Johnny Pacheco / Pete "El Conde" Rodríguez

Los Compadres

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One of the last in a long string of records featuring Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez handling vocals on a Johnny Pacheco album, Los Compadres also finds him co-billed and leading the band on one of Pacheco's strongest sets of material ever, including Pacheco’s “Baldemira,” Tite Alonso’s “Recordando a Carmelina,” and the classic opener, “Dulce con Dulce.” Although Johnny Pacheco’s flute is not a focus, his arrangements make up for the lack. Like the cover photo, Los Compadres is an exciting fusion of old and new; Pacheco’s conjunto features the very folky tres guitar, but the driving force of the songs makes it as much a modern salsa record -- and just as powerful -- as far slicker albums coming out around the same time.

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