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Historia de la Salsa

Héctor Lavoe

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Album Review

The Héctor Lavoe volume in Fania’s Historia de la Salsa series compiles tracks taken from his eight solo albums with only a couple of exceptions. While it’s true that some of his biggest hits are here, including “El Todopodoeroso,” “De Ti Depende,” "La Fama,” and "Amor Soñaro,” it also includes a couple of tracks from other recordings such as “Todo Tiene Su Final,” with Willie Colón, and “El Rey de la Puantalidad,” from the stellar Fania All-Stars with Héctor Lavoe recording. The point being obvious — but still worth noting — -that this disc isn’t meant to be a “best-of” so much as it is meant to showcase Lavoe's skills as a brilliant and original salsero. The remastered sound and the song selection make this a worthwhile purchase for anyone interested in the form, since it is a killer Lavoe mix of an entirely different kind.


Born: 30 September 1946 in Ponce, Puerto Rico

Genre: Salsa and Tropical

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Héctor Lavoe was born to sing. As Latin music evolved from the boogaloo of the late '60s to the salsa boom of the '70s, Lavoe was at its forefront and "El Cantante" (the singer) of some of its most representative songs. Born Héctor Juan Perez in Ponce, Puerto Rico, on September 30, 1946, he was influenced by the Latin singers he heard on the radio, Daniel Santos and Chuito el de Bayamon, just to name a couple. As he grew more involved in music, he drew his inspiration from Puerto Rico's great sonero...
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