2 March 2010

LOUIE RAMIREZ - A DIFFERENT SHADE OF BLACK




















Louie Ramirez for Cotique from 1976.
Drums - Bernard Purdy /Guitar - Cornel Dupree /Congas - Arthur Jenkins /Percussion - Johnny Rodriguez /Piano - Paul Griffin /Saxophone - Bob Porcelli /Vibraphone, Timbales - Louie Ramirez / Bass - Gordon Edwards , Rasan Jemmott Mfalme , William Salter /Backing Vocals - Erik Alexander , Liz Lampert , Susan Skye

Louie Ramirez was way ahead of his time as always when he pulled together this masterful blend of latin, funk and disco for Cotique (a subsidiary of Fania)in 1976.Check out the line up - Dupree,Edwards and Jenkins of session supergroup Stuff with Purdy keeping it in the pocket and Ramirez and Rodriguez holding down the latin side of things. Mix these elements with loads of strings, hissing high hat, some girlie backing vocals and a bit of 70s cheese and you have a monster latin disco set with two stand out dancefloor bombs:
"Barrio Nuevo" does it for me every time with the intro timbale roll sliding into a not quite cha cha cha of guiro, vibes and strings which breaks out into mambo / mozambique styled sections for vibes and rhodes solo spots - it's all about the tension and release.
"Do It Any Way You Wanna" is the Peoples Choice tune -I lifted this excellent write up from Larry of the great Funky16corners :
His [Ramirez] version of ‘Do It Any Way You Wanna’ passes the original version and leaves it in the dust. The Ramirez take on the tune has a much more aggressive tempo and an absolutely dynamic arrangement. The opening shock of strings, giving way to the drum breakdown, then on to the familiar riff really grabs your ears in a way that the People’s Choice version never really achieves. It’s really mind blowing when you place the versions side by side, that the Louie Ramirez record, with its amazing blend of latin, funk and disco wasn’t a hit.

All Killer No Filler !

50 comments:

Bacoso said...

vinyl rip@320:
http://www.mediafire.com/?mmynm1t5gmn

Keith said...

Thank you! I love what you are doing.

LYSERGICFUNK said...

Many thanks man Very good stuff!

Guido/LF

winton tostello said...

thanks man!!

Reza said...

top draw cheers, lovely cover hmmm

fritz the cat said...

Thanks Bacoso, I heard the Ali Baba album of his, looking forward to this one.

Oracle said...

The only descriptors left for me are "boss and keen"! Lookin' forward to giving this a listen ;O

open form said...

great groove on last track's bass/perc&rhythm/vibes :o))

strings are closer too.......


thank you


love
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senor pocopico said...

Βacoso - The high priest of groove! Greetings from Greece. I had read about this album but not listened to. Bomba Energia my friend!! Thanx one more time!!!

baf said...

thank you

Hrangue said...

Quite impressive.

Jazzjet said...

Great stuff! Many Thanks.

Alan Arbelaez said...

thanks again Bacoso. you are the man.

troods said...

As always, your site amazes and excites the senses (waxing eloquent, I need to get to sleep). Thank you for all you do.

playjazzloud said...

hey thx for sharing, this looks really good!

Lexify said...

Great stuff - thank you!

Simon666 said...

Fantastic, thanks bacoso

soifran said...

lemme add a yeah.

roberto t. said...

Looks great, thank you!

Likedeeler said...

Big props from Berlin, and thanks!

Robert said...

awesome!!

Thanks for this great discovery which appears to be a killer:)

miguelfornow said...

Bacoso, please check this out if you have not already. It's Mark Dimond on VAYA records produced by Willie Colon in 1972. Hypnotic Salsa/jazz with some excellent, long piano solo's by Dimond. Please let me know what you think.

Here's the link:
http://rapidshare.com/files/355839914/Mark_Dimond-Brujeria.rar

toilet said...

Fiery!! Thanks for this

miguelfornow said...

Bacoso, Please check this out if you have not already. Mark Dimond on Vaya records produced by Willie Colon in 1972. Hypnotic, salsa/jazz with long, tasty piano solos. Let me know what you think.

Here's the link:
http://rapidshare.com/files/355839914/Mark_Dimond-Brujeria.rar

open form said...

almost unilateral love/share :o)

thank you always...
and for everybody who is loving it ;o)


love
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NIKO said...

Hello,

Thanks for your great work on your blog.

TAM TAM & Mélodie blog still alive after 3 years of silence.

I'm working hardly to re-upload all links.

If you are interesting, take a look at :

tamtammelodie.blogspot.com

Niko.

Art Simon said...

Nice, I'm digging "Do it any way you wanna." Thanks!

geoff29 said...

Thanks for this, in Jdownloader, I keep getting a message asking for an "archived password," any clue what this is?

thanks!

Mr B said...

Great lp, thanks

by the way, anychance to be on your sidebar? You are on mine already

soundsofthe70s.blogsqpot

Markus said...

awesome drop! appreciating mediaFire as well.

Ingram Frizer said...

thank you v.v.much

alex said...

awesome drop bacoso!
appreciated m8!

Satchelmouth said...

love. your. work.

Mike said...

Top stuff, many thanks!

Clap Yo Handz said...

Thank you!

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FlimFlam said...

Many thanks - two essential tunes like you say

cheeba said...

Killer indeed. Love my latin but the funk feel takes it over the top here. Muchos gracias, Bacoso!

Unda said...

Thanks Bacoso. Much love from BluntGutsNation.com.

a mind with no ceiling said...

Looks amazing!!
thanks for this lp Bacoso!
much appreciated
Greg

Jeremy said...

Awesome, thanks. Gonna cop soon.

taufique said...

Hello there! All the way from Malaysia, leavin you a big thank you :) I havent heard of this one, but Im sure i'll enjoy it.

mr.gone said...

Cheers - always up for a listen if Pretty Purdie is on it.

Clap Yo Handz said...

Thanx a lot... still one of the most amazing blog

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balkanjeff said...

Hard-core disco - now there's three words I never thought could go together. Still, yet another piece of musical mind expansion from OIR. Thanks!
Jeff

Gianni aka Cesare Barbetta said...

Monster!!!
thank you Bacoso.

stripes said...

fantastic site takes me back to the ballroom and goldmine days tuff stuff

elephunkynow said...

ooooh it seems that i'm a bit late discovering your serious & magnificient blog !
is there any chance to upload the LP before running to my favourite records dealers?
Best,
O

Tod said...

Fantastic site! Love all of it. However, this file is no longer on Mediafire. Any chance you could repost? Thanks in advance.

2bad said...

Hey Bacoso,
I'm late, missed this before it was deleted for some reason. What's up with that? Can you put it someplace else?
Thanks

@miguelfornow -- Hey, that Mark Diamond on VAYA looked great but it's gone already too!! How about a re-up??

Thank you my brothers and sisters!

-=estrella=- said...

Pity the files are removed I was really looking forward to listen to this album