Tuesday, November 23, 2021

VA - El Barrio, The Ultimate Collection Of Latin Boogaloo, Disco, Funk & Soul [2011] (4 x CD's)



VA - El Barrio, The Ultimate Collection Of Latin Boogaloo, Disco, Funk & Soul [2011] (4 x CD's)

In the 60's and 70's, Puerto Ricans flooded into "El Barrio," as they called New York's Spanish Harlem. They brought with them the music of their homeland and mixed it with R&B, rock, and jazz to create a distinctive "Nuyorican" sound. It was an astonishingly fruitful period, and the Fania label captured it in all its glory.  This 4 x CD box set documents the development of Latin funk, disco, boogaloo, soul, and especially salsa, for which Fania is justly most famous. Such artists as Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, Joe Bataan, Willie Colon, Tito Puente, Joe Cuba, Eddie Palmieri, and the Fania All Stars bring you spicy fusions of Latin and Black music that will blow your mind whether you're swaying on the beach or grooving on the dancefloor.  Central to this music is its relentless rhythm, played on congas and cowbells and funky bass guitars, accented by tight horn charts and shouts in English and Spanish. In addition to dozens of delightful hits and rarities, both vocal and instrumental, there are covers of James Brown's "I Got the Feeling," Lester Young's "Jumpin' with Symphony Sid," Patti Labelle's "Lady Marmalade," and Clarence Henry's "Evil Ways," which was first recorded by Willie Bobo and later made famous by Santana. It's both extraordinarily tasty and emphatically recommended. (Amazon)



Track lists


01 Ray Barretto Together 2:39

02 Monguito Santamaria You Need Help 2:25

03 Joe Bataan I'm Satisfied 3:35

04 Cafe Identify Yourself 3:54

05 Flash And The Dynamics Everybody's Got Soul 3:31

06 Gilberto Cruz Pantaloncitos Calientes (She Got To See What She Got To Get What She Wants) 3:52

07 Mongo Santamaria Black Dice 4:40

08 Harvey Averne Dynamite 2:35

09 TNT Boys I'm Gonna Get To You Yet 2:34

10 Fania All Stars There You Go 3:09

11 Ralfi Pagan La Vida 3:07

12 Chollo Rivera & The Latin Soul Drives I Got The Feeling (Tengo Sentimiento) 3:15

13 Seguida Funky Felix 2:58

14 Jimmy Sabater Kool It Here Comes The Fuzz 3:13

15 Azuquita Y Su Orquesta Melao Guajiro Bacan 6:18

16 Harvey Averne Stablishment 3:02


01 Fania All Stars Back To My Roots 8:08

02 Willie Colon Amor Verdadero 7:28

03 Orquesta Novel Dance, Dance, Dance 4:04

04 Seguida On Our Way To Tomorrow 8:30

05 Ltg Exchange Waterbed (Vocal) 3:36

06 Fania All Stars Smoke 4:05

07 Louie Ramirez Bad Luck 4:20

08 Tito Puente Wata Wasuri 3:21

09 W.R.L.C. Johnny's No Good 4:16

10 Fausto Rey & Larry Harlow Es Un Demonio Ella 5:11

11 Joe Bataan Call Me 4:27

12 Lou Perez Afro Hustle 3:21

13 Seguida "Mambo Rock (Theme From ""Salsa"")" 3:07

14 Joe Cuba Joe Cuba's Latin Hustle 4:11

15 Louie Ramirez Salsa 6:56


01 La Lupe Fever 2:45

02 Joe Cuba Sextet Gimme Some Love (Dame Un Poquito De Carino) 3:03

03 Lenni Sesar Morris Park 4:28

04 Ralph Robles Come And Get It 3:00

05 Bobby Valentin Bad Breath 2:50

06 Ray Barretto Mercy Mercy Baby 2:47

07 Eddie Palmieri Ay Que Rico 3:28

08 Joey Pastrana King Of Latin Soul 4:17

09 Dave Cortez With The Moon People Happy Soul With A Hook 3:03

10 King Nando Mama's Girl 2:29

11 George Guzman Marilu 4:05

12 Vladimir And His Orchestra Baby Boo Boogaloo 3:12

13 Latinaires Camel Walk 2:51

14 Ray Rodriguez And His Orchestra Jumpin' With Symphony Sid 1:44

15 Johnny Colon What You Mean 3:43

16 Johnny Ventura Guajira Con Soul 4:12


01 Joe Cuba Sextet Do You Feel It (Tu Lo Sientes) 3:25

02 Tito Ramos Big "T" 2:47

03 Ray Barretto New York Soul 2:44

04 Mongo Santamaria Lady Marmalade 3:14

05 Cafe Si, Dame Tu Amor 3:21

06 Willie Colon Calle Luna Calle Sol 3:48

07 Roberto Roena Que Se Sepa 3:14

08 Pete Bonet Puerto Rican Soul 4:04

09 Fania All Stars Red Garter Strut 2:09

10 Ray Barretto O Elefante 4:35

11 Tito Puente Safari 5:05

12 New Swing Sextet Revolucionando 2:57

13 Eddie Palmieri Chocolate Ice Cream (Helado De Chocolate) 6:14

14 Pete Rodriguez; Louie Ramirez Evil Ways 3:51

15 TNT Band Musica Del Alma 3:35

16 Joe Bataan Crystal Blue Persuasion 3:23




  1. Gotta break out my dancin' shoes... thanks, BB!

    1. Ho pmac,
      Enjoy the party but don't slip on the dance floor.


  2. Another exceptional box set, the poster is sumptuous, dance of course, but musically it's a party!
    How not to spend a Good Day with such a music in the ears ... Thanks BB.

  3. You done it again BB. Fantastic selection.
    Big hug and many many thanks.


    1. Thanks Nigel,
      ...The world needs more hugs.
      Enjoy this selection.


  4. BB, thank you for this, I discovered a couple of CD's I had of this stuff and I think it's FAB!

    1. Hi paul,
      You are welcome.
      These CD's are a lot of fun and really cool music.