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Friday, May 05 2017 | 03:52
Image: 1609897 BBE present a straight reissue of the ultra rare lost Latin album Vamonos / Let's Go from The Orchestra Soledad .

A1 El Ritmo Soledad
A2 I'll Make You A Queen
A3 Cuero
A4 Vamonos / Let's Go
A5 Uptight
B1 La Puerta Esta
B2 Problems
B3 Just Like A Fool
B4 Candela

Originally released in 1970 by little-known Chicago imprint Futuro, 'Vamonos / Let's Go!' is the first and only album recorded by Brooklyn neighbourhood salsa band 'The Orchestra Soledad'. Led by trombonist and singer Hector Ramos, the music of Orchestra Soledad is characterised by brash and energetic salsa arrangements created by Ramos himself, who also composed (or cocomposed) all of the music featured on the LP.
This ultra-rare record came to our attention courtesy of DJ Amir who discovered it (along with a 'battle of the bands' trophy that the band had won) in a shop located only blocks away from the Bushwick home of Hector
Ramos. Immediately captivated by the striking artwork and incredible music, Amir went on to include the track "El Ritmo Soledad" on his 2016 BBE compilation 'Buena Música Y Cultura', an album celebrating latin music from across the Americas. The Orchestra Soledad was made up of talented local kids (maybe local heroes), all dreaming of Fania All-Stars fame when they stepped in the studio, sadly destined never to 'make it'. Yet this one shining album remains, a lasting testament to their brilliance. Raw, authentic 70s street salsa, all the recordings featured on 'Vamonos/ Let's Go!' have a distinctly live, unpolished feel, evoking all the sweat and drama of a hot summer's night in the barrios of Sunset Park, Bushwick or Williamsburg back in the day.

For Fans Of: Fania All-Stars, Buena Vista Social Club, Tito Puente, Joe Bataan. Available from 16.06.2017
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