Roberto Roena

Roena: The Fania Legends of Salsa Collection, Vol. 4

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Excellent two-disc compilation of Roberto Roena and the Apollo Sound's superlative career on the Fania label captures one of salsa's most enduring acts (a rare bird that virtually hit from the very beginning, which is very unlikely for a salsa band from their inception) with great sound, showcasing the distinct singing personalities of Piro Mantilla, Sammy Gonzalez, Tito Cruz, Carlos Santos, and Papo Sánchez in an 18-song retrospective. All the essential tunes are here; the packaging is quite handsome and includes a 24-page booklet with information about the bandleader's career. A must for salsa fans.

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