For anyone who has an abiding love for the kind of latino soul that was unique to New York in the 60s, this is a CD you simply must have. A heavenly concoction of bugaloo, mambo, r'n'b and salsa, with strong undercurrents of both Jackie Wilson and Frankie Lymon, not to mention a seasoning of the street corner doo-wop that found its most perfect expression in the latin neighbourhoods of the Big Apple, this 20 track treasure is very likely to take up permanent residence in your CD player for many months to come.
Given special access to the vaults of the legendary Fania label as well as the personal collection of the great Bobby Marin, the BGP imprint of Ace records have come up with yet another top quality product. Popular performers such as Joe Bataan, the Lebron Brothers, Ralfi Pagan, Parrish and 125th Street Candy Store rub shoulders with comparatively little known artists such as Ralphi & the Latin Lovers and Olivieri. Throw in some ultra rare waxings by Frankie Nieves, Tony Middleton, Bobby Matos and the Harvey Averne Dozen and you have a lovingly crafted collection that documents a brilliant moment in pop history.