Malo

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Malo's debut album remains their best and best-known work, primarily for the inclusion of the hit single "Suavecito." That track managed to make a Chicago-like pop-soul song sound hip with its smooth integration of Latin rhythms and irresistible "la la la" chorus. However, it represented just one facet of a band who, despite some expected similarities to Santana, played some of the most exciting and exuberant fusions of rock, soul, and Latin music. The six extended tracks (all clocking in at over six minutes apiece) leaned more heavily on hot Latin jazz brass than Santana did, though Jorge Santana himself generated plenty of friction with his burning electric guitar....
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Malo's debut album remains their best and best-known work, primarily for the inclusion of the hit single "Suavecito." That track managed to make a Chicago-like pop-soul song sound hip with its smooth integration of Latin rhythms and irresistible "la la la" chorus. However, it represented just one facet of a band who, despite some expected similarities to Santana, played some of the most exciting and exuberant fusions of rock, soul, and Latin music. The six extended tracks (all clocking in at over six minutes apiece) leaned more heavily on hot Latin jazz brass than Santana did, though Jorge Santana himself generated plenty of friction with his burning electric guitar. It's not an exaggeration to state that by the time this came out in 1972, Malo's Latin rock blend sounded fresher than Santana's, if only because they sound hungrier and less formulaic than Santana did by that point. The Santana comparisons are unavoidable, though in this case it's to Malo's credit, as they too boasted a deft balance of improvisatory instrumental passages, solid multi-layered percussive rhythms, and emotional, romantic singing in both Spanish and English. The album has been reissued on CD as one of the discs in Rhino Handmade's Celebracion box set, with the addition of five bonus tracks, though those are merely edited single versions of songs on the LP.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/9/1995
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 093624588924
  • Catalog Number: 2584
  • Sales rank: 31,284

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pana (6:45)
  2. 2 Just Say Goodbye (8:00)
  3. 3 Cafe (7:21)
  4. 4 Nena (6:28)
  5. 5 Suavecito (6:36)
  6. 6 Peace (9:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Malo Primary Artist
Luis Gasca Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocals
Jorge Santana Guitar
Coke Escovedo Percussion
Richard Bean Percussion, Timbales, Vocals
Arcello Garcia Percussion, Vocals
Richard Kermode Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Ron Murray Horn
Roy Murray Flute, Trombone, Trumpet, Soprano Saxophone
Victor Pantoja Percussion, Bongos, Conga
Richard Spremich Drums
Pablo Tellez Bass, Percussion
Abel Zapate Guitar
Arcello Garcia Jr. Vocals
Abel Zarate Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Sonny Stitt Composer
Luis Gasca Arranger
Art Blakey Composer
Fred Catero Engineer
David Rubinson Producer, Engineer
Pablo Tellez Arranger
Jeremy Zatkin Engineer
Abel Zarate Arranger
Chris Whorf Art Direction
Jesus Jelguera Contributor, Cover Credits
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    !Que Bueno Es Malo!

    When I first got the Malo album in vinyl back in 1972 I was blown away. We were all listening to Santana and here came another Latin rock band that was great, and not just a Santana clone. With Malo we got a mix of Latin, rock, jazz & fusion. Unfortunately, Malo did not live up to the promise of the first album, and with personnel changes became more of a Latin pop dance band. I just got a copy of this first album on CD, and it's as fresh today as it was back in 1972. It's a must have!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just fantastic.....latin at its best....

    If you are latin...you will love it...if you are not latin ...just listen and you will be.......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LATIN-ROCK AT IT'S BEST

    Malo's first album(wow!!)what a debut, but be warned!30years ago i first bought this album, which swepted into my life, torn me apart and haunted the paradise of my mind since. The drums on Nena, the haunting trumpets on Pana, the sweeping, weaving guitar work in Suavecito and just say goodbye will never let you go. Whilst, peace and cafe are pure hard latin-rock. The then, 30 years later must rate as a real masterpiece

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