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Lito Barrientos Y Su Orquesta

Very Very Well

"Very Very Well" was the first album for Discos Fuentes by Salvadorian Rafael "Lito" Barrientos and his tropical orchestra, recorded in 1965. While in Colombia in the mid-1960s, he found great success with his assimilation of styles like cumbia and porro but also included Cuban charanga, Puerto Rican bomba and Mexican corrido in his repertoire, making for a very diverse selection of moods and flavors. 

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Ltd LP Info: Presented in facsimile artwork and pressed on 180g vinyl.

Conjunto Miramar

Cumbias Con El Miramar

First ever reissue of "Cumbias con El Miramar", a very hard-to-find album released by Discos Fuentes in 1965. Full of excellent cumbias and gaitas for dancing, the record actually is a lot more diverse than the title leads one to believe, as there are lots of other hot rhythms and arrangements on it, taken from Cuban genres like guajira, guaracha, guaguanca, charanga and son montuno. 

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Ltd LP Info: Presented in facsimile artwork and pressed on 180g vinyl.

Francis Hime has been a fundamental artist of Brazilian music since the mid-1960s. He began to play the piano when he was only six years old and in 1963 he started working with Vinicius de Moraes, with whom he would compose many songs. For example, ‘Sem mais adeus’, included in “Os Seis Em Ponto”, his first album as part of the band of the same name, released in 1964 on the prestigious RGE label.

Hime’s rhythmic piano swings between bossa and jazz along the entire record, with the typical groove of the then emerging Brazilian sound and the characteristic arrangements and solos of the American jazz genre. The complexity of the instrumentation present on the album already anticipates what would be the pianist’s later career as arranger and director of orchestras. But the instrumental depth does not diminish the infectious groove of many of the tracks on the album, a wonderful repertoire by such solid composers as Carlos Lyra, Roberto Menescal or Castro Neves, as well as absolute legends like Vinicius, Jobim or Edu Lobo.

“Os Seis Em Ponto” is a representative record from the time of its making: the golden age of bossa jazz, full of sweet and luminous melodies, but also of energetic moments in which Francis Hime’s piano receives the brilliant backing of the flute and the trombone, or the effective guitar of Nelson Motta. Despite the young age of the whole band, their instrumental skills are beyond any doubt and this is proven by the masterful performances not only of the many classics contained in the album but also of Hime’s original compositions. Among the most notable cuts on the LP are ‘Mar azul’, ‘Se você pensar’, ‘Sem mais adeus’, ‘A paz de um homem so’, ‘Amor a Êsmo’ and ‘Borandá’.

Afro-Peruvian music, also known as 'música criolla', finds its roots in West African music, Spanish and European genres and native musical traditions from Peru. Flamenco-influenced sounds sit next to African tribal elements and a simple yet effective percussion instrument called cajón.

After a long struggle to preserve música criolla through oral tradition over generations, actually resulting in much of the original music being lost, a renewed interest in those rhythms and melodies arose in the 1950s. Some years later the legendary Peruvian singer Chabuca Granda provided help to promote Perú Negro, a dance company that also incorporated percussion combined with música criolla. Ronaldo Campos, "Lalo" Izquierdo, Víctor Padilla, Rodolfo Arteaga and Caitro Soto, among others, played a key role in the foundation and early days of the company. Their shows celebrated and recreated black culture in Peru and they quickly became regulars at Lima's theatres.

In 1969 they won the main award at the Festival Hispanoamericano de la Danza y la Canción in Argentina. The repertoire performed at the festival was later included in this album, originally released in 1973 in Peru and Spain only. The lyrics and music of these songs reflect the country's multicultural diversity, blending elements from the African tradition and echoes of Spanish-influenced melodies around stories of slavery days, rural labour and folklore.

Although lesser known than music from other nearby countries, Peru Negro's recordings are reminiscent of Afro-Colombian or Afro-Cuban rhythms. If you have an interest in Cuban son or Colombian bambuco, this record will be an essential addition to your collection and the perfect introduction to the fascinating música criolla.


Tulsa vocalist Paulette Parker joined the renowned vocal group The Ikettes in 1967, before meeting Andre Lewis, whom she would marry some time later, changing her name to Maxayn Lewis. Both of them, along with former colleagues of Andre in the group Buddy Miles Express, formed in 1970 a new band that would be baptized after the singer's own name: Maxayn.

Their first recording was self-funded and easily achieved a contract with the company Capricorn Records to release it. It was in 1972 when that first album, self-titled, saw the light. The result is a superb record of soul and funk spiced up with a gospel vibe and also a distinctive rock sound. As a curiosity, two of the most soulful and deep songs by The Rolling Stones, 'Gimme Shelter' and 'You Can't Always Get What You Want', were chosen to be part of the album's repertoire and in both cases Maxayn's vocal performance manages to appropriate these two famous songs to the point that it seems that they were originally written for the singer herself. Facing two classics of such high caliber and successfully passing the test is a challenge that few would dare to try. Not in vain, Maxayn deserves to be placed in the same league as other better-known funk artists such as Betty Davis or Yvonne Fair.

Along with the successful versions of the Stones, their own compositions include 'Trying For Days', 'Jam For Jack', 'Song' and 'Doing Nothing, Nothing Doing', in which the energetic tandem formed by Maxayn's voice and the solid support of the band's musicians achieves an electric and timeless result.

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LP Info: 180g vinyl, gatefold sleeve.

Los Revolucionarios

Los Revolucionarios

    A revolutionary album with a sound unlike that of any other tropical record before or after which could only have come from the Caribbean region of Colombia and the fertile mind of the band's leader, Alfredo Gutierrez. What makes this record unique and a highly sought-after collector's piece are the innovative arrangements that mix a sax section with electric organ, piano and accordion, and its killer version of Javier Vazquez's hard salsa tune 'Esa mulata'. The rest of the album has more hot salsa, boogaloo and descarga, plus local flavors like paseo and porro and even a Dominican merengue.

    Presented in facsimile artwork and pressed on 180g vinyl. Part of a new Vampisoul reissue series of classic LPs from Colombia's Codiscos and its group of labels such as Zeida and Costeno.

    The third volume of the "Cumbia Beat" series includes again tracks by the some of the most important bands of the golden age of Peruvian cumbia: Los Diablos Rojos, Los Beta 5, Los Girasoles, Los Ecos, Los Demonios del Mantaro, Los Sander's de Nana.

    Peruvian cumbia brings together tropical music styles from Colombia and Cuba, Western influences such as 60s beat and psychedelic rock, and mixes them with indigenous melodies from the Amazonian jungle and traditional Andean songs. The result is a unique and vibrant style of music which reverberates with life.

    Welcome to the golden age of Peruvian cumbia. 

    Michi Sarmiento Y Su Combo Bravo

    Salsa Con Monte

    Vampisoul hit us with the present the latest facsimile LP in their Discos Fuentes reissue series, an instant tropical Latin dance party from Blas "Michi" Sarmiento. Apparently, it was almost impossible to choose which Michi y Sus Bravos album to reissue, they're all so good. But they took a poll with fans and DJs, and his sixth LP "Salsa Con Monte" (1973) came up with the most votes, though it was a close race and any one of them could have easily been substituted.

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    Czech Up! Vol 2: We'd Be Happy

      Second volume of Vampisoul's "Czech Up!" series, which compiles 60s and 70s gems from the vaults of Supraphon and Panton labels from the former Czechoslovakia. Freakbeat, soul, baroque pop, prog-funk, garage rock, psych-jazz... all that and more is contained within these 22 tracks, wonderfully produced and now carefully remastered, many of them never reissued before. 


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