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Ray Barretto
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Latin Music
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All Artists: Ray Barretto
Title: Indestructible
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Charly UK
Release Date: 9/13/1994
Album Type: Import
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Latin Music
Styles: Caribbean & Cuba, Cuba, Latin Jazz, Tropical, Salsa
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 082333210622

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S. | 07/15/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This 1973 Ray Barretto salsa CLASSIC album is GREAT for the people who like a dynamic, agressive and also instrumental style of New York Salsa. There's not 1 weak track here, although the nice Cha-Cha-Chá Yo Tengo Un Amor (from great Puerto-Rican song author Rafael Hernández) has a bit too much Bolero music in it for me, (think of the bolero parts as the THICK bread of a nice sandwich filling...)

The biggest hits ever from this album are the 1st song El Hijo De Obatalá (with Barretto taking a Conga Drum solo) and the title track at the end Indestructible, where Little "Ray" Romero takes a technically very good and fiery timbale solo.
To be honest, the song Llanto De Cocodrilo was almost as popular as the 1st two I've already mentioned. It is one fast paced and rhythmical track with LOTS of excitement with Cuban Trumpetist Roberto Rodríguez taking excellent and dynamic trumpet solos along the arrangements around the end of the song.
One tune I enjoyed very much is the slightly underrated Son-Montuno El Diablo which although is fairly slow, has a great intensity, good rhythm and good Trumpet solos again by Roberto Rodríguez.
La Familia is also excellent, fast paced, exciting and dynamic;
and the musicality, and instrumentality of La Orquesta (written by the same Roberto Rodríguez, again) are also GREAT!

I'm going on for too long FOR NOTHING!...

We all know this album, it's GREAT, it's DEFINITELY one of Barretto's top 2-3 albums out of ALL the ones he did for Fania, and DEFINITELY one of his most consistent ones as well.



G-E-T I-T!

(Please hear the FULL album available at (UK Site) by clicking NEXT at the bottom of the Ray Barretto Artist page.)

Sound Quality: A HIGH 8/10! This 2006 remastered Cd is the BEST version of this album that I've ever heard remastered! The French Sony Music Media 'Collector's' one from 2nd July 2001 (with light brown edge) isn't 'all that' in terms of sound quality, ALTHOUGH it has 6 bonus songs!...
Concerning this version, you can almost imagine that you're hearing the original Vinyl sound quality, with a VERY GOOD volume as well! WICKED!!!
Essential Barretto
penton42 | NJ | 06/17/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"After reading the umteenth review that says such-and-such book or CD is a "must have," I start to wonder what to believe. Well, believe me when I tell you that this IS an essential recording that no one who loves salsa should be without. Along with Rican/Struction, Indestructible was Barretto at the height of his talent. Don't quibble, buy it."
Great sound on this reissue!
coa1881 | New York, NY USA | 07/21/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"One of Barretto's most important recordings from the 1970's where he was at his peak. These cats swing hard!
The reissue itself sounds better than the prior release from the mid 90's. Very clear and defined sound. It comes with a very informative essay and original artwork.
Good job Emusica (Fania's new owners)!"