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The Latin Soul Man

Ray Barretto

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Despite his Clark Kent looks, Ray Barretto's '60s recordings revealed a Superman of groove-based Latin salsa and soul. His early novelty hit "El Watusi" may have had the most success, but when Barretto began recording for Fania with the 1967 classic Acid, he unleashed some of the brassiest, grooviest, and most powerful tracks ever heard in Latin music. Latin Soul Man is a 17-track compilation of his early career, spanning the early '60s to 1972, and including material originally recorded for Tico, UA Latino, and Fania. After a brief time at Riverside in the early '60s for his debut as a leader, Barretto headed off to Tico and scored his biggest hit with 1963's "El Watusi," which showed off his excellent arranging chops and the power of his early flute-led charanga. Then there was another brief stay, at UA Latino, which is heard here with another novelty, "Señor 007," as well as one of the best boogaloos ever recorded, "Do You Dig It." After that came Acid and a parade of great material for Fania, which saw Barretto stretching out on free-form material while still pumping out plenty of tight cuts with brassy charts for the heavy dancers crowd in New York. Therein lies the lone concern with this collection. While it extends into the '70s with great tracks from his other Fania classics -- 1968's Hard Hands, 1970's Together, 1972's Barretto Power -- there's a heavy emphasis on Barretto's great popcorn and boogaloo material, while completely ignoring the longer, extended grooves like the title track to Acid (probably his career highlight) as well as "El Nuevo Barretto." Extending the running time another 20 minutes would have been easy, and that would have made Latin Soul Man a priceless pickup.
© John Bush /TiVo

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Ray Barretto

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1
Right On
00:02:44

Andy Gonzalez, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Oreste Vilato, Timbales , AssociatedPerformer - Ray Barretto, Producer, Conga, Background Vocalist, Spoken Word, Recording Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rene Lopez, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Roberto Rodriguez, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Cruz, Piano, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Fred Weinberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Fuentes, Percussion, Bongos, AssociatedPerformer - Joseph Roman, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Masucci, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 1970 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

2
Soul Drummers
00:03:50

Oreste Vilato, Timbales , AssociatedPerformer - Ray Barretto, Producer, Conga, Recording Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rene Lopez, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Roberto Rodriguez, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Harvey Averne, Producer, Recording Producer - Louis Cruz, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Sabater, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Masucci, Producer, Executive Producer - Willie Torres, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby “Big Daddy" Rodríguez, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1968 Codigo Music LLC

3
New York Soul
00:02:41

Oreste Vilato, Drums, Timbales , AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Valentín, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Barretto, Producer, Leader, Conga, Recording Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Brooks Arthur, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rene Lopez, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Roberto Rodriguez, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Luis Cruz, ComposerLyricist - Louis Cruz, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Sabater, Background Vocalist, Spoken Word, AssociatedPerformer - Joseph Roman, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Masucci, Producer, Executive Producer - Willie Torres, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1968 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

4
Together
00:02:37

Andy Gonzalez, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Oreste Vilato, Timbales , AssociatedPerformer - Ray Barretto, Vocals, Conga, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roberto Rodriguez, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Cruz, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Adalberto Santiago, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Fuentes, Bongos, AssociatedPerformer - Joseph Roman, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Masucci, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1969 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

5
Love Beads
00:02:45

Oreste Vilato, Drums, Timbales , AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Valentín, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Barretto, Producer, Leader, Conga, Recording Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Brooks Arthur, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rene Lopez, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Roberto Rodriguez, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Cruz, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Sabater, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Fuentes, Bells, Bongos, AssociatedPerformer - Joseph Roman, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Masucci, Producer, Executive Producer - Willie Torres, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1968 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

6
El Watusi
00:02:38

Ray Barretto, Percussion, Conga, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Teddy Reig, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1962 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc., Bajo Licencia De Emusica Records

7
007 (Double O Seven)
00:02:12

John Barry, ComposerLyricist - Ray Barretto, MainArtist

℗ 1965 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

8
El Bantú
00:02:17

Ray Barretto, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Teddy Reig, Producer, Recording Producer - Valdez, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1963 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

9
Mercy, Mercy Baby
00:02:46

Oreste Vilato, Timbales , AssociatedPerformer - Ray Barretto, Producer, Conga, Recording Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rene Lopez, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Roberto Rodriguez, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Harvey Averne, Producer, Recording Producer - Louis Cruz, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Sabater, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Masucci, Producer, Executive Producer - Willie Torres, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby “Big Daddy" Rodríguez, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1968 Codigo Music LLC

