The Gran Manzana of the '60s, the era of the boogaloo and Latin soul, was an enormously creative and rackety time. This was the era of East Harlem Black-Latin crossover. It brought forth names still famous -- Barretto, Pacheco, Colon -- and names forgotten -- Pagan, Bataan, Colon. Here is Ray's original "El Watusi," and Joe Cuba's "Bang Bang," Mongo's "Watermelon Man," and a dozen other pearls of musical mayhem in a purely neoyorquino style, the looming típico revolution was about to kill stone dead, to the great loss of the scene.
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AllMusic Review by John Storm Roberts