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The band is now without its star singer Ismael Rivera. However, this band is not without its notorious brand of humor. Singers Pepito Negrón and Sammy Ayala keep the repertoire alive and howling, no mean feat, considering Rivera's absence could have compromised the band's future. "La llave" was the band's most infamous tune. Other songs like "El Juey" (composed by Bobby Capó) became material for future singers like Marvin Santiago. Lisedia Sanjurjo has a nice turn in "Tan Solo Dios" and "El Dolor al Revés" is a sidesplitting moment, with Ayala screaming for comic effect. A plum effort by the transcendental band in their mid-60s period.

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