Out Latin Thing (Nuestra Cosa)

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
At long last, director Leon Gast's legendary 1971 documentary, Our Latin Thing (Nuestra Cosa), gets a complete remaster and representation due to purchasing a solid theatrical print of the film from an ebay user; the original master ended up in a landfill. The restored film offers footage from a veritable who's-who of the New York salsa world in this edition of the Fania All-Stars, performing on a single night at the Cheetah, and interspersed with interviews and documentary footage of the barrio. While there are moments where a split second of a crease or a frame might be scratched, the print is otherwise excellent, and is far superior to any previous commercial -- or ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
At long last, director Leon Gast's legendary 1971 documentary, Our Latin Thing (Nuestra Cosa), gets a complete remaster and representation due to purchasing a solid theatrical print of the film from an ebay user; the original master ended up in a landfill. The restored film offers footage from a veritable who's-who of the New York salsa world in this edition of the Fania All-Stars, performing on a single night at the Cheetah, and interspersed with interviews and documentary footage of the barrio. While there are moments where a split second of a crease or a frame might be scratched, the print is otherwise excellent, and is far superior to any previous commercial -- or bootleg -- release. The next time the Fania All-Stars were documented, it was not at a nightclub, but in front of 40,000 fans at Yankee Stadium in 1973. In other words, this is the film that started the salsa craze in America and across Europe. In addition to the DVD, which was released in time for the documentary's 40th anniversary, Fania has included a double CD of the music performed that night, creating a solid documentary of the concert. Among those who participated were Ray Barretto, Willie Colón, Larry Harlow, Johnny Pacheco, Bobby Valentín, and Roberto Roena, as well as singers Santos Colon, Héctor Lavoe, Ismael Miranda, Pete Rodriguez, and Adalberto Santiago, along with special guests Bobby Cruz, Jose "Cheo" Feliciano, and Ricardo Ray. There isn't much in the way of liner notes, but there doesn't need to be: the film provides all the information necessary. As for listening to the CD, while its fidelity isn't the very best, it is better than any previous version, restoring much of the energy and spontaneity to the proceedings, given its being remastered from analog tapes. In addition to the original two discs (which were released separately on LP as Live at the Cheetah, Vols. 1 & 2, the second CD includes the bonus tracks "Cocinando" and the two-part exit jam "Arban Paso." Highly recommended, not only as a historical document, but as a way into discovering the variety of the wild world of New York salsa in the '70s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/23/2011
  • Label: Fania
  • UPC: 846395097511
  • Catalog Number: 9751
  • Sales rank: 42,830

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 40th Anniversary Limited Edition DVD
Disc 2
  1. 1 Introduction Theme (Cheetah) (5:21)
  2. 2 Descarga Fania (9:17)
  3. 3 Anacaona (Cheetah) (7:15)
  4. 4 Quitate Tú (16:45)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Ahora Vengo Yo (9:46)
  2. 2 Estrellas De Fania (7:24)
  3. 3 Que Barbaridad (6:09)
  4. 4 Ponte Duro (9:19)
  5. 5 Macho Cimarrón (11:43)
  6. 6 Closing Theme (2:04)
  7. 7 Cocinando (10:09)
  8. 8 Abran Paso, Pt. 1 (2:21)
  9. 9 Abran Paso, Pt. 2 (1:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fania All-Stars Primary Artist
Ray Barretto Musician
Willie Colón Musician
Larry Harlow Musician
Johnny Pacheco Musician
Ricardo Ray Guest Appearance
Bobby Valentín Guest Appearance
Patato Guest Appearance
Cheo Feliciano Guest Appearance
Ismael Miranda Vocals
Ralfi Pagan Vocals
Héctor Lavoe Vocals
Justo Betancourt Vocals
Santos Colon Vocals
Bobby Cruz Guest Appearance
Kako Guest Appearance
Louie Ramirez Musician
Pete "El Conde" Rodríguez Vocals
Roberto Roena Guest Appearance
Barry Rogers Musician
Adalberto Santiago Vocals
Orestes Vilató Musician
Pete Bonet Vocals
Monguito Santamaria Musician
Monguito "El Unico" Vocals
Totito Guest Appearance
Joe Motoro Musician
Technical Credits
Johnny Pacheco Musical Director
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