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  • Quatro: The Definitive Collection Quatro: The Definitive Collection Quick View

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    Quatro: The Definitive Collection

    Over the course of his impressive artistic career, Tito Puente was a perennial and prolific innovator of Latin tropical music and Latin jazz of the highest caliber. Now thanks to Sony Music Latin, we all get to enjoy the four signature and landmark albums (artwork - front & back- as it originally appeared), along with a fifth bonus album, that truly defined the "American Icon" and his golden era:


    "Cuban Carnival" (1956) is included with the original artwork. "Dance Mania" (1958) is the best-selling album of Tito's career. "Night Beat" (1957) became one of Latin jazz's seminal albums, while "Revolving Bandstand" (1960), considered the most innovative jazz recording of its time with the simultaneous inclusion of two big bands in the studio, is re-issued for the first time, with original artwork and liner notes.


    This impressive and ever so unique package of 5 albums is being collectively released as Quatro - The Definitive Collection. A compendium that's like no other in the discography of Tito Puente, as it focuses on his early years, the RCA era of 1955-1960, so beloved by fans, critics and music historians.


    Quatro - The Definitive Collection includes informative liner notes written by Joe Conzo (curator & music historian and author of the book "Mambo Diablo My Journey with Tito Puente"), a close friend of Tito Puente. It also contains never-before published facts and photos, plus previously unreleased artwork and alternate takes.


    Among the other highlights and most interesting, informative features of this collection are the quotes from a plethora of musicians, producers and others who personally knew and/or worked with Tito over the course of his six-decade musical career.

    LP1 - Cuban Carnival
    1. Elegua Chango
    2. Cuál Es La Idea (What's the Idea)
    3. Pa' Los Rumberos
    4. Que Sera (What Is It?)
    5. Oye mi guaguanco
    6. Yambeque (Mambo Yambu)
    7. Happy Cha-Cha-Cha
    8. Mambo Buda
    9. Cha-Cha De Pollos (Cha-Cha for Chicks)
    10. Guaguanco Margarito
    11. Cuban Fantasy


    LP2 - Night Beat
    1. Night Beat
    2. Mambo Beat
    3. Sea Breeze
    4. Emerald Beach
    5. The Late, Late Scene
    6. Carioca
    7. Night Ritual
    8. Malibu Beat
    9. Flying Down To Rio
    10. Night Hawk
    11. Live A Little


    LP3 - Dance Mania
    1. El Cayuco
    2. Comlication
    3. Three D Mambo
    4. Liego Mijan (Son Montuno)
    5. Cuando Te vea
    6. Hong Kong Mambo
    7. Mambo Gozon
    8. Mi Chiquita Quiere Bembe
    9. Varsity Drag (Mambo Jazz instrumental)
    10. Estoy Siempre Junto a Ti
    11. Agua Limpia Todo
    12. Saca Tu Mujer


    LP4 - Revolving Bandstand
    1. Bahia (Na Baixa Do Sepateiro)
    2. I Concentrate On You
    3. Autumn Leaves
    4. Harlem Nocturne
    5. Kiss Of Fire
    6. The Continental
    7. Blue Moon
    8. Temptation
    9. So In Love
    10. Baby Won't You Please Come Home


    LP5 - Bonus Edition
    1. Ran Kan Kan
    2. Timbal Y Bongo
    3. Pa' Los Rumberos (Out-Take 1)
    4. Pa' Los Rumberos (Out-Take 2)
    5. Pa' Los Rumberos (Out-Take 3)
    6. Pa' Los Rumberos (Out-Take 4)
    7. Pa' Los Rumberos (Out-Take 5)
    8. Pa' Los Rumberos (Out-Take 6)
    9. Pa' Los Rumberos (Out-Take 7)
    10. The Continental (alternate take)
    11. Blue Moon (alternate take)
    12. Moonlight in Vermont
    13. La Virgen De La Macarena

    Tito Puente
    $109.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 5 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Perfectamundo Perfectamundo Quick View

