sibilio   Background Vocals
Guim Garcia   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Ginés Brown   Tenor Saxophone
Yvonne Nitollano   Background Vocals
Sergi "Xeriff" Monlleó   Background Vocals
Master Malik   Arp Odyssey

Technical Credits

Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Joe Bataan   Composer
Ivan Julian   Vocal Engineer
Gil Scott-Heron   Composer
Txarly Brown   Illustrations,Sleeve Design
Fulanos   Arranger,Producer
Antonio Futuro   Engineer
Freddie Delgado   Composer
Álex Faure   Live Recording
Miguelito Superstar   Producer
Iñigo Munster   Executive Producer
Pablo E. Yglesias AKA DJ Bongohead   Liner Notes
Master Malik   Programming

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