5 February 2008
THE MOON PEOPLE / LOS ASTRONAUTAS - LAND OF LOVE
The Moon People for Speed from 1968.
Dusty Groove:One of the grooviest records ever recorded -- and pretty darn rare, too! The Moon People -- aka Los Astronautas -- were a Latin Soul studio band who played behind some of the other killer recordings on the Speed Label. They're best known for their sock-boogaloo instrumental "Land Of Love" -- a stone jammer which kicks off the album -- and their forte is blending together Latin rhythms, soul instrumentation, and kind of a mod 60s easy production style, handled here by maestro Morty Craft. The album's got a really really weird feel -- part Latin Soul, part 60s soundtrack -- almost as if Joe Cuba and Quincy Jones were hanging out together!
There's a fascinating write up on this crew over at Spectropop so if you're a sample spotter or just wanna bit more background on this lp it's well worth a visit.
320 vinyl rip-reissue appears to be out of stock most places.