WILLIE COLON & RUBEN BLADES Siembra (Craft Recordings)
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180g vinyl LP from Craft Latino and Fania Records
Remastered from original analog master tapes by Phil Rodriguez at Elysian Masters
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Craft Latino (the Latin repertoire arm of Craft Recordings), together with Fania Records, present an all-analog remastered vinyl reissue of Siembra, the transcendental album that caused a revolution in Latin music and, for many years, was the best-selling album in salsa history. This new edition of Siembra was remastered from its original analog master tapes by Phil Rodriguez at Elysian Masters and comes pressed on 180g LP at Memphis Record Pressing.
Released in 1978, Siembra was the second full-length collaboration between Panamanian singer/songwriter Rubén Blades – formerly a vocalist with Ray Barretto’s orchestra – and visionary Nuyorican producer Willie Colón, who had already made history with a string of superlative albums featuring mercurial salsa star Héctor Lavoe. Colón’s soulful sonic identity – built on layers of trombone riffs, always eager to incorporate the influence of outside genres – provided the perfect counterpoint to Blades’ songwriting universe. If their previous album together had already merged Afro-Caribbean beats with sociopolitical messages, Siembra was the thinking Latino’s ideological manifesto.