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Album Review

Most listeners wouldn't consider this a proper best-of, despite the title, since it only includes material from the band's late-'70s stint with Columbia. Fania All-Stars' late-'70s stint with the label is usually rated as a time that saw them tone down their more ethnic and improvisational facets for a more pop-crossover reach. Generally that's true, but that doesn't mean that this record isn't generally worthwhile, though it might not be their purest brand of salsa. With three or four tracks apiece from their four 1976-1979 Columbia LPs, there are just four players who appear on all 13 songs: pianist Papo Lucca, timbalist Nicky Marrero, percussionist Robert Roena, and Pacheco on flute. There are way too many other musicians coming in and out to keep count of, some of them not from salsa backgrounds, like guitarist Steve Winwood (who played on the 1976 album Delicate and Jumpy), trumpeter Randy Brecker, and guitarist Eric Gale. Still, the main thrust is engaging salsa with some pop-friendly soul and fusion attributes that don't get too terribly slick (though at moments they get close), with major Latin singers Rubén Blades and Celia Cruz taking some vocals; "Isadora," featuring Cruz, is the highlight. At 74 minutes it's good value, too, though not the best Fania All-Stars album to start with.

Customer Reviews


this album is fun, but for some songs, i just get bored of the type of music. buy the whole album if you love latin music a lot. if not, only buy your favorite songs.


all I can say is TIGHT, CLASSIC , SICK , SWEET

PUERTO RICO ALL STARS coming LIVE! Look out FANIA All Stars!

Great stuff from a great band which will never go out of style. Look out fellas because The PUERTO RICO ALL STARS are coming soon!!

The PR ALL STARS will DEBUT in PUERTO RICO on Sunday MARCH 20, 2011 at the DIA DE LA SALSA concert by Z-93 in SAN JUAN. If you are lucky to be there, you will be a part of history. There will be a press conference on WEDNESDAY MARCH 15th with all of the singers talking about the concert and announcing the WORLD TOUR!! Salsa music needs something like this to give life back to what has been a stale industry for some time. VIVA LA SALSA!!!!

The first band rehearsal went through without a hitch last night March 8, 2011. Everyone was prepared and pumped! The musicians and singers could not believe how good the band sounds. PAPO LUCCA was speechless!!!!!! Nothing can compare. I was there!!!!


Formed: 1967 in New York, NY

Genre: Salsa y Tropical

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

The flagship act for Fania Records, the Fania All-Stars popularized New York salsa during the 1970s by organizing concerts at larger and larger venues (from the Red Garter in Greenwich Village all the way to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx) that spotlighted not only the label's but the salsa world's biggest stars -- Ray Barretto, Willie Colón, Johnny Pacheco, Rubén Blades, Hector Lavoe, Ismael Miranda, Cheo Feliciano, Bobby Cruz, Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez, and special guests like Tito Puente, Celia Cruz,...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Salsa y Tropical, Music, Latino
  • Released: Jul 23, 2002

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