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Punteame Bien El Tres
CD (Igle/Teca 1027), Released 1972;
Editor's Pick:
Monguito “El Unico” (b. Ramón Quian, d. 2006) is one of the best traditional Afro-Cuban soneros ever, and he never made a bad record, from his early recordings in Mexico, to the more well known ones he cut with Orquesta Broadway, Pacheco, and Arsenio, the pinnacle being his solo dates from the '80s. Monguito made a fabulous set of solo recordings for Fania in the late '60s – early '70s, and also recorded some of the best albums on SAR with Roberto Torres in the late '70s early '80s. He was beloved in Africa, and continued recording in the extended format pioneered by Torres at SAR, making some beautiful records for the Ivory Coast based Sacodis label. During the early to mid '70s though he was not as prolific, so it’s great to see one of his few from that period see the light of day again. Originally released in ’72 as Yo Si Como Candela on Teca, it was reissued on Igle in ’91, and is back again. Nothing too surprising on this album if you know his work; just the same beautiful son montunos and boleros he was so great at, with the fabulous Javier Vazquez on piano, an uncredited tresero, and a killer coro of Roberto Torres, Yayo El Indio, and Justo Betancourt backing him up. The version of “Alto Songo” is turned into a moving tribute to Puerto Rico, and “Yo Si Como Candela” will send shivers up your spine. Sound quality varies from fine to poor, and the lack of liner notes or credits is a shame. Still, aside from Miguelito Cuní or Benny Moré, you won’t find a more sublime or authentic Cuban sonero, so I recommend you buy all of Monguito’s albums, this one included. (Pablo Yglesias, 2008-11-12)
Song titles include:
Punteame Bien El Tres
Alto Songo
Yo Si Como Candela
Te Traigo Mi Son
Gocen El Cha Cha Cha
La Muraga
Tuya Es Mi Alma
Musicians include:
Roberto Torres Coro
Yayo El Indo Coro
Justo Betancourt Coro
Category: Salsa/Son => Salsa
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