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Hommy: A Latin Opera


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Audio CD, December 30, 1992
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  • Audio CD (December 30, 1992)
  • Label: Fania
  • ASIN: B00008F2D1
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,465,470 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Act I: Introduction
2. Act I: Es un Varon
3. Act I: Interlude I
4. Act I: El Dia de Vavidad
5. Act I: Interlude II
6. Act I: Quirinbomboro
7. Act I: Interlude III
8. Act I: Mantecadito
9. Act I: Interlude IV
10. Act I: El Doctor y la Razon
11. Act II: Interlude V
12. Act II: Soy Sensacional
13. Act II: Interlude VI
14. Act II: Gracia Divina
15. Act II: Interlude VII
16. Act II: Cari-Caridad
17. Act II: Interlude VIII
18. Act II: No Queremos Sermon
19. Act II: Interlude IX
20. Act II: Finale-Mirame, Oyeme

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It is THE ONLY Larry Harlow CD that I have.
Louis RII
Harlow successfully lobbied for the Grammy committee to include latin music category, which until that moment was part of the ethnic music category.
Gabriel Cortes Hernandez
This is a MUST have CD for any collector of Afro-Caribbean Mambo/Son music.
Edward Velazquez

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By e.s. ortiz-gonzalez on November 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I remember the first time I've heard this album. A year later I was still listening to it. This is one of those albums that you just can't put away; it's unforgettable, like "Tommy" from The Who. Actually, "Hommy" is in a sense a side-talk to "Tommy". You will love the orchesta harmonies: hard, very edgy, but danceable, of course if you are a good one. What else can I say? Give it a chance-you will not repent? OK, then: Give it a chance, you will not repent. Vaya!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John David Sullivan on March 19, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Larry Harlow's 1973 release Hommy-A Latin Opera is on my top ten Salsa recordings of all time. Back in the spring of "73 it was the first time a Salsa orchestra played Carnegie Hall in NYC. It set the tone for what would be one of the greatest years for SALSA and it's development,1973.
The concept for the recording,a salsa opera not unlike a Rock opera. The Who's Tommy was the premier Rock Opera of the time and Harlow borrowed the basic storyline and adapted it(Tommy-Hommy,get it) Instead of a pinball wizard,what you got was a deaf,mute,blind conga player who's a prodigy and messiah. Maestro Harlow put together the most formidable salsa singers and musicians of the day and produced a cultural milestone of epic proportions. The arrangements and tunes are nothing short of amazing. I remember it was the first time I heard Salsa played with a symphonic orchestra and it totally blew me away. This was singer Junior Gonzalez debut with Harlow and what a debut it is. He holds his own with all the veteran singers like Adalberto Santiago,Cheo Feliciano,Justo Betancourt,"Conde Rodriguez and the Queen Celia Cruz.By the way this was Celia's first recording for Fania records,thanks to Mr.Harlow.This is one album you should play from beginning to end.It's that good. No self respecting Salsa collection should be without it. That such an outstanding and creative project is available again is a true sensory blessing. Gracias Sr.Harlow and Heny Alvarez(wrote the lyrics)R.I.P.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gabriel Cortes Hernandez on November 8, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Very few people know the backstory of this album or the historical significance it had on latin music. In an interview, Harlow recalls that he originally wrote this album with several singers in mind and one of them was Ismael Miranda. Instead, Miranda left the group but, brought Junior Gonzalez to replace him, thus beginning an important musical partnership.

Along with Genaro Alvarez, they wrote what is considered the first latin musical opera, modeled after the rock opera Who's Tommy. The album features an all star cast of singers: Celia Cruz, Justo Betancourt, Cheo Feliciano, Adalberto Santiago, Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez. Harlow remarked that the songs were specifically written with each singer in mind. Little remember that this album and the song Gracia Divina brought back Celia Cruz from semi retirement and sparked her musical career once again. This was the first latin performance in such a large venue as the Carnegie Hall. From there on, the media took notice of the wonderful music known as salsa. Harlow successfully lobbied for the Grammy committee to include latin music category, which until that moment was part of the ethnic music category. This category included music from all around the globe, something very sill when you look back at it. The following year, Eddie Palmieri won the first ever latin music Grammy.

As for the album musically, it is in a league of its own. The storytelling and music are undeniably great, I dare say a masterpiece.
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GREAT CD! ORIGINAL FANIA Just as advertised by the seller & @ A reasonable price. I wish the seller had more FANIA CD's available. This has many FANIA LEGENDARY singers performing on this historic Latin recording milestone (Latin Opera in the Afro-Caribbean music genre). Here is Cheo Feliciano, Celia Cruz, Junior Gonzalez, & Justo Betancourt just to name a few. This is a MUST have CD for any collector of Afro-Caribbean Mambo/Son music. "HOMMY" is one of many of LARRY HARLOW's great recordings.
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