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Album Review

The third LP by the modernized Sonora Ponceña (after second-generation director Papo Lucca took over the band) had a lot to live up to, following a pair of salsa classics (Hacheros Pa' un Palo and Fuego en el 23). Nevertheless, the same cast returned as talented as ever, anchored by Lucca himself (responsible for the arrangements, direction, and piano) as well as vocal heavyweights Yayo el Indio and Adalberto Santiago leading the chorus — and don't forget Larry Harlow in the producer's chair. The range of material is broad, kicking off with the brassy "Acere Ko," but also incorporating a meditative bolero ("Cenizas") and the centerpiece "Yemaya," an epic — even at only four minutes long — that seems to encompass a suite of at least three different songs.


Formed: 1954

Genre: Música tropical

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Puerto Rican La Sonora Ponceña, one of the most popular tropical acts ever, was formed in 1954 by local musicians Enrique Lucca Caraballo and Antonio Santaella, who were previously playing in a band formed in 1944, called El Conjunto Internacional. In 1958, La Sonora Ponceña's first single was released, featuring "No Puede Ser" and "Tan Linda Que Era," making its first performance in the U.S. in September 1960, in New York City. By 1968, after they were joined by Caraballo's son, pianist...
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Algo de Locura, Sonora Ponceña
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Latino, Music
  • Released: 1971

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