San Juan 73

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Fania All-Stars' first concert in Puerto Rico was a spiritual homecoming for everyone who made the trip down from New York, whether they had been born in PR, raised by parents who had called the island home, or simply grown up with its sound all around them -- despite being born 1,500 miles away. It's a flight that few of Fania's stars missed, despite the rising profile of the label's biggest names; every major spoke of the wheel was represented, including Johnny Pacheco, Willie Colón, Ray Barretto, Hector Lavoe, Cheo Feliciano, Larry Harlow, Bobby Valentin, and many others including special guests Mongo Santamaria, Celia Cruz, and Manu Dibango. The show, which opened Roberto...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Fania All-Stars' first concert in Puerto Rico was a spiritual homecoming for everyone who made the trip down from New York, whether they had been born in PR, raised by parents who had called the island home, or simply grown up with its sound all around them -- despite being born 1,500 miles away. It's a flight that few of Fania's stars missed, despite the rising profile of the label's biggest names; every major spoke of the wheel was represented, including Johnny Pacheco, Willie Colón, Ray Barretto, Hector Lavoe, Cheo Feliciano, Larry Harlow, Bobby Valentin, and many others including special guests Mongo Santamaria, Celia Cruz, and Manu Dibango. The show, which opened Roberto Clemente Coliseum late in 1973 and found 11,000 fans packed in with thousands more restlessly waiting outside, cemented Fania All-Stars' wide world-wide appeal -- as if there was any doubt in Puerto Rico -- and featured several classic recordings later found on Latin-Soul-Rock and Live at Yankee Stadium. Obviously, the historic value of this tape -- discovered in pristine condition in an upstate New York storage facility -- can barely be topped in salsa history, but the music inside justifies its value as well. True, live salsa sets from the '70s are usually brimming with energy anyway, but this far exceeds even the many released live concerts by the Fania All-Stars. The brass is crystal-clear, the rhythms are tight and aggressive, the audience is supportive, and when Hector Lavoe leads them to the finish of "Mi Gente," the feeling of community and joy is palpable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/14/2009
  • Label: Fania
  • UPC: 877313004779
  • Catalog Number: 130477

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:56)
  2. 2 Mi Debilidad - Ismael Quintana (7:02)
  3. 3 El Raton - Cheo Feliciano (6:49)
  4. 4 Pueblo Latino - Pete "El Conde" Rodríguez (6:46)
  5. 5 Mi Gente - Héctor Lavoe (7:08)
  6. 6 Que Rico Suena Mi Tambor - Ismael Miranda (4:13)
  7. 7 Soy Guajiro (6:00)
  8. 8 Soul Makossa (7:40)
  9. 9 Congo Bongo (13:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fania All-Stars Primary Artist
Ray Barretto Conga, Soloist
Willie Colón Trombone, Soloist
Larry Harlow Piano, Soloist
Johnny Pacheco Percussion, Guiro, Musical Direction
Bobby Valentín Electric Bass
Yomo Toro Guitar, cuatro, Soloist
Cheo Feliciano Vocals
Manu Dibango Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Ismael Miranda Vocals
Héctor Lavoe Vocals
Justo Betancourt Vocals
Santos Colon Vocals
Ismael Quintana Vocals
Lewis Kahn Trombone
Raymond Maldonado Trumpet
Nicky Marrero Timbales, Soloist
Victor Paz Trumpet
Pete "El Conde" Rodríguez Vocals
Roberto Roena Bongos, cowbell
Barry Rogers Trombone, Soloist
Mongo Santamaría Conga, Soloist
Anibal Vazquez Master of Ceremonies
Roberto Luis Rodriguez Trumpet
Dizzy Sanabria Spoken Word
Anibal Vazquez Spoken Word
Robert Rodriguez Trumpet
Symphony Sid Spoken Word
Technical Credits
José Feliciano Composer
Larry Harlow Composer
Johnny Pacheco Arranger, Composer
Bobby Valentín Arranger
Manu Dibango Arranger, Composer
Ismael Miranda Composer
Ismael Quintana Composer
Bobby Marin Audio Production
Jerry Masucci Executive Producer, Audio Production
Dean Rudland Liner Notes, Audio Production
Frank Miret Engineer, Mastering
Luis Cruz Arranger
Rafael Viera Producer, Liner Notes
Richie Viera Memorabilia
Jenaro Alvarez Composer
C. Alonso Curet Composer
Rafael Viera Audio Production
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