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  • Audio CD (February 14, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Vampisoul
  • ASIN: B006B012CS
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,070 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Coco My My
2. Caballo
3. No Quedó Ni El Gato
4. Báilala Pronto
5. El Avance
6. Mariana
7. Muñeco
8. Ensem'...Ensem'...
9. Vecindad
10. Bon Bon De Chocolate
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Y Yo Ganga
2. Profesor [Mambo]
3. Qué Humanidad
4. Pido Que Lo Toque
5. El Zaperoko
6. Mientras Yo Viva
7. Estoy Como Nunca
8. Corta La Caña
9. A Sandy
10. Zaperockero
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Editorial Reviews

Record Mart, an unassuming music store down in the sprawling complex of the Times Square subway station in Manhattan, should be considered one of Latin New York's most important historic musical landmarks. It its heyday, it was not only a place where occult knowledge and cultural legacies were exchanged and passed on from one person to another, but the shop also served as the home base for Montuno Records, a small but important independent label started by proprietor Jesse Moskowitz in the 1970s. The shop and label are inextricably intertwined and constitute a New York Latin institution of sorts. Thankfully, the two entities and its proprietor are alive and well today, keeping the spirit of Subway Salsa alive for old fans and future generations alike. This compilation is an homage, paying tribute to a label that stands out as a plucky cultural beacon from a time when Fania reigned supreme. In Jesse's cramped store one could soak up the sights of Latin album cover art, the tropical sounds blasting over the speakers, and eavesdrop on conversations among the diminutive shop's knowledgeable staff and customers. Just as the New York metropolitan transit system is a crossroads and a means of exchange and travel, so too is its sole surviving cultural tenant Record Mart, an underground urban grotto oasis that despite a period of closure and a dwindling market, seems to hold on as tenaciously as many veteran salsa musicians from the '70s still do to this day in the city. This collection samples the recordings from Montuno's catalog that exemplify danceable Afro-Antillean music, from Nuyorican salsa to Haitian compas, Latin jazz to traditional Cuban genres (including the all-percussion rumba, the flute and violin-flavored charanga, and guitar/trumpet-dominated son), as well as several interesting hybrids incorporating funk, doo-wop and Brazilian sounds. Includes comprehensive liner notes by Pablo Yglesias aka DJ Bongohead, including an in-depth interview with Jesse Moskowitz, plus original LP artwork and many unseen pictures.

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This is a spectacular compilation. There are a bunch a different "salsa"-related genres represented, and all of them are good selections. Its also a pretty decent salsa party-mix. In addition, the transfer of these analog recording into a digital format is great; whoever they got to do this, did a fantastic job of it. I highly recommend this compilation; its fun, exciting, and a great historical record of a Latin music label, "Muntuno", from NYC. Furthermore, the liner notes make for an interesting read as they describe the history of an interesting subway station music store, "Record Mart", that led to the creation of this record label.

Finally, it appears as if the duplicate disc problem described by other buyers has been resolved. Well, at least the copy I bought in the Toronto record shop, "Soundscapes", was fine.
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By Red J. Comb on September 24, 2013
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I had the same problem. Despite using two different colors on the discs, the content was identical. This manufacturer has a problem.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Villager on January 9, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Well, one disc of this 2 disc set is phenomenally good. However, due to what appears to be a manufacturing defect, both discs were identical even though they had different labels. Very bizarre; never had this occur before with any CD's.

What was supposed to be Disc 1 was labeled with the songs that were supposed to be on Disc 1; but the disc itself was actually a complete duplicate of Disc 2. Disc 2 was appropriately labeled with the songs that were supposed to be there, on Disc 2.(The album has the completely listing of which songs should be on each of the 2 discs.) I called Amazon, and they sent me a free shipping label to return the defective set; but they are out of stock and now I have no idea when I will receive another album that actually has the 2 discs it's supposed to have.....
(I hope someone at the manufacturing plant is going to do some quality control so that whenever I do receive another set it won't have the same defect.)

Meanwhile, as far as the music goes, Disc 2 was fantastic. I just wish the set I had received also included the real Disc 1.
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