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Merengue Party Time, Vol. 2

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Though perhaps merengue is not as big in the United States as salsa, it still receives quite a bit of attention thanks to its fast percussion and accordion and horn riffs. And that being so, a best-of (or many best-ofs) compilation is certainly in store. Protel's 2006 release, Merengue Party Time, Vol. 2, is a good example of this. It's just ten songs, but with names like Johnny Ventura (whose fantastic "El Tobaco" is included), La Banda Loca (with "El Nuevo Hablador"), and Cuco Valoy (with "Arriba los Prietos"), it's a good collection of music, especially for someone wishing to have a nice overview, or a cursory explanation, of the genre.

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