Jose Luis Rodriguez: El Hombre De La Cima (Top Hits, 1980, 7″)
Venezuelan rock single.
I can’t quite figure out if this is a cover of an Edgar Alexander song or of Alexander first wrote it for Rodriguez. Either way, I’m all about these kinds of unexpectedly funky tracks from the late ’70s and early ’80s since they take the borderline cheesiness of rock production in that era but marry it with some slick rhythm section. It’s a good combination.
365 Days of Soul, #65
Greenwood Rhythm Coalition: Puro Rock (Names You Can Trust, 2014, 7″)
Dub cumbia remix.
An absolute killer remix of El Combo Chimbita’s “Puro Show.” GRC have never failed me and this one is amongst their very best. I think they add those sleepy, mournful ska guitar lines at the beginning of the song and it’s a genius touch.
365 Days of Soul, #64
Fruko Y Sus Tesos: Mi Rio Cali (Fuentes, 1977, El Patillero)
Colombian salsa album.
I’ll say this until I’m blue in the face but I will never, ever tired of the Fuentes’s salsa duro sound of the 1970s. Even on this, one of Fruko’s less collectible albums, the whole vibe is just incredible.
365 Days of Soul, #62
Claudia de Colombia: Los Ejes De Mi Carreta (CBS, 1981, Enamorados
Colombian rock album.
Best as I can tell, this is a cover of “The Axels Of My Wagon”, originally by legendary Argentinian folk musician Atahualpa Yupanqui. But by the early ’80s, someone decided to hook up Claudia with some funky psych elements. It’s enough to burn that wagon down.
365 Days of Soul, #61
Ray Barretto: Chihuahua (Roulette, 1963, 7″)
Somehow, after all this time, I’m still discovering how much Barretto I still need to be listening to. Baby steps y’all. Or better said, chihuahua steps. (But no, seriously, this is great).
365 Days of Soul, #60
At least, I’m pretty sure this was a pachanga. ↩