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Cocinando La Salsa Original recording remastered

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Gilberto Calderón -known in the music world as Joe Cuba and nicknamed "El Alma del Barrio," the title of one of his most successful albums- began his career in the 1950s, but he didn't achieve fame, fortune, or success until a decade later. Although he can't be considered the creator of a sextet as a musical group, he was the man behind the transitional period of the great orchestra; he also put into practice an innovative and simple formula based on a rhythmic sound in which he shone as composer and director. It should be pointed out, also, that on his albums he adopted a contagious, vibrant sound dubbed "salsa." He was one of the early pioneers of this musical genre. Early in his career, Joe Cuba was known for performing songs in English; however, well aware of his roots and the history of telling the story of his daily life to his compatriots, he crossed the language barrier and began singing and composing in Spanish. This change enriched his extensive and successful discography.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 12, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Fania
  • ASIN: B001CITRL2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,137 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Justo Roteta on May 2, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Released shortly after the Tico label was bought out by Fania Records, this album is chock-full of DEVASTATINGLY hard-hitting, heavy-swinging '70s Salsa. If you are expecting any Boogaloo or Latin Soul tracks on here...well, forget it. This is Salsa with a capital S and one of those CDs which have no filler material whatsoever. An interesting story behind the making of this album is that Fania owner Jerry Masucci (1935-1997) told Joe Cuba (who was still signed to Tico Records at the time) to record for him the best straight-ahead Salsa album he could come up with and he certainly did just that as this underrated but smokin' classic certainly does live up to its title. If you are a fan of 1970s Salsa and are either unfamiliar with this CD or don't yet have it all I can say is you won't regret buying it. Enjoy!
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