In 1968, Masucci and popular Latin music/jazz DJ Symphony Sid talked Red Garter promoter Jack Hooke into putting on a series of nights with the Fania musicians, but to broaden the appeal of the concerts and records, a host of guest stars were added to the bill. Live At the Red Garter reads like a who's who of Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican music in the late 1960s! Special guest stars include the mambo king Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri on piano and timbalero/sonero Jimmy Sabater from the million selling Joe Cuba Sextet. This groundbreaking show was the first live recording of the Fania All Stars in a club setting that brought the heat and the sound of the Red Garter to the world.
Fania All Stars
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If you bought THE EXCEPTIONALLY OUTSTANDING Vol.1 of Fania All Stars Live At The Red Garter, and you said: "Great!" Let's now find out about Vol.2"! 'You'll fall from a Coconut tree'! (Like we say at home!...) You won't believe the disappointment! Why? Because the original Fania owners of the era decided to include ALL that boogaloo & Shing-A-Ling 'Anglo-American' junk "Latin" sort of music that was the fashion of the era!...
(IF YOU'RE A REAL FANIA RECORDS COLLECTOR, OR YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR FROM THIS CD, GET IT, OTHERWISE, AVOID IT!...)
The only 2 good songs from this album are the 1st two. The 8:30 mins Son Cuero y Boogaloo from Ray Barretto which is actually not that Anglo-American and does sound pretty good (although there's by far a better version of it in Barretto's second Fania Album Hard Hands (also from 1968) which is definitely shorter, but better quality) and the second song from Larry Harlow: Noche (7:07 mins) which is quite...
At the time, Salsa as a term has not come into a marketing and commercial push. The music on this album represents the New York Sound at that time, a combination of R&B Soul, Afro-Cuban, Puerto Rico and Afro-Antillean music. Fania Records was an emerging recording company- number 3 or 4 in the marketplace as well as the roster of talent. Many of the artists were recording with other companies as Eddie and Charlie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Richie Ray and Jimmy Sabater. Among the youth of that era, the music of Machito, Tito Rodriguez and Tito Puente reflected an older and dated form of music. Boogaloo and Latin Soul was able not to matured and developed because it was short-circuited and denied an opportunity to bring this new hybird sound forward. This recording is a snapshot of the sound of New York City. The influence of the New York Afro-Latinos was/is the underpinnings of The Golden Age. You cannot hear the later recordings of the 70's without hearing the roots of the music in...
If the first volume was truly something special then the second volume can only be described as a real disappointment. The only tunes that would make buying this CD worthwhile are "Noche", "Son, Cuero Y Boogaloo" and (my personal favorite) "Kikapoo Joy Juice" (which was written by the legendary Charlie Palmieri and the tune on which Charlie himself is featured on Piano as a special invited guest star). The rest of the album is quite disappointing and sounds very dated because of the Latin Soul, Boogaloo and Shing-A-Ling numbers which round it out. Based on the musical content, this album does deserve a 2-star rating but I ended up giving it a 3-star rating because the 2006-issued Emusica remastered edition's sound quality is truly excellent (especially when considering that this was recorded and originally issued in 1968!). Unless you are a Fania All Stars completist, I would recommend avoiding this one.
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