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Saint Latin'S Day Massacre

Saint Latin'S Day Massacre by Joe Bataan
Released: Sep 2006
Label: Fania
Boogaloo was dismissed by a lot of salsa musicians as brainless and overly simplified, but Joe Bataan's Latin soul went several steps beyond party music, and nowhere is that more clear than on this 1972 release. Bataan gets African American soul music, and he gets Afro-Cuban music, too; when he put them together, the sound had a visceral impact that spoke to every demographic in his East Harlem barrio. What's more, it's still speaking: it's impossible to hear a song like "Coco-e" and not find yourself transported. This is the sound that helped birth, for better or worse, disco and a lot more.
Sarah Bardeen

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