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Album Review

Justo Betancourt's second Fania release may have fared better than his preceding El Explosivo; "Vete y Pregona" and "Afecto y Cariño" are his earlier, better-known tunes (in fact, both songs were widely recorded during the decade). "Tu Me Desesperas," "Ahora Cuando Es," and "Sígueme" certainly do not disappoint; as a matter of fact, they demonstrate concisely that this is a singer with an attitude. Other tunes, like "Tiempo Perdido" and "Mis Remembranzas," show Betancourt's lighter, emotional side. In the beginning of the decade, salsa was looking for a new direction, one that yielded a sundry of new styles and approaches to the Cuban sound. This album helped usher that possibility, giving way to the 1970s New York salsa phenomenon. ~ José A. Estévez, Jr., Rovi


Born: December 6, 1940 in La Marina, Matanzas, Cuba

Genre: Música tropical

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

b. 6 December 1940, La Marina, Matanzas, Cuba. Inspiraciones (improvised singing) is basic to most of salsa and it is Betancourt’s lyrical spontaneity and creativity, plus his ability to sing in a variety of styles - from the slowest bolero to up-tempo scorchers - with equal expertise, that has made him a ‘singers’ singer’. When Betancourt was aged 11, he sang with a small group called Cabeza De Perros, named after the brand of beer that sponsored them. At 16 he sang with the popular group Guaguanco...
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