Various Artists

Salsa Clasica

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The discount label Music Club put this salsa collection together, and similar to their retrospectives of everyone from Horace Andy to Beny Moré, it's a knockout. Focusing mostly on the Dominican branch of salsa and its main domestic proponent, Miami's Kubaney Records, Salsa Clasica does indeed include a brace of classic salsa cuts from excellent artists including Cuco Valoy ("Juliana," "Mariana Engracia"), Johnny Ventura ("Salsa Conmigo," "Guajira"), Miguel Cruz ("Noche de Rumberos"), Luis Varona (the irresistible "Ven Pa' La Loma"), and many others. Though the classic salsa names from Fania and Tico are missing, Salsa Clasica is a great, inexpensive way to collect some excellent salsa.

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