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Album Review

This was the infamous album that put Raphy Leavitt & His Orchestra on the map, and rightly so. The very humane tunes reflect intelligence, sobriety, and sensibility, and rise greatly in spite of the creakiness and obvious musical amateurishness of the band. Incredibly, Leavitt's deft compositions are the bread and butter of his daily performances to this day; he was one of the first few bandleaders to create his own repertoire. Leavitt paid close attention to topicality, something quite uncommon in early-'70s salsa; songs of wasted love, innocence, and self-reliance rose above the musically wretched productions to achieve a great following for the following three decades. The title tune (sung by Sammy Marrero) stands out as one of the most recognizable tunes ever, and is a perennial favorite of the band's fans. ~ José A. Estévez, Jr., Rovi

Customer Reviews

Great music, such fond memories!

I've been waiting for Raphy Leavitt on iTunes for the absolute longest! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Brings me back to all my younger years!!! Such beautiful, fond memories!


A classic is never forgotten! Thanks for having it here.

Orquesta la selecta

Musica pal bailador.


Born: September 17, 1948 in Puerta De Tierra, San Juan, Puert

Genre: Música Tropical

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

b. 17 September 1948, Puerta De Tierra, San Juan, Puerto Rico. All rounder salsa band leader, pianist, arranger, composer, producer Raphy Leavitt formed his first band, called Los Señoriales, when he was in his early teens. In 1966, he organized another group, named La Banda Latina. At this stage of his career, Raphy only performed cover versions of hits by other bands. After graduating from the University of Puerto Rico, where he studied commercial administration, he worked as a teacher/lecturer...
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