27 Songs, 2 Hours 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Many of Fania’s biggest stars were formidable instrumentalists, virtuosic singers, or even—in the case of the great Johnny Pacheco—first-rate composers and bandleaders with Julliard pedigrees. Rubén Blades was none of these. Though he had a decent singing voice and was a competent guitarist and percussionist, his real talent was as a songwriter and lyricist. Blades brought a poetic sensibility to his compositions, and his work unfailingly displays a blend of streetwise fatalism, romantic longing, and righteous political indignation that make him one of salsa’s most perceptive songwriters. Anthology is a well-assembled 27-track survey of Blades’ career at Fania, from his mid-‘70s recordings with Ray Barretto’s band and his long and fruitful collaboration with Willie Colon to his soul– and jibaro–influenced mid-‘80s solo work. This collection is a compelling portrait of the idealistic young Blades in the first flush of his success, and it performs a vital service to anyone seeking to understand the true range of Fania’s considerable legacy.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Many of Fania’s biggest stars were formidable instrumentalists, virtuosic singers, or even—in the case of the great Johnny Pacheco—first-rate composers and bandleaders with Julliard pedigrees. Rubén Blades was none of these. Though he had a decent singing voice and was a competent guitarist and percussionist, his real talent was as a songwriter and lyricist. Blades brought a poetic sensibility to his compositions, and his work unfailingly displays a blend of streetwise fatalism, romantic longing, and righteous political indignation that make him one of salsa’s most perceptive songwriters. Anthology is a well-assembled 27-track survey of Blades’ career at Fania, from his mid-‘70s recordings with Ray Barretto’s band and his long and fruitful collaboration with Willie Colon to his soul– and jibaro–influenced mid-‘80s solo work. This collection is a compelling portrait of the idealistic young Blades in the first flush of his success, and it performs a vital service to anyone seeking to understand the true range of Fania’s considerable legacy.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
10 Ratings
10 Ratings
Steffi Reynoso ,

Just great!

Best album, with best songs ever! It is a worth to buy ❤

Skinny1917 ,

Awesome!

I lived in Panama back in the 70s and learned to appreciate Panamanian music. I just love his music!

Toula's mom ,

Poetry!

Love his music!

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