La Sonora Dinamita has quite a pedigree going back to 1960. Lucho Argaín, the great Colombian arranger/composer, originally formed the group. After the original group disbanded in 1963, Fruko resurrected it in 1975. Colombian musicians have always had a healthy regard for Cuban big-band music, and Argaín was no exception. He formed la Sonora Dinamita to emulate the legendary Cuban big band, Sonora Matancera. However, la Sonora Dinamita differs in that they cover more ground. Their forte is Colombian tropical music, which includes cumbia, salsa, and other rhythmic forms. They move from one rhythm to the other with ease and suavity. The cumbia swings fiercely, as does the salsa. The horn arrangements are in the pocket, and the percussion is up-front, driving the whole dynamo. There're no limp tracks here. This is torrid tropical dance music by one of Latin America's hottest bands. There are quite a few compilations available on the Fuentes label offered in several volumes. However, this compilation offers 20 tracks of prime material and is probably the best of the available collections on one album. Highly recommended.
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AllMusic Review by Mark Romano