Raphy Leavitt y Su Orquesta La Selecta

La Selecta

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Raphy Leavitt's first of three collaborations with TH Records has a much-improved overall sound, thanks mostly to Louis García's musical direction (oddly, the "cleaner" version of this band pales in comparison to the clunkier one in popularity). The performances are acceptable. Sammy Marrero's "A la Sombra Del Flamboyán" is among the vocalist's most accomplished tunes; "Compañera de Camino," "Ven," "El Volantín," and "A Tropezón" are enjoyable tunes that seemed to be easily forgotten by audiences in the agonizing early-'80s salsa years. Longtime La Selecta sideman Tommy Villariny, Angel Torres, René Berríos, and José "Pepe" Quintana contributed the charts; unfortunately, the band's revamped musicality has none of the audience appeal that the band established ten years before. Produced by Frank Torres.

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