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Ruben Blades

Metiendo Mano
CD (Fania Codigo 509004), Released 1977; Re-Issued 2010
Produced by Willie Colon
Arranged by Willie Colon, Louie Cruz, & Louie Ortiz
Editor's Pick:
A ‘must-have’ for any serious fan of great music – not just Latin music. Rubén Blades and Willie Colon were a team that transcended the sometimes narrow confines of the salsa world. Poetry, politics, and dance? Those two could pull it off, though several of the compositions on this album make you listen more than just shake your booty. “La Mora” and “Pablo Pueblo” are the standouts, while “La Maleta” makes you laugh and shake your head knowingly. In a way, the music is not particularly challenging, unlike some of Willie and Rubén’s other efforts; as a result, Blades really gets to shine for the first time as an interpreter of the Latino experience. The record is definitely a precursor of things to come, but what I like the most about it is that it is still simple and humble, without the showy dramatic arrangements and overly ambitious sound of later collaborations. Don’t get me wrong, I love parts of “Siembra” and “Maestra Vida,” but unlike those bigger productions, “Metiendo Mano” is lean and mean, and thus light on its feet, like a welterweight boxer. The re-mastering is better than on “Bohemio y Poeta,” which is a relief.
Highly Recommended! (Pablo Yglesias, 2010-05-16)
Willie Colón and Rubén Blades.
"The singer's 1977 partnership with Willie Colon includes the prototypical Blades composition, 'Pablo Pueblo,' and a romantic take on the bolero 'Me Recordaras,' with a virtuosic guitar solo by Yomo Toro." (Mark Holston 96/97 Catalog)
"Blades and Colon were a perfect combination and this was one of the premier collaborative efforts for the salsa 70s. All I have to say is that this is a 'classic'." (Raul Rico Jr. 94/95 Catalog)
Song titles include:
Pablo Pueblo 6:13
Según El Color 6:00
La Maleta 4:41
Me Recordaras 3:42
Plantacion Adentro 5:08
La Mora 6:10
Lluvia De Tu Cielo 5:41
Fue Varon 5:32
Pueblo 7:05
Musicians include:
Leopoldo Pineda Trombone
Papo Vazquez Trombone
Lewis Kahn Trombone
Salvador Cuevas Bass
Milton Cardona Conga, clave, talking drum, quinto
Jose Mangual Jr. Bongos, maracas, percussion
Nicky Marrero Timbales
Jose Torres Piano
Sonny Bravo Piano
Tom Malone Tuba, harp synthesizer
Yomo Toro Cuatro, acoustic guitar
Ruben Blades Lead vocals, acoustic guitar
Willie Colon Solo trombone
Category: Salsa/Son => Salsa: Classic 1960s Or 1970s New York
Shipping Value: 1
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