Salsa: The Essential Album

Salsa: The Essential Album


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Salsa: The Essential Album

Does this two-CD set live up to the implicitly bold claim of its title? Well, it might not be everyone's choice as the most essential salsa album. But it makes a pretty good run at the title, with 30 songs spread across two discs that contain more than two hours of music. Among them are cuts by artists whom few would argue don't belong at the top of the salsa pile, including Willy Chirino, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Ruben Gonzalez of the Buena Vista Social Club, Machito, and Eddie Palmieri. It's also geographically diverse, the performers not only hailing from Cuba and/or the Hispanic population of New York City, but also from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Colombia. And some chances are taken in the track selection, not only including the expected classic salsa sounds, but also the exotica-mambo of Yma Sumac's "Taki Rari"; the soul-salsa of Cubanismo's "Alemany's Boogaloo"; and boogaloo star Joe Cuba; the rap-influenced salsa of Fulanito's "Chillando Goma"; and Orishas' "537 C.U.B.A."; and the reggae-ska-inflected salsa of Sidestepper's "Linda Mangua." Although much of the material dates from after 1990, there's some diversity in this department too; some of it stretching back at least as far as the 1950s. It's necessary to say "at least as far" because the most significant flaw of the package is the absence of dates for some of the tracks. Nevertheless, it's a lively and varied collection, and would serve as a good overview or introductory salsa anthology.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/24/2003
Label: Manteca
UPC: 0698458221827
catalogNumber: 218

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cheo Feliciano   Vocals
Rubén González   Piano
Oscar Hernandez   Piano
Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez   Bass
Yanet Fuentes Torres   Dancer
Andrea Hechavarria   Vocals
Lazaro Lopes   Dancer

Technical Credits

Tito Puente   Arranger,Composer
Rafael Cortijo   Composer
Koffi Olomide   Composer
Chocolate Armenteros   Composer
Richard Blair   Composer
Oscar Hernandez   Arranger,Composer
Jimmy Sabater   Composer
Susan Steward   Liner Notes
Jesús Alemañy   Arranger
Boncana Maïga   Composer
Moisés Vivanco   Composer
Moisés Simóns   Composer
Chichi Peralta   Composer
Diego Galé   Composer
Ricky Gonzalez   Arranger
Jairo Varela   Composer
Diego Javier González   Composer
Marion Sunshine   Composer
Pablo Cairo   Composer
Benito DeLaFuente   Composer
Juan de Marcos González   Arranger
Iván Benavides   Composer
Nachito Herrera   Arranger
José Duluc   Composer
Silvestre Méndez   Composer
Nestor Mili   Composer

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