8 Songs, 32 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though it was only pressed in minuscule quantities in 1972, The Ghetto Brothers’ lone LP, Power Fuerza, has attained legendary status among record collectors and historians looking to trace the evolution of musical culture in the South Bronx. The album was recorded by a group of young, musically ambitious young Puerto Ricans who found strength in the communal and familial ties offered by their New York neighborhood’s burgeoning gang culture. The siblings Robert, Victor, and Benny Melendez led the group. Aided by guitarist David Silva and a host of percussionists, the Melendez brothers concocted a heady brew of rough-around-the-edges garage rock, neck-snapping funk, and frenetic salsa; it was indebted to the likes of Mountain and Grand Funk as much as Latino icons like Tito Puente and Ray Barretto and funk maestros like James Brown. The eight tracks here pass by in a whirl of distorted guitars, syncopated percussion, and joyfully off-key vocals. Power Fuerza is a perfect document of the energetic youth movements developing in the Bronx in the early ‘70s; it's a thrilling piece of that borough’s illustrious musical heritage.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though it was only pressed in minuscule quantities in 1972, The Ghetto Brothers’ lone LP, Power Fuerza, has attained legendary status among record collectors and historians looking to trace the evolution of musical culture in the South Bronx. The album was recorded by a group of young, musically ambitious young Puerto Ricans who found strength in the communal and familial ties offered by their New York neighborhood’s burgeoning gang culture. The siblings Robert, Victor, and Benny Melendez led the group. Aided by guitarist David Silva and a host of percussionists, the Melendez brothers concocted a heady brew of rough-around-the-edges garage rock, neck-snapping funk, and frenetic salsa; it was indebted to the likes of Mountain and Grand Funk as much as Latino icons like Tito Puente and Ray Barretto and funk maestros like James Brown. The eight tracks here pass by in a whirl of distorted guitars, syncopated percussion, and joyfully off-key vocals. Power Fuerza is a perfect document of the energetic youth movements developing in the Bronx in the early ‘70s; it's a thrilling piece of that borough’s illustrious musical heritage.

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