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    Perfectamundo

    Perfectamundo, the debut solo album from Billy Gibbons, ZZ Top guitarist/vocalist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
    inductee, is a blend of Blues, Jazz, Latin and Rock, as Gibbons explores songs with a new backing band, The
    BFG's, who are a handpicked group of musicians selected for this unique outing. The album itself was inspired by
    Billy's early influence of Cuban Jazz and studying Latin percussion with Tito Puente at an early age, along with
    being invited to the Havana Jazz Festival.
    1. Got Love If You Want It
    2. Treat Her Right
    3. You're What's Happenin', Baby
    4. Sal Y Pimiento
    5. Pickin' Up Chicks On Dowling Street
    6. Hombre Sin Nombre
    7. Quiero Mas Dinero
    8. Baby Please Don't Go
    9. Piedras Negras
    10. Perfectamundo
    11. Q-Vo
    Billy Gibbons and the BFG's
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  • Mi Tierra Mi Tierra Quick View

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    Mi Tierra

    Mi Tierra (English: My Homeland) is the third studio album by Cuban-American recording artist Gloria Estefan, released in 1993. Produced by husband Emilio Estefan, it is her first Spanish-language album and pays homage to her Cuban roots. The album features Cuban musical genres, including Boleros, Danzan and Son music. Recorded at Crescent Moon Studios in Miami, Florida and produced by Estefan's husband, Emilio Estefan, Mi Tierra features notable Latin musicians such as Arturo Sandoval, Tito Puente, Cachao López, Chamin Correa and Paquito D'Rivera. Also Sheila E and Miami Sound Machine members Clay Ostwald and Jorge Casas play on the album.


    The album was an international success, selling eight million copies worldwide as of 2006, the majority of listeners non-Hispanics. The album received favorable reviews from critics, who praised the album's production, songs and Estefan's vocals. Its success won the singer a Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album. Mi Tierra spawned no less than seven singles: Mi Tierra, Con Los Años Que Me Quedan, Tradición, Montuno, ¡Sí Señor!..., Mi Buen Amor and Ayer.

    1. Con Los Años Que Me Quedan
    2. Mi Tierra
    3. Ayer
    4. Mi Buen Amor
    5. Tus Ojos
    6. No Hay Mal Que Por Bien No Venga
    7. ¡Si Señor!...
    8. Volveras
    9. Montuno
    10. Hablemos El Mismo Idioma
    11. Hablas De Mi
    12. Tradicion
    Gloria Estefan
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • La Cuna (Speakers Corner) La Cuna (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    La Cuna (Speakers Corner)

    Ray Barretto disliked his music being labelled 'Latin Jazz' - yet the album La Cuna is one of the most memorable of this genre, since it amalgamates the diverse moods of both Americas. In this album, the expertise of the legendary producer Creed Taylor is combined with an all-star ensemble and the supreme musicality of the skilful jazz percussionist Barretto to create a tightly-knit performance. The title-giving opening number sails along merrily with a salsa swing, but then the soaring flute melodies and the powerful piano improvisations cool down the Caribbean rhythms. How the players mingle driving patterns with delicate melodies to form beautiful song is demonstrated best in Doloroso and also in Mambotango, whereby the latter exudes controlled coolness in the somewhat electric mood.


    John Tropea leans seemingly intentionally towards Santana and his art of guitar-playing, and this is further enhanced by the late Joe Farrell's phenomenal performance.
    A further tribute is paid to one of the greatest musicians ever to combine various styles and trends with a speeded-up version of Stevie Wonder's Pastime Paradise.


    To conclude: if not Latin Jazz, then definitely Latin AND Jazz.

    Musicians:



    • Ray Barretto (conga, percussion)

    • Joe Farrell (tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute)

    • John Tropea (guitar)

    • Charlie Palmieri (piano,percussion)

    • Carlos Franzetti (piano)

    • Jeremy Wall (synthesizer)

    • Francisco Centeno (bass)

    • Steve Gadd, Mark Craney (drums)

    • Willy Torres (vocal)

    • Tito Puentes (timbales)



    Recording: August 1979 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, USA

    Production: Creed Taylor

    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.




    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. La Cuna
    2. Doloroso
    3. Mambotango
    4. The Old Castle
    5. Pastime Paradise
    Ray Barretto
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Abraxas (45 RPM Box Set) (Out Of Stock) Abraxas (45 RPM Box Set) (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    Abraxas (45 RPM Box Set) (Out Of Stock)

    Santana Abraxas Numbered Limited-Edition Ultradisc One-Step 45rpm Vinyl 2LP Box Set From Mobile Fidelity


    Limited To 2,500 Copies


    Mobile Fidelity's Premier Ultradisc One-Step Release: Mastered From The Original Master Tapes, Santana Abraxas UD1S 45RPM Box Set Reaches Sonic Heights Never Before Achieved By Analog