10
Do You Dig It
00:02:28

Ray Barretto, Leader, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Brooks Arthur, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henry Jerome, Producer, Recording Producer - Pete Bonet, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Adalberto Santiago, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Abrash, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1967 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

11
The Teacher Of Love
00:02:30

Oreste Vilato, Timbales , AssociatedPerformer - Ray Barretto, Producer, Conga, Recording Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rene Lopez, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Roberto Rodriguez, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Harvey Averne, Producer, Recording Producer - Louis Cruz, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Sabater, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Masucci, Producer, Executive Producer - Willie Torres, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby “Big Daddy" Rodríguez, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1968 Codigo Music LLC

12
Hard Hands
00:02:29

Bobby Valentín, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Barretto, Producer, Leader, Conga, Recording Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Brooks Arthur, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rene Lopez, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Roberto Rodriguez, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Cruz, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Sabater, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Joseph Roman, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Masucci, Producer, Executive Producer - Willie Torres, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1968 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

13
Got To Have You
00:02:27

Bobby Valentín, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Barretto, Producer, Leader, Conga, Recording Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Brooks Arthur, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rene Lopez, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Roberto Rodriguez, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Maldonado, ComposerLyricist - Louis Cruz, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Sabater, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Joseph Roman, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Masucci, Producer, Executive Producer - Willie Torres, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1968 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

14
A Deeper Shade Of Soul
00:02:47

Oreste Vilato, Timbales , AssociatedPerformer - Ray Barretto, Producer, Conga, Recording Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rene Lopez, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Roberto Rodriguez, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Harvey Averne, Producer, Recording Producer - Louis Cruz, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Masucci, Producer, Executive Producer - Bobby “Big Daddy" Rodríguez, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1968 Codigo Music LLC

15
Power
00:06:08

Andy Gonzalez, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Oreste Vilato, Timbales , AssociatedPerformer - Ray Barretto, Producer, Conga, Background Vocalist, Spoken Word, Recording Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rene Lopez, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Roberto Rodriguez, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Cruz, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Fred Weinberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Adalberto Santiago, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Fuentes, Percussion, Bongos, AssociatedPerformer - Joseph Roman, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Masucci, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 1970 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

16
Tin Tin Deo
00:08:24

Andy Gonzalez, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Oreste Vilato, Timbales , AssociatedPerformer - Ray Barretto, Conga, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roberto Rodriguez, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Cruz, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Adalberto Santiago, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Fuentes, Bongos, AssociatedPerformer - Joseph Roman, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Masucci, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1969 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

17
Babalu
00:02:07

Ray Barretto, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2007 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

Album Description

Despite his Clark Kent looks, Ray Barretto's '60s recordings revealed a Superman of groove-based Latin salsa and soul. His early novelty hit "El Watusi" may have had the most success, but when Barretto began recording for Fania with the 1967 classic Acid, he unleashed some of the brassiest, grooviest, and most powerful tracks ever heard in Latin music. Latin Soul Man is a 17-track compilation of his early career, spanning the early '60s to 1972, and including material originally recorded for Tico, UA Latino, and Fania. After a brief time at Riverside in the early '60s for his debut as a leader, Barretto headed off to Tico and scored his biggest hit with 1963's "El Watusi," which showed off his excellent arranging chops and the power of his early flute-led charanga. Then there was another brief stay, at UA Latino, which is heard here with another novelty, "Señor 007," as well as one of the best boogaloos ever recorded, "Do You Dig It." After that came Acid and a parade of great material for Fania, which saw Barretto stretching out on free-form material while still pumping out plenty of tight cuts with brassy charts for the heavy dancers crowd in New York. Therein lies the lone concern with this collection. While it extends into the '70s with great tracks from his other Fania classics -- 1968's Hard Hands, 1970's Together, 1972's Barretto Power -- there's a heavy emphasis on Barretto's great popcorn and boogaloo material, while completely ignoring the longer, extended grooves like the title track to Acid (probably his career highlight) as well as "El Nuevo Barretto." Extending the running time another 20 minutes would have been easy, and that would have made Latin Soul Man a priceless pickup.
© John Bush /TiVo

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