salsoul: search & destroy

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i know very little about this, so opinion appreciated...

gareth, Wednesday, 4 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Where to start? The first label in history to come out with a 12" extended remix (for good or ill...)
Start with that 'Mastercuts' comp with Ten City's "10%",Instant Funk's "Got My Mind Made Up", not to mention "Love Sensation". Also any 70s album by Candido, who did the latin-jazz thing in the 60s but was pressed into service on the disco assembly line - to GREAT effect. This is the music that SHOULD be referred to as 'garage', not the cheezy sped-up chipmunk warbling that seems to have taken over in the UK.

tarden, Wednesday, 4 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

if you ever happen to want to segue from salsa (or even dub or something people-still-drinking-and-talking like that) into disco, then you can't go past lining up "brazilian nights" by gary criss (salsoul s7 2082 (dj)) across the decks from "salsoul hustle" by the salsoul orchestra (sz 2002) as follow up (your call on the 3:24 a side or the fully 6:41 b side), once anyway.

jon, Wednesday, 4 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

The "Salsoul Classics" double CD compilation is pretty good, though they're extended 12 inch versions which is a little tedious in some cases. "Let No Man Put Asunder" by First Choice is sublime though - one of my all-time favourites.

David, Wednesday, 4 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

The First Choice track mentioned - the way it goes "It's not over..." for about 10 minutes - is that 'cute formalism' or just meta-disco?

tarden, Thursday, 5 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

david, does that compilation have thousand fingered man on it? what do people feel about salsoul in comparison to solar?

gareth, Thursday, 5 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

david, does that compilation have thousand fingered man on it?


David, Thursday, 5 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

eleven months pass...
is it a first choice record that is sampled by mutiny uk for that secrets track? if so, which one?

gareth, Friday, 28 June 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

i dont have too many of these records, but my fave is the 12" of 'sing-sing'by Gaz. it is a breakbeat classic, as seen on the cover of Digital Underground's 'Underwater Rimes' 12"

Ron, Friday, 28 June 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

seven months pass...

My fave Salsoul cuts are the ones mixed by Walter Gibbons and Larry Levan as well as the production work by Patrick Adams and Gregory Carmichael. In all they made about 300 twelve inches ... there is a lot to choose from.

Inner Life 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' (1981) Larry Levan mix
Double Exposure - Ten Percent (1976) Walter Gibbons mix
Logg - I Know You Will (1981) Larry Levan mix
First Choice - Let No Man Put Asunder (1983) Frankie Knuckles mix
Skyy - First Time Around (1979) Larry Levan mix
Loleatta Holloway - Hit And Run (1977) Walter Gibbons mix
Jocelyn Brown - Make It Last Forever (1979) Larry Levan mix
Cognac - How High (1980) Larry Levan mix
Sparkle - Handsome Man (1979) Larry Levan mix
Loleatta Holloway - Catch Me On the Rebound (1978) Walter Gibbons mix


Jan Geerinck (jahsonic), Monday, 24 February 2003 16:31 (seventeen years ago) link

gareth, Did you like Thousand-Fingered Man? Didn't do anything for me. I saw Candido perform at a concert where Celia Cruz was headlining. He's old, but he still pulled off some really strange "time-bending" stuff on the congas, which made me stop and go: what did he just do?

I don't know the Salsoul label that well, unfortunately. I'd be more interested in the salsa end of their releases. I like Joe Battan's album by the same name, but I guess you already know that one.

Rockist Scientist, Monday, 24 February 2003 19:36 (seventeen years ago) link

Grupo Folklorico y Experimental's Concepts in Unity is also pretty good. (I forgot they were on salsoul.)

Rockist Scientist, Monday, 24 February 2003 19:57 (seventeen years ago) link

You know, honestly, I don't like this Concepts in Unity album that much.

Rockist Scientist, Tuesday, 25 February 2003 00:33 (seventeen years ago) link

You know, honestly, I don't like this Concepts in Unity album that much.

Please reconsider. :) It is my favourite Latin record. Anabacoa is my favourite track.

Jan Geerinck (jahsonic), Tuesday, 25 February 2003 00:50 (seventeen years ago) link

Oh no, a house/disco fan with more canonical taste in Latin music than mine. :( I am shamed. (Actually, I like disco quite a bit, myself, though I don't know more than the top hits.)

