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Wednesday, Jun 03 2009 | 17:56 Buy this now at GoodToGo (B2B)

5010Just in time for summer here’s a mouth-watering taste of super latin soul! With the ingredients ranging from spicy hot funk to cool refreshing salsa, Ricardo Marrero’s “A Taste” sets the scene for an exciting summer awash with soulful latin rhythms over a tropical breeze … an album of wonderful music, an album that very nearly never happened!

The story of this album begins in New York during the mid-70s. It’s a story of stolen master tapes, shady deals and records deliberately made not to be sold. It’s the story of the musical obsession of one man who has devoted his life to music and how he was sold down the river by unscrupulous record industry moguls. It’s also the story of one of the rarest, most in-demand and expensive records the world has ever known, with only a handful of copies of this super LP ever being found. Demand for the solid music within has led to a bidding frenzy whenever a copy has surfaced – the latest one on eBay fetched £2855 – that’s an amazing $4000! Records don’t get much more collectable than that, and so we have no hesitation of awarding a coveted ‘Holy Grail’ status to this LP, the third in Jazzman’s acclaimed series.

Why so rare? We spoke to Ricardo himself to find out, and his remarkable story is revealed in the CD liner notes for the first time ever. We’ve also included a rare picture of the band, and two alternate takes of songs previously only obtainable on 7″ vinyl. The LP is a repro of the original, and is numbered and limited to 1000 copies only and will not be repressed.


01. Tiny
02. Algo
03. And We’ll Make Love
04. Vengo
05. Get Yourself Together
06. Babalonia
07. My Friend
08. A Taste Of Latin
09. Algo (alt version, CD only)
10. Babalonia (alt version, CD only)

The album Ricardo Marrero & The GroupA Taste” (Jazzman) is going to be released June 26, 2009.

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