Archive for the ‘Latin Soul’ Category

NEW MIX: Pana-Soul

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Here’s short but sweet mix of these rare and glorious soul 45s from Panama, a country with a small population but a vast musical soul. Ranging from late 60s to mid 70s deep soul sounds, this mix showcases the unique approach to soul music that Panamanians put forward. I hope you enjoy these songs as much as I do!

Saludos, Adam

PANA-SOUL [download]

Pana Soul Cover

The Jungle Rat U useful link.S.A.: “In The Rain”
The Soul Fantastics: “Just Look At Me”
Joe con Los Silvertones: “You Call Me By My Name”
Ralph Weeks and the Telecasters: “Something Deep Inside”
Garibaldi y Sherwood con Los Morenos Alegres: “Muchacha”
Los Superiores: “Oye Cariñito”
Alfonso Espinosa: “Decirte Nena”
Los Invaders: “Soul Invasion”
Duncan Bros: “Amor Verdadero”
The Happy Sound: “Don’t Let Me Cry”
The Happy Sound: “Soul Girl”
The Soul Fantastics: “Everybody Needs Someone To Love”
Beby Santizo: “Un Bello Sueño de Amor”
Los Silvertones: “What You Mean”

**for promotional use only**

Also, check out the newish Discos Alma website:
The Discographies section will be updated soon with a number of Panamanian record labels.

Guest Post: High-C from Rehash Media

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Back again on Música del Alma is the dude High-C, joining us on a whirlwind promotional stint in honor of his freshly redesigned mega-blog, Rehash Excavation. Along with partner in grime Wilson, High-C has been generously sharing quality soul and funk music on his website for well over a decade. Today, he provides us with some killer Tejano Soul courtesy of Tony Hernandez!  -Slim Jenkins

Tony Hernandez and the Latin Liners: “Jo Tex” & “Nothing is the Same”
From the La Voz Encantadora LP  (Capri Records – Dallas, Texas)

Hailing from Seguin, Texas, just 35 miles east of San Antonio, emerges one of Chicano music’s less heralded bandleaders, Tony Hernandez. Like other comparable Mexican American bands of the day, Tony and his Latin Liners boasted an eclectic repertoire, delving into multiple genres, playing everything from traditional Mexican rancheras and boleros to up-tempo, chugging funk instrumentals. Following suit behind the A-listers on the scene such as Sunny & the Sunliners and Little Joe and the Latinaires, Tony spared no expense on the horn section’s payroll. This barrage of fortified brass is what defined the Texas Sound in the 1960s-70s and is what makes the featured tune so undeniably heavy. An homage to a fellow Texan soul brother, “Jo Tex [sic]” is one of two funky offerings on an LP composed almost entirely of rancheras. The second point of interest (to funk fans, anyway) on “La Voz…” is the band’s take on the 1970 Grand Funk tune “Nothing is the Same.” The familiar drum, bass and guitar intro that inspired sampling hip hoppers over twenty years ago sounds even sweeter given the Latin treatment. – High-C


Thanks to Detective Jenkins for mining deep into the Youtube-o-sphere to uncover that “Jo Tex” is not an original TH & tLL composition, but in fact, a cover of a cover:


Check out High-C’s previous Guest Post for Música del Alma. Un abrazo, compadre!


GUEST POST: Doisn’s Panama Soul Mix

Sunday, November 7th, 2010


This week we have a very special guest mix by Germany’s DOISN.  This mysterious lad has dropped a heavy and LONG set of ultra-rare soul tracks from the isthmus of Panama.  An intrepid traveler no doubt, DOISN has been to Panama numerous times in search of adventure (and vinyl), and has agreed to put together a mix exclusive to this site.  Believe me, these records are near impossible to find — even in Panama — so put your seat back and cruise around to these rare sounds….


Lowridin’ Round The Isthmus — A Panama Soul Mix by DOISN


Los Mozambiques – “Lonely Soldier”
The Exciters – “Yo Que Nada Tengo”
Duncan Bros – “Dreams Pt.1”
Los Mozambiques – “El Niño Y El Pero”
Los Silvertones – “Eso No Puede Ser”
Los Mozambiques – “No Llores Mas”
Los Silvertones – “Navidad Sin Ti”
Combo Los Morenos Alegres – “Mia”
Lucho De Sedas – “Propiedad Privada”
The Soul Fantastics – “En Ti”
Los Silvertones – “Call Me By My Name”
The Beachers – “Something Deep Inside”
Los Silvertones – “Oh Gee”
The Festivals – “At Least I´ve Found My Love”
Los Mozambiques – “Mi Deception”
The Soul Fantastics – “Aint No Sunshine”
Los Mozambiques – “Shaba Shuba”
The Beachers – “Which Way You Going Billy”
The Exciters – “Prisoner of Love”
Los Mozambiques – “Mendigo”

+ Bonus Tracks

From Panama to Puerto Rico

Friday, November 13th, 2009

So it’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Panamanian music, and this week we have one of the best combos out of the country doing their own thing with both originals and covers. I’ve had this album for ages, but I get more enjoyment from it with every listen. Check it out to hear why.

