RUBÉN BLADES CON LA ORQUESTA DE PETE RODRIGUEZ
De Panamá a New York
De Panamá a New York is an album that has always, for some reason, served to frustrate me; not for the astonishing quality of the music, but because it should have been Rubén Blades" triumphant entrance to the New York salsa scene. But it was not meant to be; the recording was a disappointment in terms of sales, and Rubén, for reasons unknown, had to return to his native Panamá. The talent was there, and it was ignored, but not for long, because the singer returned, sooner than later to become a salsa icon. The opening song Juan González, gave the world an early glance of the musical force that Blades would represent in the near future. It's about the death of a guerrilla fighter, molded--although it has been said that the singer denies it--after Ché Guevara's assassination, which occurred shortly before...