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Fania All Stars

The flagship act for Fania Records, the Fania All-Stars popularized New York salsa during the 1970s by organizing concerts at larger and larger venues (from the Red Garter in Greenwich Village all the way to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx) that spotlighted not only the label's but the salsa world's biggest stars -- Ray Barretto, Willie Colón, Johnny Pacheco, Rubén Blades, Hector Lavoe, Ismael Miranda, Cheo Feliciano, Bobby Cruz, Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez, and special guests like Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, and Eddie Palmieri. LPs by the collective were usually recorded live and featured long jams with plenty of space for solos for each of the salsa heroes on-stage at the time. Though the label management's quest for crossover success led to a few diluted major-label recordings during the late '70s and early '80s, infrequent events featuring the Fania All-Stars remained huge attractions into the late '90s.

Fania Records was formed in March 1964 by Johnny Pacheco and lawyer Jerry Masucci. Originally just a tiny independent, the label was distributed to local stores out of the trunk of Pacheco's car. By 1967, Masucci's intrepid management had begun to pay dividends. After LPs by Ray Barretto, Willie Colón, Joe Bataan, and Pacheco himself became popular within the New York salsa community, Masucci promoted a jam-session concert at the Red Garter. The Fania All-Stars' first two LPs, Live at the Red Garter, Vols. 1-2, were recorded that night, with guests including Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri. After sales proved slow outside New York, Masucci envisioned putting on another live show and filming the results. After negotiations to book the Fillmore East broke down, the Fania All-Stars appeared at the Cheetah in midtown Manhattan on August 26, 1971. Fans packed the club to more than twice capacity, and another pair of live LPs (Live at the Cheetah) followed. One year later, the results also appeared in the salsa documentary Our Latin Thing (Nuestra Cosa), along with interviews and footage from Spanish Harlem.

The film proved just the kick-start that the salsa scene needed. Wedged between recordings and appearances by individual group members, the Fania All-Stars played sell-out shows across North America, from Puerto Rico and Panama to Chicago. Then, on August 24, 1973, the salsa wave crested with the group's performance at New York's Yankee Stadium in front of 44,000 fans. In 1974, the group traveled to Zaire and performed before the Rumble in the Jungle, the notorious heavyweight title fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. Another appearance at Yankee Stadium in 1975 was also recorded and (unsurprisingly) released as a pair of albums (Live at Yankee Stadium). Footage from both appearances at the venue were edited into the 1976 film Salsa, distributed by Columbia.

That same year, the Fania All-Stars made their studio debut with A Tribute to Tito Rodriguez. Masucci then used his connections with Columbia to negotiate a recording contract for a series of crossover albums he hoped would break the group (and the style) with mainstream audiences across the world. By the end of the '70s, the Fania All-Stars recorded four LPs for Columbia. For better or worse, the loose improvisational feel of their early live recordings had been sacrificed for a slick, studio-bound effect that placed emphasis on producers and engineers as well as high-profile guest slots from jazz fusion names like Bob James, David Sanborn, Maynard Ferguson, and Hubert Laws.

Though albums like 1977's Rhythm Machine did well with audiences not used to buying salsa, they failed to connect. Fania Records' fortunes began to decline by the beginning of the '80s, not just with potential mainstream listeners, but also with hardcore Latin lovers who had quickly moved from salsa to the new sounds of Dominican merengue. Masucci continued working in film, and produced a boxing film in 1983, The Last Fight (starring Rubén Blades as the protagonist and featuring Willie Colón as well).

The Fania All-Stars recorded eight studio albums during the 1980s, gradually moving from the overly polished sound of the late '70s to a more organic Latin jazz. In 1994, the group celebrated the 30th anniversary of Fania Records with live dates in San Juan, Miami, and New York. The Fania All-Stars continued to perform occasionally during the rest of the '90s. ~ John Bush
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Selected Discography

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Track List: San Juan 73

1. Intro (Live)

2. Mi Debilidad (Live)

3. El Raton (Live)

4. Pueblo Latino (Live)

5. Mi Gente (Live)

6. Que Rico Suena Mi Tambor (Live)

7. Soy Guajiro (Live)

8. Soul Makossa (Live)

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Track List: Hot Sweat: Lo Mejor De Fania All Stars Live