    Deluxe Packaging Includes Opulent Box, Special Jackets, Unique Insert, And Fine-art Print Of The Original Mati Klarwein Painting: No Expense Spared On Very Limited Audiophile Pressing


    Get Literally And Figuratively Closer To The Music Of Santana's 1970 Masterwork: Set Ranked By Rolling Stone As 205th Greatest Album Of All Time Includes Black Magic Woman And Oye Como Va


    Abraxas stands alone as the consummate Latin rock album. The confident sound of Santana stretching out and carving out a distinctive new genre, the 1970 set is daubed with psychedelic accents and Afro-Latin grooves. Not surprisingly, Abraxas immediately captured the public's ear, spending six weeks as the nation's #1 album and spawning the cosmic "Black Magic Woman" as a Top 5 single that's since become one of the most widely recognized songs in history. Befitting such a classic, Mobile Fidelity's 45RPM 2LP version of this ambitious work presents the music in the richest, most dynamic and realistic sound it's ever enjoyed.


    Improving upon the label's critically acclaimed 180g LP pressing, Mobile Fidelity's deluxe 45RPM set is mastered from the original master tapes and overflows with the information, clarity, textures, and colors afforded by wider grooves. The result: Spacious, airy, and you-are-there sonics that trump all prior versions. Experience Abraxas the way it is meant to be heard, with the instruments and musicians placed in the proper channels. In addition to correcting the imaging, Mobile Fidelity's collectable version captures the full tonal range of Santana's guitar and nuances of his distinctive touch. Every imaginable detail is brought to the forefront and properly scaled, bringing you closer to the music and enhancing your emotional connection to this legendary record.


    A confluence of celebratory vibes, bluesy jams, mellow vocals, and hip-shaking grooves, Abraxas is a cornerstone of any music collection. Picking up on the momentum of its excellent 1969 self-titled debut and drifting into more versatile territory, Santana reimagines what's possible in melding various disciplines and styles. Mysticism and spirituality abound amidst cohesive performances involving a vibrant mÉlange of purring organs, conga beats, and fluid bass lines. And that says nothing of the bandleader's extraordinary playing.


    Wild, free, and loose, the group conjures the feeling of mountains and rivers on the lead-off instrumental "Singing Winds, Crying Beasts," leads a salsa parade on the definitive version of Tito Puente's "Oye Como Va," and explores its sensual side on the stellar showcase "Samba Pa Ti," a tune indicative of the album's Latin vibes and percussion. Sonically, Abraxas takes advantage of studio techniques such as cross-fading and mixing lacking on its predecessor.


    As stated in The Mojo Collection: "Dissatisfied with the sound of their debut, the group brought in as a co-producer veteran jazz engineer Fred Catero, whose skills proved invaluable in balancing the new range of musical flavors Santana [was] bringing into its sound: the result was a giant step on from [the band's] debut."


    But just like 1969's equally essential Santana, Abraxas lays claim to one of the biggest (and unfortunate) production gaffes in music history. Until Mobile Fidelity fixed the error with its 180g LP and 24K Gold CD releases, Abraxas had never been heard correctly. For nearly four decades, copies were produced with the left and right channels reversed, meaning that everything was placed in a backwards manner. This even extended to compilations on which individual songs from Abraxas were included. Rest assured that, in addition to enjoying reach-out-and-touch it sound, this 45RPM 2LP edition gets all the specifications exactly right.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Singing Winds, Crying Beasts
    2. Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen
    3. Oye Como Va
    4. Incident At Neshabur
    5. Se A Cabo
    6. Mother's Daughter
    7. Samba Pa Ti
    8. Hope You're Feeling Better
    9. El Nicoya
    Santana
    $99.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM Box Set - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
  • Abraxas (Out Of Stock) Abraxas (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    Abraxas (Out Of Stock)

    Ranked 205/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

    Released in 1970, Abraxas, Santanas second album, sees the band expanding its already wildly diverse Latin rock sound by adding deeper elements of blues and jazz to the sizzling mix. Abraxas is home to two more of the groups signature monster hits: the hypnotic, rhythmically hectic interpretations of Tito Puentes Oye Como Va and Fleetwood Macs Black Magic Woman.

    1. Singing Winds, Crying Beasts
    2. Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen
    3. Oye Como Va
    4. Incident At Neshabur
    5. Se A Cabo
    6. Mother's Daughter
    7. Samba Pa Ti
    8. Hope You're Feeling Better
    9. El Nicoya
    Santana
    $28.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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