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Live at the Red Garter 1 Original recording remastered

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Right from start, Fania Records and its subsidiaries exceeded everybody's expectations. The label was created in 1964. It penetrated the market so successfully and became so popular at the international level that its executives decided to broaden its talent in order to reach an even wider audience. The result? The wildly successful Fania All Stars, a group that brought together several of the label's most popular artists. This move would further solidify the label's standing in the international music scene.

The Fania All Stars' first concert, "Live at the Red Garter," was a promotional experiment designed solely to test the waters. The all-star cast included Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Ricardo Ray, and Bobby Cruz, and resulted in a live double album.

The experiment couldn't have been more successful. In 1971, the band revolutionized salsa as a genre with "Fania All Stars at the Cheetah," a concert that was filmed and recorded live.

In 1973, following a successful tour, the band made its first appearance at Yankee Stadium in New York. The stars performed before countless fans that had caught the fever and were swooning in the presence of consecrated performers of the genre such as Willie Colón, Johnny Pacheco, Bobby Valentín, Ray Barreto, and Mongo Santamaría.

This concert, too, was filmed and recorded live, and set the standard in the music industry.

The All Stars were on fertile soil, and they wasted no time in reaping the benefits. In 1974, they appeared live at the Statu Hai stadium in Kinshasa, Zaire, which was the scene of the movie "Fania All Stars Live in Africa." In 1975, the band returned to Yankee Stadium, this time with such famous names as Celia Cruz, Héctor Lavoe, Justo Betancourt, Ismael Quintana, Cheo Feliciano, Ismael Mirando, Pete "El Conde" Rodríguez, Bobby Cruz, and Santos Colón.

One after the other, the band continued performing in concerts that were just as successful and multitudinous: "Salsa," "Live," "Best Of," "Live in Japan" (1976), and "Tribute to Tito Rodríguez," which marked Rubén Blades' first performance with the All Stars.

To properly celebrate the Fania All Stars' 20th birthday and Fania Records' 30th, the label has re-released two concerts: "Live in Africa" and "Live in Japan," which propelled a successful tour across five continents and showed the identity of a created family that has spread its social, musical, and cultural message throughout the world. FANIA ALL STARS Desde su inicio en 1964, el sello Fania y sus subsidiarias superaron todas las expectativas. Tal fue su penetración y demanda popular a nivel internacional, que se dio a la tarea de expandir sus talentos para una mayor difusión lo que motivo la creación de la llamada y exitosa "Fania All Stars", que agruparía varios de sus más populares y acreditados artistas. Esto al mismo tiempo, le proporcionaría una proyección más ambiciosa en el panorama de la música internacional. El primer concierto de la "Fania All Stars", "Live At The Red Garter", fue un intento con un único fin, sondear su proyección únicamente con carácter promocional en el que intervinieron: Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Ricardo Ray y Bobby Cruz, del que se derivaron grabaciones agrupadas en dos volúmenes. El intento no pudo ser más exitoso, y en el año 1971 se produciría un trascendental acontecimiento que revolucionaría la industria de la Salsa como género musical, con la presentación del concierto denominado "Fania All Stars at the Cheetah" que fue grabado y filmado en vivo.

En 1973, después de cubrir una exitosa gira, hicieron su primera presentación en el "Yankee Stadium" de la ciudad de Nueva York, ante una multitudinaria audiencia de fanáticos contagiados con la presencia de consagradas estrellas del género como: Willie Colón, Johnny Pacheco, Bobby Valentín, Ray Barreto y Mongo Santamaría. El concierto fue igualmente filmado y grabado y constituyó un acontecimiento que marcaría pautas en la industria musical. El terreno estaba abonado, en lo sucesivo se sucedieron otros exitosos conciertos: En 1974, se presentaron en el estadio Statu Hai, Kinshasa, Zaire, (Africa) que diera origen a la película "Fania All Stars Live In Africa". En 1975, "Fania All Stars" volvió a presentarse en concierto en el "Yankee Stadium". En esta oportunidad con la participación de destacadas figuras como: Celia Cruz, Héctor Lavoe, Justo Betancourt, Ismael Quintana, Cheo Feliciano, Ismael Miranda, Pete "El Conde" Rodríguez, Bobby Cruz y Santos Colón.

Cronológicamente se sucedieron otros conciertos no menos exitosos y multitudinarios: "Salsa", "Live", "Best Of", "Live In Japan" (1976), "Tribute To Tito Rodríguez", en el que participó e hizo su incursión en la agrupación, Rubén Blades. Para celebrar el vigésimo aniversario de la "Fania All Stars" como agrupación y el trigésimo de haberse constituido el sello "Fania", reestrenó los conciertos: "Live In Africa", y "Live In Japan", que impuso una exitosa gira por los cinco continentes para mostrar la identidad de una familia constituida, que ha contribuido a expandir su mensaje social, musical y cultural en el mundo.

1. Introduction Theme (Red Garter)
2. Sabor Sabor
3. Guatacando
4. Country Girl - City Man
5. Me Gusta El Son
6. Exit Theme

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 23, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Fania
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,348 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. on July 15, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This 1st Volume of Fania All Stars, recorded live at The Red Garter in New York on a Monday of spring of 1968, is an ABSOLUTE musical MASTERPIECE for the real listener of Latin music for the sake of what music really is! This is not just a singer's thing like the MEDIOCRE (in MY opinion) Tribute To Tito Rodriguez Fania All Stars album from 1976, or even the 1980 one titled Commitment (which is still good) but where the singers are "on the 1st plan", and musicians a bit "on the second"...

This is heavy, rich, and powerful INSTRUMENTAL and slightly jazzy style of Latin music particularly on the OUTSTANDINGLY OUT OF THIS WORLD tune Guatacando with 12:50 mins of SHEER musical class!
You begin with an EXCEPTIONALLY outstanding rhythmical and slightly jazzy style of piano solo by Eddie Palmieri which you don't want to finish, then good Vibraphone solo riffs by Louie Ramirez, then some arrangements that lead us to a TREMENDOUS Roberto Rodríguez Jazzy Trumpet solo (Ray Barretto Trumpetist [1967-1975]) which isEXCEPTIONAL, and if you thought that he was just a Son-Montuno oriented style of trumpetist, here's your proof of how well he can express himself as a Cuban in Latin Jazz; and boy he delivers! His solo also goes WELL OVER a minute!...
As if it wasn't enough, YOU THEN GET RAY BARRETTO ON CONGA-DRUMS doing what he knows best!...
THEN, After his solo, you get a Trombone solo and the brass section making HIGH AND LOUD accompaniments, finishing the tune off!...
Just that tune alone, FOR ME, is worth the whole price of the Cd, BUT, the nice Cha-Cha-Chá tune Sabor Sabor which features some quality flute playing from Johnny Pacheco and a very good Eddie Palmieri piano solo is also a VERY nice tune to listen to.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bill on March 16, 2008
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Tito Puente's solo on the first track alone is worth the price of the album. This is seriously hot NYC salsa from a period where the music was moving in amazing directions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Derieux on March 7, 2008
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Heavy salsa with a big slice of NY City on this set. This and the companion vol. 2 are really excellent. Also look for the earlier Alegre All Star recordings.
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