Acid (Digital Album)
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By 1966, a new sound had appeared on the New York dance music scene – Latin Boogaloo. A unique combination of son montuno, cha-cha-cha and R&B, this new sound was put down by many established bandleaders and purists. Ray Barretto's debut album for Fania, 1968's Acid, opens with the funky, hard-driving son montuno titled "El Nuevo Barretto."
Listen closely to the opening break/trumpet phrase. Carlos Santana would recycle it later in his version of Tito Puente's "Oye Como Va." On "Mercy, Mercy, Baby," vocalist and fellow Nuyorican Pete Bonet, easily riffs in English, reflecting the influence African-American culture has had on the New York-Puerto Rican experience. One of the gems on this recording is certainly the title tune, a tour de force that combines a jazz aesthetic with the drive of Afro-Cuban rhythm. Further standouts like "A Deeper Shade of Soul," "The Soul Drummers" and "Teacher of Love" continue in the boogaloo groove.
- El Nuevo Barretto
- Mercy, Mercy Baby
- A Deeper Shade Of Soul
- The Soul Drummers
- Sola Te Dejare
- Teacher Of Love
- Espiritu Libre
- 1968's Acid was Ray Barretto's debut album for Fania.
- A unique combination of son montuno, cha-cha-cha and R&B, this new sound was put down by many established bandleaders and purists.