“Puerto Rico”, originally an Eddie Palmieri tune from his shit-hot album Sentido, starts the album off on a mellow tip, but slowly builds into one of the finest Salsa tracks I’ve heard. The guitar, a predominant instrument in most musical forms coming out of Panama, is the real star of the show here: taking the place of Palmieri’s keys, the guitarist guides the song through intense horn lines and deep breakdowns alike. Love this one to death!

“Let Me Do My Thing”, featured on the first Panama! comp, is easily one of the top 5 funk/soul songs from the isthmus. If not familiar already, do yourself a favor and git fam!

“Say Amor” is like a super chilled-out & mellow version of “Tighten-Up”, with an odd drum track that sounds almost like a drum machine at times. Again, the guitar and horn combo cannot be beat!

The last song on the album is “Morning”, a killer Latin Jazz staple as done by Cal Tjader and others. While the vocalist isn’t quite my style, I can definitely vibe-out to this with ease.

Los Dinamicos Exciters: “Puerto Rico”, “Let Me Do My Thing”, “Say Amor”, & “Morning”
From the Lo Mejor De Los Dinamicos EXCITERS LP (Discos Jacher, Panama, 197?)



Gallina Funky

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Apologies for the long gap in posts, but I got the swine flu! Back on track with some crazy fresh Latin Funk covers supplied by Mexico’s very own Comparsa Universitaria, yet another group coming from our southern neighbor that specialized in covering popular songs from the US. Here we have them doing the “Funky Chicken” by Rufus Thomas and “Chicken Strut” by The Meters, putting their own style to the hit soul songs of the day.

Comparsa Universitaria de La Laguna: “El Ritmo de Gallina” y “El Pavoneo de la Gallina”
From the Una Comparsa Con Sabor album (Orfeon, Mexico, 196?)



They must have found a winning formula by covering Rufus Thomas, because on a later LP entitled La Nueva!, the group returns to his catalog and bangs out a seriously cool cover of the “Push and Pull,” one of my favorite of Thomas’ songs to begin with. Do the “Poooosh and Pooooool” everybody….

Comparsa Universitaria de La Laguna: “Empuja y Estira
From the La Nueva! album (Orfeon, Mexico, 197?)


Guest Post: High-C from Rehash Media

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Our next guest post comes from Texas-based DJ High-C, co-creator (with Wilson) of the amazing Rehash Media website that features record reviews and mixes.  It has been a staple of mine for years, so it is a big pleasure to have C drop the Tejano fuego here at Musica del Alma!



Just when you think you’re well-versed on Tejano Funk, something like this pops up. I was familiar with the Dallas Capri label but had never heard of Neto. After scanning the track listing in hopes of finding some English song titles, I quickly realized that I had hit the Tejano soul jackpot. A cover of Bobby Patterson’s “TCB or TYA” AND a cover of Juggy Murray’s “Oily?” I knew I had to own this record before I’d even heard it. Call it filed at first sight. And fortunately for me, upon giving it an initial spin my suspicions were confirmed. This record esta chingon! I even bump the rancheras on the regular. RIP Neto! Your funky legacy lives on!

– High-C

Neto Perez: “TCB or TYA” & “Oily”
From his In Memory of Neto Perez LP (Capri, 196/7?)

Latin Music Heaven

Monday, June 15th, 2009

This post is dedicated to Musica Latina, an amazing all-Latin music store that specialized mostly in vinyl and was located firmly in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District. A place where I spent many hours in shelf after shelf (ceiling-high) of Latin 45’s, soaking up the artifacts of a music scene that went down on the opposite coast from San Francisco.  Sadly, Musica Latina closed last year and I have been suffering withdrawals ever since.  Expect to see many more posts on Musica del Alma that draw from the great stuff I found there.

The Nelson Feliciano track is a Salsa monster that gets me every time when the horns build back up after the piano breakdown.  Beautiful stuff.  “Delusion” is a perfect example of New York Latin Soul/Boogaloo.

Nelson Feliciano/ Kito Velez- “Me Duele El Corazon”
From the 7″ (Coco, 1973)


Ray Rodriquez & His Orchestra- “Delusion”
From the 7″ (Alegre, 1968)


Musica Del Alma

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Here it is, the record that first opened me up to the Nuyorican sound of the late sixties, the TNT Boys doing a thing called “Musica del Alma”, or Soul Music. What could this blog be without putting up this classic to start things off?!

A two-tone Archie Bell “Tighten Up”-style guitar riff lays the backbone for this Latin Soul gem, no doubt playing off of the regional success of the TNT Band’s “Meditation”.  Don’t ask me which song I like better, but I will tell there are few songs out there that put me in a better mood.

I’m also including another song from the album, “Caliente,” an oft slept-on dancefloor killah.

TNT Boys: “Musica Del Alma” & “Caliente”
From Sex Symbols (Simbolos Sexuales) LP (Cotique 1038, 1969)