THE FANIA ALL STARS
San Juan 73
The legacy of The Fania All Stars was built by uniting the most innovative and exciting Latin musicians and singers found in New York City at that time, and available to perform before a live audience. It was the infancy of salsa, fundamented on the magnetic electricity between audience and performer, and captured on tape at the Red Garter, The Cheetah and Yankee Stadium, where the listener was aurally placed in front of the stage, thus assimilating the spirit of an era in which there was still an innocence to said music and dance. The resulting collective experience made international stars out of artists virtually unknown outside NYC. Now, this long-lost San Juan concert of the Fania All Stars sheds light, once again, on a flashpoint in Latín music history that serves as a reminder of the quality and youthful vigor of this stellar ensemble. What I like about this album is the raw funkiness of the...