Disc 1

2. Son Cuero Y Boogaloo

5. Kikapoo Joy Juice

6. Lamento De Un Guajiro

8. Closing Theme

Disc 2

1. Descarga Fania

6. Soul Makossa

7. Ponte Duro

8. Guantanamera

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Track List: Guasasa

1. Guasasa

2. Why Can't We Live Together

3. Los Seis Diferentes

4. Allegria

5. The Click

6. De Nuevo A La Carga

7. Quasedito

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Track List: Bamboleo

1. Bamboleo

2. Siento

3. Smooth Operator

4. Quiero Saber

5. Djobi Djoba

6. Don't You Worry About A Thing

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Track List: Lo Que Pide La Gente

1. Por Eso Yo Canto Salsa

2. Lo Que Pide La Gente

3. El Rey De La Puntualidad

4. Usando El Coco

5. La Tierra No Es Pa'la Guerra

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Track List: Rhythm Machine

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Track List: Live At Yankee Stadium Vol II

1. Hermandad Fania

3. Mi Debilidad

4. Echate Pa Lla

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Track List: Live At Yankee Stadium Vol I

1. Que Rico Suena Mi Tambor

2. Soy Guajiro

3. Diosa Del Ritmo

4. Pueblo Latino

5. Mi Gente

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Track List: Live At The Cheetah Volume 2

1. Ahora Vengo Yo

2. Estrellas De Fania

3. Que Barbaridad

4. Ponte Duro

6. Closing Theme

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Track List: California Jam

1. Vente Conmigo

2. Guajira Para Los Pollos

3. Taxi To Aguadilla

4. Seis Con El Mismo Sabor

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Track List: Commitment

1. Encantigo

2. La Borinquena

3. Dinamita

4. Piano Man

5. La Palabra Adios

6. Cuando Despiertes

7. Dime

8. Ublabadu

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Track List: Fania All Stars Live In Japan 1976

1. Descarga Fania All Stars

2. Lamento De Un Guajiro

3. Mambo Mongo

4. Picadillo

5. El Raton

6. Mi Debilidad

7. Quitate Tu

8. Ponte Duro

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Track List: Latin-Rock-Soul

1. Viva Tirado

2. Chanchullo

3. Smoke

4. There You Go

5. Mama Guela

7. Soul Makossa

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Track List: Live At The Red Garter Vol 1

1. Introduction Theme (Red Garter)

2. Sabor Sabor

4. Country Girl- City Man

5. Me Gusta El Son

6. Exit Theme

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Track List: Live At The Red Garter Vol 2

1. Son Cuero Y Boogaloo

2. Noche

3. Red Garter Strut

4. Kikapoo Joy Juice

5. If This World Were Mine

6. Richie's Bag

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Track List: Power House

1. Chanchullo

2. Bamboleo

3. Coro Miyare

4. The Click

5. Viva Tirado

7. DJobi, DJoba

8. Son, Cuero Y Boogaloo

10. Kikapoo Joy Juice

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Track List: Viva La Charanga