I like the version of "Cuba Linda" on there quite a bit, but, I don't know, I just can't get into the overall album that much.

What other Latin do you like? Maybe you could dredge up one of my salsa threads and add it there (not that all Latin music is salsa). How much have you heard? I'm afraid to ask, because I'm afraid I'm going to hear something like, "Well, actually I have a small Latin collection of about 500 albums," compared to my 80 or so.

Rockist Scientist, Tuesday, 25 February 2003 01:25 (seventeen years ago) link

I like "Dr Love" by First Choice.

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Tuesday, 25 February 2003 05:01 (seventeen years ago) link

ORS "Moon-Boots" 12". I haven't heard their full LP but if "Body to Body Boogie" is as good as this single, I'm sold.

mosurock (mosurock), Tuesday, 25 February 2003 16:23 (seventeen years ago) link

five months pass...
I've read that Salsoul is going to discontinue its Latin titles, so if anyone is interested in new copies of that stuff, they might want to buy soon.

Al Andalous (Al Andalous), Sunday, 10 August 2003 16:05 (sixteen years ago) link

Or anyway, it's salsa titles. (I don't know if "Latin Freestyle" is included, if the label put out any of that and it did didn't it?)

Al Andalous, Sunday, 10 August 2003 16:13 (sixteen years ago) link

I bet Nascente will pick these titles up and release them in better-sounding remastered editions. I really like Nascente. They produce relatively lo-price CD reissues of a lot of Latin material with typically better sound quality than the reissues put out by the original labels. It's as though it takes a UK label, rather than the U.S./Puerto Rican labels which originally put this material out, to handle the material with proper respect or something.

Al Andalous, Sunday, 10 August 2003 16:18 (sixteen years ago) link

"Jingo" by Candido, the 10-minute version, is one of the greatest records of all time, probably my favorite Salsoul track

M Matos (M Matos), Sunday, 10 August 2003 18:10 (sixteen years ago) link

seven months pass...

What do ppl think of the new Salsoul comp that's just come out. Disco Funk Flavas I think it's called (ugh, horrible title, but never mind). Tracklist:

Disc 1
1. Salsoul Orchestra - Getaway (Original 12" Mix)
2. First Choice - Love Having You Around (Original Radio Edit)
3. Cubby St Charles - Party (Original 12" Mix)
4. Gaz - Sing Sing (Original 12" Mix)
5. Instant Funk - I Got My Mind Made Up (Original 12" Mix)
6. Instant Funk - Wide World Of Sports
7. Skyy - First Time Around (Original 12" Mix)
8. Loleatta Holloway - All About The Papers (Original Bobby "DJ" Guttadaro mix)
9. Edwin Birdsong - Rapper Dapper Snapper (Original 12" Mix)
10. Bumblebee Unlimited - The Bumble Bee Rap (Original John Morales 12" Mix)
11. Aurra - Are You Single? (Original 12" Mix)
12. Cameron - Funtown USA (Original 12" Mix)

Disc 2
1. Inner Life - Make It Last Forever (Original 12" Mix)
2. Rafael Cameron - Boogie's Gonna Get Ya (Original 12" Mix)
3. Skyy - Call Me (Original 12" Mix)
4. Aurra - Make Up Your Mind (Original 12" Mix)
5. Salsoul Orchestra - Take Some Time Out For Love (Original 12" Mix)
6. Sly Campbell - Feelin' Fine (Original 12" Mix)
7. The Jammers - And You Know That (Original 12" Mix)
8. Aurra - Such A Feeling (Original Shep Pettibone 12" Mix)
9. Weeks & Co - If You're Looking For Fun (Original 12" Mix)
10. Barbara Joyce - Do It Til You're Satisfied (Original 12" Mix)
11. Funk Deluxe - This Time (Original 12" Mix)

Also, HMV have the two Salsoul Mastercuts compilations on sale at the moment. Better to start with those than the above comp?

Jeff W (zebedee), Monday, 29 March 2004 12:36 (sixteen years ago) link

I've always loved Aurra. Steve Washington was a former member of Slave so they have that tough funk sound but with more of a sweet, melodic edge. Skyy are good as well. Again disco funk. I think I might buy this (although I have some of the Aurra tracks on original 12).

