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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 21, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fania Records
  • ASIN: B004XJNQ00
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,666 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Jazzy
2. Willie Baby
3. Borinquen
4. Willie Whopper
5. El Malo
6. Skinny Papa
7. Chonqui
8. Quimbombo

Editorial Reviews

El Malo showcases cultural diversity perfectly. The album brought together Cuban guaguanco, son montuno and mozambique, Puerto Rican bomba, and the current craze at the time, boogaloo and shing-a-ling. The latter in particular was becoming hugely popular with Latino youth, but also crossing over into both the black and white communities.
Although very young, Willie Colón had all the right ingredients to make his debut album special. A young and energetic band including future Fania All Star timbalero Nicky Marrero and bassist Eddie ''Gua Gua'' Rivera. He wrote some great arrangements and songs, perfectly judging the mood of the times, a desire for change, and Willie's boogaloo and shing-a-ling tracks offered something new and vibrant. Finally, the Willie Colón secret weapon was one Héctor Lavoe. A young teenage singer born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and raised in New York, Lavoe was the link to the Caribbean, the roots of Willie Colón s music. Lavoe had a beautiful tenor voice, tuneful but gritty, and with that nasal delivery of the traditional soneros. Young and inexperienced as they were, the Willie Colón band had something special, and that's why Fania Records' Jerry Masucci and Johnny Pacheco signed them. They were right the album sold well, achieving excellent figures for a totally new and unknown artist.

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Great debut LP!
Randolph Berrios
Great piano, a haunting chorus and Hector's voice slowly tempting you with this tale make this song a winner.
Enrique Fernandez Roberts
Good sound qualities and clear lyrics.
MEL FRANQUI

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By coa1881 on May 24, 2006
Format: Audio CD
A perfect example of what was to come. Willie's sound was raw and oviously not developed. But a fun record in all accounts. It has boogaloos, latin jazz and other styles that don't make it a drag to listen to.

Original artwork and better, cleaner sound make this reissue money well spent.

Hector Lavoe on vocals and Nicky Marrero on timbales

Buy it!
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This is one of the first albums put out by Willie Colon's orchestra. Because this album and salsa music were being created around the same time, this is a delicious timepiece that takes us exactly to when and where this was all happening. An album with this much flavor makes me wish to have been in New York during theg early days of salsa. Enough nostalgia, about the album:

It starts off with jazzy, an improvisational track that follows Willie's trombone, and man, that kid can play!

Track 2 sets off the album's hidden gem, The old boogaloo and shingaling tracks of the late 1960's/early 1970's. A mix of rock, latin and soul, shingaling and boogaloo tracks Willie Baby, Willie Whopper and Skinny Papa all have that groovy feel to them that will swing your hips.

If that doesn't move you, track 3 is a hard to find guaguanco all about Puerto Rico. It's solid and filled with Hector Lavoe's sad but powerful voice.

The album's namesake track, El Malo, is a boastful track filled with "fighting words" often expressed in song back in this era. The chorus "hechate pa' ya, que tu no estas en NA" means "back off chump, you ain't got nuthin". I often wondered who Willie wrote these songs too...

Chonqui is a tribute to the old songs that told a story. Great piano, a haunting chorus and Hector's voice slowly tempting you with this tale make this song a winner.

But what puts it all together is the end. Quimbombo is the kind of song your salsa dancing friends have been fiending. This is the track that will make your speakers whine with passion and will make the needle on your cd player quiver. Quimbombo starts with a simple piano intro, a slow introduction to draw the listener in.
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By A Customer on March 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I really enjoyed this CD. Lately, the genre of salsa has been disappointing. The music has a commercial sound to it, most of it seems to be aimed to attract a certain age group. In that sense, this CD was refreshing. It is combined elements of cuban music i.e. mambo,guaguanco, son...add jazz elements to this mix and you get a unique and pleasing sound. I would recommend this CD to anyone.
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Great debut LP!
"Nuff Said, Izzy
http://izzy.musicstack.com - The site for original Salsa LP's!
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