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Ghetto BrothersVinyl
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  • Vinyl
  • Label: TRUTH & SOUL
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,265,482 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars An undiscovered treasure, sure to wow all who hear it December 2, 2012
I can't go much into detail other than to say I have NPR to thank for promoting this record. If you're here, viewing this page, chances are you already know the incredible story behind the album. Chances are you know that this record, and the group behind it, helped spark the critical change that lead to modern day hip-hop as we know it.

Though this album reflects the influences of the rock stars who helped shape the group, the aspect that makes it more interesting is the history behind the group themselves. You owe it to yourselves to take a few minutes and read up on the band, and afterward, sit back and prepare for some of the best undiscovered music you've ever laid ears on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great lost albums February 4, 2013
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Ghetto Brothers were a Bronx street gang who, figuratively, traded in their knives for musical instruments, and created a brilliant album in Power Fuerza. Self-claimed admirers of The Beatles, Ghetto Brothers harmonies are right on target, and the Beatle influence is apparent on some tracks. The guitar playing on this record is a stand out, combining choppy rhythms with some great licks. The opening track, "Girl From The Mountain", is reminiscent of Jefferson Airplane in it's chord changes and leads. "Mastica, Chupa Y Jala" has a great Santana-like jam, a-la "Soul Sacrifice", which is quite a feat, considering the groups leader, Benny Melendez, claims to had never heard of Santana before the record was recorded. "Got This Happy Feeling", an upbeat tune, resembling Lighthouses "One Fine Morning" --which came out the same time as "Power Fuerza" -- shows that Ghetto Brothers were quite inventive, and could have been a significant musical influence if they had more exposure. A highlight of this album is "You Say That You're My Friend", a bouncy tune that combines 60's garage rawness with a Latin feel, nice harmonies, and a catchy melody and guitar lick that are infectious enough to have you singing it to yourself over and over. "Viva Puerto Rico Libre" has a pretty Latin folk melody and some nice guitar solos. Throw in some James Brown-type funk, and you have an album that is very diverse in style and well-produced. A great, although overlooked masterpiece of late 60's Urban America.
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