Fania Records 2CD retrospective

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Anyone fancying dipping their toes into vintage Latin might want to check out the new Fania Records 1964-1980: The Original Sound Of Latin New York 2CD set, which is incoming on the Strut label next month.

The period is important, taking in the emergence of boogaloo from the mid-60s, which eventually drifted into salsa (which is probably of less interest).

Still, it does offer decent value, with 29 tracks over the two discs, align with a 32-page booklet including a full Fania label history, memorabilia, album artwork and many previously unseen photos from the Fania archive. There's also a double vinyl release if you don't fancy the CD. March 29th is the release date, pre-order price is £11.99 for the CD, a hefty £22 for the vinyl. Tracklisting over the page.

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1. Johnny Pacheco – Dakar, Punto Final
2. Orchestra Harlow – La Juventud
3. Joe Bataan – Subway Joe
4. Ray Barretto – Mercy Mercy Baby
5. Bobby Valentin – Use It Before You Lose It
6. Willie Colon – The Hustler
7. Joe Bataan – Mambo De Bataan
8. Roberto Roena – Consolacion
9. Ismael Miranda con Orchestra Harlow – Abran Paso
10. Richie Ray & Bobby Cruz – Sonido Bestial
11. Willie Colon – Che Che Cole
12. Cheo Feliciano – Anacaona
13. The Fania All Stars – Quitate Tu (Live At The Cheetah)
14. Justo Betancourt – Pa’ Bravo Yo
15. Ismael Miranda – Asi Se Compone Un Son
CD 2
1. Ray Barretto – Indestructible
2. Willie Colon – Calle Luna, Calle Sol
3. Roberto Roena – Que Se Sepa
4. Bobby Valentin – Coco Seco
5. Celiz Cruz & Johnny Pacheco – Quimbara
6. Tommy Olivencia – Pa’Lante Otra Vez
7. Hector Lavoe – Mi Gente
8. Mongo Santamaria – O Mi Shango
9. Sonora Poncena – Bomba Carambomba
10. Ruben Blades & Willie Colon – Pablo Pueblo
11.Hector Lavoe – El Cantante
12. Ruben Blades & Willie Colon – Pedro Navaja
13. Celia Cruz Y Sonora Poncena – Sonaremos El Tambo
14. Fania All Stars & Celia Cruz – Cuando Despiertes

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