1. Guajira Con Tumbao

2. Hueso Y Pellejo

3. Me Voy Pa Moron

4. Caimitillo Y Maranon

5. Isla Del Encanto

6. Vacila Con Tu Trago

7. Los Tamalitos De Olga

8. Naranjo Y Lucas

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nancyweissbe i n
Fania All Stars, those were the good old days, makes you want to get up and dance!
I love my people - Que viva NY and PR❤️⭐️
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FRANKIE.BX. CYPRESS. 141..SALUDOS A MI JENTE LATINA...MUS I C A CON ALTO RANGO DE CLASE IRRESISTIBLE CON LOS SONEROS DE PUERTO RICO..AAAHHH Y Y Y Y . . . . W A T C H A M A C O L E . . . . . M U S I C A LOL.LOL.LOL
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La musica para toda la vida ,,clasika, esta es mis vansiones
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Recontra que Melodia
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MakjodedjBx6 6 y el Corso???
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(los"70's)qu e buena musica fue aquella,y todavia se escucha y vivira por rato indefinido", ( L e n n y 8 3 1 , )
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El Peru y la salsa van siempre debla mano saludos
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Qué viva la Salsa y El Bronx
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Will always be my main man. Love you Cheo
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EDTORRENS deDULCES LABIOS MAYAGUEZ LA salsa Buena nunca morira soneros Como los de antes ya no los hay tenemos que empezar a cultivarlos para que LA monten en barrio LA esquina en el teen donde sea...NYC The Bronx
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I can smell times and places from my past just because this is in my ears. Great reminders are... GREAT!
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La salsa jamas morira.
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coleman3.edw i n
Fania!!! Agua!!
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My beloved trombonist, Barry Rodgers, (RIP) can be clearly heard. Not only the loudest trombonist, but also a genius of a musician who would often be found tuning the piano for Eddie Palmieri.
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Vaya de los mejores Salseros a quien no le gusto la fania all stars,back in the70's,it was for them the best times,or not?
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Rutgers State University Newark Campus in the early seventies . wowwwwwwwwww w w w feels like yesterday. Que Viva La Musica !!!
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Good old days.
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EL MEJOR JUNTE MUSICAL MÁS RECORDADO POR SU MÚSICA Y ARTISTAS DIFERENTES NACIONALIDAD E S LA PRIMERO BANDA EN DAR UN CONCIERTO MASIVO Y LLENO EL YANKEE STADIUM AL MÁXIMO BOMBERITO ZARZUELA TOCA CON NUESTRO GRUPO TIMBONGO REYNALDO JORGE TAMBIÉN NICK MARRERO TAMBIÉN SON TREMENDOS SERES HUMANO LA BENDICIONES A TODOS LO MAESTROSDE LA FANIA QUE A UN ESTAN VIVO AMEN
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Salsa in the 70s was the best and still lives on in souls of its feet of salseros ����
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The best of all time
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The best orquesta ever after el gram combo no one else. Boricua y De cidra.
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The forever this never die love fania and thesoneros
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Being from Brooklyn I to had the best time salsa dancing my feet off with friends, family and anyone on dance floor. Seeing La Fania at the Cheetah
was the best sharing with all those fantastic musicians. Que viva la Salsa!!
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Raza
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Great dancin memories of the Cheetah
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When I was a kid back then, the merengue was a hick thing, who would have believed it became such a big thing. Meguess the DR diaspora.
But hardcore salseros, though we're dying out, will always love SALSA.
Not long ago at a barbershop, a Columbian barber asked me, with a
smile: Usted es salsero? I was both delighted and awed that he thought it was such a big thing. A long time ago I replied, I'm 72 but
these sounds make me like I'm 21 again. Muchas gracias!!!!
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The best of times. ...wepaaaaaa a a
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Angel Valentin
Epocas de Salsa was the Fania!!
From Jersey with Love.....
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eduardo92263
Fuego Popular .Lol
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Mi gente ♡
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Ponte duro....Pont e duro
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FANIA is the standard bearer for tropical latin music, a cultural & musical juggernaut that will never appear again, we are left with a rich legacy & indelible images. Thank you!
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Fania All Stars rocks
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This is smooth tune
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Lo mejor de mi tiempo...ole skool
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Baja
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The best of ole skool (SALSA)
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Unable Musica Como Esa Mas nunc a second encounter a
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Amo la fania..
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Checo felicianoooo o
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OMG good times !!!!
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Soy salsera, boricua forever
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U had to live it to know it, awesome times with the best SALSA
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As a Boricua from the Lower East Side, I got to listen, watch and enjoy La Fania All Stars with my brother and friends as teenagers. It was the only way to see all your stars on one stage. What a joy! Soul Macossa sounded great when they played with that group!
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I know Fania lives on asswipe music will be here for ever ,but the salseros that sang it R.I.P All you Fania all stars.I know good music.you could suck a good dick .you know who I'm talking about .
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rolonfam
Boricua From New Jersey, Best Salsa Ever
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Man if your from Brooklyn I remember going with my crew the conservative gents to Manhattan center, riverside plaza, grand paradise, st. George hotel. 3and 1 club on flatbush ave in Brooklyn. Those we the days! if any of my crew is still around this is mouse@ ruben Correa@38 gmail.com. que viva LA salsa!!!!!!!
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That the best salsa from 70s
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God I would've love to scene that!!!!!!!. . . G r e a t e s t , busiest music in the world.....no that the world has ever known!!!!!!! ! !
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