Archive for April, 2009

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)


PANAMA FUNK- Los Superiores

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

In waiting for the highly anticipated Soundway compilation Panama! Vol 2 – Latin Sounds, Cumbia Tropical & Calypso Funk on the Isthmus 1967-1977 to drop, I’ll give y’all a quick taste of what lays in store for that release.  Los Superiores, who released an unthinkably rare LP entitled La Nueva Salsa de Los Superiores, bring us a track called “Descarga Superior”.  This was their first LP, but they recorded beforehand as Los Nenes Sicodelicos and released a few 45s.

The horn-work on this track is amazing! Check it out…

Los Superiores- “Descarga Superior”
From La Nueva Salsa de Los Superiores Vol.1 LP (Discos Istmenos, 196?)



Catching Up

Monday, April 27th, 2009

This first post will highlight some of the Latin Funk gems I dropped on my other blog, Kikin-Bakk. There you can also read a little more about the songs and artists.  Further posts will incorporate many different musical styles such as Latin Soul & Rock, Cumbia, Descarga, Guaracha, Guaguanco, Salsa, y mas.

Orchestra di Perez Prado: “Circle”
From UniFunk 7″ (Italy, 197?)



Harvey Averne Barrio Band: “Heavy Duty” & “Cucaraca Macara”
From S/T LP (Heavy Duty Records, 1971)



The Ray Camacho Group: “Si Se Puede”
From Salsa Chicana LP (California Records, 197?)



Roberto Roena“Sing a Simple Song” & “El Pato de la Bahia”
From S/T LP (Fania International, 1970)



Ricardo Marrero & The Group- “Babalonia” & “My Friend”
From Don 7″ (197?), full versions appear on Luv N’ Haight 12″ LH 008


Bwana- “La Jurumba” & “Champumbambe”
From S/T LP (Caytronics, 1972)



Katunga- “Palo Bonito”
From Mira Para Arriba, Mira Para Abajo LP (RCA Peru, 197?)