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New Compilation to Highlight Fania Records

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Here’s something a little bit different that came our way courtesy of MusicTAP: a compilation coming out later this month to highlight the early years of Fania Records.

The New York-based label, founded by artist Johnny Pacheco and lawyer Jerry Masucci, was a pioneering force in the salsa genre, a perfect storm of traditional Latin rhythms fused with the modern sounds of rock and soul music. The label made stars out of Latin musicians like Pacheco, Bobby Valentin, Celia Cruz and Ruben Blades and remains one of the most influential Latin labels in history.

The forthcoming two-disc set, to be released on Strut Records, collects 29 definitive tracks released by the label between 1964 and 1980. It will also include, according to a press release, “a thick 32-page booklet including a full Fania label history, memorabilia, album artwork and many previously unpublished photos from the Fania archive.” It’ll be out on March 29, and you can find the track list and pre-order link after the jump.

Various Artists, Fania Records 1964-1980: The Original Sound of Latin New York (Fania/Strut STRUT078CD, 2011)

Disc 1

  1. Dakar, Punto Final – Johnny Pacheco
  2. La Juventud – Orchestra Harlow
  3. Subway Joe – Joe Bataan
  4. Mercy Mercy Baby – Ray Barretto
  5. Use It Before You Lose It – Bobby Valentin
  6. The Hustler – Willie Colon
  7. Mambo de Bataan – Joe Bataan
  8. Consolacion – Roberto Roena
  9. Abran Paso – Ismael Miranda con Orchestra Harlow
  10. Sonido Bestial – Richie Ray and Bobby Cruz
  11. Che Che Cole – Willie Colon
  12. Anacaona – Cheo Feliciano
  13. Quitate Tu (Live at the Cheetah) – Fania All-Stars
  14. Pa’ Bravo Yo – Justo Betancourt
  15. Asi Se Compone Un Son – Ismael Miranda

Disc 2

  1. Indestructible – Ray Barretto
  2. Calle Luna, Calle Sol – Willie Colon
  3. Que Se Sepa – Roberto Roena
  4. Coco Seco – Bobby Valentin
  5. Quimbara – Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco
  6. Pa’lante Otra Vez – Tommy Olivencia
  7. Mi Gente – Hector Lavoe
  8. O Mi Shango – Mongo Santamaria
  9. Bomba Carambomba – Sonora Poncena
  10. Pablo Pueblo – Ruben Blades and Willie Colon
  11. El Cantante – Hector Lavoe
  12. Pedro Navaja – Ruben Blades and Willie Colon
  13. Sonaremos El Tambo – Celia Cruz y Sonora Poncena
  14. Cuando Despiertes – Celia Cruz y Fania All-Stars

Written by Mike Duquette

March 1, 2011 at 12:15

Posted in Compilations, News, Reissues

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  1. I got an early promo on this. Very nice overview of the label. Think of Fania as the Motown of the Latin music community.

    Eric Luecking

    March 1, 2011 at 21:36


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