David (David), Monday, 29 March 2004 13:45 (sixteen years ago) link

It is Logg-less; it is greatly flawed. Some odd picks too.

Andy K (Andy K), Monday, 29 March 2004 14:37 (sixteen years ago) link

I was hoping this would be a Sal Solo thread.

DV (dirtyvicar), Monday, 29 March 2004 15:43 (sixteen years ago) link

Andy, which Logg do you recommend beyond "I Know You Will"? Your fervor for that song has converted me utterly.

Matos W.K. (M Matos), Monday, 29 March 2004 16:08 (sixteen years ago) link

"Dancing into the Stars" and "You've Got That Something" are the other singles from that one-off album. They're both phenomenal, if not quite as tight as "I Know You Will." I know for a fact that Dusty Groove stocks a reissue on CD that includes all the 12" versions at the end of the original LP.

While you're at it, also get the two Leroy Burgess anthologies that came out on Soul Brother in 2002 -- they have the 12" versions of the Logg singles, along with Black Ivory's "Mainline," Class Action's "Weekend," Fonda Rae's "Over Like a Fat Rat," Convertion's "Let's Do It," the Fantastic Aleems' "Get Down Friday Night," etc. If you have a few of these songs, it's no matter. Get them anyway.

Andy K (Andy K), Monday, 29 March 2004 16:34 (sixteen years ago) link

It's kind of an odd selection. It might be a nice *addition* to "Original Salsoul Classics" or the Mastercuts comp if you can find it.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Monday, 29 March 2004 17:21 (sixteen years ago) link

search Candido's Thousand Finger Man and Edwin Birdsong's Rapper Dapper Snapper.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Monday, 29 March 2004 17:29 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah, I'm sure it's not even trying to be definitive or anything. Maybe these are just some 12"s previously unavailable on CD.

As I said above, all the Mastercuts releases are now back out on CD too. :)

Jeff W (zebedee), Monday, 29 March 2004 17:34 (sixteen years ago) link

three months pass...

Paul (scifisoul), Tuesday, 20 July 2004 11:23 (fifteen years ago) link

three years pass...

I picked up Grandmaster Flash Presents Salsoul Jam 2000 in Tokyo this weekend (on cd). Has anyone heard this? I'm a bit of a newcomer to the Salsoul label but there's some great stuff on here. Really well mixed / presented by Flash. However, they must have recorded it in front of a live audience because there's some very annoying wooping and hollering throughout the mix. The cd sleeve has a cool hologram style pic of Flash mixing which nearly makes up for it.

sam500, Monday, 28 January 2008 04:13 (twelve years ago) link

There are actually a lot of duds in the Salsoul catalog, but "Jingo," "Love Sensation" and "Let No Man Put Asunder" more than make up.

Eric H., Monday, 28 January 2008 04:26 (twelve years ago) link

Tracklisting for Salsoul Jam 2000:

01 Intro
02 Salsoul Orchestra - Runaway
03 Loleatta Holloway - Hit And Run
04 Skyy - High
05 First Choice - Love Thang
06 Silvetti - Spring Rain
07 First Choice - Doctor Love
08 Aurra - Checkin You Out
09 Aurra - Make Up Your Mind
10 Instant Funk - I Got My Mind Made Up
11 Salsoul Orchestra - You're Just The Right Size
12 Double Exposure - My Love Is Free
13 Salsoul Orchestra - Ooh I Love It (Love Break)
14 Skyy - Let's Celebrate
15 Skyy - Call Me
16 Instant Funk - Slap Slap Lickety Lack
17 First Choice - Let No Man Put Asunder
18 Loleatta Holloway - Love Sensation
19 Skyy - Here's To You
20 Double Exposure - Ten Percent

sam500, Monday, 28 January 2008 04:32 (twelve years ago) link

Just found this, and it's (mostly) really good and chock full of classics:

and the "disco blending" is done by Walter Gibbons himself.

Romeo Jones, Monday, 28 January 2008 06:27 (twelve years ago) link

twelve years pass...

It's taken quarantine to make me realize Up the Yellow Brick Road is a slept on album by Salsoul Orchestra. The "West Side Story Medley" just slams so joyously, and then on side 2 there's a Fiddler on the Roof medley. Also they're doing a disco "Sgt. Pepper" before the Bee Gees presumably.

Josefa, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 16:26 (two weeks ago) link

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